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Henry Thomas Bonli

BONLI, Henry Thomas - Passed away unexpectedly May 15, 20ll, at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON with his children Scott and Jane. He is survived by his son Scott (Maureen) (Calgary, and Jane (David) Boone, Sarasota, Fla. and their mother Elsa (Keith) Ziegler, Saskatoon, grandchildren, Christopher and Leah Bonli, Natalie Boone; sister Dorothy Kamp ,Windsor, ON-Alan (Lisa)- Shannon; David (Anne) - Fred ,Marina,Justin; sister Anne Beeton, Saskatoon-Linda (Dale), Calgary; Jim (Judy) Cochrane AB-Laura Garratt - Cole, Kristjan; Corinne Kaye - Ryan, Sean, Taylor, Eryn; Gary (Sheila) Beeton, Saskatoon, sister Helen Bonli-Pannell, Toronto - Donald, Sean, Paul, Douglas; brothers-in-law Bert, Chris (Grace) Pedersen; sisters-in-law Vivian Bonli, Melfort,- David (Carol) - Liv, Inger, Maia, Kjell; Cathy (Garry) Gelech, - Steve, Tom, Greg; Tom (Rupal) Bonli - Sony, Kaeten, Kale; Jo McLeod; Marie (Ken) Sproule, Aggie Pedersen. Henry was predeceased by parents Tom and Esther, brother Allan, nephew Jeffery, brothers-in-law Fred Kamp, Harman Beeton, Bernard Pannell, Eric and Gunnar Pedersen, sister-in-law Ingrid Pedersen. Henry was born in Lashburn, SK. August 8, 1927, took his public school at Dover rural school, high school: Melfort Collegiate, Teaching Certificate: Saskatoon Normal School and University of Saskatchewan. While attending Normal School (later Teachers College) Winona Mulcaster, his art instructor, suggested he consider art as a career. One of the assignments for the art class was to paint murals on the hallways. He chose a large open mural that he named "Open Spaces", representing the Prairie landscape. After Normal School he taught in a rural school for a short time then in Meadow Lake where there was a keen interest in art. Summers were spent at the first Emma Lake Workshops. (1955. 56,57,62j63,65), under the leadership of notable Art Critics such as Clement Greenberg and Jack Shadboldt, New York City, NY. It was during that time he was advised to use oils as a media; thus his long period of forests and abstracts evolved. For the next three years he was Art Consultant for the Saskatoon School System. He then studied at the Alberta School of Fine Arts and later worked as Assistant Curator at the Coste House Art Gallery, Calgary, for three years before attending University of Southern California, with Art and Design as a major, focusing on water colors and fabric design. To get practical experience he worked part time in the Design Studio at Bullochs Department Store. After completing his studies he returned to Saskatoon where he worked four years at Clark's Interior Furnishings. Art Collector, Fred Mendel, encouraged artists to participate in exhibitions. This led Henry to exhibit at the Mendel Art Centre, Dunlop Gallery, Regina, Bonli Gallery, Toronto, Georges LorangerXXCentury Art, Toronto, St. Lawrence Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto. In 1957 he founded Bonli Interiors, first in James Art Studio and when the Mendel Art Gallery vacated the lower floor of the King George Hotel he relocated there. He expanded the gift and bath accessory departments, opened a window covering service, imported Scandinavian Furniture and hired more staff. Before long he had clients in Regina. He engaged a Regina representative to book residential and commercial appointments. He also did a weekly show on CTV with Margaret Dallin and later Sally Merchant on "Here Comes Sally". Summers he attended Parson's New York School of Interior Design, New York City, NY. He still found time to teach art and paint with local artists. In 1965 the family moved to Toronto where he opened Bonli Gallery, selling furnishings and art work, and later operated two Henri the Second stores, selling factory over-runs and designer furnishings. Meanwhile he commuted to Saskatoon and Regina. In 1974 he sold his interest in Bonli Interior to Harman and Anne Beeton, who with an Interior Designer, managed the business during his absence. When retired he continued to paint. In December 2009 he moved into Heritage Nursing Home after spending several weeks in hospital. While the adjustment was not easy, soon his acceptance of what life dealt him and his sense of humour made him many friends with residents and staff and before long it was home to him. He spent his time painting and teaching art to residents. A memorial celebration will be held July 2, 1:30 P.M. at Melfort , (Carrot River Valley Lutheran Church) where he attended Sunday School and was confirmed.10174542
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Posted by Catherine Perehudoff Fowler (friend) On Sunday, October 2, 2011
Hi Scott and Jane, We are so sorry to hear about the passing away of your father. Mom (Dorothy Knowles) was saddened and surprised to hear the news. Dad (Bill Perehudoff )is in a nursing home and has dementia. Rebecca , Carol , and I have many happy memories of the artist parties your parents held and it was fun to know you as children. Henri was such an integral part of the art scene in Saskatoon when our parents were young. Saskatoon was never the same after he left. Best wishes to you all.


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