Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

ellen-book-front-coverEllen Skidmore has always had trouble communicating. Her speech impediment prevented her from expressing herself, which lead to a lot of sadness for a long time. Ellen said, “All my life I have had great difficulty trying to understand the underlying nature of my existence. For a long time, I looked outside myself for connection, direction and validation. I searched and struggled with this until I could go on no more and felt my spirit was broken.”

In college, Skidmore started looking into art therapy and found a professor who really challenged her. She found that painting was the place where she was at peace. “Part of the painting process is to paint your pain and it somehow morphs into beauty,” Ellen explains, “I could paint something really sad and someone could say ‘oh my god, that just makes me so happy.'” Ellen found happiness in painting, and she really wanted to share that with people.

When thinking of how she could share her own story of accepting herself, she thought about creating a children’s book. “My own story came out in a flurry,” she remembers, “Making the book was a labor of love and it’s been very cathartic.”

Ellen wants her own story to inspire children to be more accepting of themselves. She said, “I’m just really hopeful that it will be inspiring to children, and girls especially, I want them to be captain of their own ship.” Writing her book, Ellen was able to reflect on how painting has changed her own view of herself.

Ellen is debuting a new show this week with an opening reception on Thursday, December 17th, from 6-9pm. We are so excited to see her book and her latest works on display at our gallery! You can learn more about Ellen and her remarkable story through this video.

Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright Conglomerate

Just in time for the holidays (and maybe even last minute gifts), Bonner David Galleries is opening a festive show filled with pieces which capture the joy and beauty of the season. It will feature four prominent contemporary female artists, who have been successfully working in the arts for many years: Melissa Peck, Liz Tran, Ellen Skidmore, and Christi Manuelito.  Each artist has a uniquely different style, each piece an endearing masterpiece, all of which present a diverse, yet harmonious blend of intrigue, charm, color and sophistication, which captures the beautiful spirit of the season.

The show opening will be on Thursday, December 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Join us that night for refreshments and cocktails and to be the first to see the enchanting new paintings. “Merry & Bright” will hang in the gallery until January 13th.

“Ladies First” at Bonner David North

This past Wednesday evening, “Ladies First,” the debut show at Bonner David North in the Baker Showroom, had its opening night. The beautiful paintings, all by women artists, look magnificent paired in a clean and simple way with elegant the chairs by Barbara Barry and Laura Kirar. The sleek and contemporary feel allows each painting the opportunity to make a statement. The night was a success, with friends, designers and art collectors gathering to take in the stunning works of art.

The show, as opened, with unique pairing of chairs and fine art, will hang through Wednesday, June 26th, so make sure to see it before things have been changed. The artwork will hang through August 31, but the furniture will be rearranged after Wednesday.

In case you weren’t able to make it to the opening, here are some photos of the night.

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