Dusti Bonge - The Life of an Artist Written & Edited by - Nancy Terrell (Longnecker) 1982

THE LION ROARS
THE FIDDLE PLAYS
AND THERE IS DANCING
IN THE SUN

TO MY SON LYLE,
MY GRANDSON PAUL,
AND MY SPECIAL FRIEND
NANCY TERRELL LONGNECKER
WHO MADE THIS BOOK HAPPEN

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF
MISSISSIPPI
0-87805-160-0

Dusti Swetman Bonge
(American Painter, 1903 - 1993)

A painter living in Biloxi, Mississippi, Dusti Bonge recorded scenes in modernist style of that city in oil and watercolor. She lived to be ninety years old, and was one of the few southern artists solidly in the modernist school. Dusti was married to New York painter Archie Bongé (1901 – 1936), who died at a young age in 1936. Archie was a tall (6’ 7”) handsome young “cowboy” from Nebraska, who lived in Chicago until 1923 when he moved to New York and there began to gain fame (he sold one painting of a nude for $1000). After falling in love with Dusti, a New York actress who had moved there from Biloxi, the two married in 1927. The Bongé’s moved to Biloxi in 1934, forming a friendship with Walter and Sissy Anderson who had married in 1933. Anderson was their best man at their wedding. In Biloxi, following the birth of the Bongé’s only son, Lyle, Dusti became interested in painting largely influenced by her husband. Upon Archie’s death in 1936, Dusti continued painting and developed a full-time career that spanned 50 years. In 1950's she was member of the Abstract Expressionists movement and was represented by the prestigious Betty Persons gallery in New York City.

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 ...One of the greatest thrills of my life was when a paper that I had submitted in graduate school, on Dusti Bonge, was chosen to be reprinted into a book by the University Press of Mississippi. This was in 1982 and I was so pleased for both Dusti, a very special friend, mentor and artist, as well as for myself. Dusti was more than an artist and special friend. She was also an excellent poet and writer. The two of us had many adventures together including climbing the major Mayan Temples in Central America in the 1980's when she was eighty. She was a fabulous cook, could sew anything and had an unbelievable garden - in essence she was a "Renaissance Woman" if there ever was one. I loved her dearly, as did my family, and still feel her presence with me to this day.

This presentation of her book is a special tribute to her done in the 30th year of its printing.
ENJOY !!!!

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