Two outstanding artists, Bonnie Kramer and Tamarah Phillips entered Backstreet’s Little Dickens Show in December, winning 2D and 3D Best of Show awards. Size was not a limitation for their representation in this show.
Coming to Florence for 35 years before leaving Los Angeles,Bonnie settled here seven years ago. She came because of, “ the sweet people, all the water, the forest, and the ocean.” Bonnie earned a master’s in Gerontology at USC and Clinical Psychology master’s at Antioch University. She put this expertise into teaching at Emeritus College, SMC, subjects from social ethics to home repair, auto safety and maintenance, and led bereavement support groups. However, Kramer has always been interested in creating since she majored in art during high school. Retirement offered her an opportunity to put her energy into art. While she has dabbled in a variety of the arts including wood-working, fused glass, and ceramics, she now aspires to hone her skills as a metal artist. Being drawn to metal work, Bonnie completed welding classes at the Community College in Coos Bay. Taking found metal objects and sheet metal she creates the innovative assemblages and fashions the amazing sculptures that this show features. Of her art Kramer says, “I love the creativity, the imagination and the thoughts - it’s like music for me.”
Tamarah traveled around much of her life when her father was in the military and later when he took a job in Nuremburg, Germany. This adventure, walking with her father in the forests there, sharing history, myths and fairy tales has influenced her art today. Phillips has been interested in art all her life since she was caught drawing on the walls and floor with lipstick. Her art has come a long way from then to now. Art and writing capture much of her free time when not working at Bon Jour. Patterns, light and darks, in ink, watercolor, colored pencil and especially oil set Tamarah’s unique otherworldly style apart from other artists. These distinctive pieces often depict women’s faces. Her images tell a story, “human figures changing into something magical: dancing, nymphs, and hidden symbols.” Influenced by Daisetsu Suzuki, she strives for her art not just to be technical, but to grow from her unconscious creations. Inspired by working with bright, vibrant color Phillips says of her work, “Wherever the muse speaks, I follow.”
Come enjoy these two talented artists’ work for the month of April and celebrate them at their reception on April 12th from 3-5pm.