“People ask me what is my favorite photograph that I have ever taken. I tell them it is the one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Current with curious shots of sharp photography skills, Midland resident Charles Bonham shares strong earthly energy using both of the camera and the connection of the positive universe. With no one repeating his process, he is a true innovator of using his photographs to capture images to create higher forms of color, space and spectacular views. With documents of time, he desires to capture themes of optimism, euphoria and contentment as these emotions prevail all of his shots of life.
The three words to describe him: Passion. Persistence. Perspective.
Waiting to his late teens, Charles wanted the edge to teach him how to use his 35 mm camera. Library research filled his mind with books and popular magazines like Life, National Geographic and Look to guide him in all directions for subjects. Understanding art principles with a course in Photoshop, he learned how photo manipulation digitally changes how he saw ways to only improve bold shots, contrast and cropping the significant portions of his artwork.
Very often, Bonham’s images start to turn abstract as your eyes try to figure out what familiar patterns are meant in to stir in his pictures. He experiments with aesthetics with imaginative images that are gentle in nature and builds up to a 3-D scale that you can walk into. Compressing space and crowded images, these photos definitely calls for his choice for the long lens. He opens up the space with a wide lens where objects fill with invisible lines that come to the foreground. A professional to the tilt, he has over 4,800 images on Flickr and can be found in any search engine of his name.
“I prefer to live in a world where anything is possible or at least dreamable.”
Realizing that audience participation from his own expressive talent, he feels satisfied when someone purchases his photographs. Feeling shy and uncomfortable with complements, Charles still remains energized to share his newest work to the public and escalading his popularity in the visual art field. As he jokes, “People say I have a “good eye” when it comes to photography. I usually tell them “yes it’s my left eye.”
The process and ideas involved keeps Charles up at night and states that “some photos just take time”. He understands that the ultimate goal of feedback in any form is to try something different with a “try and try” again attitude. Preferring to be behind the camera, he wants to enlighten or challenge viewers to think beyond beauty, right or wrong and aesthetics. Significant to his vision of his art, Bonham’s style and colors are his signature gifts.
As far as joining as a member of the Midland Artists Guild, he immediately wanted to participate and experience the benefits of all the visual artists in the area. It was after seeing an Art Fair in Plymouth Park many years ago.
Charles Bonham was selected for the month of 2019 in September for his wide array of professional photography concepts and his potential for the future of digital images in the artistic population of the Tri-City Area.
Flickr under the name Charles Bonham.
“The calming access to art is simple. Teach yourself to create using unpredictable tools to make beautiful things.”
Using the process of deliberate and arranging elements of emotions, the Midland based artist Jazzmyn Benitez is beginning a career with an array of art that appeals to all the senses. Consumed of an immediate internal thought process, she finds hope and inspiration from those around her social network of friends and mentors.
With a huge artistic leap into the unknown, Jazzmyn took the biggest piece of work an artist could dream up. She has designed and painted a huge mural that welcomes artistic vision to all visitors of the city of Midland. The location is on the right side where highway 10 starts.
With the name of “Connection”, the mural is on the final stages of being complete. With a size of 16 x 40 feet on the side of the Circle Auto Parts building, spending over 85 hours to the project is paying off. Per her explanation of the contents, “the inside of earth gears of watching time, nature intertwined, with the sun symbolizing the change to the planet and the stars for the future of youth of the younger generation.”
The mural project was an artistic competition for the Midland Area Community Youth Action Council is made up of students and an advisor. The theme this year was based on “public art” and youth philanthropy. Philanthropy is defined as the “desire to promote the welfare of others, expressing especially of good cause”. The advisor of the group of students, Sara Jacobs-Carter, states “Jazzmyn’s art was playful, rooted in botany and can be understood as art with just a glance.”
“People that have been supporting me and their kids showed up and allowed them to put their marks on this wall. Other people from the community stopped to give us drinks or food or just check out what we were doing. This is not my mural, it is our mural.”
Jazzmyn, originally from Fullterton in Orange County of California moved to Midland in 2010 for a change of pace. She is the extraverted barista at the Live Oak Coffee House here in Midland, the patient instructor at the Parker Lane Studio art courses and a freelance creative source for clients.
As her mentor and founder of Parker Lane Design Studio, Dacia Parker, states, “It has been amazing to watch Jazzmyn grow and flourish in both her skill and her confidence as an artist over these past couple of years.” Adding that she is “A patient instructor and extremely encouraging to her students. Jazzmyn has a great heart and passions for the arts. She is a fantastic choice for doing this mural.”
Her fellow artist and collaborator on the mural project, Gessica Garber, also from Midland, paired up with the artist from the beginning. “Every time Jazzmyn creates, it is always with purpose full of meaning and depth.” When working, Gessica says “We are able to enjoy each other’s presence as we create, take one another’s criticism and make each other better.”
With a chill attitude and a genuine smile, her laid back personality sets the stage for a true realistic art of conversation. She states “I want to know how you came to be and where you are at now.” Her motive is easy. She cares.
Here on the Midland Artists Guild web-site, we celebrate those of the artistic population of the Tri-City area. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or a fellow artist would like to be recognized for artist of the month or new projects.
The show includes painting, sculpture, photo, fiber, and mixed media pieces.
Philip Hanson, lecturer of art at Saginaw Valley State University, served as jurist and announced the winners during the opening reception.
Jody McDonald Rider won Best of Show and the Member’s Choice Award for her pastel, Behold; Carol Buller received first place for her photography, Cactus (Tuscon, Arizona) and Jazminka Blazina earned second place for her stoneware piece, Triangle.
Three pieces received the Award of Excellence: Leonardo’s Rock by Margaret Colaselli; In Deed Roses by Heather Deogracia and Autumn Unfolding by Jan Weber.
Three artists received Awards of Merit: Storm Coming by Pat Smith; Harden Lake by Jean Matheen and Building a Mystery by Carol Nutter.
The show will be on exhibit through May 12. Visitors can submit their vote for the People’s Choice Award that will be announced at the end of the exhibit.
Founded in 1981, the Midland Artists Guild is an active organization of more than 100 members from the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Membership in the guild is open to anyone who participates or has an interest in the visual arts. MAG members have diverse backgrounds, as well as broad levels of experience working in a range of media.
More information, www.midlandartistsguild.com.
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Roger Reichmann is an international found object artist with a whole new vision of tremendous new forms named “time capsules”. With award-winning 3D creations, his complex mechanical free standing and wall hanging projects have earned achievements from the Midland Artists Guild Juried Awards for the past 5 years. His solo and long list of exhibits has been on display with the locations in central Michigan. In Bay City, Michigan, he currently has multiple works displayed in the galleries at CAT Gallery and in combined artists show at Studio 23. The work in Midland, MI has been in the gallery at the Creative 360 and Northwood University. Over the years, Roger has built over 70 installations and has a sturdy niche of the field of mixed media.
With experiences and the distance of the past, Reichmann appeals to an audience of all ages and invites new nostalgic themes of his strength into complete themes of life. His inspirations start off with “found” objects that have collected over the years with materials of all types found or donated at antique shows and even garage sales.
The magic of his work all begins in a very orderly basement of his home. In this interview, he expressed that he was working on three art pieces all at the same time. Roger does collaborations with other artist’s compilations that expand his range of efforts to make even more creative arrangements or scope. He savors the time of exercises and for the moments of looking for just the right elements of artistic range of the process. The success of his work is largely in part of revisiting his projects and spending time in his mind to make work that is relevant and member able.
“I’ve found that artists live longer since they feel like there is just more things to create. The fight of creativity never ends.”
Paying close attention to every detail of his work, Roger’s energy is natural with internal complexly energized, attention philosophy and tremendous wisdom for all to witness. Starting is the hardest part for most artists, while he had the passion he creates when being alone, he didn’t know that his work was real art or not. Even after the self-doubt started, the creative natural skills are found in his passion, commitment and displaying his visions. The first of his pieces was mostly for his family and was overjoyed when he started off by selling two pieces of art to the chair of the Bay City Arts Council. Validation at last! This increased the courage for new growth and higher standards for a single voice and finding personal influences.
“Art is a taste like music. Roger is a cross fusion of representation and patterns with a historical Jazz.”
-Tom Larson, Owner of C.A.T. Work Art Gallery
As for sustaining popularity and overcoming challenges, he always is secure that what he creates triggers exposure to emotional response from admirers. Most take the time to focus on baby details he puts into the project and point at their favorite parts.
Reichmann is a valuable to the entire community of Midland and sets the framework of the thinking process and the wish to help others to new levels. looks forward to presenting his craft to others and teaching in workshops in the following years to come. For his achievements and originality, the Midland Artists Guild would like to present the honor of Artist of the Month for August.
Contact information 989.684.1791
C.A.T. Work Art Gallery
514 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
Open Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm.
The last meeting of the year in spring was May on the 6th, highlighted of the end of the spring member meetings until the fall. The Achievement Awards included individuals that have contributed time and effort for the Midland Artists Guild. Be it for volunteering, mentoring and the all around inspiration of others. Their influence and qualities express all forms of the art background population and the membership position.
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The following MAG members certificated awards were given to: