Holiday Treasures

It’s the holiday season again and Downtown Scottsdale Artwalk is getting in the holiday spirit, too with a special “Holiday Treasures Artwalk.” To celebrate in our own way, Bonner David galleries will have an opening for our small works show. The show will include small works by many of our gallery artists, perfect little treasures to take home or surprise that special someone for the holidays.

Among the new pieces, there will be a collection of precious little Liz Tran mixed media works, of georgeous little dresses; each piece with a personality of its own.

Landscape artist, Claudia Hartley, will also being hanging new works for the occasion. Stunning scenes of her travels to Jerome and Sedona, these pieces brim with vibrant color and exciting scenes of nature’s wonders.

Jane Jones, known for her striking floral still lifes, will showcase two new works on Dec. 6th. Painted with keen precision, her “Summer Sweets” I and II, are beautiful gems, of glittering glass, delictiable desserts and her classic elegant flowers.

Also, at our Holiday Treasures Show, Dyana Hessen will deature her “12 ‘Dy’s’ of Christmas, a series of 12 miniature paintings of beautiful rose close-ups. The inspiriation for the series came from the history of Christmas itself.


The 12 “Dy’s” of Christmas: 12   5×5 oil on panel paintings of roses, celebrating the tradition of giving.

 The 12 Days of Christmas were declared a religious holiday throughout Europe in 562.  The holiday was celebrated from Christmas Day, December 25th until Epiphany on January 6th. (Epiphany was the day that the three kings were thought to have visited the Christ Child with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.)  The 12 days were a time of feasting, giving gifts and celebration.  The “Lord of mischief” was a local man hired by the village to organize parties and manage a group of village men to sing and give small gifts at night.  Later, the industrial revolution squelched the luxury of celebrating for 12 days, and so Christmas evolved into a one day holiday.

These little paintings are meant to bring the joy of the Christmas season to you.

Take one home, or give one as a gift. When you marvel at the miraculous ways the folds and curves of the petals conceal its seeds, think about the first Christmas night and how the folds of swaddling clothes concealed the savior of the world.

 Peace, Joy, and Love to you this and every Christmas,


With all these, plus works from Gail Morris, Nate Ronniger, Melissa Peck, Michael Carson, Eric boos, Carol Redmond and Eric Bowman, it is bound to be an exciting show to start off our holiday season. So come out to the gallery on Thrusday, December 6th from 6-9pm to see all these beatiful treasures for yourself and maybe even make one yours.

The Grinch Stole Main Street!?

‘Tis the season for joy, laughter and the Grinch! He’s a long way from Whoville, but he is is still just as green and cunning as ever and he was here this past Saturday afternoon, on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Sponsered by Scottsdale’s Gallery Row, The Grinch will be back! On Thursday, Dec. 6th, during the Holdiay Treasures artwalk, the Grinch will be waiting for you in the Rotunda with Mire Images, giving you the chance to get your picture with him. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 8th, he will be back again, from noon-4pm giving you one last chance to advantage of the Grinch’s generosity and pose for a picture with him.

Photos courteousy of Glenn Mire, of Mire Images

Photos courteousy of Glenn Mire, of Mire Images

The Beginning of a New Decade


Carri Baca, Clark Olson and Christi Manuelito

Stunning art, bubbly champagne,  delicious cake, and lots of friends and family, what more could you ask for? As Bonner David Galleries celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend, the we enjoyed all that and more. The walls of the gallery were adorned with over 100 new works from nearly every Bonner David artists. As people mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, everyone was able to sense the accomplishment which had been achieved.

In the world of art, a decade is a milestone many galleries never live to see. yet Bonner David Galleries has grown and flourished over the last ten years, managing to overcome the hardships they have faced; and with the recent addition of Carri Baca, Christi’s twin sister, to the Bonner David family as partner, the next decade looks bright and full of possibilities.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us this past weekend and to everyone who has helped to make the gallery what it is today. We are excited and have high expectations for where the gallery will go in this next decade!



Celebrating a Decade

Ten years ago, Christi Bonner Manuelito and Clark David Olsen conceved of an idea for a gallery, which would encompass thier love for both traditional and contemporary art. This idea became Bonner David Galleries and ten years later it has thrived and even grown. It now fills two gallery spaces with beautiful, timeless art, one for traditional and one for contemporary art.  “a whole family of art.”

This year, in honor of Bonner David Galleries’ tenth year anniversary, the gallery has given several gifts, for their artists and for the gallery, going into the next decade. Among these, a new website has been created, which showcases the gallery’s sophisticated and classic atmosphere . Also, last week new signs were installed on the outside of the gallery, using the updated logo and encompassing both gallery spaces.

We invite you to join the Bonner David family for a public celebration, which will take place, Thursday, November 8th from 6-9pm. In honor of the gallery’s tenth year, a special anniversary show will be hung in the gallery. Featuring all new works from nearly all 43 of the Bonner David artists. We hope to see you there!

In addition to the celebration, a catalog of the show was created, including all of the new pieces and other recent works from all of our artists. If you are unable to attend the show, here is a link to the show catalog, so you can still see all the new pieces and claim your favorite before it is gone. Firday evening, we will host a private event for collectors, to celebrate this past decade.

Fall for the Arts

Amery Bohling

Exhibition:  Western Women and the Arts  10 – 2 p.m. “Fine Art from Women of the West.”  Discover leading ladies of the West:  Amery Bohling, Karen Budan and emerging artist:  Amy Karnes.  Enjoy music by acoustic guitarist John Coleman & live demos by the artists.


Sidewalk sale with items up to 75% off, and if you eat lunch at The House Brasserie or Cafe’ Forte save your receipt and an extra 10% will be given on any purchase.

Bonner David Galleries

Stroll through Bonner David Galleries 10am-2pm, enjoy a mimosa, treats by “Fresh Fare Catering” and our beautiful new show by Dutch inspired oil on copper artist Benjamin Shamback and Sculptures by the internationally known Nyanhongo Family.

Café Forte

Have coffee with Café Forte, at their cart on the corner of Marshall and Main from 9:30-2:30. Also, have lunch or dinner at their cafe and you may just win Arizona Theater Tickets.  Serving Healthy Comfort Food, a deliciously fresh & unique style of cooking, delicately prepared with chemical free, all natural ingredients.

The House Brasserie

Who does not like a NEW restaurant in down town Scottsdale for lunch or dinner? Chef/Owner Matt Carter has created a menu anchored in the waters of the Mediterranean, where fresh shellfish and coal-grilled meats reign supreme.

River Trading Post

12th Birthday Sale!  Enjoy a celebratory slice of cake while you stroll among some of the finest American Indian art in Scottsdale.

Marshall Square Studio & Galleries

Meet the Artists: Dave McGary, Ed Copley & Ron Stewart. Live Demonstrations by Cyndy Carstens, Lori Landis, Michael Pabst & Victoria Monize. Live Music in the Courtyard & Refreshments throughout the Square.


Come visit Ostrovsky Fine Art Where Victor will be working on a new painting called Girls Night Out!

Pearson & Company

Preview fabulous new contemporary fall merchandise; snack on some cheese and crackers from 10-3pm.


Take the time visit Su Vino!  This award winning winery with a          twist, not only has won over 40 medals for their wines, but we are the first winery in the Scottsdale area and the first to offer customers the opportunity to have wine made specifically for them and their palate.

Valley Ho

Head to the ZuZu Lounge at Hotel Valley Ho for an evening drink; enjoy a cocktail tasting in the lobby from 5:00-7:00 and live music on the patio from



See artists John Horejs and John & Elli Milan paint during the Quick Draw & Auction from 10-1. Enjoy homemade cookies, artst demonstrations from 1-4, including fun, mixed-media art by Dave Newman, colorful horse & buffalo paintings by John & Elli Milan, and elegant Arizona landscapes by John Horejs.