Local artist’s sticker sale raises $7K for Legion Lake Fire recovery efforts

Tanya Manus Journal staff 1/8/18 Article Source   Fleming is a photographer and graphic designer who owns Bonzeye Studio in downtown Rapid City. The natural beauty of western South Dakota inspires much of her work, including a line of stickers. On Dec. 10, one day before the Legion Lake Fire ignited, Fleming’s newest sticker design proclaiming “I Love the Black Hills” debuted in her studio. As the Legion Lake Fire burned 85 square miles in Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and private land, Fleming launched an impromptu fire recovery fundraiser. She posted a video on Facebook on Dec. 14 announcing the sale of “I Love the Black Hills” stickers at $4 each. Fleming’s goal was to raise $1,000. … Read More


[article source] : BH Visitor  Rock climbing on the Needles in Custer State Park is adrenaline-pumping enough, but during the Great American Eclipse on August 21, rock climbing was an otherworldly experience. This is exactly what Bonny Fleming of Bonzeye Studio in Rapid City shot during the eclipse. “I wanted to get something different from what everyone else was shooting,” Bonny said. She got what she wanted, the photos went viral with over 1,400 shares less than a day after she posted it. The Instagram photos have been shared by popular photography accounts and even shared by a clothing company. “Each photo is having its own viral journey, which is interesting to watch,” summed up Bonny. Like most great pictures, the … Read More

KOTA Territory Landscape Photo Contest

Article Source     RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) – We have some of the most beautiful landscape in the country, from the plains to the hills. Bonny Fleming, owner of Bonzeye Studio in Rapid City, shot this landscape photo titled “Road to the Pot of Gold” Amateur photographers: Share your best landscape photo that was shot within the last 12 months (April 2016 to now). Please, this is nature so the photos must be as natural as possible, no photoshopping beyond basic cropping and tweaking the exposure. After a week of submissions (April 10-17), we will open voting (April 17-23) to the general public. The amateur landscape photo with the most votes will be preserved as a metal print. … Read More

Photographer Bonny Fleming On Her Digital Art And New Gallery

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY • DEC 8, 2016 SDPB [source click through to hear interview] Bonny Fleming is a photographer and digital artist in the Black Hills.  Her work includes landscapes and wildlife of the Black Hills and Badlands. Think of a stand of ponderosa pine trees silhouetted against the vivid layered colors of a Black Hills sunset, or a lone bighorn sheep atop steep snow-filled gullies of the Badlands, or a close-up of a coiled prairie rattlesnake about to strike.   Her digital art includes composites of thousands of photos she has taken over the years that fill the space inside an animal.  There is a raven that includes images of Yellowstone Lake, and a buffalo with a jagged ridge … Read More

Artist Opens New Gallery

  Posted: Thu 8:03 PM, Sep 29, 2016 Black Hills Fox News |  Updated: Fri 10:24 AM, Sep 30, 2016 Downtown Rapid City continues to evolve with new restaurants, shops and entertainment. Last week downtown just got a little cooler with the recent addition of the Bonzeye Art Gallery. In this week’s Art Beat, we meet the artist gallery owner, who combines her love of nature, weather and light to create her original works. Bonny Fleming has been a professional artist for 15 years… but she has been creating art as long as she can remember. She is a photographer, she paints, sculpts and is a graphic artist as well. When she takes a hike in the Black Hills, she sees nature … Read More

Local photographer preparing to open gallery: “Along the Way” – KEVN

I recently spent some time chatting with Steve Long at Black Hills Fox News. He compiled this nice little story on my current adventures. Updated: Tue 11:49 PM, May 03, 2016 A local woman first fell in love with photography at age 12 ,and says she’s never really set the camera down since. For the past few years she’s sold her work at craft shows and *other people’s* galleries. But in a couple weeks she plans the grand opening of her own small gallery, ‘A Long the Way” in her hometown of Rapid City. Bonny Fleming uses her camera like a poet uses words. Fleming says, “What I try to take pictures of is the stuff that I can’t believe … Read More

When a storm stood still

Kayla Gahagan Rapid City Journal correspondent Jul 26, 2015 Article Source It was at the end of a long day on June 1 when Bonny Fleming and her boyfriend, Aaron Woodward, had a suspicion that the storm clouds approaching Rapid City from the north could be something memorable. “We had just mowed the lawn and we were sitting there on the couch, tired,” Fleming said. Fleming, a local photographer, and Woodward, a storm chaser, got on their phones and looked up the trajectory of the storm. The location of the impending thunderstorm persuaded them to jump in the car and get closer.   The couple drove to Deadwood Avenue and parked near Black Hills Harley Davidson. It wasn’t long before other … Read More

Photographer captures amazing S.D. storm video

Malachi Petersen, mpeterson@argusleader.com Published 12:03 p.m. CT June 2, 2015 | Updated 12:45 a.m. CT June 3, 2015 A South Dakota photographer’s video of a swirling storm over Black Hawk on Monday is making the rounds online. Bonny Fleming and her boyfriend saw the sky getting dark and knew the coming storm would be picture worthy. “We had just got done mowing the yard and saw this storm brewing so we ran over there,” Fleming said. The couple, using smartphone apps to track the storm, drove from Rapid City to Black Hawk to get into position to capture shots of the storm that was starting to drop 4-inch hail and heavy rain. Fleming said after getting to the location 10 storm … Read More

Capital Weather Gang Super-still supercell seduces storm chasers in South Dakota

By Angela Fritz June 2, 2015 – The Washington Post A very slow-moving supercell thunderstorm dazzled storm chasers in South Dakota when it blossomed in the Black Hills near Rapid City on Monday evening. The supercell began to develop north of Rapid City around 5 p.m. local time, but even two hours later the storm hadn’t moved more than five or six miles. Mid-level winds over western South Dakota were weak, and there wasn’t enough oomph in the atmosphere to push the storm downwind. The parked storm caused huge rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches (flood warnings are still in effect for creeks in the area) and very large hail up to 4.5 inches in diameter. It also allowed … Read More

Photographer’s striking images on display at APEX Gallery

Jim Holland Journal staff Apr 9, 2015 – Rapid City Journal It’s a very “striking” photograph, if you’ll pardon the expression. Bonny Fleming’s photograph “Punctuated” puts the viewer at ground-level, face-to-fang with a rattlesnake coiled and poised to strike. “A lot of people aren’t going to want to see that,” Fleming said of the startling shot. “But it’s one of my personal favorites.”  “Punctuated” is just one of about two dozen of Fleming’s photographs showing at the APEX Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. Fleming, 35, is a local photographer, born in Deadwood and raised in Rapid City, where she graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School. She took every art class she could … Read More

{Art} Black Hills Artist Bonny Fleming Comes to Sioux Falls

605 Magazine Downtown Sioux Falls was jam-packed with events last Friday, including photographer Bonny Fleming’s art exhibit at the Eastbank Art Gallery at 8th & Railroad Center. Joined by the works of member watercolorist Jim Heroux and painter Judith Edenstrom, Bonny’s eye for the everyday landscapes and nature in South Dakota is awe-inspiring. We caught up with the Rapid City artist to find out about her latest exhibit, her work with photography and how she grabs these amazing moments.  How long have you been involved in photography? I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was 12. My mom let me use her SLR on a trip to Yellowstone, and I never really gave it back. I’ve always been shooting, … Read More

It’s (BLEEP) Jimi Hendrix

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY • JAN 2, 2014 – [source – Click through for Audio] A new piece of work in Rapid City’s Art Alley involves 30 different artists on one mural. Each artist received part of the image and a one square foot tile.  They then reproduced that image on their own– in the end the tiles were put together like a puzzle. The result is one picture–done by 30 different artists.  The collaboration is called “Part of the Whole.” SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has today’s Dakota Digest.  

Preview from the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest

November 26, 2013 – National Geographic  The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest invites photographers from all over the world to participate in one of the best photo contest around. Not only can this provide huge exposure internationally, but it also offers the overall winner $10,000 and a trip to National Geographics headquarters in Washington, plus winning photographs in each of the three categories will be published in National Geographic magazine. The contest ends November 30th, so time is severely running out if you are considering entering. Below are some images from the entries so far.   Photo and caption by Mark Bridger/National Geographic Photo Contest A large red deer stag calling to the hinds in the bracken one misty autumn morning.   Photo and caption by Ian Schofield/National Geographic Photo Contest A Little Owl (R) defends its … Read More

Some Rattlesnakes Losing Their Warning Rattle In S. Dakota

August 29, 20134:51 PM ET – Gary Ellenbolt NPR Heard on All Things Considered There are few things more chilling than the sound of a nearby rattlesnake. That distinctive sound serves as a warning that trouble could be on the way. The only thing worse than hearing a rattlesnake within striking distance — is not hearing it at all. A herpetologist in South Dakota’s Black Hills has discovered a growing number of Prairie Rattlesnakes with atrophied tail muscles; he believes it’s a genetic issue that multiplies because those snakes that can rattle usually end up being killed. But others think the situation could be an evolutionary development to avoid detection. MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: Here’s a sound you’d rather not hear … Read More

Bonny Fleming

By Jaclyn Lanae “You see, it’s like a faucet” Bonny Fleming says, pushing her long dark hair out of her face and gesturing with her hands as though she is saying something of immense importance. “If it’s not running, I feel like I’m going to explode.” She’s talking about her drive to create, the thing that has pushed her to achieve so much at such a young age. Back in 2009, at the ripe old age of 29, Bonny was named by the Rapid City Journal as a visionary for the city. And for good reason. Even as one of the youngest people on the list, Bonny had already established herself as an important presence in the community – the … Read More