Howard Alan Events Artist Spotlight – Dona Bollard, Photographer


Making what is old, new and beautiful again, Dona Bollard creates artwork that combines old techniques and antique window frames and transforms them into modern day wall art that has caught the interest of countless fans and even retailer Restoration Hardware.

 In an age where digital images prevail the photos by Dona Bollard possess a beautiful dreamlike quality.  She uses  film and many darkroom techniques, some dating all the way back to the late 1800’s.  Dona’s images are mostly black and white and sepia toned using hand printing techniques on gelatin silver prints and using different bleaching and other chemicals to create the sepia and platinum tones.

 Originally from Connecticut, her career took her to West Palm Beach to work for the Palm Beach Post and then back north to the Boston Globe.  Her travels to New Mexico opened the door to her current subjects, capturing the majestic spirit of the horses and other Western themes.

Dona describes her interesting use of recycled window frames, “My frames:  I was living in Boston about 14 years ago and windows were being replaced in all the old brownstones and they were always stacked on the streets.  It seemed like such a waste.  They had a beautiful patina and natural distressed look, and the hardware was perfect for a little touch of craftmanship.   So at first I used the windows as a sort of canvas and printed silver prints on the glass.  The process was beautiful but very labor intensive, once I moved to Santa Fe, I started using the windows and antique frames as the basis for framing my work.  I wanted the feel of the frame to be a unique element and complete the look of the piece.  People love the look and each piece ends up very unique, and it is like having a perfect view out your window!!  My customers don’t want anything else!  The comment I hear most of the time is that the images and the frames compliment each other and produce a natural feeling of synergy.  Some of these images have been picked up by restoration hardware and they were also in an ABC mini series called “Wildfire”.”

For more information check out her website.


About Howard Alan Events

For nearly three decades, Howard Alan and American Craft Endeavors have allowed more than 10,000 artists to exhibit their original work to millions across The United States. When our company began, our art and craft shows showcased a handful of exhibitors. Today, a typical Howard Alan or American Craft Endeavors event features 100-300 talented artists and fine crafters. No matter where you are, you are sure to find one of our stellar events nearby. Our shows take us to destinations like Aspen, Chicago, Alexandria, Vail, and Fort Lauderdale…just to name a few! Our great outdoor venues, fantastic crafters, and talented artists allow us to consistently be ranked among the top art and craft shows in the country. Visit a show and see for yourself why we are the very best!

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