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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

                        "Thoughts of the Mind, Interpretations in Indigo"

The opening at Olive Hyde Gallery showcasing my indigo installation was wonderful as I have stated in a earlier blog and some really deep comments are starting to come in.  This morning I received a email from Valentina who has written about the work and she also passed onto me a wonderful comment from a blogger.  I will share first what Valentina has said and then with the blogger.
Valentina says:
Some evenings are for learning, some evenings are for socializing and some others are for walking in the imagination of an artist to feed my mind. I met Bonnie Smith, fabric artist, through a friend and soon got interested in her fabric creations. Artists hardly do something for no reason at all, or for the pleasure of doing it. The roots of an art creations often hide other motifs than what a viewer might be interpreting.
I walked in a stark white, minimalist room at the gallery Olive Hyde Art Guild in Fremont, Ca and found a strange entanglement of blue strings. Curious and not knowing what all the blue indigo ropes hanging on the walls and sitting on the floor meant, I was compelled to ask for my learning. Modern art is hard to understand without the guide of the artist and without knowing the thoughts, the pain, or joy behind it. This art installation has a touchy personal story, something the artist shared with me in a short interview.
Bonnie: “I was raised in a small town of about 300 people in the East of US. My parents bought a beautiful property and moved there, but we had no idea we were one of the select religious group, I can freely say we are Methodist. As time passed we realized the local people would not let us buy their produce, strawberries, eggs, things they had in front of their house for sale and when we showed up to buy, they would say: “may be another day”, or “eat your dinner over there”….. It went on for a long time and didn’t get any better. Then, I remember we became members of the church and when I was baptized in that church life became easier. One day someone tapped my mother on the shoulder to invite her to the house and allowed us to buy eggs. My parents lived there for 30 years before they left. It sounds very silly, but this is where all this (referring to her art installation) comes from without realizing I had been carrying this weight with me all my life and it has affected my mother a lot for so many years. When I created this art, I explained it to my parents, 84-85 years old this year, but they just didn’t want to talk about. They are still affected by those episodes.
One day, a friend came over while I was playing around with blue indigo, she said the material felt so good in her hands and something in me just clicked. For six months I did nothing but dyeing 60,000 strings and 400 feet of cotton rope in blue indigo. It became an obsession without even knowing where I was heading. Then my youngest daughter asked me what was wrong with me using all that blue, since I don’t even like blue and never wear it. I actually started crying at that point. I explained to her that the blue reminded me of those workers’ clothes, their overalls and the jackets they wore. This is my story of these pieces. My husband created the round disk to hang them up. By the time I finished working, I realized it represents the “Tangled Web Of Thoughts” and I thought the large rope on the floor is my mind understanding as an adult”.♢
I thought the chair with the straight, jagged lines together with the blue color is well representing that stiff society and the uneasy “blue time” Bonnie grew up in.
It’s fascinating how an episode of one’s young life can stay trapped in the soul for years without any consent and then one day explodes in a form of art, finally liberating that person of all the pains.
Exhibit dates are March 16 – April 26, 2014. Where will this indigo blue go from here and will be situated as the artist intended it? Ciao,
Valentina

http://www.valentinadesigns.com  
http://valentinaexpressions.com/2014/03/31/an-evening-in-indigo-blue-valenti
na-cirasola-author-and-designer/

Hi Bonnie,
One of my followers on Facebook read my blog on your Blue Indigo art
installation and she wrote me this comment on FB.
I thought you would like to read it.

I really felt that Indigo story Valentina. My heart goes out to her parents.
I grew up on the a East Coast and offer deepest apologies for that kind of
behavior from anyone... Sometimes Yankees can be clannish and hard hearted.
So happy this art brought some divine healing... Funny that she chose Indigo
as color.... Perhaps this may connect somehow to being an indigo child with
a passion to bring restoration and healing to so many prejudices and inhuman
practices sometimes we are not even aware we have or are surrounded by....
Creativity and it's expressions unfold like a blanket and provide warmth in
places we did not know were frozen ..... If you have any comments please let me know!

Friday, March 14, 2014


Bonnie J. Smith's textile indigo installation "Thoughts of the Mind, Interpretations in Indigo" was selected to be exhibited at the 46th Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Gallery in the Redwood Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, California. Exhibit dates are March 16 - April 26, 2014. Opening reception is March 28, 7-9 PM. www.bonniejofiberarts.com .

This installation was created 100% using the indigo dye bath method tells the story of religious segregation my family endured for many years while I was growing up in the Mid West of the United States.

I want to give a big thank you to the curator at Olive Hyde, Gloria Kim what a great job she did installing the installation.  If you get a chance to drop by Olive Hyde this is the best installation of the "Thoughts of the Mind, Interpretations in Indigo" I have had yet of the artwork!
 

Monday, February 3, 2014

My fiber art work "17 Mile Drive" is currently being exhibited in "Our Natural World" at The Twin Pines Art Center, 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont California. Gallery hours are 12 - 4 Wednesday through Sunday. Opening reception is February 9, 2014 2 P.M. - 4 P.M. http://www.belmont.gov/subContent.asp?CatId=240001579. SOLD. Contact bjs8934@gmail.com

This artwork was created after many wonderful drives along the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel, California. While driving along you feel nature is teasing you with the wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, first you can see a tiny bit of ocean than a little more than finally a vista opens and you can see the ocean in all of it grandeur, I feel nature always decides what we will view along this drive.  The drive really is a must do if you are ever in the area.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts:                             "The Team", at Daly Ci...

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts:                             "The Team", at Daly Ci...:                             "The Team", at Daly City Mayor Inagural Ceremony New Daly City Mayor David Canepa's Induction C...
                            "The Team", at Daly City Mayor Inagural Ceremony
New Daly City Mayor David Canepa's Induction Ceremony is January 15, 2014
 "The Team" @ 11 in my "Swimming Upstream" series will be exhibited in City Hall Gallery.
I am also co-curating this exhibit.
 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts:                                             ...

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts:                                             ...:                                                                                          Lesley Riley has created a wonderful new bo...
                          





                                                             

Lesley Riley has created a wonderful new book using peoples favorite quotes with accompanying artwork.

My quote is "swimming upstream and loving it" which I now have copyrighted.  For years I have swam everyday and from that function I created my "Swimming Upstream" series.

The book is available on Amazon.com and at createspace.com.  Pleae take the time to look up the book and give  it a browse as Lesley is a wonderful author and just plain nice gal! https://www.createspace.com/4514664

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2014 NICHE AWARD FINALIST

                  2014 NICHE Award Finalist in the Art Quilt Category!

I received news today that my fiber artwork "Pescadero" was selected as a finalist in the Art Quilt Category!  Great day, the awards are the highest standard of fine art crafts in North America. The artwork is currently being exhibited at the Polk State Arts Center, Lake Wales, Florida thru October 24. 2013.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center

Through my fiber art series "Swimming Upstream" I was able to fall head long into the world of championing the rights of individuals disabled on the job but it has sent me on a journey of self exploration!

My thirteen piece exhibit Swimming Upstream" (and growing) will be exhibited at the Polk State College Lake Wales Art Center. October 7-24.  The artist opening is October 10, 2013, 5-7pm.

I will be giving a gallery talk about the series and also twelve pieces of my California Series that will also be in the exhibit.

Please try and attend if you can as this is also the first exhibit in the renovated art center.  This is a big night for all! bjs8934@gmail.com.
 Any questions just email me at bjs8934@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

                                                        "Stories We Tell"     
Women's Caucus for Art's exhibit "Stories We Tell", my art work "Swimming Upstream" was selected to be in the catalog for this exhibit.  The Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, September 7, 2013 5-7 PM is the opening.