Melissa Peck’s “Evolution in Color”

 

Melissa Peck is a very busy woman these days. A gorgeous mother of two beautiful daughters, Peck’s hardest task is finding a balance between being a devoted mother and highly sought after artist. Her remarkable work showcases the different stages of her life illustrating how she has grown and evolved. Melissa’s whimsical characters are in such demand that it is not uncommon for a collector to purchase her latest piece before it has a chance to grace the gallery walls.

With an upcoming solo show at Bonner David Galleries on November 4th Melissa has been tirelessly working away in her Utah studio. Her latest pieces deliver fresh and inspiring characters sure to please collectors and critics alike. With an impressive combination of raw talent, dedication, and flawless attention to detail, it is no wonder that Melissa has received countless accolades for her work. Most recently Peck was featured on the cover of the June 2010 issue of Art Calendar.In anticipation of her upcoming show we just had to ask her a few questions about her work, her life, and that $100 paper tab from her trip to Germany. Here is what she offered for our readers:

Bonner David Galleries: You often portray your characters wearing whimsical masks. Are there deeper metaphors or meanings associated with this?

Melissa: If I could actually convey this concept in words I would say they are like the different parts of ourselves and the different roles we play. Also, kind of how we protect ourselves, or the things we hide behind. 

BDG:  Looking back on your early career, how have you evolved?

Melissa: For one, my characters now have more consistency in the way I paint them like the eyes, nose and faces. I also feel that I have become more confident in my work and it shows; it’s unique and different. Initially, I painted in the way I thought I should paint, maybe more representational…now I have more freedom to paint what I want instead of painting what I think I should be painting.

BDG:  How have your daughters influenced your work?

Melissa: For one, their drawings and their writing. I just love the randomness of children’s writing. I use it literally in my paintings. They also have pretty strong opinions about different elements of my work. For instance the other day my daughter came into the studio as I was working on the Wizard of Oz pieces. She asked what color I was going to paint the dress of Gilda the witch, when I replied that I didn’t know she said very matter of factly “Mom needs to be pink!”

BDG:  We know you love all of your paintings, but we have to know, do you have a favorite piece from this collection?

Melissa: I am really loving “Katie”.

BDG:  It is Saturday afternoon, you are taking the day off from painting, and you want to do something fun, what are you doing?

 Melissa: Running, I love to run. Also, going to the movies…I rarely watch TV so I love going to the movies and really getting into the story.

BDG:  We read that you spent over $100 dollars on paper in Germany, how did this obsession for paper, patterns, and fabric begin?

Melissa: The paper, I don’t know, I started painting on watercolor paper early on. I love to put my daughter’s drawings on paper and I just love the way the white contrasts with the colors on the paper. I just love paper. As far as the patterns; I have loved patterns FOREVER! I have always integrated patterns in my work. For this show I bought a book while in Japan of vintage fabric, it’s actually a German book which is funny.  I used the patterns from the book in a lot of the paintings for this show

BDG:  What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Melissa: My relationships with others.

“Evolution in Color” debuts November 4th 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Bonner David Galleries. Please contact us for additional information and to receive a sneak peak of the new collection or click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/Artview1.asp?At=MelissaPeck

BDG profiled in Phoenix Home and Garden

When you open your November issue of Phoenix Home and Garden magazine be sure not to miss our gallery spotlight on page 163.  You’ll read a little about our history and even find us pictured with some of our favorite paintings in the gallery right now.  See how many of our artists’ works you can identify!  You can check our website for the answers:  www.bonnerdavid.com.

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Wonders of Wood

Mitch Fry:

It has been a whirlwind year for artists Mitch Fry. After receiving a grant last fall from the Contemporary Forum, Fry has literally come full circle. The award opened many doors for this emerging artist, securing him an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum and gallery representation in Scottsdale. All the excitement surrounding his work also landed Fry the #19 spot in Phoenix New Times “100 Creative’s”. With his first gallery show around the corner we just had to catch up with Mitch and talk with him about the amazing year he’s been having and find out what’s in store for the future. 

BDG:  This year has probably been a whirlwind for you between the CF award, gallery representation, and now your first show. How have you maintained your calm and focus through all of the excitement?

Fry: It has been a great year. Thank you to all the special people responsible, and an extra thanks to you shepherds without whom I would be a mere puddle of angst.
Calm? I try to be cool & calm but only successful when I’m asleep.
Focus? A guy like me generally has the focus of a mosquito: Am unfortunately guilty of a lot of flitting around, but when I get the scent of a nice fat sculpture it’s hard to distract me away.

BDG: People are enamored by the sphere’s project and always have many compliments and questions about your work. While we all feel art is personal to each viewer, what is the one thing you would like people to take away from your work?

Fry: Initial impression: A little surprise. I love to watch people’s faces when my work first comes into their view. Their expressions make the entire struggle worthwhile. If a person can remember that there is still surprise left in our bedraggled world then there is reason to hope. (Sorry that sounds a bit grand. Possibly it is only a lesson for me.)

BDG: So, what’s next? Do you have new projects on the horizon?

Fry: Next, next, next. So many ideas; so few fingers. The geometric explorations still hold a lot of intrigue for me. Am probably going to stretch the shape, alter the construction,  increase size, introduce color, optimize negative space, tighten the craft and speed up process…. well that’s my goal anyway.

Mitch Fry will be revealing is latest pieces in “Wonders of Wood” a joint show with contemporary artist Carol Redmond on October 21, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries. For more information about Mitch Fry’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at art@bonnerdavid.com

Watch this short video about Mitch Fry & his latest work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkJMJgWwj6k

To read his full bio click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/AboutArtist.asp?at=MitchFry

Carol Redmond:

Carol Redmond has long been a favorite among collectors for her vibrant and rustic contemporary work. Her pieces grace many corporate collections including such places as the Denver Convention Center Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio River Center and the Chattanoogan Conference Center Hotel. She has also completed many private commissions for avid collectors and designers. Carol is influenced by historical traditions in still life painting, Japanese wood block printing, and the dimensional frames surrounding Renaissance-era triptychs; as well as contemporary embroidered textiles, scientific illustration, minimalist furniture and architectural design. While these elements still inspire the artist, she has found a new approach to working with her medium of choice: wood.

During a recent family trip to the hiking trails of gorgeous Utah, Redmond was in awe of the towering red rocks, with their stratified layers of color, texture, and natural elements. While she often hikes around her home in Colorado, this was a new experience for Carol, providing a fresh perspective and inspiring a new direction for her work. The latest pieces encompass the essence of the Utah red rocks and bring an added organic quality to each piece. Redmond has been working more intimately with the wood, allowing for the grain, flaws, and rustic beauty of the material to take center stage. These latest works mimic the stratification patterns in the rock and also incorporate her desire to express the traditional Asian banner and oblong formats.

Redmond will be unveiling her latest works in a joint show with sculpture artist Mitch Fry. Carol was first introduced to Mitch’s work right here on our gallery blog. Both artists work brilliantly with wood, experimenting with techniques of cutting, forming, and manipulating their medium.  Redmond immediately connected with the puzzle and tile like qualities in Fry’s work, finding similarities between their two styles. She is excited to show with Mitch and eager to excite collectors with a show that promises to ignite the imagination to the “Wonders of Wood”. 

This is the first time we have featured Carol Redmond on our gallery blog and we just had to give her the full treatment. While we are excited for her show and inspired by her work, we also had a few personal questions that we were just itching to ask. So in true Bonner David blog style, we snagged a few moments of her time and thought of three of the best questions we could possibly ask. Enjoy!

BDG: Describe your perfect day.

My perfect day would include a wide variety of things.  Probably too many things to fit into one day but we’re fantasizing right?  Some time with family to play sports and relax, time in the studio to finish a big project always makes me feel great!  Since I work a lot in series, it can be quite a long time before I get to have the feeling of finishing something.  I would like to do a workshop with kids focusing on ancient arts and contemporary artists, maybe in clay or metal.  Eating outside and a walk in the park or hike in the mountains would be great—I think this day is getting too full…

BDG: As a mother and an artist what is the one thing you hope to instill about art in our youth?

In addition to my studio work I’ve also been working in art education for a number of years, mostly with kids.  I’ve done a lot of programs for museums which explore the relationship between contemporary art practice and art history/ museum artifacts.  I’d say my primary motivation in the studio is establishing a connection to the natural world and materials from nature, and this is what I hope to get across to kids in my programs.  Although I use digital technology a lot too, I try to keep reminding myself to spend some time with the leaves and the trees each day.  I think as kids become more exposed to reproduced imagery on the screen it seems important to give them opportunities to stick their hands in clay, work with wood and paper etc. and for them to learn a bit about how these materials often come from natural sources in the earth.  I also want to encourage them to see the inconsistencies in hand made art projects, not as imperfect compared to digitized imagery from found sources, but as having a sense of humanity that is different but no less compelling.  

BDG: Who is your greatest inspiration in life and why?

I would say close family, including my husband, son and mother, who lives in Ontario where I grew up. As a studio artist I’m most often inspired my the patterns and forms in the natural world, and by furniture and textile designers, who so often adapt natural patterns and “organize” them as designed objects.  My favorite artists are all over the map, from John Singer Sergeant to the textile/ installation artist Polly Apfelbaum.

“Wonders of Wood” opens October 21, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries. For more information about Carol Redmond’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at art@bonnerdavid.com

Click her to view Carol Redmonds short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uYarWQp91s

To read her full bio click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/AboutArtist.asp?at=CarolRedmond

Introducing Nocona Burgess

During Indian Market in Santa Fe this summer Christi Manuelito was delighted to run into fellow a classmate from her days in art school at University of New Mexico. Nocona Burgess and Christi had almost all their painting classes together and she was thrilled to see he had become a well known Native American artist. Christi immediately fell in love with Nocona’s new standing Indian series and knew she just had to invite him to show at the gallery she co-owned in Scottsdale Arizona with Clark David Olson. With the 21st Annual Western Artwalk around the corner it was the perfect time to introduce a true western artist to the gallery!

Nocona Burgess comes from a long line of artists. His father attended school for art and education and has always painted and drawn. Nocona’s maternal grandfather, Simmons Parker, was an artist, as was his maternal grandmother, Ina Parker; who was a quilt maker of her own designs. Even his great-grandmother, Daisy Tachaco, was an accomplished bead worker, despite being blind. With a family background rich in the arts it was only natural for Nocona to choose this path.

Nocona has paved his way as a talented and highly collected Native American artist and we are thrilled to show a few of his latest pieces. We can’t wait to see everyone on October 14th from 7-9pm for Western Artwalk. You are sure to instantly fall in love with Nocona’s work!For more information please contact the gallery at 480.941.8500 or email us at art@bonnerdavid.com

To Read his full Bio click here (http://www.bonnerdavid.com/AboutArtist.asp?at=NoconaBurgess)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Nacona will be participating in the Heard Museum’s 53rd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stay tuned for more  information.  

Come Visit Us in Arizona!

Lately there’s been too much talk about boycotts and the negativity surrounding policies in Arizona.  While no laws have yet taken effect, the boycotts and attitudes have already hurt our beautiful state and particularly the businesses that rely on tourism.  Today we had a breath of fresh air from some visitors from Texas who, courtesy of a Dallas radio station and a foresighted travel planner, brought 40 people to Arizona, not only to tour our lovely state, but to provide some much-needed economic revenue to businesses.  We appreciate such efforts!  Whatever your politics, Arizona remains a wonderful place to vacation, convention, and tour.  We are proud to have been a small business in Arizona now having recently celebrated our 8th anniversary here on Main Street.  We invite all our out of state friends to make a trip to Arizona in the near future, enjoy the beauty of our state and stop by to visit with us at Bonner David and see what wonderful artistic sights we have for sale!