My wireless card seems to be limping along. The Theory reasoned with it, but as I told him the real test of reason comes at 7:00 in the a.m. when I’m trying to post a blog.
On December 1st, 2010 Bonnie Bronson’s first exhibition in over fifteen years opens at Winestock in Oregon City. Over the next nine months, there will be other Bonnie-related activities, culminating in a retrospective and publication, location and content of which are to be determined.
The Bonnie Bronson Project.
During this time, I hope to post a blog update every month about the process of getting these events together, about her art, and most certainly about her life. Bonnie was my stepmother.
Bonnie had the raising of me after the sudden death of my natural mother, Jeanette. I was a toddler when my father, Lee, married Bonnie and started a new life. It was a complicated, often beautiful time, much of it determined by my parents’ artistic careers as well as by the social foment and upheaval of the 1960’s and ’70’s.
I find it hard to talk about our family because both my brother Jason and Bonnie are gone now. As the years pass and the people who actually knew them diminish and pass away themselves, it’s just Lee and I who remember. And though we could talk about our absent family, we usually pass those remembering moments in silence. Missing them.
Lost artist, lost work.
About a year ago, The Theory was called upon to archive Lee’s press materials and
to create a database of his work. While sifting through dozens of boxes, he kept seeing photos of a really cute girl who made some fantastic art. “That’s my mom,” I said. He asked, “Where’s her estate? You know, all the art she left behind?” I took him on a little walk out into the brush and vines and showed him the secret studio where all Bonnie’s art has been languishing for the last 22 years. Unseen by mortal eyes.
Next month, I’ll update everyone on Bonnie’s first show in fifteen years. Here is the press release written by The Theory:
Bonnie Bronson: Grids
December 1 – 31, 2010
Opening December 1, the Estate of Bonnie Bronson, in cooperation with the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, presents Bonnie Bronson: Grids, a showing of a series of 10 never-before exhibited works on paper. The exhibition will be on view at Winestock in Oregon City through the month of December.
One of Portland’s best known artists in the 1970s and 1980s, Bonnie Bronson (1940-1990) was recognized for her signature enameled steel relief sculptures and her collaborations on public art projects with husband, Lee Kelly. Her career lasted from 1964 to 1990, when she died in a mountaineering accident on Mt. Adams. Her work was widely exhibited throughout Portland and the Northwest, including exhibitions at Blackfish Gallery, the Fountain Gallery, the Art Gym at Marylhurst College, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, and the Portland Art Museum.
For more Bonnie info, view her web site. This site is new, so check back for more.