With what he calls a "Liberal Arts Career", Zach has had a wide variety of job opportunities starting as a na-val aviator out of college. He has been president of large and small companies, both public and private, worked for movie production companies, developed and sold real estate, consulted and facilitated business turnarounds, and had various roles in the investment community. He grew up New Jersey and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) in Pennsylvania. After working in Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1994, his life's goal was to become a park ranger, so he majored in geology. F&M sent him to Sedona in 1976 on a geology joint project. While in Se-dona, he became interested in flying and retired from the military 21 years later 13 of which were in the re-serves. In 2002, he started developing real estate in Sedona Arizona. In 2005, as the rapid rise in real estate prices made him nervous , he completed his final real estate project and sold all his real estate holdings, including his personal residence. Despite the fact that he took his required art class pass/fail his senior year, a friend convinced him to get into the art business as his real estate business was winding down. Though Zach now has a complete understand-ing and appreciation of art, the driving force that he enjoys the most about the art business is the people. He finds the people who purchase, collect and create art have a great appreciation of life and are intriguing to be around. An active Sedona community member, Zach serves on the Sedona Lodging Council, Sedona Gallery Associa-tion, Sedona Main Street Program Board, Foothills Homeowners Association Board, Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Sedona Tourism Bureau, Sedona 30 (a non-profit community enhancement group) and was the elected president of the Sedona Oak-Creek Unified School District.
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Donna Bonavito's life journey has been deeply intertwined with art and nature. Born in the Garden State (NJ), her connection to the natural world has been a significant source of inspiration for her artistic endeavors. While she was raised in Arizona, her passion for art was evident from a young age when she began selling her paintings in the neighborhood.
Her formal art education took shape during high school when she had the opportunity to work as an art assistant for Stanley Grosse. Under his guidance, she not only learned the technical aspects of caring for art but also developed a deeper understanding of the emotional and expressive elements that infuse artwork with meaning.
Donna's pursuit of artistic excellence led her to California, where she studied a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, graphic design, glassblowing, and textiles at the California College of Arts (CCA). Her time at CCA marked the beginning of her deep appreciation for textiles, eventually leading her to explore roles in management and curation at Lacis, a museum in Berkeley that specializes in textiles.
After a period of growth and exploration in California, Donna's connection to her Arizona roots beckoned her back to the desert landscape she had always cherished. In 2007, she fulfilled her dream of living in Beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Since then, she has become an integral part of the Sedona Art Gallery scene, showcasing, and selling art and jewelry while contributing to the local artistic community.
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Jen has had an appreciation for art early on with exploration of creativity as a child and inspired to paint through her oil painting aunt. She explored and enjoyed the mediums of drawing, fashion design, film production and now primarily watercolor and acrylic painting. Her artistic themes have been of nature and both traditional and modern spiritual expressions.
She came to the gallery world to support and be around inspiring local artists. After living a few years in Taos, New Mexico where she was able to connect more closely with an art community, it was challenging to want to live anywhere that didn’t have more depth in culture and arts. When moving to Arizona, Sedona’s artist walks, many galleries, nature preserves and spiritual events make it a compelling place to be.
Developing her deeper appreciation for art came with learning the stories behind the artists themselves. While the creative process can be so unique and challenging demonstrating much skill, Jen’s curiosity is more about the person behind the work. She seeks to know where their creative message is coming from while learning to read each artist’s particular language of expression. In this way she can translate or share more on the works at the Gallery of Modern Masters matching great art with great people.
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