Sunday, October 09, 2016

Title this Donald Jurney Painting and it's yours!!!! (Jurney Fellowship Benefit)

"Title this Painting" (8x12") oil on wood panel by Donald Jurney
Be part of the creative process and submit a title for this painting.  If your title is chosen, it's yours.  The painting is (8x12") oil on wood panel,  painted by living master, Donald Jurney.  It retails for $2,400. It comes as shown in a beautiful, custom, handmade frame by PS Art frame in Providence, Rhode Island.  An unbiased, non-affiliated judge will chose a winner on October 30, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Halloween.  Winner announced on my website:

$20 Per Chance
100% goes to the Donald and Kim Jurney traveling fellowship.  The Fellowship provides one grant per year to an emerging or mid-career artist, working in a traditional representational manner, for painting or study in Europe during the year following application. The award to the winning Fellow is $5000


WHERE:  The painting is on display at the Todd Bonita Gallery.  39 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH. (Across from the Tug boats)

HOW:  $20 Per chance.  Write your title, along with your contact information, Send it with a check for $20 made out to Donald Jurney and mail to: 
Todd Bonita Gallery.  
39 Ceres Street, 
Portsmouth, NH 03801
.....OR, come to the gallery in person and submit your title.  Cash, check and CC accepted.  You may also phone in your title with a credit card, feel free to call (603) 819-9100.

WHEN:  Contest ends October 30, 2016.  Winner announced Halloween (October 31, 2016) on my website: here on this blog as well.

WHAT ELSE:  The Donald and Kim Jurney traveling Fellowship.  For more information on this $5,000 traveling artist grant, CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Donald and Kim Jurney Fellowship ($5,000 Artist Grant)

The Donald and Kim Jurney Traveling Fellowship 
My good friend and art mentor, Donald Jurney has been an incredibly generous man for as long as I have known him.  He has always shared his artistic knowledge and time with so many artist.  I am proud to call him a friend and honored to share the news of his latest gift to the art world; along with his equally generous wife Kim, they have just launched The Donald and Kim Jurney Traveling Fellowship
The Fellowship pro
vides one grant per year to an emerging or mid-career artist, working in a traditional representational manner, for painting or study in Europe during the year following application. The award to the winning Fellow is $5000. The painter need not be a landscape painter. The funds in the award are intended to defray costs of travel both to and within Europe, and to help to defray costs of lodging, meals, and art materials, etc.
CLICK HERE to go to the web site and apply, donate or learn more...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dennis Perrin Solo Exhibition at my Portsmouth, NH Gallery, Thursday, October 6 (5-8pm) 2016

Artist reception: Thursday October 06, 2016.  (5-8pm)
First Friday Art Walk Opening: October 07, (5-8pm)
Artist Gallery Talk: Sunday, October 23, (2-3pm)

We are very excited to host the oil paintings of living master, Dennis Perrin in his first solo show in too many years. 
Dennis Perrin can best be described as a painter of light as it illuminates and describes the subject.  His style is a unique blend of brushwork and design best described as Painterly Realism.  Perrin will feature more than fifteen new oil paintings in our exhibition room throughout the month of October.  Join us for a special V.I.P. collectors Artist reception preview on Thursday, October 6 from 5-8pm.  We will also open our doors the next evening for Portsmouth's First Friday Art walk (5-8pm)...Dennis will also offer an Artist Gallery talk on Sunday, October 23, from (2-3pm).  Hope you can join us.  Exhibition runs the entire month of October, 2016
39 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Keepers Dory (24x36") oil on linen"Keepers

"Keepers Dory" (24x36") oil on linen.
This has been on the gallery wall since April but just getting around to taking a photo of it.  A painting from Monhegan that started as a plain air and eventually became this studio work.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Title this painting winner results!

"Title this Painting"...Oil by Todd Bonita 
On May 03, we concluded the month long Alastair Dacey benefit, "Title this Painting" competition with guest judge Bruce McMillan choosing a winner from over 70 entries.  Bruce is an accomplished Children's book Author and Photo-Illustrator with over forty-five published books to his credit.  He is also a Poet, Painter and all-around Creative Renaissance man.  We felt his unique combination of visual and language skills made him uniquely qualified for the task.  The titles were written on the outside of an envelope with the contestants names written on an enclosed card so that Bruce could not see who submitted the title.  This kept it anonymous and legit.  It was fun to watch Bruce narrow it down to his top five:

Top 5 (Alphabetical order)
Between Going and staying by Jenny Greenleaf
Dog Overboard by Karen Romagna
Morning Dory by Suzie Sauer
Orange you glad I didn’t paint a banana by Paul Noel
The Mooring After by Avory Resca

.....and then his top 2: Morning Dory by Suzie Sauer and The Mooring After by Avory Resca.
He waxed and wained and reasoned out loud, making a case for each title until finally....

 "The Mooring After" by Avory Resca 

from St. Croix Island was chosen.  Congratulations to Avory.  I love the title.  Thank you Bruce McMillan for your sense of humor and good will...Bruce's Website HERE
Thank you to everyone who submitted titled and contributed to the Alastair Dacey benefit.  It was a huge success because of you and your warm hearts, thank you sincerely.  Just for fun, here are just some of our favorites from this competition....

Punkin Seed by Sara
Caramel Ripples by Susan
The way home by Heather and Marc
Norweigian Wood by Keller
S.S. Alastair by Pete and Deb
Untitled by Susan (heheee)
Sunnyside Up by Heidi

....Also noteworthy, there were four submissions for "Serenity", Three submissions for "Tranquil" and Two submissions each for "D'oro Dory", "Old Yellow", "Mellow Yellow" and "Awaiting".  Great fun, thank you again.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Title this painting and it's yours....(Contest ends May 03, 2016)

TITLE THIS PAINTING...and it's yours!
This is part of the April 1st grand opening benefit from our Portsmouth, NH gallery.  It's simple...Title this painting, if your title is chosen, you win the painting.
​It cost $20 per guess, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit artist Alastair Dacey who was displaced by a house fire in January.  The painting is a (6x8") oil on wood panel painting by Todd Bonita, framed as you see it here in the photo from our opening.  Retail value is $600.  An outside judge will choose the winning title.  Author, Illustrator, Artist, Photographer, Bruce McMillan, who has forty-five honored Childrens Book to his resume has been chosen to be the judge of the "Best Title" for this painting.  Bruce will not see the name of the person guessing, he will only see the title to insure an unbiased decision.  Submissions accepted until May 03, 2016 with winner announced Friday, May 06, 2016 at our First Friday Art walk event at our Portsmouth Gallery, 39 Ceres Street...Opening from 5 - 9.  We will announce the winner here and on our website; 
and include a list of some of our favorite titles as well.  Check back to see...
To Submit a guess:
* Come to the Gallery in person by May 03, noon.  
*Contact Todd Bonita via phone (603) 819-9100 or email at

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Grand Opening of our new Gallery in Portsmouth, NH (April 1, 2016) Alastair Dacey Fundraiser Exhibition!!

Hanging the new sign on our Portsmouth, NH location.

Porstmouth Gallery Grand Opening 

39 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH   (April 1, 2016,  6pm)
Exhibition room: Alastair Dacey & Adan Irish Fundraiser
I am excited to announce the Grand Opening of our second location and the introduction of The Todd Bonita Gallery to my hometown, Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 1, 2016.  This is a year-round space and will serve as my art studio and gallery showroom.  The Ogunquit gallery in Perkins Cove will remain open seasonally from May through October and my Portsmouth based, Button Factory art studio will remain open as a studio space for larger works, classroom space and the annual open studio holiday event.  This new gallery will showcase my original oil paintings along with the works of some of my teachers, mentors and nationally recognized oil painters, such as Alastair Dacey, Donald Jurney, Stan Moeller, J.C. Airoldi, David Lussier and others.  We are located at 39 Ceres street, across from Portsmouths iconic tugboats.
Beyond our showroom is an exhibition room that enables us to host featured shows with new offerings as part of Portsmouths First Friday Art Walks.
Featured in the Exhibition room during our grand opening will be a Fundraiser collection of artist works to show support for Alastair Dacey and Adam Irish who were recently displaced by a house fire in January.  Gallery and artist proceeds are generously donating up to 100% of sales from this exhibition for the month of April.  Alastair Dacey is a local artist with National recognition and Adam Irish is a Portsmouth treasure and the owner of Old as Adam haberdashery, coincidentally located next door to the new gallery here on Ceres Street.  Please join us on April 1 from 6-9 to show your support for them and to welcome our new gallery to Portsmouth.  Hope to see you.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Artist Alastair Dacey Fire (Go Fund Me)

Firefighters at the Edmond Tarbell house in Newcastle, NH Saturday night, January 23.
With prayers, hoping fellow artist and good willed spirits will help our good friends, artist Alastair Dacey and Adam Irish of Old as Adam, after the two alarm fire that devastated their home on Saturday evening in New Castle, New Hampshire.  So thankful everyone got out unharmed.  Article Here.
Here is a Go Fund page set up that you can contribute to our friends in need.  Please share.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Another Plein air from my hot rod

(Can it be called a Plein air if it's painted from the front seat of my car?...I don't really know....full disclosure: I don't really care either, hehee).
A small 5x7" oil study from the front seat of my hot rod...and by hot rod I mean mini van...parked in a lot off route 1 in Portsmouth, NH overlooking marshland.

I used a minimal palette here in my small painting kit: Underpainting White, Cad yellow medium, Quinacridone red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt sienna...aaaand Viridian was on my palette but I don't really use it anymore.

This small little kit makes it possible to paint almost anywhere.

Location:Portsmouth, NH

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My good friend and extremely gifted painter, Alastair Dacey is having a solo show at my Shore Road Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine on Saturday, August 29, 2015, (6 - 9pm)...294 Shore Rd, Ogunquit.
If you can join us, that would be fun.  Alastair will be exhibiting 12 new oil paintings from a series of works executed while painting a costumed model in period clothing behind the Ogunquit Museum of Art.  The works I have seen are exquisite and in my opinion, evoke the brush of Sorolla and Sargent...I'll bet Alastair is glad I said it and not him...They really knock your socks off.  Please join us for a night of art, friends and drinks.  Here is a link to the events page from my web site:  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Sketch Club (Session 2) starting August 06, 2015 (Thursdays)

The new venture by the Ogunquit Summer School of Art called, SKETCH CLUB
is off to a rousing start with the first session sold out.  Sketch Club is six week session drawing classes meeting every Thursday morning from (9-12) in and around Ogunquit and York county, Maine.  We meet all summer, May thru October.  Bring a pencil, sketchbook and be ready to learn the principles of drawing...We sketch in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.  These small classes are fun and packed with info, you'll learn a lot. All the details are on the website:

Next six week session: (AUG 6 - SEPT 11)

But here is the low down:
(Thursdays (9-12) Six week sessions ($180)
Call to register: (603) 819-9100
or email Todd at:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alastair Dacey Solo Show (August 29, 6-9pm) Shore Road Gallery, Ogunquit, ME

I'm so thrilled to announce the solo show of my good friend Alastair Dacey at the new Shore Road Gallery in Ogunquit on August 29, 2015, (6-9pm).  I met Alastair in 2005 when I took his drawing class at the Ingbretson studios in Manchester, NH.  I thought he had a tremendous sensitivity for seeing, drawing and painting then and after ten years, I still find his work, taste, skill and vision to be of the highest order.  A real modern master.   His studio is on the third floor, just above mine at the Button factory Artist studios in Portsmouth, I have the luxury of perusing up there periodically for inspiration and to see what the boy-genius is working on.  I always leave wanting to raise the bar of my own work.  He inspires.  A true Artist's - Artist, he is greatly respected amongst peers...Please join us for Alastair's first solo exhibition in late August at my new gallery.  I'll be posting pictures from his studio of works in progress, so check back or check out the gallery website here:
Check out recent pics from his studio of works in progress below....jaw dropping and inspiring.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shore Rd. Gallery Ogunquit, Maine (Our new art gallery opening this Friday, June 26, (4-6)

Please join us for something new this Friday evening from (4-6pm) at 294 Shore Rd. in Ogunquit, Maine for the opening of our new Art Gallery.  We kept the name of the space that has been operating as the Shore Road Gallery for 42 years.  Its a really nice space with two gallery floors, the lower showroom will be the new home of The Beth Ellis Collection.  A short bop upstairs will be a space where I will be exhibiting my larger scale paintings like this whopper above titled, "In the past" (48x60") oil on canvas.  I will also exhibit some beauties by the all-star team of amazing painters like Donald Jurney, Stan Moeller, Alastair Dacey, Chris Volpe and many other nationally recognized artist.  We will have wine, food and friends to welcome the summer of 2015.  We will be open daily all season...if you can't make it Friday, feel free to stop in next time you are in Ogunquit.  We are located about 100 yards form Perkins Cove across the street from Amore restaurant.

Shore Rd, Gallery
294 Shore Rd.
Ogunquit, ME
Opening reception (4-6pm)...Probably stay later....
Friday, June 26, 2015

My little gallery in Perkins Cove (The Todd Bonita Gallery) will remain open (Forever I hope!!!)...this new Shore Road Gallery space is simply a sister location that will enable me to exhibit larger works and will be an opportunity to team up with Sharon Navigan, the sister of the late, influential Ogunquit Art Colony painter, Beth Ellis.  I could not be happier to team up with Sharon and her brilliant staff, Ginny, Suzanne and Dianne..all Love Art, Ogunquit, Local History and People.  Total pros!!  They bring a spirited energy to all of this that simply makes me so excited for this season.  I hope to see you there.  

Feel free to call or email:
(603) 819-9100

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Todd Bonita Gallery in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Season Opening (Friday, May 22, 6pm - close). Our second year!

I officially opened the gallery on May 2 already, please feel free to stop by anytime.  We are open for the season through Columbus day, October 12, so I hope to see you.  Our season opening celebration will be this coming Friday, May 22 from 6pm to closing time.  Last year was a blast, friends and family came from far away places, it was a very special evening.  I'm hoping for another spirited evening.  Please come and bring friends if you wish, all are welcome.  Perkins Cove has excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shop, ice cream, jewelers, boutiques, etc...make a night of it but definitely stop in for a drink, some art, friends and laughs.
I will be exhibiting some of my new oil paintings, along with new works from Donald Jurney, Alastair Dacey, Stan Moeller, Chris Volpe, Mikel Wintermantel, Dennis Sheehan, Beaman Cole and some other guest artist.  Also, be sure and pop in upstairs and welcome fellow artist, Don Gorvette and his Black Bear Gallery to Perkins Cove, it's newest addition.
We are located at 102 Perkins Cove Rd. in Ogunquit, Maine.  Next to the drawbridge, open daily for the season...hope to see you. Here is a link to our website: