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Diana Bonebrake Art Opening Saturday!

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Diana Bonebrake's new show, Land and Sky, opens on July 14th at the Orlando Gallery in Tarzana. There will be munchies, cheap wine, and the opportunity to discover a whole new perspective on things. Orlando Gallery 18376 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, CA 91356. 818-705-5368. The opening reception is Saturday July 14, 2007 from 6-9PM. The show runs July 14 - August 3.

I often find beauty in everyday objects. They are blessed with a certain purity of line, even when, and perhaps especially when, form simply follows function. I have always found unspeakable perfection in telephone lines. It is one of those random proclivities that I have always kept to myself. When I first saw Diana Bonebrake's work, featuring fences and telephone poles juxtaposed against the blue, partly cloudy skies of Los Angeles, I knew that I had found a kindred spirit. I asked her if the neighbors worry about her standing outside and staring into their yards so much, and she told me that her husband accuses her of never painting anything that is more than 500 yards from the house.

As much as I love her work, nothing I say can compare to the beautiful words of Karen Bowles:

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In this country, in our daily lives, we often do not take the time to enjoy or appreciate the sky. Few of us will actually stand around with our mouths gaped open, arms outstretched, greeting the sunset of burning colors, flames licking the underbellies of clouds moving past like mythical creatures, so vast they seem to cover the continent. We hurry in the mornings, cursing our lack of time. Grabbing our coffee, we step out blinking into the seemingly harsh light and rush, rush, rush right past every detail of our wondrous world. Thank Diana Bonebrake for giving you back your sight.

(Goodbye Icons Painting courtesy of Diana Bonebrake)