Natural elements take root in Quarry Hill art show, sale
18th annual art sale will be Dec. 4-5.
Artists Jacque and Bob Bonsi walk at Quarry Hill almost every day, Jacque said.
The welcoming public park is also the backdrop for their annual Nature Art Show and Sale, taking place this year Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5.
The duo “piqued the park’s interest, and they piqued our interest” 18 years ago. Every year since, the Bonsis have set up an annual art show with 10 nature-based, local creatives.
Ten percent of the sales made go to Friends of Quarry Hill to support programming and building, Bonsi said. The organization also considers the cost of renting the sale space from Quarry Hill part of their donation.
In 2019, that amounted to more than $1,600, Bonsi said.
Although the shows “have gotten bigger and bigger, as far as customers are concerned,” Bonsi said the group has never exceeded 10 artists, in order to keep the presentation manageable for both viewers and artists. They rotate in new artists every year or two, in order to keep the offerings fresh.
The Bonsis have made stained glass and gourd creations for about 20 years. Each of the artists in the show, however, incorporates natural elements or themes into their work -- like David Munz, whose pottery uses bits of bark and leaves, digital artist Sandy Hokanson , who specializes in prints of local birds, or newest addition Sarah Hill , who “sculpts the cutest little animals, just perfect for little people.”
Bonsi said she hopes the public sees the show as a way to shop local art, rather than big box stores, and a reason to walk around Quarry Hill in the winter.
It’s been 18 years of fun for all of us,” she said. “We’re all really great friends, and that’s been key for this.”
If You Go
What: 18th annual Nature Art Show and Sale
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5
Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 401 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester
Cost: Free, see qhnc.org for more information.