In Honor of Joseph O’Sickey, exhibition extended

O'SickeyThe Bonfoey Gallery would like to honor the life of one of Northeast Ohio’s finest painters, Joseph O’Sickey.  His exhibition, Travels: Provence and Maine, will be on view in our street and lower level galleries through labor day, September 2, 2013. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his beloved family, friends, and supporters.  He will be dearly missed.

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JOSEPH O’SICKEY – Travels: Provence & Maine


The Bonfoey Gallery, the exclusive representative of the work of Joseph O’Sickey, is pleased to present an exhibition of his work, Travels: Provence & Maine. The exhibition will be on view in our street level gallery from June 14 through July 13, 2013. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the gallery Friday, June 14, from 5-8 pm. This exhibition will run concurrently with a retrospective of O’Sickey’s work at the Canton Museum of Art from May 2 – July 21, 2013.

Travels: Provence & Maine, focuses on a select group of oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings made by Joseph O’Sickey in those unique areas. O’Sickey and his wife Algesa vacationed many summers at their second home in Deer Isle, Maine, from 1962 to 1992. Maine’s majestic ocean coastline provided a host of new material for an artist who enjoyed painting outdoors. As part of a program between the Cleveland Institute of Art & Sarah Lawrence College, O’Sickey was artist in residence in Lacoste, France in 1981. Provence is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its unique quality of light, partially due to the air clearing Mistral winds. Thus, this Southern region of France has long been a destination for painters. Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard, Braque, and Monet, to name just a few, once called the region home. This exhibition, comprised of interior still-lifes with bouquets, shoreline scenes, country sides, and bird studies, allows the viewer a private glance into a painter’s daily life in two dramatic coastal regions.

Joseph O’Sickey’s interest in painting began in his childhood, sketching the barnyard animals and wildlife on his grandmother’s farm. His early training began in classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art where he developed a love for oil paint. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1937 to 1940, and went on to teach painting at Ohio State University, the Akron Art Institute, and lastly, at Kent State University, where he remained for thirty years. O’Sickey’s works have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, and the Akron Art Museum, among others.

For more information about the JOSEPH O’SICKEY – TRAVELS: PROVENCE & MAINE, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at

Joseph O’Sickey given the Governor’s Award!

Joseph O’Sickey was officially presented with the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts this week, and we couldn’t be happier for him! His work is currently on view at the Canton Museum of Art through July 21, 2013. The Bonfoey Gallery will be presenting an exhibit Joe’s work: Travels: Provence & Maine on view June 14 through July 13, 2013. An opening reception with the artist will be held Friday, June 14, from 5-8pm.

Check out this lovely article published in the Akron Beacon Journal, last Sunday, May 12, 2013.


NOADA – ARTExpo this weekend!


NOADA’s ARTExpo is taking place at the Transformer Station, in Ohio City, this weekend May 10, 11, & 12! Participating galleries include:  1point618 Gallery, Bonfoey Gallery, William Busta Gallery, Thomas French Fine Art, Harris Stanton Gallery, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art, Carl Solway Gallery, Tregoning & Company, and Verne Gallery.

TRANSFORMER STATION 1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland, OH  44113, 216-938-5429

Valet parking will be complimentary for the Preview Night Gala on Friday – tickets for this night are SOLD OUT! You can purchase tickets for $10 at the door of the event for the weekend reception on Saturday & Sunday. Valet parking on Saturday & Sunday will be available for $6.

Friday, May 10 – Preview Gala Party – 5pm to 9pm – SOLD OUT

Saturday, May 11 – Reception – 11am to 6pm

Sunday, May 12 – Reception – 12pm to 5pm

GARY BUKOVNIK – Forever Spring – May 3 to June 1


Cleveland native, San Francisco based watercolorist, GARY BUKOVNIK, will be exhibiting new work at The Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Avenue. This stunning exhibition of watercolors, entitled Forever Spring, will be on view in both our street and lower level galleries from May 3 through June 1, 2013. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 3, from 5 – 8pm. There will also be a gallery talk with the artist Saturday, May 4, beginning at 10am.

Gary Bukovnik was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and 2005, and was artist-in-residence at the Michigan Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo in 2010. In addition to exhibiting in notable cities in the US, such as San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Cleveland, Gary Bukovnik has found recent success abroad. Bukovnik has exhibited in galleries and prominent museums in China, Japan, Slovenia, and The Netherlands. He has upcoming exhibitions at Today International Art Museum in Beijing, China, and Ansorena Galleria in Madrid, Spain.

Using floral images suspended in time and space, Gary Bukovnik creates compositions we would not have the opportunity to appreciate with our naked eye. Pretty, graceful, petals and leaves spread and dislodge from the bud and stem in a symphony of evanescence as the arrangements are tossed into the air by some unseen force. Bukovnik’s masterful use of watercolor is reminiscent of Asian art and its luminescence, as these unique, not-so-still-lifes shine with an inner light. Gary learned at an early age to iconize flowers as his grandmothers rose garden was a constant source of fascination and curiosity. Children were only allowed to enter the sacred space under careful watch. Watercolor was Bukovnik’s first medium as a child and in his adult years his passion for watercolor and long-time love of flora combined to form his signature style.

For more information about the GARY BUKOVNIK – FOREVER SPRING, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company web site at

Contemporaries 2013 – a group exhibition of new works

C2013imageThe Bonfoey Gallery, is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by some of the region’s top contemporary artists. Contemporaries 2013 features the artworks of Kirsten Bowen, Andy Curlowe, Susan Danko, Marilyn Farinacci, Kathleen Hammett, Brandon Juhasz, Tricia Lazuka, Erik Neff, Dana Oldfather, and Robert Robinson. The show can be viewed in our street level and lower galleries from March 8 through April 6, 2013. We cordially invite you to join us for an opening reception with the artists, Friday, March 8, from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.

Highlights of the exhibition include the landscape based abstracts of Kirsten Bowen and Susan Danko, mixed media abstracts that deal with the combination of natural and man-made forms by Andy Curlowe and Dana Oldfather, the playful photo constructions of Brandon Juhasz, luscious oil paintings by Erik Neff and Robert Robinson, and the bright, layered, abstract works of Kathleen Hammett, Marilyn Farinacci, and Tricia Lazuka.

All of the artists in this exhibition have achieved success in their field through different avenues; Kirsten Bowen worked in textile design in Manhattan for many years, Andy Curlowe and Brandon Juhasz have recently been awarded the 2013 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, Susan Danko’s paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections such as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Art Collection, American Greetings, and the Cleveland Artist Foundation, Marilyn Farinacci was awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2006, Kathleen Hammett’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections such as The Cleveland Clinic, McDonald Hopkins, and Jones Day, Tricia Lazuka has exhibited in major cities such as Chicago, Columbus, Atlanta, and Tucson, Erik Neff has recently exhibited in Chicago as well as with MOCA Cleveland, Dana Oldfather was the 2012 winner of the William & Dorothy Yeck Award for Young Painters, and Robert Robinson has been included in exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH.

For more information about CONTEMPORARIES 2013, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at

Happy Holiday Hours!


Friday, December 21 – open from 9am-3pm
Saturday, December 22 – open from 9am-3pm
Monday, December 24 – open from 9am-2pm
Tuesday, December 25 – closed for Christmas!
Wednesday, December 26 – back to our regular hours

Friday, December 28 – open from 9am-5pm
Saturday, December 29 – open from 9am-3pm
Monday, December 31 – open from 9am-2pm
Tuesday, January 1 – closed for New Years Day!
Wednesday, January 2 – back to our regular hours

We hope to see you this holiday!