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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Arka Gallery, 19th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures Award

I received an award from Arka Gallery, Lithuania by the judges for my two artworks submitted to the 10th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures "Ethno". The object of my artwork was to create two artworks as if I had to leave my home in less than 30 minutes.  I created these two incomplete screen prints of a family running for their life.

BONNIE J. SMITH / United States of America
FRACTURED & INCOMPLETE #1 / ĮTRŪKĘS IR NEUŽBAIGTAS 1, 2017
FRACTURED & INCOMPLETE #2 / ĮTRŪKĘS IR NEUŽBAIGTAS 2, 2017
Už kultūrinės terpės pajautimą / For the sensation of cultural media



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Swimming Upstream

I am a member of Louise Webb's memoir writing class. Louise was a reporter on the local newspaper beat here in the Bay Area of California at one time. As I listened to her stories it truly sounds like Louise had a really interesting life.  At our last class she told us how she had interviewed Truman Capote once.  I could listen to Louise talk all day!

Back to my story, once a month someone from her Memoir Class is chosen to write for The Outlook which is the newspaper for Saratoga Senior Center. I was honored when they wanted to print my story for this Thanksgiving issue.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spring Mountain Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California

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This great spring day I was at one of my favorite places having new artworks photographed with two of my favorite people, Deb and Mike Wong at Spring Mountain Gallery! If you are ever in need of photography for your artwork, new family photos/business or framing this is the best place. Deb also works on restoring old photos and building web sites. Oh, and by the way the title of new textile is "ALVISO", 36 x 36 and is priced at 1,600.00.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Swimming Upstream Exhibited at 2017 Festival of Quilts

This was a dream come true for me to have my "Swimming Upstream" series in a gallery at The Festival of Quilts!  People were delighted, some of the comments were "Jolly Good!", Brilliant, Lovely, "It makes me so happy".  Need I say that the series was well received and the folks at Upper Street Events said it was the favorite at the Festival and to keep pushing the series out into the world! I really enjoyed meeting people from England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and I could go on and on. The stories they told about me what the series means to them are priceless.

Everyone "keep swimming upstream",  and enjoy your life! Bonnie J. Smith


Monday, July 31, 2017

Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Two of my textile artworks are now in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles!  What a day! It was such a wonderful feeling to make that trip to the Museum last Tuesday.
They asked for "Color x 3" and "Upward and Onward".  Nancy Bavor the new Art Director at the Museum is working on expanding the collections which for me says, "one day that museum needs to be larger and living in Silicon Valley I believe we have to have a donor that can make that dream come true". The museum is great and wonderful right now but living in the Valley I believe it is time for someone to step up to the plate and say, I want to make this Museum even larger, let me be the one to fund this project".
"Upward and Onward, Little Swimmers" 68h x 36w, Collection San Jose Museum of Quilt & Textiles, photo Spring Mountain Gallery, HMB
"Color x 3", 48h x 49w, Collection of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, photo Luke Mulks

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Selected as one of 10 Emerging Artist in San Jose to Know!

Please check out this article. It lists me as one of the top 10 Artist to Know in San Jose.  I was overwhelmed and flattered!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Through the Eye's of a Child


My new book "Through the Eye's of a Child" is finally here! This Memoir is my story beginning with my life on Melrose Street in Indianapolis. It follows my life as we moved to the desolate street called Nolte Street in West Newton, Indiana.  As most of you I am a very observant person and that characteristic has been with me my entire life.  While creating this book I started in visioning new textile artworks that recreate some of the important moments of my life. A total of twelve new artworks are included in this book. The book is available on Blurb at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/c-biographies-memoirs . If for some reason the link does not go through just use search and entering the title or contact me at bjs8934@gmail.com

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bonnie's artwork "Before and After the Drought" will be in the textile exhibit "Everything In Between" at SUMA Logo


Exhibit runs from June 30 - August 26, 2017
Reception: 6:00-8:00 PM June 30 - August 26, 2017; Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 10 - 7:30 PM


Photography by Spring Mountain Gallery, HMB, California

Monday, May 8, 2017

"Swimming Upstream" Featured in European Magazine!

Here is a copy of the article that will be in the summer issue of the European magazine "Pretty Patches" www.prettypatchesmagazine.com. When I looked up the magazine I knew immediately why they wanted to feature the series, "the color and the smile factor in the textile series"


In 1999, Bonnie Smith suffered an injury that left her with limited mobility for several years – an experience that would prove to be life-changing in more than one way.‘Not sure what to do with my days after I had caught up on all my reading,I turned my attention to sewing,’ she recalls. ‘It was something I hadn’t had the time to do in a long while.’ Bonnie took a quilting class near home, but discovered that certain aspects of traditional quilting weren’t for her. ‘I could not follow a quilting pattern as they simply did not make any sense to me, so I started creating one-of-a-kind quilts,’ she says. She made heirloom quilts for friends and family but soon found herself searching again for a new challenge. ‘From the quilting circles I belonged to I learned about fibre art and immediately knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. Fibre art seemed to be very free form to me, allowing me to be

a lot more creative in my designs. I soon found that I could take pictures of terrain, flowers or people and create a work from the feelings the photographs emitted to me. Being a minimalist at heart, whatever I had photographed I would abstract out until it felt right to my artistic eye and inner self.’ Describing her style as contemporary with ‘a bit of surrealism’, Bonnie has also drawn influence from pop art. ‘I have enjoyed the work of Andy Warhol for a long time, just the fact that he did it his way resonates with me,’ she says. ‘I really like how Andy took the

simple things in life and made them important; in my work you definitely see that trait.’www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.
 www.bonniejofiberarts.com

Bonnie’s full 14-piece ‘Swimming Upstream’ installation will be on display at the Festival of Quilts later this year, and she will also be debuting the second edition of her book, Swimming Upstream: A Memoir. 
For more of the article contact me and I will gladly email you a copy.  Hope to see you at The Festival of Quilts!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

              Memory and Identity, Saturday, April 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
 Twenty-three artists tell their stories in this multi-media exhibition.
The show will be on view from April 14 to May 14 at the Coastal Arts League, 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.
This a new series I am working on along with a Memoir of the same title,
"Through a Child's Eyes"