Bonnie Meltzer
very mixed media

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Something exciting happens when diverse elements rub up against each other.

Many years ago at a surplus store on the same day, Bonnie Meltzer discovered the intrinsic beauty of computer parts and magnet wire -- the shiny, colorful and very flexible, enamel coated copper wire used in motor windings . It seemed only natural to her that the two materials should marry in her work. From that day on found objects and crocheted wire became the bases of her highly textured wall works and sculpture. Computer parts and other found objects are used as beads, armatures, textures and vehicles for metaphor and symbolism. The crochet doesn't play second fiddle to the found objects but in work that has so many disparate elements it links it all together visually and sometimes even structurally.

Objects stimulate her imagination and push the idea flow. A globe is a different stimulus than a garter. They give her a symbolic, visual and verbal vocabulary in which to frame an idea. She mixes objects, painted wood, digital photographs and crocheted wire to create complex surface textures and to increase the nuance of content. The multi-levels of materials and ideas can give both a serious and a humorous component to her work at the same time. She uses ordinary objects as metaphors that reflect both social commentary and personal history. Global warming, elections, economics, and land use balance out identity and personal reflection themes.

Meltzer lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon in a cottage with an outbuilding studio in the yard.  Both are surrounded by an enormous organic vegetable garden.

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington MFA, Denny Fellowship 1971,
Rochester institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, graduate classes 1967
Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, New Jersey BA Art Education, NJ scholarship 1966
Center for Creative Imaging, Kodak Fellowship, Camden, Maine 1991
Haystack Mt School of Crafts, Dere Isle, Maine 1964, 1966

Art in Rural Storefronts: Temporary mural on DLF International Seed warehouse, Halsey, Oregon 2016
First Unitarian Church:
Identity, Portland, Oregon 2016
Eastbank Commerce Center: Evoking Memories, Portland, Oregon 2015 !
Art in Rural Storefronts:
Rain Makes the Grass Grow, Sponsored by the Corvallis Art Center, storefront installation in Brownsville, Oregon 2014
Astoria Fiber Arts Academy: Astoria, Oregon 2014
University of Portland: Portland, Oregon 2014
Scrap: Portland, Oregon 2011
Beet Gallery: Portland, Oregon 2009
Onda Gallery: Portland, Oregon 2008
Albina Community Bank: Portland, Oregon 2006
White Sturgeon Gallery: Water Resources Education Center Vancouver, Washington 2005
Contemporary Crafts Gallery: North Window Installation, Portland, Oregon 2005
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center: Portland, Oregon 2003
Contemporary Crafts Gallery: Portland, Oregon 2002, 1972, 1971
Guardino Gallery: Portland, Oregon 1999
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: “About Faces”, Portland, Oregon 1989
Portland Children’s Museum: “Zipperpillar Park” commissioned installation, Portland, Oregon 1986-88

Meltzer has been exhibiting continually since 1969, Except for her first group exhibition this listing is from 2000
On the Fringe: Today’s Twist on Fiber Art, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts!
Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 2015 (weekend) artworks used for posters, invites, & program cover
Oregon Art Beat Anniversary Exhibition, Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland Oregon, 2014
Book Power Redeux,23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR and University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, 2014
Red Round 2 Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland Oregon, 2012
Welcome to My World: Artists Take on the Globe,23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR 2011 online
Chair Affair, Portland OR 2011
Landfill Hubcap Project to be announced 2011 online
Entangled curator and participant of a 4 artist exhibit
Anka Gallery, Portland Oregon, 2010

Group Exhibitions continued
Portland Open Studios at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon 9210, 2009
Art Contemplates Industry online
3 locations Clackamas County Oregon, 1 year, 2009
Portland International Airport, Pacific NW Sculptors Portland Oregon 6 months 2009
Corporate Waste into Art
Portland City Hall, Portland Oregon 2007
Recycled Art
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem , Oregon 2006
Crocheted Wire Jewelry
Mobilia Gallery at SOFA, Chicago Illinois 2006
Sustaining Change on the America Farm
Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington 2006
Instruments of Art
Sponsored by the Community Music Center at PNCA, Portland, Oregon 2006
Transformed Chairs (curator & participant)
Portland City Hall, Portland, Oregon 2006
Rhythm of Crochet, invited artist,
national traveling exhibition sponsored by Crochet Guild of America. 2003
12” x 12”
Mark Woolley Gallery: Portland OR 2003
Textile Techniques in Metal
Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge Massachusetts & SOFA, Chicago Illinois 2002
Crochet: Ancient Craft, Contemporary Art
Fine Line Art Center: St Charles Illinois 2001
Chain Reaction (invited artist)
Textile Arts Center, Chicago Illinois 2000
Young Americans
Museum of American Craft, New York 1969

COMMISSIONS (highlights, non-residential)
Oregon Episcopal School, Drinkward Center for Math, Science and Technology
Wall sculpture made with recycled objects from the school; 10 student apprentices,
Portland Oregon 2012
Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
Awards for agency recycling excellence, Brattleboro Vermont 2010
Travel Portland
Sustainability Award made with found objects and given to Portland city Commissioner Saltzman 2008
Pavelcomm, Corporate Waste Into Art
Lobby sculpture made with objects from Pavelcomm's waste stream. Project in conjunction with Cracked Pots and NW Business for Culture and the Arts 2007
Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts
Awards for corporate giving to the arts made with found objects, Portland OR 2005
University of Washington, School of Business
A gift from the first Executive MBA graduating class, Seattle, Washington 2000
National Science Foundation
A gift from the Oregon Graduate Institute, Arlington Virginia 1999
Community Music Center
large crocheted tapestry, RACC grant, Portland Oregon 1975

COLLECTIONS (highlights, non-residential)
Baylor University Mandy Rosenberg Artist Book Collection, University of Washington Book Arts Collection, Astoria Fiber Arts Academy, Metro Regional Government, Starker Forest, E Machines, Management Compensation Group, Inc., Lindsay Hart Neil & Weigler Attorneys, Regional National Braille Association, Rogers Cablesystems, IBM Portland Optometric Clinic, City of Portland, Community Music Center, Pacific Northwest Bell, Holladay Park Hospital, Freightliner Corp., Clark County Juvenile Court, Sapporo, Japan North Ward Neighborhood Association

BOOKS & ARTICLES (highlights)
The Fine Art of Crochet, chapter and cover image, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, AuthorHouse, 2013
Crocheted Wire Jewelry, Arline Fisch, Lark Books 2005
Textile Techniques in Metal, Arline Fisch, Lark Books 1996;
New Design In Crochet, Clinton MacKenzie, Van Nostrand Reinhold 1972 (frontpiece) online
Creating Art From Fibers and Fabric
s, Donna Meilach, 1972


Articles or images (print and/or online)
Daily Astorian, Pulling the Thread, Sara Mason, August 7, 2014 read
Sustainable Life, Portland Tribune,
Eco-Crusader, Joseph Gallivan, January 16, 2014 read
Huffington Post,
Allen Schmertzler Image Blog, January 16, 2014 read
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 16, 2011 read
Neighborhood Notes. Portland Open Studios Fosters Community Through Art, Oct 15,2009 read
Oregon Home, Portfolio, June 2009 read
Oregonian, Review Bob Hicks, June 16, 2009 read
Boom Magazine, Clothing As Biography cover story, June 2009 read
Artisan NorthWest, Greener Pastures, winter 2006 read
Artisan NorthWest, Everything Old is New Again, Summer 2005 read
Arte Cuna De Creacion Mexican magazine article about Portland 2005 read
NW Drizzle 2005 read
2005 Oregon Public Broadcasting Calendar
Oregonian, Magnetic North, April 4, 2004 read
American Style August 2004
Crafts Report March 2004;
Computer Bits, Recycler Art, April 2001 read
Alaska Airlines Inflight Magazine, Touchy-Feely, December 1986 read
Macworld February 1989
PC Week December 8, 1987, February 9, 1988
The Wall Street Journal November 24, 1987
Sunset Magazine February 1987

Mixed Media Art Magazine 2013 see
Artist Turned Activist, Voices of Coal series, Oregon Public Broadcasting 2013 see
Art Beat (Portland Open Studios) OPB 2001
Art in the Governor's Office OPB 1977

She is available to teach crocheted sculpture and found object workshops
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Build a Collaborative Crocheted Sculpture Workshop, Portland, Oregon 2016
Pendleton Woollen Mills, 3D Crochet, Portland, Oregon 2016

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Crocheted Sculpture, Otis, Oregon 2016, 2015

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, Crocheting Around a Core: Crocheted Sculpture, Canby, Oregon 2015
Oregon Episcopal School Portland, Oregon 2012
Mount Aloysius College Cresson, Pennsylvania 2007
Regional Arts and Culture Council, Business & Marketing, Portland, Beaverton and Oregon City, Oregon 2006, 2001
Fiber Art Center Amherst, Massachusetts 2004
Biocommunicators of America Conference, Keynote Speaker, Boston, Massachusetts 2004
University of Portland Arts and Business Seminar, Portland Oregon 2003
Alaska Artist in the Schools Allakaket, Alaska 2005, Nome Alaska 2002,Koyukuk, Alaska 1996
Bering Straits Art and Tourism Conference Keynote Speaker, Nome Alaska 2002
Handweavers Guild Conference Portland, Oregon July 1996
Oregon Journalism Conference Corvallis, Oregon 1995
Book Arts Guild Conference Portland, Oregon 1997, 1995
Surface Design Conference Portland, Oregon 1995
Idaho Journalism Advisors Conference Sun Valley, Idaho 1994
Crochet Guild of America Conference Seattle Washington 1999
National Education Computer Conference Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Boston 1991-2000
NW Council for Computers in Education Conference various NW cities 1988-1997
Creativity Through Technology Conference Anchorage, Alaska 1993
CUE BC Conference Vancouver, BC 1992, Palm Springs, CA 1992
ArtQuake Portland, Oregon 1990-92
DaVinci Days Corvallis, Oregon 1989-91
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana 1990
Michelson Reves Museum Marshall, Texas 1990