Word to Your Mother

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May is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s time to take a few extra moments to appreciate the women who have done the most for us. To honor the important women in our lives, Bonner David Galleries will have a special show, “Word to Your Mother,” which will feature a diverse selection of paintings which remind us of mothers and art women will love.

Among the artists featured will be Jane Jones, Dyana Hesson, Francis Livingston, Cary Ennis, Melissa Peck, Quim Bove, Max Hammond and Ellen Skidmore, among many others; including special words to their mothers from several of the artists.  From paintings of beautiful flowers, delicate still lifes and powerful landscapes, to those of SOHO shopping, backstage fashion shows and breathtaking abstract art, there is something for everyone.Window View resized

Take an evening to spend time with the mothers in your life and give a kind word to your mother while enjoying beautiful works of art. The opening will be held during artwalk on Thursday, May 9th from 6-9pm.

Jane Jones “Garden Party”

Hyper-realist painter Jane Jones never fails to see the beauty in the simplest things in nature.  Also a masterful gardner, Jones works closely with the flowers she paints. In each painting, Jones uses simple yet elegant arrangements of silk tablecloths, glass vases and dramatic lighting, which showcase each flower’s grace and delicacy.

However, Jones chooses flowers as her primary subject for more than just their beauty. Today’s world is fast paced and complex and can quickly become tiresome and overwhelming. The plants and flowers in nature remind Jones to always take a moment to appreciate the beauty which surrounds each of us every day.

The show opens on Thrusday, January 31, 2013 from 6-9pm and will hang in the gallery until February 13th. So take a break from the chaotic, everyday world and come to Bonner David Galleries to enjoy the breathtaking paintings of Jane Jones.

To view her show catalog, please view the following PDF: JaneJonesGardenParty, or visit Bonner David Galleries’ website.

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,

Dyana

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.

“Favorites”

Clockwise from left: John Schieffer "Making Conversation", Brad Aldridge "Hayfield", Carol Redmond "Garden Series II", John Harrell "Square Rain"

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 6-9 pm, Bonner David Galleries will be hosting a show, featuring the best of the best from several of our artists. The show, entitled, “Favorites,” will showcase the captivating still life paintings of Cary Ennis, John Schieffer, Jane Jones, and our newest artist, Benjamin Shamback, the landscapes of Brad Aldridge, the mesmerizing cityscape scenes from John Harrell, the intriguing works of Carol Redmond and Katherine Lemke Waste’s stunning watercolor pieces.

Each of these artists will be displaying their favorite new works from this year during the upcoming show, thus the title, “Favorites.” The pieces they have chosen will not disappoint and with such variety, something will surely capture your attention. Whether you prefer landscapes or still lifes, oil paintings or waters colors, or contemporary or traditional, there is certain to be a piece that will catch your eye. With so many artists and their many new works, this show is an event you don’t want to miss, so come join us for an evening of fun!

Clockwise from left: Benjamin Shamback "Red Camelias on Blue", Cary Ennis "Pursimmons", Katherine Lemke Waste "Three Cosmos, A Meditation in Pink and Gray", Jane Jones "Gentle Lady"

“Oh The Places We’ll Go” PANDA Charity Event

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, the 13th annual PANDA luncheon and fashion show will be taking place at the Phoenician Resort. The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, more commonly known as PANDA – People Acting Now Discover Answers will be hosting the event. Since being founded in 1999, they have raised over 3.7 million for the Steele Center, to support their mission of discovering improved treatments and cures for childhood diseases.

Bonner David Galleries is a proud commutity partner with PANDA. This will be the gallery’s 5th year as a supporter and partner. Last year alone, Bonner David Galleries was able to raise over 10,000 dollars, through the generous donations of our artists. This year, nine more pieces will be dontated by artists Quim Bove, Ron Burns, Carol Redmond, Michael Carson, Claudia Hartley, Francis Livingston, Dyana Hesson, Robert LaDuke and Jane Jones.

Bonner David Galleries and PANDA are also inviting you to contribute and take part in the bidding process. If you are interested contact Robyn Broshears from Auction Event Solutions at robyn@aesarizona.com or (480) 636-1303 to pre-register to bid remotely on items. She will collect the necessary information to register you and inform you how the remote bidding process works. They have asked that all pre-registration is completed by Friday, May 11, at 12 pm, so make sure to contact her if you are unable to attend the event but are interested in bidding on the paintings below. Also, you can go to PANDA’s Facebook page to get updates on all the latest.

These are all the images being donated this year. We hope the event is a great success for PANDA and thank you to the artists of our Bonner David family, for their generous donations, we are so proud to represent you!

"Nature's Magic" by Jane Jones

"Breat of Spring" by Jane Jones

As the summer months heat up changing the landscape of our diverse desert, celebrate the magic of a summer garden with Bonner David Galleries and Colorado artist Jane Jones!

Jane’s exquisitely painted flowers beautifully showcase the variety of life that only nature can offer. Complimenting each composition with vivid light and vibrant color, Jane brings out the gorgeous yet understated qualities of her subjects. In anticipation of her upcoming show “Nature’s Magic,” we had fun talking with Jane about her new collection. Here is what she said:

Bonner David Galleries: As a floral artist you must have an endless stream of inspiration; with such variety how do you choose your subjects? Is there a special process to it? 

Jane Jones: I want to portray the power, fragility, beauty and variety that nature has to offer, so I pick flowers that I think will do that.  Of course I also have to love them.  I am always looking for new flowers, in gardening catalogs, at the florist, at the nursery, in other people’s gardens…wherever I can find them.  Then if it is something that will grow in my gardens, I give it a try.  I love to see how they grow, and the various stages of life and blossoming, and how they look in sunlight.  

Then I spend some time with them to find out what it is that they can and seem to want to communicate….power, delicacy, movement, and what their best qualities are….color, an arc of a stem, the dance of their petals, majesty, humor, durability, and compose with them to show those qualities off.

BDG: Do you have a favorite flower or varietal? 

Jane: My favorite flower is the one I am working on, or is blooming in my garden.  Today my irises are beginning their annual show, and they are magnificent!!!!  And I am painting roses today that I grew last summer, and I love them a lot right now.  As I spend the time to paint a flower I see amazing things in it that I would not see any other way.  And I see it as part of my job to help other people to see the magnificent beauty that is all around us…if we take the time to see it.

BDG: Living in a climate that is very cold in the winter, how do you stay inspired throughout the year? 

Jane: During the gardening year, I set up still lifes with my flowers.  I take hundreds of photos each year and they keep me inspired in the winter.  But if I need a “flower fix” I go to the conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens, or flower shops just to see living plants.   

And if I am really lucky, one of my indoor plants, orchids or amaryllis, is blooming!

 I also keep notebooks with ideas and pictures and writings and all I have to do is spend a few hours, or minutes, going through those and I am fired up again.   I have enough ideas to keep me busy for several lifetimes!

BDG: Do you have a motto that you live by?

 

Jane: My favorite motto is “No try, No get.”  What that means to me is that if I don’t try for something, then it surely won’t ever happen.  It means that to reach my goals I have to put me and my work and ideas out into the world every day.  If I think up some goal, and think I can’t make it happen, then I can’t…but if I stay positive, and try like crazy, then if it is something that I am supposed to be doing, it will happen.   

I am pretty well grounded in my spirituality and believe that I have gifts and opportunities, and it is my responsibility to realize those and give back to the world.

BDG: You have authored many books and DVDs teaching others your techniques? What motivates you to teach and write? 

Jane: I did not ever set out in this life to be a teacher, but I have been teaching something since I was 19 years old.  Teaching opportunities have come my way.  I think I have only ever applied for one teaching job.  It seems to be one of the things that I am put here to do.  

I remember how much I wanted to learn to be an artist.  It was an unquenchable desire and passion.  When I was a total beginning painter, I was very lucky to have one of the most generous, nurturing and supportive teachers EVER!  I know that I was very, very lucky! 

Then as I went on to art school I really had to fight for what I wanted to learn and sometimes it was really frustrating.  DVDs and videos were not available, but I learned a lot from books on my own, and by just spending hours working in my studio. 

I know what it is like to want to learn, and need good instruction.  I know what it is like to have that passion and desire to create, and need help getting there.  My goal as a teacher is to help people on THEIR journey as artists.   Learning to paint is very hard work, and I love hearing that I have made it easier for someone, or that I have helped them to rekindle a passion, or find their way toward realizing their artistic dreams.   The feedback that I get from people is amazing and I am so pleased to be a part of their journey. 

BDG: Who is your hero? Is there one person who inspires you? 

Jane: I taught Art History for many years, so I have a lot of artistic heroes.  Michelangelo is my favorite.  I love the clarity of the communication in his work, and his unwavering commitment to his vision and his art during times of incredible hardship and frustration. 

There are two 17th century Dutch women who were incredible floral painters; Maria van Oosterwyck and Rachel Ruysch.  (I included them both in my book, Classic Still Life Painting.  The beauty of their flowers is breathtaking.  And they made those paintings without the opportunities, conveniences and comfort that I take for granted.  Again, they had visions for their work and realized them, no matter what!

“Star Rise” by Jane Jones

Jane Jones will reveal her latest collection “Nature’s Magic” on Thursday June 3, 2010 at from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will hang through June 16, 2010. You definitely must see her work in person to truly grasp the magnificence of her technique and we cannot wait to share this experience with you!

To read her full Bio and view a full collection of her work please click here http://www.bonnerdavid.com/Artview1.asp?At=JaneJones

Don’t miss Jane Jones in the June issue of American Art Collector Magazine!

For more information about Jane Jones and her work please contact us art@bonnerdavid.com or call us at 480.941.8500


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