Ron Burns and the endearing faces of his beloved dogs will be at Bonner David Galleries for his “Encore II Best Friends Furever” show. Join us on Thrusday, December 27 from 6-8 to share the experience with us. Including dozen new commissions in addition to many more of his new works, the show is sure to have plenty of stunning works to catch the eye and tug on your heartstrings. Not only that, but if you find yourself imagining a portrait of your own best friend, Ron Burns will honor this seasons special commission pricing through the night of his opening, Thursday, December 27th.
In addition, Ron Burns will be holding a raffle for a chance to win “Andy’s Pop World,” a sold out piece from Burn’s personal collection. All proceeds from the drawing will benefit The Arizona Humane Society. The drawing will also be held during his show on Decemeber 27th. Raffle tickets can be purchased through the gallery ahead of time, with either check or cash, by mail or in person at Bonner David Galleries; or they can be purchased with cash or check at the show.
For more information about commissions or Ron Burn’s work, please visit our earlier blog post of his work, or visit his page on our website. We hope to see you there!
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
“Moore Family Visual Biography”commission by Christi Manuelito
The unveiling was a huge success. Family and Friends showed their support and we all tried to hold back our tears of joy as Clark and Max rolled away the wall the to reveal the finished painting. As many of you know, this project took almost two years to complete. We are happy to announce that the Moore Family could not have been more pleased with the final work of art!
Go to our Facebook page to see photos and highlights from the evening!
The Zimbabwe Sculpture Movement, known internationally as “Shona sculpture,” was born in the late 1950s with the opening of the first National Gallery of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The inaugural director Frank McEwen established a workshop within the gallery to encourage the creation of indigenous art among the local community. Before being exiled by the white authorities for the promotion of African art in 1973, McEwen mounted numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Rodin Museum in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. With his art contacts worldwide, it’s little surprise that his endeavor would spawn one of the most significant movements of art in all of Africa.
In 1973 the Shona sculpture movement was brought to a virtual halt due to a civil war and international sanctions against Zimbabwe. During this tumultuous time (lasting almost a decade) few artists sculpted and promotion was virtually non-existent. However, after the country’s independence in April of 1980, the tradition was reborn.
Today, the Shona Sculpture Movement continues to thrive and evolve, with a new generation of innovative artists embracing this longstanding tradition and sharing with us their experience of contemporary Zimbabwean culture. With a new set of political and cultural influences, the second and third generation sculptors are driven by the social changes occurring as a result of their country’s independence.
Collen Nyanhongo, son of Claud Nyanhongo, a prominent artist among the first generation sculptors, is fast becoming one of the most notable Shona sculptors today. Beginning his career in 1996 after completing a degree in marketing he has won international acclaim, showcasing his work in numerous venues around the world, including France, Holland, England, Germany, South Africa and the United States.
He expresses himself eloquently in the traditional, yet evolving style of Shona stone sculpting while making it clear that his mark will be his own. His work resonates with the emotions of human life while embodying the richness of African culture. It speaks of their people and traditions, while at the same time communicating globally of the human condition at large.
Collen would like to invite you to experience the tradition of Shona Sculpture. Watch as he and his team take a project from extraction to an awe inspiring work or art!