Exhibit: Artworks Loveland Studio Artist Survey

Exhibition Dates: August 9 - September 28, 2019
Artworks Loveland
310 N. Railroad Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537

Stitched Painting by Bonnie Lebesch
Recently I've been combining the worlds of painting
and stitching into one extra large wall piece. It's an
ongoing experiment that's on view in my studio
during public events.
Participating Artists:
  • Abbie R. Powers
  • Ana Maria Botero
  • Amy Vialpando
  • Andrew Svedlow
  • Audrey Mantooth
  • Becky Hawley
  • Bob Campagana
  • Bonnie Lebesch
  • Chuck Brenton
  • gmark
  • Jan R. Carson
  • J.C. Milner
  • Jennifer Davey
  • Jennifer Ivanovic
  • Jennie Kiessling
  • Joe Norman
  • Kristeen Harmon
  • Mackenzie Iddings
  • Madeline Wilson
  • Robert Sarach
  • Michael Anthony Simon
  • Ronda Stone
  • Sarah LaBarre
  • Sharon Carlisle
  • Sylvia Eichmann-Sueess
  • Veronica Patterson

Exhibit: Arvada Center - Art of the State 2019

I'm beyond excited to reveal a new body of work during the Arvada Center for the Arts' Art of the State 2019 Exhibition. "The Arvada Center is proud to present Art of the State 2019 , the latest installment in our critically acclaimed Colorado artist exhibition. This juried exhibition showcases the quality, depth, and diversity of Colorado artists and is the follow-up to the very successful Art of the State 2013 , and Art of the State 2016. In its third iteration, Art of the State 2019 garnered 1,555 entries from 566 artists in a call for entry that was open to all Colorado artists utilizing all media. Jurors selected 154 pieces by 135 Colorado artists to be presented at the Arvada Center. With three art galleries covering over 10,000 square feet, the Center looks forward to hosting this immense celebration of local art in Colorado."

Press Coverage
I'm honored to have my piece featured in several show reviews.
• Ray Rinaldi, The Know, Denver Post
• Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine

Installation view with work by Terry Maker and 
Nicole Banowetz in the background.
January 17 - March 31, 2019
Main, Upper, and Theatre Galleries
Free and open to the public

Arvada Center
6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003
Art of the State 2019

In the Arvada show I'm introducing the GUN SHOW series that includes all hand-stitched objects.

Follow the M16 Body Pillow at the Art of the State on Instagram: gunshowstitched

Exhibit: 3 Square Art Resident Artists

Paintings by Bonnie Lebesch, Zippered (center), 47 x 47"
and Untitled (right) 10 x 10"

3 Square Art's 2nd Annual Resident Studio Artists Exhibition
October 11 - November 2, 2018
Exhibiting artists: Jim Benest, Brett Carr, Noreen Dixon, Kristen Harmon, Elana Hurwitz, Aristo Jaure, Bob Lang, Bonnie Lebesch, Sally Mankus, Craig McKee, Kumiko S. McKee

Note: My art studio is now at Artworks Loveland.

Exhibit: Wolverine Publik House

Movement in Stillness exhibited in 2018 at Wolverine Farm, Fort Collins. It included 24 small drawings, one medium drawing, and two XXL large tiled drawings on paper. One of the large pieces is as still and simple as I could go. The second, well, I wanted it to be wild... but I could only go a certain distance towards wild within the same constraints of form and media. They represent two directions, the yin and yang of expression. This series began when I was teaching... (more)

Exhibit: Artworks Loveland

In February-March, 2018, a subset of the series was on exhibit at the contemporary gallery. Lebesch hosted 2 public receptions and a demo of her painting technique.

The Love Letter Series is an immensely intimate body of work, with each painting focused on healing a personal wound through a mindful, transformative process... More

Artwork: Love Letter Community Paintings

During the Love Letters Exhibitions I invite visitors to contribute to a painting in progress. People love playing with paint, which in itself can be quite transformative. Afterwards, I complete the piece by cutting and reworking the painting. The underpainting is slightly visible beneath and in the cut pieces glued on top.

Completed Community Painting, 23 x 19"

This piece is a community project. 

I invite you to write, draw, scribble, scratch... 
to express yourself, to lay your burdens down,

Like lighting a candle, or hanging a milagro, 
spinning a prayer wheel, or making a wish,

Just open your heart and let it out. 
That which weighs you down every day does 
not need to be a burden forever.

Release it.
Let it go.
Feel your heart be light.

I will complete the piece, with all your offerings 
remade into a work of beauty and brightness.
Thank You for your heartfelt contributions 
to this community healing.

Exhibit: Love Letters Premier

THE LOVE LETTERS SERIES PREMIER EXHIBITION was held in Fort Collins in the fall of 2016. All 48 paintings in the series plus 20 special edition mini paintings were on exhibit, including those works that had previously sold. It was the first time the entire series was shown, and likely the last time they will show together.

Lebesch hosted a public reception, a private reception for sponsors and collectors, and an artist's talk. In addition, Lebesch set up a station for attendees to contribute to a community painting, which she completed after the show. A series catalog is available.

The Love Letter Series is an immensely intimate body of work... more.

Toolbox CreativeThe Women's Clinic of Northern ColoradoThe Green Team Real Estate, Jeff Anderson, Zia Zybko and Jeff Lebesch, Elisabeth Aron and Bruce Berkowitz, Marilyn and Rob Carney
and several anonymous sponsors.

Show Committee Members: Amy Hahn, Dawn Putney, Mindy Heddens, Laurie Beth Zuckerman