Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Summer Horizons: New Vermont Paintings by Bonnie Acker” The exhibit opens with a public reception with the artist on Friday, September 8th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will run through September 16th. All are welcome to the reception, as well as gallery browsing during regular hours.
Acker’s work is joyously rendered, and reflects her multifaceted approach to life:
“I wear many hats, all of them colorful and connected to the
communities around me! When I glean time for creating landscapes … I am painting at the kitchen table – or pastelling outside in warmer
weather …I am alone, focused, looking inward, bringing up the courage to make my mark.
The rest of my life, what a wild and wonderful contrast! … community-linked efforts
give a momentum to the artwork I create at home.
There is no other place on earth I’d rather be than Vermont. The
optimism, the dedication to improving the planet, the widespread
resourcefulness, all give me the strength to believe in the future and
connect my artwork to the wider community.”
Bonnie, a lifelong artist and activist, has lived with her family in
Burlington since 1986. She creates paintings, paper-collages and
fabric banners, and is immersed in numerous food-and-farming
Since 2002 she has been a food-educator with the Burlington School
Food Project; since 1994 she has served on the board of directors of
the Intervale Community Farm Cooperative; and since 1993 she has
helped coordinate the flower gardens at City Market/Onion River Co-
Bonnie’s work has been featured in Vermont Life Magazine and
several books including The Art of Lake Champlain, Champlain’s
Lake Rediscovered, The Community Land Trust Reader and
Legendary Locals of Burlington, Vermont.
She has received numerous awards and extensive recognition for
her art and other endeavors, including being named a “Burlington
Community Treasure” by the City of Burlington on Bonnie Acker Day,
November 4, 2013.
Bonnie is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College; she studied further
at the Massachusetts College of Art.