NOADA – ARTExpo this weekend!

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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

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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 http://www.bonfoey.com

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 www.bonfoey.com.

Happy Holiday Hours!

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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!

November 16 – George Mauersberger – USA Leather and Other Drawings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Avenue, is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by George Mauersberger: USA Leather & Other Drawings. These drawings and etchings will be on view in our street level gallery from November 16 through January 5, 2012. We cordially invite you to join us for an opening reception with the artist, Friday, November 16, from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.

George Mauersberger is known for his meticulously detailed pastel and charcoal drawings. The main focus of this exhibition is a series of charcoal, pen and ink, scratchboard, and etchings depicting hanging leather jackets through the differing black and white media.  Mauersberger continues to work in series as means of meditating on his subjects believing that “drawing is thinking”. The status of the leather jacket as an American cultural icon makes it particularly interesting subject matter to Mauersberger. Heralding Brando, Elvis, Springsteen and the Ramones, Mauersberger uses traditional formal execution to contrast contemporary content.

Other drawings included in the exhibition will be several floral drawings from his “Wallflower” series, a small series of self portraits and two watercolors returning to his vegetable imagery of the 1990s.

George Mauersberger is a foundations graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Ohio University in Athens, OH.  Currently, George is a Professor of Art at Cleveland State University in Cleveland. He has been awarded numerous prizes for drawing including the Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2011, Best in Show at the Rockford Art Museum in 2006, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1999. Mauersberger boasts numerous exhibitions across the country in galleries and museums including exhibitions at The Butler Institute of American Art and McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, the Cooperstown Museum, and South Bend Museum of Art.

For more information about GEORGE MAUERSBERGER – USA LEATHER & OTHER DRAWINGS, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at www.bonfoey.com.

Persistent Image – new paintings by Stephen Pentak

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The Bonfoey Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Stephen Pentak: Persistent Image. These oil paintings on panel and paper will be on view in our street level gallery from October 12 through November 10, 2012. We cordially invite you to join us for an opening reception with the artist, Friday, October 12, from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.

Stephen Pentak’s serene landscapes radiate an inner light.  Surfaces are built up of many thin layers of oil paint, pulled and crosshatched, one over another.  Brighter under layers gleam through shadowy upper layers, acting as the sun on the horizon, gliding over the edges of trees, lakes and mountains, on its way to the other side of the earth.  We feel a slight disorientation; is it dusk? Is it dawn? There is something familiar yet dreamlike about these scenes. This questioning arises through the blurred effect of his technique and the ambiguity of the places he imagines. Pentak’s paintings are based on his maquettes; drawings inspired by nature but drafted with a conscious mind to the abstract. He is informed by his surroundings but holds fast to his freedom to create and invent space. The paintings have changed subtly over Stephen Pentak’s expansive career as he determinedly works in an extended series.  This persistent image is a means to discovery; to exploring light and mastering the balance between representation and invention.

Stephen Pentak has a BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.  Currently, Pentak is Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University.  He has been involved in numerous solo and group shows across the country and has exhibited in Canada and Israel.  Pentak is represented by galleries across the country including Karthryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City, Susan Street Fine Art in San Francisco, and Costello Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale.  A four-time Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award Winner, he has also received various Arts and Research Grants from Ohio State University. 

For more information about STEPHEN PENTAK – Persistent Image, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at www.bonfoey.com.