‘Edible Desert’, Saturday March 4, 2017 – Benefitting the Scottsdale Gallery Association

Edible Desert
Saturday, March 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
River Trading Post
7033 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

The Scottsdale Gallery Association and Tarra Lazos Creative are also very pleased to announce a special, intimate reception on the evening of Saturday, March 4th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at River Trading Post on Main Street. San Carlos Apache desert forager and lecturer Twila Cassadore will present sumptuous desert delectables for tasting, and discuss the benefits of a diet rich in the desert flora which sustained indigenous residents of Arizona long before European contact.

Ms. Cassadore is a San Carlos Apache Tribal member and has devoted the past five years to the Traditional Western Apache Diet Project, working with Apache elders to document and analyze the pre-reservation Apache diet and helping incorporate this knowledge into everyday community living. She also works on a number of community health issues and other cultural preservation projects in addition to being a caterer and food vendor She is the founder of Native Mothers Against Meth.

For tickets call 480-444-0001
$50 Donation

Art Santa Fe 2014

Santa-Fe-carriThis year, from July 10-13, 2014, Bonner David Galleries is excited to return to Art Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout the event, Bonner David will be featuring artists will include Michael Carson, Gail Morris, Carol Redmond, Holly Wilson, Nathan Fischer, Mitch Fry and Christi Manuelito. Incredible art by each artist will be displayed, including several new works, which will debut at Art Santa Fe.

For more information about the event, including where to buy your tickets, please contact the gallery by email or phone at (480) 941-2500. You can also visit Art Santa Fe’s website for more information about this years event.

Art Santa Fe

ConglomerateSFINAL copyBonner David Galleries is excited to announce that they will be participating in Art Santa Fe 2013. The International art fair, which began in 2000, is a destination for art collectors and those in the field of art, hosting an especially diverse and unique array of high-class contemporary art.

This year, the gallery will be showcasing two new works by Nate Ronniger, combining bright colors and exquisite detail. Gail Morris will also have two new works featuring her lovely perspective on the Santa Fe landscape. Wood sculptor Mitch Fry has created new pieces for his “Line Derivation” series; and several new charming and creative porcelain sculptures from Eric Boos will also be there. Works by Quim Bove including his use of eye-catching gold paint will be shown as well as the beautifully abstracted figures of Max Hammond. Also on display will be the hauntingly beautiful and captivating portraits of Lu Cong. Additionally, we will be showcasing several new Michael Carson paintings, which will debut a new process, using a removal technique he calls “unpainting,” to create his recognizable figures.

ASFButtonArt Santa Fe will be open from July 11-14. On the evening of July 11th, there will be a Gala Opening and Vernissage. Tickets for that event are $100 a piece and can be purchased through Art Santa Fe directly. General admission tickets for all other times are $10 per person. For additional information, including location and details about the various events which will take place during Art Santa Fe, visit their website.

If you’re looking for an excuse to take a vacation or an escape from the Arizona weather, we would love for you to visit Bonner David Galleries at our booth in Santa Fe! To see the show catalog, please click on the following link: Art Santa Fe 2013 Catalog

 

“Set in Stone” Shona Show

We are especially excited for our Shona show October 20-November 8! We have the honor of hosting noted sculptors Moses and Wellington Nyanhongo all the way from Zimbabwe.  Not only are they visiting, but they will be giving a demonstration at Biltmore Fashion Park on Friday afternoon and evening. This is Wellington’s first trip to the United States, having just completed an artist tour of Europe, and we want to make sure his trip is a memorable one as we have represented him since 2002!

Moses, Agnes, and Wellington Nyanhongo were able to learn this native art form by watching and helping their father Claud (a first generation Shona sculptor) while they were growing up.  Their sculptures are a link toward deeper understanding of Zimbabwean people and their way of life.  Agnes’ work focuses on human form specifically from a female perspective. Moses sculpts human figures and day to day interactions of people, while Wellington focuses on human affinity with nature, highlighting the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the Shona people.

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, their work is also quite beneficial. The Nyanhongo family is involved in supporting the charity Sahwira Fund. Sahwira Fund is responsible for helping support the Maulana School for Orphans in Epworth,  Zimbabwe. There are currently 1,700 orphans who attend this very small school. When it was founded in 2006 they had but 4 classrooms and 13 volunteers to help teach the children. Most of the children live on their own, with siblings, or are lucky enough to live with friends of their parents. The Nyanhongo family donates 10% of their earnings to this fund to help this worthwhile endeavor. To learn more about the Sahwira Fund and see how you can help visit www.sahwira.org .   

Demonstration Schedule:

Thursday, October 20th

9:55-11:10 AM             Phoenix Country Day School 

1:00-3:30 PM               Gallery demonstration

6:00-9:00 PM               Opening reception

Friday, October 21st

1:00-3:00 PM              Gallery demonstration

4:00-9:00 PM              Biltmore Fashion Park public demonstration 

                                            2400 E. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, October 22nd

12:00-5:00 PM             Gallery demonstration

Please plan to attend one or all of the demonstrations, as well as the reception October 20 from 6-9 p.m.

See more about these talented artists:  2011 AZ Press Kit-rev

Eric Bowman Studio Visit

No trip to Portland would be complete without stopping for a visit at the studio of our latest figurative artist Eric Bowman, who just finished his first very successful show at Bonner David last month.  Located in a friendly suburb behind a white picket fence was not only a breathtaking blue hydrangea in full bloom, but a large white building with an arc roof.  Greeted by his gallery pooch and daughter Lily, we entered this vast two-story space.In the middle was a raised platform, ready for his talented models, such as Shadow Moon, to take the stage while Eric artfully paints at his easel nearby.  Since he had just finished his show at Bonner David, he only had a few new paintings he was working on, but they are in keeping with his musical and dance theme.

 He took us upstairs where the “business” of his art operations is conducted, away from the painting area.  His studio boasts a large storage area and the studio has big doors for large canvases.  Of course there’s a play area for Lily.  Eric casually admitted that his studio is actually bigger than his adjacent home and that he’d dreamed for years of having such a studio.  With such a wonderful place to work, so near all the comforts of home, it is no wonder that Eric is able to create some of the most wonderful figurative paintings around!  We are lucky to have him as a member of the Bonner David family.

A Visit to Romona Youngquist’s Studio

Driving up a steep hill seeing a beautiful blue sky dotted with clouds I arrived at the studio and Oregon home of talented landscape artist Romona Youngquist.  She promised that I would want to move to Oregon and with the temperature in the 70s compared to the 110 degree heat of Phoenix; I was almost ready to admit she was right. 

I was initially greeted by her five puppies, in all shapes and sizes and then noticed the beautiful gardens around her home before going inside and climbing to her 3rd floor studio—a space all designated for her art.  Out her double window are mountains, vineyards, rolling hills and, of course, magnificent skies.  I was initially drawn to her painting table covered with mounds of paint as well as the 4 or 5 works she had in progress.  As she gave me a tour, she explained how she works, eventually taking the paintings downstairs to display on the large walls of her dining room to “live with them” for a bit and see if there’s anything else they need before being shipped off to a gallery.

As I spent the day with her, we took a drive around the beautiful wine country of greater Dundee, often seeing the locations she paints.  Having seen over 300 of her works, I recognized many a spot and was eager to hear the time of day she found best to capture these images.  We even stopped at the Allison Inn & Spa where Romona has two very large paintings which attract a great deal of attention.

Romona is a morning person, often getting up at 5 AM to begin her day of painting.  Once the coffee is made, she can sit and reflect on her work, and while she works through the day, she has the company of her dogs, her music, and that stunning view.  She is an avid baker and cook (she even tried out for Master Chef with rabbit as her main ingredient).  We got to taste her delicious blueberry pancakes, peppered bacon, poppy seed muffins and drank pots of coffee.

But I kept going back to the clouds I would see; wisps of white that Romona captures so vividly and seemingly effortlessly in her paintings as she is known for her ever-changing skies.  To be around a true talent and to be able to see the natural beauty that inspires her and hearing her explain what she looks for is a rare treat for a collector like me who has not one wit on artistic talent or ambition.  For a day, I could experience Romona’s world.  For all of the hundreds of collectors who enjoy her work, I say “thank you” for the wonderful artistic gift you share with us.  I only wish all of our loyal Youngquist collectors could have the same experience—but then poor Romona wouldn’t have time to paint, the very thing she does best.  Thanks, Romona, for a most memorable visit!

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!