"Studio Hollies with Corn Crib" by Bonnita Budysz. Image courtesy of the artist
By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, Wis. — "Radiant color, lush luminosity and the bravura brushstrokes of the Russian Impressionist tradition" is how Bonnita Budysz’s vibrant painting style has been described.
Silver Lake College will present “The Nurture of Nature,” an exhibit of works by the Two Rivers artist, Feb. 20-March 31 in the Lake’s Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
Budysz will lead the discussion, “Art That Heals: Conversation with the Community,” from noon to 1 p.m. on March 2. The discussion and exhibit are free and open to the public.
“With this exhibit, it is my intention to stir your senses as I share the exquisite beauty and grandeur of the natural world with you,” Budysz said in her artist’s statement.
She paints plein air year-round, primarily in her native Wisconsin, the Southwest and California, as well as in Ireland, Italy and England. Plein air refers to painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.
“Painting from life raises my level of involvement with nature — feet in snow, face in sun. There is something glorious and vital about being in the elements and that exuberance is translated onto the canvas as no other experience can be,” she said.
“The color, light and brushwork that exist within her work reflect the beauty of a shared memory or moment in time,” said Dr. Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College.
The painter’s internationally honored paintings are widely exhibited in private and corporate collections, fine galleries and museums. Her work has received prestigious awards and has been featured in national art and regional magazines.
She shares her love of art by conducting popular workshops, encouraging other painters to participate in plein air painting, and demonstrating and lecturing at prestigious learning institutions worldwide. She is the founder of the ecologically-sensitive plein air painting group, Water’s Edge Artists, painters for preservation.
Her current project is “Water Dance, A Painter’s Pilgrimage: Exploring Wisconsin Waterways, Past to Present, by Canoe.” It is a multi-year odyssey of rediscovery, exploring the waterways and watersheds of Northeast Wisconsin. Authors, poets, musicians and draftsmen will contribute to the project.
In Wisconsin, Budysz is represented at the River’s Edge Galleries in Mishicot, at the Bridge-Between Gallery in Denmark, Wisconsin, and at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery in Manitowoc.
Her artworks consistently garner prestigious awards at the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. The Portrait Society of America newsletter regularly features her figurative and portrait pieces.
Silver Lake College gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Photo above right: "Fragrant Lilacs" by Bonnita Budysz /Image courtesy of the artist