As a young woman in the 1940s, Bonnie Woolsey Benschneider was a scholarship student at the art academy of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, studying under Boardman Robinson, Jean Charlot and others.
Now 84, she has terminal cancer. Her daughter, Bonnie, and Odyssey hospice care providers are caring for her in her daughter's home.
On Jan. 7 and 8, a series of Benschneider's large-format paintings, interpreting the Book of Revelations, will be exhibited at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic church in the Black Forest. The paintings, a series called Through John's Eyes, represent a small but inspired portion of the artist's life work, taken on following recognition by the American Academy of Design in the 1960s.
These 40 or so mixed-media works visually interpret the swirling metaphors of the Book of Revelations in bold light and color. The paintings are large, on average 4 feet by 8 feet, and were done over a 20-year period during which Benschneider also completed series depicting the miracles of Jesus and the seven deadly sins.
A dedicated contemporary painter, Benschneider enjoyed the artist's life alongside her husband Ben Benschneider, a Time-Life photographer who brought top photographers to Colorado College's summer sessions for many years. Often the two painted and photographed the old mines of southern Colorado, side by side.
Benschneider's daughter is showing her mother's work in hopes of finding a permanent home for it in a museum or collection somewhere. Limited-edition giclee prints of many of the works, signed by Benschneider, will be for sale at the show.
-- Kathryn Eastburn
Through John's Eyes: Paintings by Bonnie Woolsey Benschneider
Our Lady of the Pines annex, 11020 Teachout Road (just off Black Forest Road)
Saturday, Jan. 7, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call 964-4944 for more.