Dusty Bonge The Life of an Artist as edited by Nancy Terrell

When I was in graduate school, studying for a MA in Literature, I took a course in Women Writers. Our final exam was to discover a woman in our lives who wrote and to write a term paper on her work. I had known international artist, Dusti Bonge, for almost a decade and admired her art. She had an exhibition at Gallery Up in Ocean Springs, MS and I decided to attend the opening. Seeing Dusti reclining on a beautiful chaise with a flute of champagne after everyone had left is one of the greatest memories I have of her. We began to talk and she, quite innocently, told me that she had poems that illustrated her artwork. The rest is history. She helped me write my paper, which is this book. It was laying on my professor's desk when the Editor of the Mississippi Press visited and my prof showed it to him. He was most impressed and decided to print a first edition of 5,000 copies. Those sold almost immediately and now have become next to priceless. Dusti was not only my mentor - she was a long and dear personal friend and a great influence in my life. I will love and remember her as long as I live. Because this book is out of print and there are so many who want to read it, I have reproduced it here. Dusti now has her own museum located in Biloxi, MS, not far from where she lived. Do visit it if you are in the area. Thank you, Nancy

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