By Tony Burchyns
Local artist and former school board member Bonnie Weidel, whose passion for teaching children’s art and engagement in a wide range of community activities touched many over the years, died Friday after battling lung cancer.
She was 84.
Weidel, who served on the Benicia Unified School District Board from 2007 to 2011, founded the nonprofit arts organization Benicia Community Arts in 1980. She taught private art classes for toddlers and elementary school children and was known for organizing Benicia’s annual Arts in the Park program. She also was a key organizer for many years of Christmas at the Clocktower, which brought together artisans from all over the Bay Area to sell their wares in a two-day event.