Thank you to our artist’s, patrons, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made our inaugural show a tremendous success!
Shades of Gray
Inaugural Exhibition of the American Tonalist Society
Presented by the Historic Salmagundi Club, NYC
Well done for all your hard work and vision–and talent to burn. I’m so proud and happy to see a great tradition of American art reborn and refreshed in your able hands. Now it’s time for the world to know… David Adams Cleveland
ATS Founders at Salmagundi
The Salmagundi Club began in 1871 as a sketch class in Johnathan Scott Hartley’s studio. The Club’s name was inspired by Washington Irving’s “The Salmagundi Papers,” a potpourri of wit and wisdom. In 1917 members purchased a gracious, mid-nineteenth century brownstone mansion as its second home. It was cited in 1957 for its architectural distinction by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society.
Over the years the Club has been the singular gathering place for such great artists as Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Carl Rungius, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ogden Pleisner, Ernest Blumenschein, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Frank Tenney Johnson, Charles Dana Gibson, and many others. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving.
The American Tonalist Society is honored to be presenting its inagural exhibition at this historic art institution.
Salmagundi Club, Forty-Seven Fifth Avenue @ Twelfth Street, New York, NY 10003
Salmagundi Club Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 1-6pm.Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm.
The American Tonalist Society was founded in 2016 by Daniel Ambrose, Eleinne Basa, Donald Demers and Mary Erickson during a summer artists’ retreat in Port Clyde, Maine. Discussions around the dining room table at Nanatuck prompted conversations about the current progression of art styles. It was noted how the “isms,” cycle throughout art history. Currently we are witnessing a resurgence of the tonalist movement, following the popularity of plein air painting (Impressionism) in the 19th century and classical realism in the early part of this century.