120 Years of Art in Cleveland, at Bonfoey
The Bonfoey Gallery is pleased to present, 120 Years of Art in Cleveland. This unique exhibition will be on view in our gallery from December 6, 2013 through January 4, 2014, opening with a gala reception at the gallery Friday, December 6, from 4-8 pm, to celebrate our 120th anniversary year.
The exhibition will feature a survey of Cleveland artists represented by The Bonfoey Gallery over its 120 year history, from the Cleveland School to the newest Cleveland Arts Prize winners. Included in the exhibition will be a selection of Cleveland School works from the John and Susan Horseman collection. Mr. Horseman, a native of Elyria, and his wife, Susan, are premier collectors of Midwest Regionalist painters from the first half of the twentieth century. The Bonfoey Gallery is honored to include these fine works in our 120th anniversary exhibition.
Patrons will see the reach of the Cleveland painting tradition through the works of various artists, including George Adomeit, Carl Gaertner, August Biehle, Clara Dieke, Victor Schreckengost, and Henry Keller alongside the contemporary works of many others including Dana Oldfather, Frank Oriti, Laurence Channing, George Maursberger, Mary Lou Ferbert, Ken Nevadomi and Michael Zigmond.
Over our long history, Bonfoey’s has been a stalwart member of the downtown Cleveland community. Opened in 1893 by Asher D. Bonfoey on today’s East 9th Street, early clients of the gallery included John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford. In 1928, Bonfoey hired George Moore and trained him as a salesperson. Moore learned each facet of the company business, including frame making, as he was being groomed to be Mr. Bonfoey’s successor. The company was transferred to George in 1939. He expanded it in the early 1950s with the addition of selling artwork, while maintaining the Bonfoey policy of investing in the highest quality framing materials and skilled employees. This vision was passed down to his son, Richard Moore, who started with Bonfoey’s in 1955 as a teenager. He was named Owner and President in 1973. As his father before him, Moore expanded the business even further by offering art restoration, art appraisals, storage, shipping, and installation to Bonfoey’s already long list of services. To this day, the gallery still offers in-house hand carved frames, gold leafing, and custom gilding. Through this comprehensive group of services, superb customer service, and the strong leadership of Richard Moore, the gallery succeeds today.
As it has over the past 120 years, The Bonfoey Gallery will continue to mount exhibitions that showcase the highest quality work being produced in our area. Please come celebrate our history and the outstanding work that has been created during that time.
1710 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114