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.


IMG_6945_edited webFor Scottsdale’s Native Artwalk, Bonner David Galleries has a spectacular show featuring two native artists, Painter Nocona Burgess and the our newest sculptor artist,  Holly Wilson. Together their works express two different ways of carrying on traditional and their works are both inspired and informed by stories of their histories, culture and beliefs.

Nocona Burgess, who is Comanche, uses accents of highly saturated colors in unexpected way to create the portraits of the real-life people from his heritage, those from the history of art and the animals he that filled the stories he heard as a child. His unique style blends the an often monochromatic figure, which vaguely resembles the black and white photo he may have used as inspiration with bold, unmistakable pops of vivid color, leaving his own mark on the pasts that inspire him.

image001Holly Wilson, Cherokee/Delaware, creates incredibly intricate, bronze and wood sculptures inspired by a mixture of observed human emotion and the legends of her background. Using the traditional lost wax method, Wilson creates each of her sculptures as one of a kind pieces, singular in edition, as she believes that each work of art has a unique spirit that can not be duplicated.

The show will open February 27, 2014 and remain on display until March 17, 2014. On Thursday, February 27, from 6-9 pm there will be a special artists reception to open the exhibit. This stunning show is one you do not want to miss, so come and join us for a night of exquisite art.

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.

Mitch Fry “Announcing Spaces”

At workWood sculptor, Mitch Fry, has exhibited in museums around the Valley; and this Thursday, February 28th he will be opening his show, “Announcing Spaces” at Bonner David Galleries, from 6-9pm.

Featuring new creations in wood, this show will be full of exquisite sculptures which explore the use of space, in addition to his intricate sketches for planning and preparation for each of the pieces. Each meticulously constructed sculpture represents forms, both geometric and organic, which contradict the hardness of the wood’s texture.

Fry’s show will be on display in the gallery through March 20th. Don’t forget to stop by and see these marvels in wood in person, as they are truly stunning and eye-catching works of art.

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,


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.

“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 .   

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

“100 Creatives” names Mitch Fry #19

Don’t miss the Phoenix New Times Culture Blog-Jackalope Ranch. The new site features a series titled “100 Creatives” showcasing the valley’s most talented artists and creative minds. Our very own Mitch Fry is listed as #19 and we could not be more proud!

Check out the full article and interview here

"The Figure Takes Form" New Works by Michael Carson

Well known figurative artist Michael  Carson will debut his latest collection on December 3, 2010 from 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ (Location and Hours). Carson has been a mainstay at Bonner David since 2006 attracting acclaim from critiques and collectors all over the U.S. Last year American Art Collector Magazine raved about Carson’s work (to read the full article click here Michael Carson in AAC). They loved him so much they just had to feature him again…Don’t miss Michael’s profile in this month’s issue of AAC!

Best known for his broad brushstrokes, use of color, and enticing settings; Carson represents his subjects in familiar arenas such as nightclubs, jazz bars, café’s, and intimate rooms.

When asked about his style Carson states, “My work is first and foremost figurative studies. It’s what I like to paint, my biggest challenge and my greatest payoff. My nondescript surroundings help me create a mood or a story that I am trying to relay through my painting. Inspiration comes from architectural interiors as well as fashion and my work allows me to explore and explain this side of myself. Seeing how the work evolves, the subtle and the drastic differences, and looking forward to the future is what keeps me painting. I view a painting as a success when I take from it something new that follows me into my next work.” 

"Blue Window" by Michael Carson

While Carson continues to entice us with his captivating figures, he is now also making strides in the genre of sculpting. With the upcoming show approaching, and excitement over the new bronze sculptures growing, we just had to know more about this inspired new collection. So, we sent our intern Elizabeth on a mission to get the full scoop!

Elizabeth: What made you want to start sculpting?

Carson: I have always wanted to try sculpting, but it was important to me to concentrate on one medium for a good period of time, from a technical standpoint as well as a business one.

Elizabeth: Was it something you had always thought you might do? Why have you decided to make that transition now?
Carson: I guess I started it when I was feeling a little inspirational blockage from painting and just needed a new creative diversion.

Elizabeth: What is the inspiration for all of your new works?
Carson: My inspiration is still the figure. I’ve had people say that some of my sculptures resemble characters from my paintings and that is just fine by me.

Elizabeth: Have you noticed an evolution in your painting since taking up the sculpting that, perhaps, you had not expected?

Carson: Yes, I have seen sculpting affect my painting tremendously! The act of having to see something in 3 dimensions is a very trying exercise. As you turn a piece around you literally have to get all angles correct and that is very technical, especially when you do not have the perfect reference and have to conceive it in your mind. But, as I go to paint I find myself seeing the figure in multiple angles and that is always helpful in correcting your drawing skills. I feel it has made me a better figure painter. But what I love about sculpting is not worrying about color. Color is tricky and complicated for me and it is nice to just work a piece and not have to consider that. The actual act of working with the hands is a great experience as well. The first couple of days my hands were so sore, it really is quite a physical practice.

"Flapper" by Michael Carson (original clay)

"Flapper" by Michael Carson (original clay)

You can discover Michael Carson’s latest collection of 1920’s inspired paintings and bronze sculpture at Bonner David Galleries. For more information or to receive a listing of the full collection please contact us at or call 480.941.8500