Explore the elements of acrylic, watercolor and college and discover new ways to add texture to your creations. Students will develop at least two small paintings in each workshop using sponging, sgrafitto, yupo paper and other techniques.
All levels are invited.
Bonnie Yales resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida with her husband, Ray Gibson.
She was born in Cincinnati Ohio and spent 40 years in Massachusetts with her husband, now deceased, Rabbi Cary David Yales, prior to moving to Jacksonville where Cary was originally from.
Bonnie’s work is featured at the Hebrew Union College Chapel in Jerusalem. She designed and stitched the needlepointed Torah Mantles in the Ark. Several of her paintings are displayed at the college. Some of her work is featured at the King David Hotel and the YMCA, both in Jerusalem. Numerous Israelis own paintings of Bonnie’s.
Additionally, Rabbis, Cantors, Jewish leaders and their congregants own Tallitot, Kippahs and Tallit bags, designed and created by Bonnie. Bar Mitzvah boys and Bat Mitzvah girls wear her tallitot from coast to coast.
Her work is currently displayed in the state capital buildings of Boston, Massachusetts. and Columbus, Ohio. The artist’s needlepoint group tapestries and her textile work enrich more than 350 Synagogues, Churches, Institutions, and private homes throughout the United States and Israel.
Bonnie’s watercolor paintings depict intrinsic settings, floral and rural scenes, a consequence or her extensive travels – induced by a vision of a peaceful and harmonious world. She also excels in mixed-medium paintings, which are influenced by the texture of her tapestry work for which she is world known. This work has been praised for its color vibrancy and spiritual quality. They are meant to be thought provoking and introspective.
Bonnie has been doing extensive teaching as a guest lecturer on cruise ships including Princess, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity for the last ten years in the fields of watercolor, mixed media, collage and needle arts.
A limited number of her works can be viewed on Bonnie’s website.
Locally, several of her group projects can be viewed at Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine Fl.. Torah covers at The Temple (Ahaveth Chesed), Jacksonville, Fl. and Beth Shalom. All of the retired pieces hang in the homes of their congregants.
Paintings and Needlepoint Website:
376 1st St. South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250