Having their art exhibited in galleries and at special events isn’t new for Angelika Selman-Bondar and her 18-year-old daughter, Susanna Bondar.
Still, the Artists’ Guild of Columbia County’s recent Art After Dark event at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez represented a first for the pair: exhibiting their work together at a single event.
“Not everybody gets to do a show with their daughter,” said Selman-Bondar, who teaches art at Grovetown High School and Euchee Creek Elementary School.
“Not every child wants to pursue the same career or interests as their parent. I am fortunate.”
Both mother and daughter had several pieces in the show. For the duo, the exhibit was one more stop on their artistic journeys.
Selman-Bondar has been teaching art for about 30 years. Her mother also was artistic, but grew up in Europe during World War II and cultivating the arts was not a priority. Selman-Bondar had more opportunities to nurture her gifts and began to mold her daughter’s talent as soon as she could.
“When she was six months old, I gave her a paintbrush, and said ‘here, create,’” she said. “She would meticulously draw things at a young age I’d never seen.”
While her mother was her first teacher, Susanna Bondar has taken art lessons from individuals and explored opportunities at the Morris Museum of Art and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
Art hasn’t been limited to classes. Family trips have included visits to museums along the East Coast, where the Lakeside High School senior was exposed to many artists and styles of art.
Mother and daughter have developed their own unique approaches to the visual arts. Selman-Bondar enjoys painting, while her daughter likes to work with colored pencils and pen and ink.
For the Art After Dark show, their work was vastly different. Selman-Bondar showed off mosaics while Bondar’s pieces included a still-life and a macabre dentist.
“I wanted to do something that reflected my different styles,” said Bondar.
Bondar isn’t sure what’s next for her artistic endeavors. She’s still deciding her plans after high school.
“Hopefully, she will go on and do something in art,” her mother said.