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    two women in an intimate moment pastels 12" x 17"

Bonita Bruch

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Bonita Bruch is an active member of the Milwaukee Sketch Club,Wisconsin Pastel Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Jewish Artists Laboratory, Riverwest Artists Associ-ation, and MARN [Milwaukee Artists Regional Network]

She attended Layton School of Art for two years, then graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BA degree in Journalism and Fine Arts. For 36 years, she pursued a writing/ fund-raising/nonprofit career. About 16 years ago, she rediscovered her interest in creating visual art while recuperating from a broken knee.

artist statement

I strive to create painterly, stylistic portraits of people caught unaware in a moment in time...a moment that all of us have or will experienced. I love working with conte crayons, pastels & oil pastels because I love smudging a drawing into a story. Most of my drawings are developed from 5,10, 15-20 minutes sketches. BUT my acrylic plein air and still lifes are NOISY, LOUD & BOISTEROUS!
2016 Shows
Aug 28-Oct 21, Anderson Art Center Kenosha, [Wis Visual Artists Member Show]
Aug 13-Sep 11, Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center, [Creative Expression II RE Elders Art]
Jun 5-Aug 30, JCC [west entrance] Whitefish Bay, [Jewish Artists Laboratory Show]
Jun 7-Jul 14, Art Bar, 926 E. Burleigh, [Milwaukee Sketch Club Member Show]
May 5-June 4, Art Bar, 926 E. Burleigh [MARN Member Show]
January...Milwaukee Sketch Club Show, Clement Manor, Milwaukee
Apr7-May 28...Next Act Theater lobby, 755 W. Water Street, Milwaukee
May6-Jun5...MARN Member Show, ART BAR, 722 E. Burleigh, Milwaukee
June 10-July 12, MKE Sketch Club Show, ART BAR, 722 E. Burleigh, MKE
Jun5-August30..Jewish Community Center, [west entrance], Whitefish Bay
Aug12-Sep11...RWElders Show, Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center, Milwaukee
Sep16-Oct12...RW ArtWALk, Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center, Milwaukee
2015 Shows
March..International Women's Day Art Exhibit, Gallery Grand, 604 N. Water, MKE
April-May...Gallery Nite & Day, Gallery Grand, Milwaukee
April-May...Wisconsin Pastel Artists Show, Schauer Arts Center, Hartford, Wisconsin
May-June...Mother's Day Art Show, Blick's on Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee
June-August, Living Waters Show, West Entrance-Jewish Community Center, MKE
June 21...Bradystreet Funday Art Fair...booth at Warren & Brady [10am-4pm]
July 20...Bradystreet Funday Art Fair...booth at Warren & Brady [10am-4pm]
September...Riverwest Artists Member Show, Jazz Gallery, 929 East Center, MKE
October...Wis. Pastel Artists, Cedarburg Cultural Art Center, Cedarburg WI
November...Art Bar's Mini-Art Show, Burleigh & Fratney, MKE
December..MKE Sketch Club at Clement Manor 3939 S. 92 St. MKE

2014 Shows
February-March...Jazz Center Gallery for the Arts, 926 East Center Street, Milwaukee
April-July...Gallery Grand, 604 N. Water Street, Milwaukee Wisconsin
May-July...One Way Cafe & Gallery, 1425 Underwoood Avenue, Wauwatosa WI
May-August 12....Jewish Community Center[west entrance] Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
July-August 31...Schauer Art Center. 167 N. Rural Street, Hartford, Wisconsin

2013 Shows:
November-January...Clement Manor, 3939 South 92 Street, Greenfield Wisconsin
October RiverWest Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May-September Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin
April-July Kral Realty, 3rd Ward, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
January-April Gallery Grand, Milwaukee Wisconsin
January Blutstein Brondino Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February Riverwest Artist Association Gallery, Milwaukee Wisconsin
February-December AGMF's Art Gallery, Main Street, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

2012 Shows:
April 2012 Gallery Grand, Milwaukee Wisconsin
July 2012 South Shore Water Frolics Festival of Arts, Milwaukee Wisconsin
August 2012 Art In The Park, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
October 2012 RiverWest ArtWalk, Milwaukee Wisconsin
October 2012 Gallery Grand, Milwaukee Wisconsin
November 2012 Intercontinental Hotel, Milwaukee Wisconsin
November 17 & 18 Channel 10 Holiday Art & Gift Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin