Thursday, January 29, 2015

Familiar Terrain

Autumn Paint
Bonnie Bucknam is a multi-talented artist who has spent years working with fibers, dyes, various drawing tools  and wax.  Her abstract compositions from nature will be displayed at Second Story Gallery during February in a show she calls "Familiar Terrain." 

The terrain she's talking about is nature as seen through her creative lens.   “My abstract compositions are informed by the colors and shapes of the natural world.  I use various media, including collage, ink, acrylic, watercolor pencil, oil pastels, oil, and cold wax to create landscapes," Bonnie says, inspired by her love of travel.

The artist will be unveil her latest pieces at a reception Friday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The show continues through Feb. 28 during regular library hours.

In high school,  Bonnie launched a successful mail order business manufacturing fabric purses and that was her start in the creative artistic world.  She studied art for two years before switching her college major to anthropology and geology.   While spending 31 years in Alaska, she says she used "every spare minute" to create.  In 1997 she started a business, Handwerk, to market her quilts and hand-dyed fabrics.  After retirement, Bonnie moved to Vancouver where she now makes art her full time job. 

In addition to winning a national quilting award, Bonnie's abstractions have been exhibited in many parts of the world, including Italy, Japan, Ireland and the Netherlands.  Her work is in the permanent collection of  textile museums in Neumunster, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the State of Alaska Art Bank.  Conveniently for a traveler like Bonnie, she currently has a solo exhibit of fiber art at the Portland International Airport in Concourse D, which will remain on display throughout 2015.

Bonnie says she loves to travel.  "The anthropologist in me is fascinated by other cultures."  Her interests in geology and earth history have influenced her as well, as she works to capture variations in terrain and the spectacular shows created by natural earth processes.

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 6
5-8 p.m.
Music by T. Walker Anderson