ST. GEORGE – Western artist Bonnie Conrad is scheduled as the next 3rd Thursday Art Conversation speaker at the St. George Art Museum. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the award-winning painter of the American West will discuss the influence of her rural heritage and life experiences on her work. She will also share her enthusiasm for the work of some of her favorite artists and why their art is so appealing to her and other art lovers.
“Painting for me is somewhat of an addiction. I am often referred to as a ‘painterly’ painter and when I get into that mode of freedom … applying the strokes with calculated abandon … I am at the height of my glory!” the artist said, adding:
Exploring the use of color and light is what captivates me. There is power in being able to breathe life into a two-dimensional image thru the use of value and temperature and strategically placed unexpected color notes can make a piece sing.
Conrad’s large body of work represents more than 20 years of professionally painting. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists as well as American Plains Artists. Her work is in the permanent collections at the Pioneer Center for the Arts in St. George and the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, Washington.
Among her many prestigious recognitions, Conrad was awarded the American Plains Artists First Place Oil 2009 and Best of Show 2004, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2008 Poster artist, St. George Arts Festival Best of Show 2004, Zwei Tu Color Award Oil Painter’s of America 2003, First Place Oil American Academy of Women Artists 2003, and Best of Show Western Spirit 2003.
The 3rd Thursday Art Conversation is an adult gathering of art lovers interested in more information about the artist and her medium. The art conversation program is free-of-charge.
The St. George Art Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 47 E. 200 North. According to the museum’s mission statement, the city-owned and operated facility exists “to educate … through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures and media … and to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West.”
For more information about this and other Art Conversations, upcoming exhibits or the For the Love of Art Home Tour on October 17-18, telephone 435-627-4525.