Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Workhouse Collector's Showcase

Watch for more soon on this year's Collector's Showcase 2014 at the Workhouse. The exhibit is on display upstairs in Building W-16 in the McGuire-Woods Gallery from January 11 through the lottery-style auction and fundraiser on March 1.

My donation is "Baltimore Farmer's Market," a metallic ink photograph framed to 16"x20" - look for it to add to your collection.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Safe Passage

"Safe Passage" 
Photograph on Canvas 

In her February 2014 "Safe Passage" exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington, Bonnie Ferguson Butler employs metallic ink photographs, photos on canvas, and pastels to explore various means of transportation, transition, and movement in Italy, both the figurative and the literal. Images vary from the tiny boat and mysterious alley in the photo entitled "Safe Passage," to the unseen breeze and religious connotation in the pastel, "Vatican Illuminated."

Some of these images of Northern, Central, and Southern Italy will demonstrate double entrendre like these, but the primary focus relates to an implied sense of movement - windows, doors, water taxis, laundry in the sunny wind, and scooters - which is caught before, during or after the action. 

Like each of her previous exhibits, this series demonstrates Butler's love of travel and curiosity about how locations influence art. A Missouri native raised in South Carolina who resides in Northern Virginia, Butler joined the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, in 2009 and enjoys regular exhibits in Gallery 902. A published biochemist, her art training began as an awakening during a required liberal arts class outside her science majors at Wofford College; her graduate studies were in Humanities and Art History at the University of Richmond. She has pursued many studio classes and workshops since, studying most recently with Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Jack Pardue, and Maggie Price. Butler is founder and president of the Pastel Society of Virginia and a member of Pastel Society of America. Her blog is available at

February 2 - March 2, 2014
Opening February 7, 6-9 PM 

Arts Club of Washington
Monroe House
2017 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Workhouse Gallery 902 & Bleeding Hearts as Prize

Come see the new space of the Workhouse Associates! We are now in Building W9's Gallery 902  and we look forward to our first Second Saturday there this weekend 6-9pm.

I contributed to this month's raffle fundraiser with Bleeding Hearts, an 8x10 metallic ink photo matted to 11x14, from Alexandria's River Farm Garden Park, home of the American Horticultural Society.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Menokin Photography Contest, Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA (First Place in Architecture; Hullihen Williams Moore, judge & student of Ansel Adams)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Best Chimneypiece Mantle

Menokin Photography Contest, Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA (Honorable Mention in Architecture; Hullihen Williams Moore, judge & student of Ansel Adams)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last Look at Double Take

With 34 pieces total, this is my largest exhibit to date. It comes down on Sunday at the Workhouse in Lorton!

photography, either metallic ink or on canvas

gelato flavors with a young Sophia Loren

night photography

some of the pastels exhibited

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Double Take: Photography & Paintings of Italy

My exhibit at Workhouse Building W-16 in Lorton ends on Sunday, July 1. A combination of pastel paintings and photography, it's a mini-vacation in Italy!

Murano Bound
photo on canvas