“Beauty feeds beauty”

“We love beauty,” said gallery owner Christi Bonner Manuelito of the art exhibited at the Bonner David Galleries in both their New York and Arizona spaces. It is a work of art “we would have in our home, we love to live around and love the way it makes us feel”.

It is this personalization of the “artistic experience” usually dictated by emotion, which the gallery tries to cultivate in the new collectors who enter their doors, and also continues to encourage in those who already own collections. They do this by carefully selecting the artists who exhibit in their galleries.

“Artwork, and art, is about building relationships with artists and collectors,” Manuelito said. And in their gallery, while they understand the importance of variety and offer a range of selections that appeal to individual artistic tastes, he says they tend to have a lot of visually pleasing works.

“This is the way we think art should be,” he said. “Beauty feeds beauty”.

Founded with Clark David Olson in Scottsdale 20 years ago, and expanded into the Upper East Side headquarters on East 81st Street two years ago, Bonner David was created “to educate, encourage and expand appreciation for art” while being set in a dual concept gallery model offering traditional and contemporary works of art.

“Education in the arts is so important because it’s a small percentage of the world that collects it,” Manuelito said. “So, to create and build new collectors, we start collecting collectors and they evolve from there. They just need to be empowered and to have the knowledge on how to proceed ”.

Rebecca Rosenfield, director of the Bonner David Gallery in New York, says it’s very important for them to make new art buyers feel comfortable during their visit.

“They should feel welcome in space,” he added. “That they can get close to you”, explaining that “you can start collecting at any age and that if you love a work, then it can be yours”.

“Family of Fine Arts”

Likewise, there is a link with the 45 artists they currently represent in both galleries.

“We get along well and we want to get to know each other,” Manuelito said. “We see ourselves as a whole family of fine arts.”

Two of the artists who are part of this family have spring exhibits at the UES gallery that are bound to create a response from art experts and beginners alike.

The colors of Gail Morris’s “Speakeasy” paintings are on display until April 23, command notice, and may even stop you in your tracks.

“Gail Morris, we’ve been representing for a long time,” said Manuelito. “She loves capturing the essence of a landscape when you approach it, or an urban landscape, the very essence of that moment.”

“And the same with his most recent show, inspired by the speakeasies and the different drinks he tasted, so it was right when you were sipping something – that experience you have – that’s that emotional response he’s having,” he said. “He comes across an abstraction or an interpretation, that’s Gail Morris’ genius.”

Coming up in May is a fashion-themed exhibition by Melissa Peck, synchronized with the big Met Gala event just half a block away, on the Museum Mile.

“Melissa Peck is a fabulous and unique painter. She began by illustrating different objects and quickly evolved into a more fine art realm, ”Manuelito said, adding that Peck is now a well-collected painter.

Her works “are more feminine in nature, she draws inspiration from this show, from the 1920s, to the previous Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines [so] it’s influenced by vintage fashion, ”he said. “It’s absolutely phenomenal.”

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