Friday, December 27, 2019

Bonnie's Solo Show, Personal Landscapes, Opens in San Diego January 18, 2020

Personal Landscapes: A Visual Travelogue
Bonnie M. Bucknam
January 18 - April 5, 2020
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92106
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm

Bonnie will be having a solo exhibit at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego. The opening and artist reception is January 18 between 5 and 8pm (exact opening time not known at the time of this post). The exhibit closes April 5, 2020. Catalogs are available at the Museum Gift Shop.

Bonnie writes: 
The anthropologist in me is fascinated by other cultures. And as someone who has always been interested in geology and the history of the earth, I love seeing the variations in terrain and the spectacular shows created by natural earth processes. I create landscape and abstract works inspired by the places I have lived and the exotic countries I have visited. I try to convey my response to the character and essence of these places, the people I have visited, and the creations of cultures that have come before. My works are created from my hand-dyed fabrics. I usually compose my pieces using an improvisational style and design on the wall. Some of the piecing is quite difficult and time consuming. I have a longarm sewing machine, which makes the close machine quilting feasible and the quilting process enjoyable.
I consider myself a beginner at painting. I have experimented with acrylics and with oil and cold wax. My first few paintings for this series I undertook as color studies for the quilts I wanted to make. Over the course of working on this concept, some of the paintings have developed to be works in their own right. Recently I have been working more with oil and cold wax. I feel it suits my style and hope to develop my expertise in the medium.
In my Personal Landscapes works I have been exploring the effect of the medium on the outcome of the work. I have started with a photograph, mostly taken on my travels, and then created a painting and also a quilt inspired by the photo. I find my interpretations to be quite different in mood, size, format, and degree of abstraction, depending on the medium. The Personal Landscapes series began, unbeknownst to me, with my Reflection quilt in 2008. I have explored this idea of interpreting personal landscapes in the years since. The experiment is ongoing.

1000 Palms Oasis
c 2016 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey 

Paper Reed
c 2019 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Hoddick Photography
Holding Back the Sahara
c 2019 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Hoddick Photography

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Material Matters at The Cave in Vancouver, Washington

Material Matters
Work from the Vancouver Surface Design Association
The Cave
108 E. Evergreen
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am-4pm
December 5 - 28, 2019

The exhibit includes fiber pieces from six members of the local Vancouver chapter of the Surface Design Association: , Mary Arnold, Bonnie Bucknam, Donna Joslyn, Sally Sellers, Sharon Svec, and Marie Murphy Wolfe. Work include several techniques: beading, quilting, shabori dye, photo printing and spray painting, basketry, and book making.
Red Lightning
c Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

c Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Sticks and Stones
c Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

 The Installation at The Cave:

Watch the YouTube Video of Contemporaneo

Contemporaneo-Contemporary: Art Quilt from the U.S. and Brazil 
U.S. Quilts by Members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, Washington

I have three quilts in this exhibit of quilts from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association in Washington and Brazil: Bridge Controversy, Tumble, and Sea Cave. Two of the three have shown at any one venue. The show was selected by Zeca Madeiros and organized and managed by Cathy Erickson.
Watch the
YouTube video from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.


c Bonnie M. Bucknam

Photo by Mark Frey

Bridge Controversy

c Bonnie M. Bucknam

Photo by Mark Frey

Sea Cave
c Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recent Donations

This quilt, Cherry Bark Maple, was a group effort by myself, a friend from Oregon, and Pat S. from Alaska. It was donated to the SCADdle Run for the benefit of the SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection) Research Foundation.

Independence, by Pat and Melinda of Anchorage, was donated to the local Vancouver Quilts of Valor project.

These last 5 quilts were donated to Hopes and Dreams Quilts for ALS to be distributed to be distributed to patients with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Block Party was composed by Mary and Jill of Vancouver and Portland.

This quilt, Licorice Sticks, was donated by Joan B. of Anchorage.

And these last 3 are mine. I made those colorful geometric blocks in the first quilt with my son's kindergarten class. He is now 33! About time to be rid of these.

Thanks to all for your generous work!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

On the Edge at Oregon Historical Society Opening May 3

On the Edge
An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists
May 3 – August 11, 2019
Oregon Historical Society Pavilion1200 SW Park AvePortland, Oregon 97205
c 2016 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey
Standing at the edge of the precipice is a precarious position; teetering between defeat and victory, we feel both anxious and exhilarated. We must move forward; there is no turning back or staying on the edge.

In Oregon, we live on the edge of the continent in a volcanic zone, an earthquake fault line, and a tsunami zone. Whether staring down from the top of a mountain or standing on a beach, we watch as the sun dips below the same horizon. We are all on the edge—be it physically, geographically, emotionally, philosophically, in personality, or in style.

SAQA Oregon artists were invited to interpret, either in a representational or abstract way, a response to On the Edge. The selected works are part of this two-gallery juried show at the Oregon Historical Society.

About SAQAStudio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. They are an information resource on all things art quilt related for their members as well as the public. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA members now number more than 3,400 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators, and corporate sponsors.  

Shifting Tides Opens at Works/San Jose April 19

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth

Shifting Tides
This exhibit focuses on the current state of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem, its marvelous
natural diversity, and the human activities that both sustain and threaten oceanic life.


Works/San José
San Jose, California
April 19 - May 5, 2019 Artists Reception April 20, 1-3pm

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
La Conner, Washington
June 26 - September 29, 2019
Chehalem Cultural Center
Newberg, Oregon
March 3 - April 25, 2020

CityScape Community Art Space
Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 15 - June 13, 2020
Wailoa Center
Hilo, Hawaii
July 10 - 30, 2020

International Gallery of Contemporary Art
Anchorage, Alaska
September 4 - 30, 2020

Pratt Museum
Homer, Alaska
October - November 2020
Visions Art Museum
San Diego, California
January 16 - April 4, 2021

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove, California
July16- September 12, 2021
Prior to attending it is always best to
check the exact exhibition dates with the venue.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Vancouver SDA at Aurora Gallery

The Vancouver Branch of the Surface Design Association will be featured at Aurora Gallery for the month of April. The opening reception will be April 5, 2019 5-9pm on First Friday Art Walk. SDA will show a diverse range of fiber-based art including fiber vessels and wall hangings. Members showing their work include: Mary Arnold, Bonnie Bucknam, Maris Cavanagh, Donna Joslyn, Sally Sellers, Sharon Svec, Karen Turner and Marie Murphy Wolfe.

The Surface Design Association is a national organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design. The Vancouver Branch formed in 2016 and has been meeting bi-monthly ever since to share, inspire and grow an appreciation for surface design and textiles. This will be the premiere exhibition of their works.
Bonnie Bucknam's new work Papyrus will be part of the exhibit at Aurora Gallery.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

First Local Donation to Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children

The first local donation of "Guatemala Quilts" went to the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. A friend contacted them and was told that all but 6 children there already had quilts. So six quilts were sent over. Here they are. Above is from Pat in Idaho. The first two below are from Pat in Anchorage.

This one is from Marta in Palm Desert:

This is by Jo in Portland:

And this one is mine. I pieced it in 1980 (!!) and it had been sitting in a closet ever since. I finally got around to quilting it. After 38 years, I still like it.