Biography

About the Artist

Bonnie McGrath and her husband, Jim

Bonnie McGrath and her husband, Jim

Bonnie McGrath was born in Concord, Ma. lived in Dublin, New Hampshire and Acton, Ma. She attended Acton Schools and later received a BFA degree in Ceramics from the Massachusetts School of Art, now the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. It was here she studied photography, painting, sculpture, and ceramics along with many other creative classes.

Bonnie developed an interest in art and photography at an early age. She started her “career” in photography working with black and white contact prints in her small developing “lab” in the basement of her home around age 8. Both of her parents were involved in the arts with Dad a photo enthusiast and Mom always into crafts, art classes, as well as furniture making. Bonnie worked for over 35 years at various publishers in the Boston area doing design and prep work in all phases of graphic and book design. These publishers included D.C. Heath, Ginn Publishing, Addison Wesley, Houghton Mifflin, and others.
 
Bonnie went on to study photography through the years at many workshops and classes, and was a member of the Gateway Camera Club and Boston Camera Club.
In the year 2000 she returned to her second passion—painting. She began attending classes in advanced watercolor painting at the Danforth Museum School in Framingham—later classes taught by talented artist Teri Malo at Danforth Museum School—and private study with artist-author Jeanne Carbonetti of Chester, Vermont.  These 2 women were very influential in forming the groundwork for Bonnie’s return to painting after many years. Their freedom of expression and  use of color and subject matter really excited her even though their styles are not alike at all. 
 
Bonnie, who does her own matting and framing, uses a digital camera to gather ideas for paintings and photography whereever she travels. Much of her inspiration came from her trips to Europe, across the US, and Guatemala. Bonnie has had many color, single, 2-person, and group exhibitions, 1983 to the present including galleries at the Marlboro, Bridgewater, Framingham and Concord Public Libraries, as well as the former Fine Arts Festival Theatre Gallery in Maynard, at the Minuteman Airfield Cafe, Atelier 10 Gallery and Gallery Seven, both in Maynard, Acton COA, Continental Cafe in West Acton and Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. She is a member of the Acton Open Studios artist group and the Rockport Art Association.
 
Bonnie is owner of a small photo business featuring unique flower images, angel prints, historic photos, sacred sites, and scenics of New England, especially of Walden Pond and Concord. She has available: photo note cards, matted prints, bookmarks, magnets, mini-prints, magnet note cards, and posters. She is the author/photographer of the hard cover book titled “Walden Pond—photographs by Bonnie McGrath, Reflections by Henry David Thoreau”.This book is now out of print.
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