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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

                       Westbeth Gallery, New York City

My artwork  "Swimming Upstream, small" was selected for the “Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access”, Petra Kuppers Juror, for the WCA exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery in New York for February 2015. The exhibit coincides with Women's Caucus for Arts National Conference in New York City.

Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 NICHE Award Winner!

Just got back from Washington DC where I received the 2015 Niche Award in the fiber art quilt category at the American Made Show.  Loved my first visit to Washington DC and it was top off when I received the award.  The Niche Award is about attaining technical ability, creating unique artwork that is thoughtful and original.

2015 NICHE Awards                       

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 President Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art

The position was empty and I volunteered!  I have been pondering this position as our Chapter always seems to have a problem getting members to volunteer for any board position.

Our First meeting this year is Saturday January 24, 2015 at Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, California. We will meet in the Library which is lovely at 11:30.  Ellen Lee will give our first Artist Presentation and we will meet after the meeting at a local resturant/coffee shop to continue the art conversation.  I am planning many outings this year and I also have instituted the Artist Presentation so we might learn about the art our members create. Planning this year my thoughts were about Virginia Woolfe, I have also created a new work making Virginia a main character in the art work. She had the thought that a woman needs a room of her own.  I interpret that thought meaning she needs to realize her importance and I want the women to know just how important they and the art they create.

Tea service will be available at the meeting! Looking forward to meeting you.

                                                      Suffragettes, green 24h x 36w

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2015 NICHE Award Finalist

"Contemplate", part of the "Swimming Upstream" installation was just named a finalist for the
2015 NICHE Award! This fiber artwork installation is currently waiting to be displayed at the International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas at the end of the month.  If you are in the area please stop in to take a look at all of the wonderful fiber art works at the world's largest Quilt Festival in the world.  The installation is available for sale or exhibiting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Global Fund for Women Equality, "Imagining Project"

I am honored to have been chosen to have my work on the site.  They bring awareness to the plight of women around the world. Check out the site at 
Check out the web site and creates your own equality BADGE!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: Swimming Upstream a Memoir

Swimming Upstream a Memoir

This is my new memoir with portfolio selections that has just arrived!  It can be purchased on my web site  for 19.95.  The memoir tells the story of my life while trying to swim upstream from a work related injury. The book lets others know that most of us are trying to swimming upstream in our own lives whether we ever step into a pool of water in our life. My story follows my fiber art installation of the same title which can be seen at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas this fall. You can contact me at and also purchase the book at Discover San Jose

Friday, July 11, 2014

Forming Our Lives

In the exhibit Forming Our Lives, three women recount personal stories that have affected and continue to shape their lives. Bonnie J. Smith found herself literally swimming upstream in her life after a work related injury forced her to use a wheel chair. Carol Larson was surgically shortened six inches as a teenager to make her a better fit for society. Cristina Velazquez’s work questions the world that says, “Women must be and do certain things.” The artwork they have created continually asks the question, “Why do certain situations happen in our lives and how do we overcome them” and gives insight into how three women have answered those hard questions.  Text #FormingOurLives and let us know your story.  The museum will have the stories available for everyone to read and become part of the exhibit.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles July 26 - September 14, 2014; 520 S. First Street, San Jose, Ca. for information contact me @1-408-298-7898 or email me at  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Designers: London

My work "Color x 3, orange" will be at the New Designers: Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 June 25 - 28.