CCAA’s Demo Artist, Jan. 27: Bonni Carver

Bonni’s style is primarily impressionistic and her medium is watercolor. Simply put, watercolor has captured her heart. A wise teacher once told Bonni to paint what she loves and learn to love what she paints; Bonni applies that maxim to her work. The warm shadow under an awning, the tenderness of an embrace, the light bouncing off a sidewalk on a hot day, the irregularity of the cobblestone street in Mexico, etc. can be enough to ignite her heart. Bonni’s focus tonight will be on making figures part of the painting.

In addition to studio art classes Bonni has taken at Cabrillo College and the San Francisco Academy of Art, her work reflects the influence of workshops taken with Charles Reid, Alvaro Castegnet, Barbara Nechis, Frank Webb and Skip Lawrence. In turn, Bonni translates what she’s learned into instruction through the workshops/classes she leads. She’s painted many different subjects, both plein air and studio subjects, in addition to commissioned portraits of people and pets. The City of Watsonville, Watsonville-Aptos Adult Education, and the Main Watsonville Library have commissioned her to paint large public murals (in acrylic). She’s also painted murals for a church, for doctor and dentists’ offices, private homes, and for a church in Basel, Switzerland.

Bonni has participated in art and wine exhibits throughout northern California and the Bay Area, have taught internationally and on cruises, has exhibited my work at Artisan’s Gallery in Santa Cruz, has been a member of the California Watercolor Association, the Santa Cruz Art League, the Santa Cruz Watercolor Association, and the Pajaro Valley Art Council. Bonni has  taught classes and workshops for the Santa Cruz Art League, Cabrillo College, Gavilan College and the Mendocino Art Center. We look forward to having Bonni with us!

The Central Coast Art Association meets 6:30-8 pm at the El Estero Park, with a meet & greet time until 6:45 when announcements & the demonstration by the guest artist begins. Meeting/demonstration ends approximately at 8 pm.   777 Pearl St (next to Dennis the Menace Park), Monterey, the fourth Monday of each month (please check for holiday schedules). Attendance is free and open to the public.

December 2019- No scheduled meeting

January 2020: Bonni Carver, Watercolor

February 2020: Barbara Furbush, Print Maker

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