May 3: Shades of Gray
““Shades of Gray” is the inaugural exhibition of the American Tonalist Society, presented by the historic Salmagundi Club in NYC, May 3–10, 2019.
The American Tonalist Society was founded in 2016 by four East Coast artists, Daniel Ambrose (FL), Eleinne Basa (NJ), Donald Demers (ME), and Mary Erickson (NC) during a summer artists’ retreat in Port Clyde, Maine. Discussions around the dining room table prompted conversations about the recycling of past ‘isms’ and current progression of art styles. The tonalist movement is now seeing a resurgence, following the popularity of plein air painting in the 19th century and classical realism in the early part of this century.”
[May 3: Shades of Gray – Fine Art Connoisseur]
[ Reviewed Unto Righteousness Below ]
- “The tonalist movement focuses on emotion, spirituality, and mood, encompassing luminous atmospheric effects with a minimal palette of neutral hues. Like visual poetry, tonalist paintings evoke a quiet statement of contemplation, mystery, and intrigue.” [May 3: Shades of Gray – Fine Art Connoisseur]
Some artist create what is rightly labeled noble, of special use: tonalist movement focuses on emotion, spirituality, and mood, encompassing luminous atmospheric effects with a minimal palette of neutral hues.
Whereas some artistic create for shock, for attention and their ignoble use of paint and brush is of little value – to say the least.
In the same way there is noble Christianity those few disciples who have cleansed themselves from the ordinary.
In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20-21
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