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.

Peregrine Heathcote: New Works

During this time of the year in Arizona, classic cars are everywhere. London-based painter, Peregrine Heathcote has a taste for the classic, which is easily visible when viewing any of his work. He combines the intoxicating glamour of iconic pre-war design with modern conceptions of beauty and silverscreen-era romance, seemingly crossing the boundaries of time. Through scenes of beautiful women and classic cars and planes, he depicts the world of our dreams. It may be a vision of the international, jet-set culture, the calming allure of the water, or timeless silverscreen romance.

His show opening, which will be from 6-9 pm on Thursday, January 10th features several new works which encompass the intrigue of a by-gone world with a flair of contemporary spirit. To view the complete show catalog PDF, click here: Heathcote 2013, or visit our website. The show will run through January 30th.

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.

The Beginning of a New Decade

 

Carri Baca, Clark Olson and Christi Manuelito

Stunning art, bubbly champagne,  delicious cake, and lots of friends and family, what more could you ask for? As Bonner David Galleries celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend, the we enjoyed all that and more. The walls of the gallery were adorned with over 100 new works from nearly every Bonner David artists. As people mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, everyone was able to sense the accomplishment which had been achieved.

In the world of art, a decade is a milestone many galleries never live to see. yet Bonner David Galleries has grown and flourished over the last ten years, managing to overcome the hardships they have faced; and with the recent addition of Carri Baca, Christi’s twin sister, to the Bonner David family as partner, the next decade looks bright and full of possibilities.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us this past weekend and to everyone who has helped to make the gallery what it is today. We are excited and have high expectations for where the gallery will go in this next decade!

 

 

“Paintings on Copper”


With summer coming to a close and fall just around the corner, Bonner David Galleries is excited to roll in our new show season! This season will kick off with one of our newest artists, Benjamin Shamback, with his beautifully breathtaking paintings on copper, in the spirit of the old Dutch masters. The show, entitled “Paintings on Copper” will not only be our first show of the season, but also Shamback’s first solo show at the gallery, featuring nearly a dozen new works.
His paintings capture the essence of the flowers and objects he portrays, finding the exquisite beauty in often ordinary things. Delicate details, coupled with soft pastels and the radiance of the copper background, give his painting a unique life. His new works continue with the same identifiable beauty, simultaneously capturing both your eye and heart.
Bonner David Galleries invite you to share the night and join us at the gallery for this fresh, new show on September 20th, from 6-9pm. We hope to see you all there!

“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"

Romona Youngquist “Through the Trees”

Currently hanging in Bonner David galleries, are the exquisite works of nationally-recognized landscape artist, Romona Youngquist. With fields of poppies, rustic barns, and hillside pastures, each scene takes you away to the serene sights of the Oregon countryside. Ranging in sizes from full wall size to small, her paintings fill a room creating a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere.

On Thursday evening, March 1, we hosted the opening of Youngquist’s show.  Here to reveal her newest paintings, Youngquist traveled, with her husband, to attend the show. Full of life and vibrancy, she was thrilled to see the fruits of her labors framed and displayed throughout the gallery. Each piece was a hit, stealing glances and hearts of everyone in attendance. Only adding to the richness of the night, were the decadent chocolates, brought all the way from Honest Portland by Youngquist herself. It was a night filled with friends, drinks, chocolate and art. What more could you ask for?

Come in and see the truly stunning works by Romona Youngquist and witness their breathtaking beauty for yourself.

Claudia Hartley and Dyana Hesson “Together Again”

Claudia Hartley and Dyana Hesson will be reuniting at Bonner David Galleries on February 2, 2012, in a role reversal of sorts.  Hartley, so well known for her colorful landscapes has used her move to the South to focus on creating cheerful interior scenes, while Hesson, mostly known for her botanical images, makes a foray into the world of landscape painting.

Claudia Hartley’s style has evolved over the years, leading to her newest works. During college, she experimented widely with abstracts. She later went through a time of painting portraits, using an impressionistic or realistic style, in oils. Yet, she missed strong, vibrant colors. Now, her love of Fauvist painters and their use of bright colors are very apparent, in her modernist paintings. She chooses to convey the love of her subject matter using exciting, bold colors in acrylics. When describing her own paintings, she says they are “happy, cheerful” and “intricate composition, [using a] large variety of colors and layers of patterns.” Hartley’s eye-catching creations of Southern interiors and stunning landscapes successfully convey her love for her surroundings, giving viewers the same chance to enjoy the world in which we live.

Dyana Hesson, known for her beautifully detailed flowers, will be showing her annual collection of conversation hearts, small paintings of roses named after the Valentine candy. Continuing with her love of nature and its beauty, she has recently begun painting landscapes, viewing nature from a different perspective. From the time she was young, nature has always been her love and inspiration.  Plants and flowers were always a part of her life. “God’s creation is what inspires me” and it is the diverse and mountainous landscapes of the West she has fallen in love with. The oceans of California, red rocks of the desert and the mountains of Montana andColorado, all provide Hesson with ideal inspiration for her Western landscapes. She hopes her art can be healing and free us, for just a moment, from the complex lives we lead, reminding people of the beauty that constantly surrounds us.

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!

“Coffee With…” by Eve Plumb

Eve Plumb

Known for her role as Jan on the Brady Brunch, Eve Plumb has set aside the glitz and glam of Hollywood to entertain her audiences with casual paintings that depict one of life’s most simple pleasures: coffee with friends.

When asked about what inspired her hew collection “Coffee With…” Eve replied: “I had the idea to ask friends to invite me over for a cup of coffee; then I’d take photographs to use for paintings. The surprising thing that happened was that they ended up being portraits of the people and their environments. I also took photos in favorite cafes and restaurants. I find that choosing a specific subject matter really brings focus to the work, yet allows for discovery that was unexpected.”

Eve’s work invites us to recall our own fond memories of sharing such beautiful experiences with friends and families. Simple moments truly can last a lifetime. Reminding us of this, while also providing a glimpse into her personal experiences, Eve illustrates the mood, characters, and storyline of each carefully planned scene. Using art as an outlet for her creativity, Eve has proven she is a master storyteller, intriguing audiences with each performance on her canvas.

As a special treat, we are sharing a few of Eve’s favorite paintings and stories for everyone to experience. Her newest collection will debut July 8, 2010 from 6:00-9:00pm at Bonner David Galleries. Enjoy!

"At Kates" by Eve Plumb

My friend Kate is a vibrant person with very red hair. The cup and stool are really the only red things in her house, however. It was coincidental that I put them together on the spur of the moment.

 

"At Farmer's Market Los Angeles"

 I’ve always loved The Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, and their tables and chairs have been in use for decades. The tabletops are in lots of different colors, and this blue was really strong in the sunshine.

For more information about Eve Plumb and her new collection please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email art@bonnerdavid.com

To read her full bio click here – Eve Plumb Bio

Don’t forget to look for Eve in this month’s issue of American Art Collector, Phoenix Home & Garden, AZ Foothills, and The Arcadian Journal!


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