Bonnie Meltzer
very mixed media
wire crochet + art from recycled + transformed digital photos + paint

Portland, Oregon artist Bonnie Meltzer makes very mixed media figurative and abstract constructions which transform everyday objects, crocheted wire, digital photographs and painted wood into textured layers of social commentary, personal history and humor.

See images of the studio on Fliker here.

Bonnie Meltzer beaded sculpture


maps, beads,
found objects,
fabric, wire
on mannequin.

To see

September 19 & 20


Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Otis, Oregon at the Oregon Coast

Bonnie Meltzer window art installation Fall 2014, until December 1

RAIN MAKES THE GRASS GROW ...and everything else
Window Installation

Art in Rural Storefronts
109 Spaulding
Brownsville, Oregon

Bonnie Meltzer was selected by the Corvallis Art Center and the city of Brownsville to create a window installation. Special thanks to The Art Center, Maze - - art and fronteir, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

.. November 2014
Reception, November 5
2:00 - 4:00

group exhibition

Concordia University Library
2900 NE Liberty
Portland, Oregon

Bonnie Meltzer has 11 artworks in the exhibit including some from her coal-climate change series.

Bonnie Meltzer crocheted sculpture

Astoria Yarn Bomb

Astoria Fiber Arts Academy
1296 Duane
Astoria, Oregon

She will be there until she weathers. You can't miss her., she is 9 feet high.

Bonnie Meltzer mixed media sculpture techniques video

Article and Video

The article includes a video in which Meltzer shows the decision making process about what and how to repurpose found objects.
See here.

Bonnie Meltzer Political sculpture..
.. News Articles About the Exhibition

PORTLAND TRIBUNE, Sustainable Life
feature story with 2 pages of pictues and text


Bonnie Meltzer Book cover with crocheted sculpture

New Book
Gwen Blakley Kinsler

Meltzer sculpture on the cover and a chapter about her inside.

Order from Amazon
and see a preview here

This sculpture will be at the January 2014 exhibition at the University of Portland.

Bonnie Meltzer political sculpture

Oregon Public
Broadcasting Video
Artist Turned Activist
see video here


November 9, 7:30


Bonnie Meltzer has created an artwork with inspiration from Idaho Toccata by composer Cynthia Gerdes. Both were shown/heard at the performance of women of Cascadia Composers (local chapter of NACUSA).

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stevens Street, Portland  

More about the concert here

See more pix here

Bonnie Meltzer window art installation
October 2012

Know Coal NO Coal
Window Installation

Blackfish Gallery
Portland, Oregon

Bonnie Meltzer has been totally involved in stopping the coal export that has been proposed to come through the Northwest (5 blocks from her home & garden) on their way to Asia from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Blackfish Gallery invited her to make a coal installation in one of their windows. Some photos here.

Coal export info and news on North Portland Coal Committee Facebook page here.

Bonnie Meltzer found object sculpture
Oregon Episcopal School Sculpture Project

A wall sculpture for the Science and Math building was desgned and constructed by Meltzer with the help of 10 OES students. Almost all of the materials are found objects consisting mostly of computer and musical instument parts. Found wood lattice became a major part of the design and gave inspiration to the graph theme.

See pictues of the artwork and the process on Facebook here

Bonnie Meltzer crocheted wire sculpture
Global Warming
December 2 - 31,2011

Welcome to My World:
Artists Interpret the Globe
23 Sandy Gallery

An invitational show co-curated by Robert Tomlinson and 23 Sandy. Each artist found a globe and altered it to create an artwork.

Participating aritsts include: Mary Bennett, Allison Bruns, Chandra Cerrito, David Chelsea, Sue Collard, Anna and Leo Daedalus with Samuel Miller, Kerry Davis, Tamara English, Adrianne Feldstein, Linda Hutchins, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Laura LeHew, David Meeker, Bonnie Meltzer, Jim Neidhardt, Cynthia Nawalinski, Jane Schiffhauer, Joanna Thomas, Robert Tomlinson, Renee Zangara.

Bonnie Meltzer mixed media sculpture of a house
Memories Knock, Memories Answer........
December 2, 3, 4

Arts for Enlightenment
silent auction/fundraiser
to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Oregon Society of Artists
Portland, Oregon

featured artists Bonnie Meltzer, Cat Hargis, Ed Labadie & Martin Conley
Meltzer talk and demo
Sunday, December 3 @ 1pm

Bonnie Meltzer will have 11 artworks at the event. Several will use houses as a theme.

full press release HERE

crocheted wire sculpture June 24, 25, 26

Lake Oswego Arts Festival
The language of Sculpture
group exhibition at
Lakewood Art Center

Crochet sculpture demonstration
Sunday, June 26 @ 3:30

Meltzer sculpture pictured on far left of invitation.
More info here

..2sculpture form found objects
...artist curated group exhibition..;

In addition to being a participant Meltzer also
curated this exhibition.