Artist Talk with Aldona Jonaitis: “Channeling Rosa Bonheur” 

Wednesday, May 17, 7 p.m. in the Bear Gallery

Join us in the Bear Gallery on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. for an artist talk with Aldona Jonaitis titled: “Channeling Rosa Bonheur.” 

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was the most distinguished 19th-century European painter of horses and other animals. As a girl, Aldona was captivated by The Horse Fair (1855) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In recent years she’s made pastels of landscapes, cityscapes, buildings, and people but always returned to animals, especially horses. This talk will begin with Bonheur and present the artistic journey she inspired within Aldona for Sentience.

Aldona Jonaitis was born in New York City and started painting and drawing horses at a young age. Discovering art history in college, Jonaitis received a Ph.D. in Northwest Coast Indigenous Art from Columbia University. Aldona moved to Fairbanks in 1993 to become the Director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North and curate the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery. After retiring, Aldona returned to creating art rather than analyzing it. Becoming attracted to pastels for their vibrant colors, buttery feel, and range of applications, Aldona has taken workshops with Barbara Noonan, Dawn Emerson, Marla Baggetta, and Anita Lehman.

This artist talk is free and open to the public thanks to support from our donors and members. For more information, visit

Sentience is on view May 5–27, Monday–Saturday, from 12–6 p.m. in the Bear Gallery. Friday, May 5, is the exhibition’s opening day, with a First Friday reception from 5–7 p.m.

Read more about the exhibition here.