Bonnie Stone American, born 1939

Stone is an artist, curator, educator and illustrator of limited edition books.


Artist Statement

For many years I have explored Judiac themes, changing roles for women, cultural diversity, domestic icons, social reforms and breaking traditions. My visual narratives are often filled with complex patterns and colors along with the "bird's eye view" perspective. This view allows me to observe the entire scene while creating a more interesting composition. From time to time I will even discretely slip myself into the narrative so I can get a better look...

Recently I have introduced the shapes of vintage mirrors which provide the viewer with a story within a story. These images may suggest different narrative possibilities for each viewer. Stimulating the imagination-What a concept!

In the final scene of Stephen Sondheim's "SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE" the artist says "White, a blank paper or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities..."Just like Sondheim's character George, I am thrilled by the blank page...so many possibilities...


- Bonnie Stone
Essays

Biography

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born 1939 Chicago IL

education
1961-63 Graduate Work, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
1960 BFA University of Illinois, Urbana

public collections
Achenbach Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco CA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
College of Lake County, Grayslake IL
Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley KS
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto CA
University of California, Santa Cruz, Merrill College and Cowell College
Whitney Museum of American Art New York
Reviews

Cowell art exhibition blends Jewish, Africian American, Pacific Rim themes
by Scott Rappaport
UCSC News, 2013

The Eloise Pickard Smith Galleries at Cowell College will present In Her Place: Visual Narratives by Bonnie Stone, an exhibition opening April 26 and running through June 22 on the UCSC campus. Stone, who lives in Saratoga, CA, has been producing vivid watercolors for more than five decades.Infused with humor and wit, Stone’s work presents the viewer with intellectual puzzles that challenge the imagination. Her intimate visual narratives capture scenes of women in whirlwind action and quiet domesticity, while her use of an eccentric bird’s eye viewpoint enhances these experiences. Judaic influences reflect Stone’s own personal heritage. Hebrew calligraphy, prayer shawls, and Torah scrolls are blended into a number of works. Stone also explores universal themes about the ever-changing roles of women, as she portrays works that run the gamut from Eastern European Jewish settings to the perilous navigations of African American women, to the intricacies of Pacific Rim textile patterns. Stone often uses images of unconnected tightropes to remind the viewer of the difficulties women must face daily.

The exhibit will include works such as “A Delicate Balance” and “Don’t Look in a Mirror When Dancing on a Rope,” spotlighting women in Eastern European clothing viewed from above, as they navigate a tightrope. Ropes also play a role in her images of African American women, influenced by her encounters with African American culture in Chicago. Trained at Chicago’s Art Institute and the University of Illinois, Stone depicts themes of joy and suffering, love and family, rootlessness and rootedness, and the struggle to upset the status quo in her many scenes of Jewish and African American life. Pacific Rim cultures are also embedded in Stone’s art. In her 1985 exhibit "Oy Butterfly," she blended Japanese and Jewish imagery for the first time. The show is curated by Joan Blackmer, director of the Cowell Galleries, including the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery and the Ann Dizikes Annex.

Bibliography

2009
Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
2008
Battles against breast cancer are told in display of aprons
Mary Gottschalk, Rose Garden Resident, October 2, 2008
2004
Bonnie Stone: Women’s Work is Never Done
(Catalogue) Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
1996
Life Stories on Aprons
Michelle Gabriel, Los Gatos Weekly Times, April 17, 1996
1996
The Art of Aprons
Millie Bobroff, South Bay Accent, April/May 1996
1996
Kitchen Artists Display Work
T. T. Nhu, San Jose Mercury News, April 25, 1996
1996
Kitchen Confession
Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Focus, April, 1996
1995
Rabbi’s Tales for Children Woven Into a Single Volume Teresa Strasser
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, February 24, 1995
1995
Thesis Statement Anne Gelhaus
Los Gatos Weekly Times, February 15, 1995
1995
Art Without Boundaries
Anne Gelhaus, Saratoga News, February 8, 1995
1994
The Rabbi’s Stories Millie Bobroff
South Bay Accent, December 1994-January 1995
1994
Rabbi Gitin’s Stories and Ethics Preserved for Posterity
Ethel Kessler, Jewish Community News, November, 1994
1994
Saratogans Turn Rabbi’s Tales into Children’s Book
Matthew Matuszak, Saratoga News, October 26, 1994
1992
Saratoga Artist Combines Japanese/Jewish Imagery
Mike DeGive, Los Gatos Weekly Times, July 28-August 4, 1992
1986
Forget the Biennial, Leave Art in the Studio Where it Belongs
Dorothy Burkhart, San Jose Mercury News, May 25, 1986
1986
Museum Perspective
San Jose Museum of Art, May/June 1986
1986
The First San Jose Biennial
Jan Rindfleish, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California 1986
1986
A World of Small Wonders
Sebby Wilson Jacobson, Times-Union, Rochester, New York, January 2, 1986
1986
Saratogan Combines Family
Career and a Book Bruce Barton, Saratoga News, October 2, 1986
1985
The Drawings of Bonnie Stone
Betsy Schein Goldman, Draw Magazine, Issue 4
1984
A Fantastic Voyage: An Exhibition of Original Art From Children’s Books On Jewish Themes
Yeshiva University Museum, New York, New York, 1984
1984
Hot Art Shows for Those Days of Summer
Dorothy Burkhart, San Jose Mercury News, June 1, 1984
1983
Eeyore’s Books of Jewish Interest for Children
Penninah Schramm, New York, New York, 1983
1981
A Comprehensive Guide to Children’s Literature with a Jewish Theme
Enid Davis, Schocken Books, New York, New York, 1981
1980
Project Etta, Picture Books for the Elderly,
Judith Sloame Hoberman, The Jewish Advocate, Boston, Massachusetts, May 15, 1980

Publications by artist
2013
Amuse Bouche
Written by Frederica Postman/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, P’nye Press, Los Altos, California (Llimited Edition of 23)
2005
Fashion Statements
Written by Frederica Postman/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, P’Nye Press, Los Altos, California (Limited Edition of 60)
1997
The True Collector
Written by Frederica Postman/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, P’Nye Press, Los Altos, California (Limited Edition of 100)
1996
The Apron Scrapbook
Bonnie Stone (Special Limited Edition of 29)
1996
Memories From A Russian Kitchen
Edited by Rosalie Sogolow/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, Fithian Press, Santa Barbara, California
1994
Nathan the Needle and Other Stories
Michelle Gabriel/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone Gabriel Press, Saratoga, California
1988
The Yiddish Alphabet Book
Written by Frederica Postman/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, Adama Books, New York, New York
1979
The Yiddish Alphabet Book
Written by Frederica Postman/Illustrated by Bonnie Stone, P’Nye Press, Los Altos, California








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