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My First Visit to the Stanley A Milner library!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


It’s my very first visit to the Stanley A Milner library in downtown Edmonton! Just a short walk from my condo, I was thrilled to see the library was busy preparing for the big launch tomorrow night! A great display as we entered into the children’s section and a warm welcome from each of the librarians! I can’t wait for my residency to begin! You can view updates on my events on my Facebook page at Facebook/diannabonderartist

A big thank you to Stephanie and Elaine!

Alberta…..we’ve arrived!!

Saturday, October 15th, 2016


After 16 hours on the road, we finally made it to Alberta!! EVeryone is a bit road weary but excited about our latest adventure!





It’s Official! I have been chosen for the Joanne Fitzgerld Illustrator in Residnce Program 2016!

Monday, October 10th, 2016

I am so thrilled to announce that I have been chosen this year for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program at the Edmonton Public Library, Stanley A. MIlner branch. From October 17th to November 10th, I will be at the downtown branch teaching workshops and classes to elementary schools, workshops with adults, one on one portfolio reviews as well as a few outside appearances at Nina Haggerty and surrounding high schools.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program was developed through the assistance of Joanne’s family and IBBY Canada and each year, a Canadian Children’s Illustrator is selected to share their work and ideas with children in a central library environment. For the past three years the program has been offered in Toronto however, this will be the very first year that Edmonton has hosted this program

I will be travelling to Edmonton by car with my two daughters and a whole lot of stuff. We hit the road this Thursday and plan to take a leisurely drive through the Rockies and arrive by Saturday. I plan to keep a blog of my travels right here for those that might be interested as well as on Facebook. Each day there will be something new to report and to see! I can’t wait to meet all you Edmontonians and to share my passion for books and illustration with you!

See you all soon!


Creators Vancouver …..Miss Beatrix Shuttleworth!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to create the new travel logo for Creators Vancouver. The character has aptly been named Beatrix Shuttleworth to document the travels of site creator and mentor, Elizabeth Newton.

Check it out….. and be sure to check out the my interview with Elizabeth¬† ….who knew I had so much to say!!


Children’s Ilustration Program a hit at the Hive!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

So this spring break I decided to teach a four day illustration program to a group of Gabriola kids called “Re-inventing the Classics”. The program was packed with 15 students all interested in learning how to create illustrations for picture books. But this class had a twist and the kids were asked to “re-invent” a classic illustration from their favourite picture book. Some chose Dr. Suess and others chose classics which were more personal to them. The end result was a brilliant show at the Hive Emporium located in the heart of Gabriola Island. The kids had a blast and so did I!! Many pieces sold and the reception and feedback was so positive and uplifting. I was so so proud to be a part of such an amazing program and helping some budding young artists participate in their first ever art show! Way to go you guys!!

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VAG Show….a dream come true!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

IMG_6990Okay….so artists have dreams too and one of mine was to see Warhol up close and personal! So yay!! This April I had the chance to visit the VAG exhibit called Mashup. What a cool experience to see the show with my awesome girls!! If you haven’t had a chance to see the show yet make sure you do….it comes down in June and is a lifetime opportunity! Visit the Vancouver Art¬†Gallery website for more information

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Thanksgiving Studio Tour 2015!!!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Thanksgiving Studio Tour 2015….doors open Saturday October 10th 10am – 4pm till Monday October 12th!

Once again my studio will be open for the Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Doors will be open Saturday October 10th till Monday October 12th (10am to 4pm). This year I am studio #1 so I hope you will make Dianna Bonder Studios the first stop on your tour!! For more information on all of the great artist studios, you can visit . Come check it out!!


Street Art 2015 – Saturday August 15 – NEW work!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Street Art 2015 is almost here! (Saturday August 15th) to be exact! Come check me out at booth #39….and see all of my new work! (Plus oodles of work from other great Gabriola artists) I’ve been painting like mad and have lots to share….Bird Therapy Is now showing!
Hope to see you there!


Polly Parrot Cover Complete!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Polly Parrot cover artwork is now complete! I am so excited to share this new cover with everyone…so stay tuned for the conceptual sketches and final illustration to be posted in coming days!

School Tours get underway!!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Whew!! 2015 is underway and so are my travels! It’s a busy time of year for me as I begin preparing for my days in the schools. As February approaches I will be visiting with the students on Gabriola Island to help with the grade 7 writing program (led by Joelle Anthony) and will then head over to the Lower Mainland for more school visits! Last week I spent the day at Crofton House and had a blast working on Alphabet Books with the class. Always a highlight to my year working at Crofton House. As well, I had the opportunity to spend the morning with the Creative Writing class at Capilano University. We discussed the alphabet book and it’s importance within children’s literature.Keep a watch on my calendar for upcoming visits!