“Western Wonders”

Botanical painter Dyana Hesson and Landscape artist Claudia Hartley are coming together, once again at Bonner David Galleries to present their latest show, “Western Wonders.” Though their styles are drastically different, Hesson’s larger-than-life blooms contrast beautifully with the colorful, impressionistic landscapes of Hartley, both with work that captures the essence the wonders of the southwest.

SpringIntoAction24x36Dyana Hesson never fails to see the beauty in desert flora, often visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens to capture fleeting cacti blossoms and a wide array of succulents that will inspire future paintings. She then enlarges the scale of each flower to fill the entirety of her canvases, isolating its individual beauty and uniqueness. Additionally, Hesson will debut a new series of her much loved conversation roses.

WhiteSnow&AspenYellowClaudia Hartley has a keen eye for deciphering the colors of a landscape, which translates seamlessly to her vivid paintings. Though she now lives in most of the year in South Carolina to be closer to family, she spends several weeks of the year in Arizona, finding inspiration for new paintings and re-invigoration from the desert, which she loves dearly.

This gorgeous show opens on February 6, 2014, with a special artists reception that night from 6-9 pm. The show will hang in the gallery through February 17th and then move to Bonner David North, located in the Baker Showroom, for an encore show, “Encore to Western Wonders.”

Ron Burns “Dogipedia”

Painter Ron Burns has become known for his colorful portraits of man’s best friend and his uncanny ability to capture an animal’s unique soul and personality on canvas. His much loved portraits can be seen in both public and private collections around the world.

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This year Ron Burns is continuing his work with the Arizona Humane Society with a portrait of Ryder, a two year-old rescued pit bull. Ryder was found by cops severely starved and hanging from a door handle, with scars on her face from years of abuse. Unable to even stand when she first arrived to the Humane Society, she was carefully nurtured back to health by loving caretakers. Now returning to health, everyone is hopeful that Ryder will have a second chance to live a happy life with a loving family. Her portrait, which depicts her in the setting of her “furever home,” will be debuted during Ron Burns show opening on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6-9pm.

Also on that Thursday night, there will be a raffle held for a chance to win a limited edition holiday print. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society to help them in their efforts to rescue more animals in need like Ryder.

The show will run from December 5th through the 16th. Make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!

 

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