Photo Caption: Tamarack Gold
Bay College announces the Artist Talk and Reception for the exhibition, A Sense of Place,
artwork by Bernard Park in the Hartwig Gallery. Bernard “Bernie” Park born in Flint Michigan received MFA from Michigan State University in 1987. Bernie and his wife Joan live and work in Marquette County, Michigan.
A Sense of Place
“Each painting represents an intimate view into a landscape born of fire, ocean and ice; tempered by time, flowing unfettered, quiet and deliberate.”
The inspiration for these landscapes arrived through a chance encounter with “Tonalism”, a late nineteenth century movement developed to counter Impressionism. The tonalist saw impressionism as overly reliant on color, brushwork and emotional content. The Tonalist, on the other hand, chose to see the landscape as a more subdued and quiet space; spiritual and contemplative, devoid of the “wow” moment in favor of the common place.
The paintings are intentionally kept small for the challenge that it presents as well as to encourage closer engagement of the viewer. Many works are based on photographs I have taken of the Porcupine Mountains and environs around my home in southern Marquette County.”
The exhibition of his work can be viewed from February 1-29. Artist Talk and Reception on February 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Hartwig Gallery at Bay College.