Bonnie Guercio, Mixed Media Collage
While in undergraduate school, I worked with a professor who was an expert in paper conservation and museum practices. From her, I learned that paper is one of the strongest, long-lived, flexible, and most beautiful mediums with which to do art. Because of this training, I was able to work for a museum as a paper conservator while I was still in college.
Once I graduated from college, I returned to pottery making, my first artistic love. I continued taking pottery classes, and ultimately, I began teaching pottery making at the Arts and Science Center in Nashua, NH. Pottery became very important to me and paper became a side interest.
In 1986 I was hired as the art teacher for Clearway Alternative High School in Nashua, NH. After 20 years in that position, I retired at the end of the 2005/2006 school year. During the 20 years I worked at Clearway, I learned again how wonderful creating art with paper can be and now I work with papers that have come from all over the world.
To further my artistic options, I went back to school to learn how to use digital imaging software. In many of my pieces, I combine digital images and exotic papers.
You can visit my studio on the first floor of The Picker Artists. My work is found inside my studio as well as on the walls in the hallway.