Berks artist Jon Bond exhibits a nod to the area’s strong Pennsylvania German heritage

Berks County artist Jon Bond presents his exhibit “Nothing is Everything” in conjunction with the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville.

The art exhibition in the Lapp Gallery will run from October 18 to December 18, and in conjunction with the Christmas Market on December 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and learn the stories behind the paintings at a reception on November 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“I planned the ‘Nothing is Everything’ exhibit around a lot of my art that never gets exhibited,” the Albany Township artist said. “Many of the pieces are preliminary studies and ideas that developed into finished studio works. Visitors can better understand how I paint and why the art appears the way it does.

“Nothing is Everything” will feature 40 original works, including egg tempera, oil, watercolor and ink drawings. The finished works, along with studies and derivative compositions, capture the harsh, rustic beauty of the northern Berks County landscape that surrounds Bond’s art studio.

“I take solitary walks in the fields, farms and woods that are in the area of ​​my Kempton studio,” Bond said. “I like to look at the simple things that I encounter. I think these things have a way of conveying to me the personality of many people I know or have known.

‘Pine Swamp’, an oil on wood panel, is among Jon Bond’s works featured in his ‘Nothing is Everything’ exhibition at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, October 18-December 18. (Photo courtesy of Bond Customart)

The art is a nod to the area’s strong Pennsylvania German heritage and conveys a quiet sense of place where inanimate objects become neighbors, farmers, family and friends.

“I hope people can appreciate my artistic intentions inspired by simple things,” he said. “There’s not a lot of bravery in these works of art, but I think I’m getting closer to the truth. Hence the title “Nothing is everything”.

Many items will also be available for purchase. Unique gifts featuring reproductions of Bond art include zippered totes, puzzles, pillows, pencil sets, postcards and greeting cards.

This year marks the 48th year of Bond’s profession as a painter and graphic designer. Bond estimates that he painted nearly 2,000 original paintings and over 30,000 graphics designed for signs, murals, clothing, vehicles and antique tools. Bond’s art is held in collections across the country and his graphics adorn many businesses, churches and homes in Pennsylvania.

Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, is a museum and library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. Mennonite Christians first settled in the Delaware Valley in 1683 and have been part of community and religious life in Pennsylvania for over 300 years. Visit the center for its temporary exhibitions, historical library, events, programs and workshops held throughout the year. To learn more about the center, visit https://mhep.org.

To learn more about the works of Jon Bond, visit http://jonathanbond.com.