Past Exhibition: Geology: Bonnie Bucknam


About Bonnie

Artist’s Statement I LOVE fabric. I have been sewing for over 50 years and still haven’t tired of it. I have been dyeing my own fabrics for about 12 years, which adds another dimension to the pleasure of creating with fiber.
Although I may start out with a sketch of the desired results, much of my designing is done on the wall during the sewing process. Most of my fabrics are free-cut without using a straight edge. During the process of laying one shape of fabric next to another, I consider the impact of the color of one piece on the pieces surrounding it and on the work as a whole, the possibilities of pattern moving across the surface, and the relative significance of shapes as they become part of families or isolated instances. For me, this spontaneous designing is the most engaging part of the quilting process.
I enjoy both machine and hand stitching. I have a longarm quilting machine, and really enjoy dense machine quilting. I also like large, embroidery-type hand stitching that really stands out. For the past few years I have been experimenting with using both machine and hand stitching on my pieces.  
Artist Biography Bonnie Bucknam has been sewing since early childhood. In high school she launched a successful mail order business manufacturing fabric purses. Since then she has always made art to enjoy and market. Bonnie grew up in Long Beach, California and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Anthropology and Geology. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Alaska. She worked as an archaeologist and warehouseman building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. She remained in Alaska for 31 years, spending most of those working as a legal assistant at the Alaska Attorney General’s Office in Anchorage. She always used every “spare” minute to create fiber art. In 1997 she started a business, Handwerk, to market her quilts and hand-dyed fabrics. In 2006, Bonnie retired from legal work and relocated to Vancouver, Washington, where she now makes art full-time.
Bonnie's abstract compositions are inspired by the colors and shapes of the natural world. Bonnie’s quilt “Crater” won Best of Show at Quilt National 2011. She has also exhibited in Visions San Diego, Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth, and numerous times in the biennial Earth, Fire, and Fibre exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Bonnie was part of the solo artist series at the Anchorage Museum in 1995, in Quilts: Stitching a New Tradition. Internationally, Bonnie’s work has appeared in the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart, Germany, the Museum of Modern Art in Verona, Italy, and other venues in Germany, France, Japan, England, Ireland, Brazil, and the Netherlands. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tuch + Technik Textile Museum in Neumunster, Germany, the Patchwork Design Collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the State of Alaska Art Bank.

Geology will open September 1, 2018 with opening reception September 7th from 5:00-9:00 pm.

Selected Exhibitions

2018

  • Geology: Bonnie Bucknam Art Quilts, The 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, Colorado.

  • Contemporaneo: International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Featured Artist, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • Of a Feather: Birds in Art, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Dowell, Maryland.

  • Abstract Sanctuary 5, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

  • Northwest Vision, Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, Washington.

  • Eleventh Annual Collective Visions Gallery Show 2018, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington. (Honorable Mention)

2017

  • Quilt National 2017, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

  • 2017 Collective Visions Gallery Show, Bremerton, Washington.

2016

  • The Cutting Edge: Art Quilts in Washington, Contemporary QuiltArt Association group exhibit, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, Washington.

  • Familiar Terrain: Mixed Media Paintings by Bonnie Bucknam, City of Auburn Community Center, Auburn, Washington.

  • Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California.

  • Artist as Quiltmaker: FAVA’s 17th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts, The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio.

  • Fiber Fusion: Work from the Surface Design Association, Washington: VALA Art Center, Redmond, Washington; Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, Washington; Schack Art Center, Everett, Washington

  • Form, Not Function: Art Quilts at the Carnegie, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana.

  • 2016 Collective Visions Gallery Show, Bremerton, Washington (all media exhibit). Red Lightning, 1st place, 2D art category.

  • Winter Juried Exhibit, Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon (all media exhibit).

  • My Corner of the World (International Exhibit), Studio Art Quilts Associates traveling exhibit premiering at the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

  • Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania.

  • Mastery: Sustaining Momentum (invitational curated by Nancy Crow), Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

2015

  • Quilts = Art = Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York.

  • Finding Our Place: The Geography of Art, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Dowell, Maryland (all media exhibit). Juror’s Choice Award.

  • Bonnie Bucknam and Linda McLaughlin: Contemporary Art Quilts, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

  • Water Effect, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York (mixed media paintings, all media exhibit).

  • Familiar Terrain: Mixed Media Paintings by Bonnie Bucknam, Second Story Gallery, Camas, Washington.

  • Caverns by Bonnie Bucknam, Solo Exhibition, Portland International Airport Concourse D, Portland, Oregon.

  • Form, Not Function: Art Quilts at the Carnegie, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana.

2014

  • Form, Not Function: Art Quilts at the Carnegie, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana. Best of Show award.

  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York. Second Place award.

  • New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts, The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. Honorable Mention.

2012

  • Color Improvisations (invitational curated by Nancy Crow): Quiltfestival Noord, Groningen, Netherlands; Openluchtmuseum Het Hoogeland, Warffum, Netherlands; European Patentamt, Munich, Germany; The Knitting and Stitching Show ,Alexandra Palace, London, England; Royal Dublin Society, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Victorian Hall, Dublin, Ireland; Tuch + Technik, Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany.

  • The Next 50, Contemporary QuiltArt Association group exhibit, Seattle Center 50th Anniversary Celebration, Seattle, Washington.

  • Journeys, Contemporary QuiltArt Association group exhibit, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, Washington.

2011Quilt National, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, Best of Show award • Rio Patchwork Design, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil • Color Improvisations, Museum of Modern Art, Verona, Italy • Chance Encounters, Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, Washington • Oregon: State of Diversity, Heritage Station Museum, Pendelton, Oregon

2010Color Improvisations, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany • Interpretations 2009, Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, California • Text, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland Oregon
2009Quilt National, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio • Form, not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, Indiana • Line Dance:  New Work by High Fiber Diet, Umpqua Valley Art Center, Roseburg, Oregon
200810th Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Invitational, American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington • Fourth Annual Fiber Arts Festival & Fiber Show, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, Washington • The Quilted Surface IV, Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio
2007 Evolution of the Art Quilt, Washington State Historical Museum, Tacoma, Washington • Simple Elegance: High Fiber Diet Art Exhibit, Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon • Hands at Work: Textiles from the Columbia Stitchery Guild, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, Oregon
2006Alaska Fiber Festival, Anchorage, Alaska
2002The Quilted Surface, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio and Palais Rastede, Oldenburg, Germany
2000 The Artist as Quilt Maker IX, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio
1999 Earth, Fire and Fibre XXII, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska • Forest Products, Snow City Café, Anchorage, Alaska • When Women Work Together, Snow City Café, Anchorage, Alaska
1998 Handwerk: Quilts and Fabric Art by Bonnie M. Bucknam, Ptarmigan Arts Gallery & Studios, Homer, Alaska • Quilts by Bonnie M. Bucknam, Snow City Café, Anchorage, Alaska
1997 Work of Our Hands: Art Quilt Network North, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska • Invitational 1997, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio • Earth, Fire and Fibre XXI, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska
1996 Visions: Quilt Art, San Diego Museum of History & Art, San Diego, California • Improvisations, The Gallery at Studio B, Lancaster, Ohio • Spring Quilt Market exhibit of quilts from Roberta Horton’s An Amish Adventure, Portland, Oregon • Earth, Fire and Fibre XXI, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska • Go Figure, Campus Center Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
1995 Quilts:  Stitching a New Tradition, four-artist show with Pat Sims, Susan Schapira, and Linda Farr, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska • Small Wonders:  Embellished Mini Quilts, Embellishment International Bead and Button Show, Netherlands Congress Center, The Hague, Holland. • Earth, Fire and Fibre XX, Honorable Mention, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska
1994 • Oil, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
1993 Earth, Fire and Fibre XIX, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska
1992 Story Quilts, New Pieces Gallery, Berkeley, California. (show of selected quilts from Mary Mashuta's book, Story Quilts: Telling Your Tale in Fabric) • Hearts and Hands, Quilt Festival Tokyo, Japan
1991American Quilter's Society Show, Paducah, Kentucky • Earth Fire Fibre XVIII, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska
1990 • Visions:  Quilts of a New Decade, San Diego Museum of History & Art, San Diego, California
1989One of a Kind Quilts, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska • Earth, Fire and Fibre XVII, Honorable Mention, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska
1987 Quilt National 1987, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio • American Quilter's Society Show, Paducah, Kentucky
1980Quilts in Women's Lives, University of California at Santa Barbara Women's Center Museum, Santa Barbara, California
Artwork published in books & periodicals (selected)
Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books & The Dairy Barn Arts Center (Lark Books 2011), page 42.
• Quilt National 2009: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books & The Dairy Barn Arts Center (Lark Books 2009), page 40.
• Contemporary QuiltArt Association: 20th Anniversary, (Contemporary QuiltArt Association 2008), photo on page 168.
Quilting As An Art Form, by Naomi Warren Klouda in Art/Quilt Magazine, Issue 8, 1997, feature article with photos on pages 42-43.
Visions: Quilt Art, Janet Rogers, ed. (Quilt San Diego, C&T Publishing, 1996).
• An Amish Adventure: A Workbook for Color in Quilts, Roberta Horton (2nd Edition, C&T Publishing, 1996), photo on page 40.
• Story Quilts:  Telling Your Tale in Fabric , Mary Mashuta (C&T Publishing 1992), work shown and discussed on pages 21, 45, 56. 62, 66-67, 79.
• Hearts & Hands, Vol. 1, (Hearts & Hands, 1992, Japan)
• Award-Winning Quilts and Their Makers, Vol. II:  The Best of American Quilter's Society Shows 1988 - 1989, Victoria Faoro, Ed. ( American Quilter's Society 1992), page 160-161.
• Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts, (Lopez Publications), work shown in Jan/Feb 1992, pages 46-48; March/April, pages 10, 40-41; May/June, page 74.
Visions:  Quilts of a New Decade, Deborah Bird Timby, ed. (C&T Publishing 1990), page 51.
Fit to be Tied, Judy Hopkins (That Patchwork Place, 1990), page 66.
Creative American Quilting, Better Homes & Gardens (1989), page 247.
One of a Kind Quilts, Judy Hopkins (That Patchwork Place 1989), cover photo and page 42.
Fiber Expressions:  The Contemporary Quilt, Quilt National (Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 1987), page 15.
Publications
• "Where We Live," Quilts Japan, January 1995
Awards
Best of Show, Quilt National 2011, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, 2011 • Viewer's Choice Award, Rio Patchwork Design 2011, Rio de Janeiro, 2011 • Artist Development Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts, 2001 • Honorable Mention, Earth, Fire and Fibre XX,  Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska, 1995 • Honorable Mention, Earth, Fire and Fibre XVII, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska, 1989 • 3rd Place, Professional Wall Quilt Category, American Quilter's Society Show, Paducah, Kentucky, 1989
Public Collections
• State of Alaska Art Bank • Sand Lake Elementary School, Anchorage, Alaska

 OPENING HOURS

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY 10-3 

SUNDAY 10-2

Private Viewings by appointment

ADDRESS

610 Clinton St

Ridgway, CO 81432

 TEL.970.318.0150

  • Facebook
  • Instagram