Art in Bloom

For the fourth consecutive year, the Art from the Gardens exhibit will be on display at the Jack Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly from April 9 through May 18.

Organized by the Richeson Co., Appleton’s Trout Museum of Art and the art critique group Designing Women, this exhibit provides an opportunity for amateur artists to exhibit their work at a relatively low cost.

Paulette Laffin, member of Designing Women and exhibit chair, explains that the flowers, fruit, landscapes, gardenscapes, vegetables, and still life paintings in the exhibit are meant to help viewers get through winter’s bleakness. “I think the reason we came up with the idea in the first place was because in winter time everything is white and cold, but the flowers provide a freshness of spring promise,” Laffin says.

With more than 85 paintings and between 400 and 500 attendees expected throughout the length of the exhibit, the largest gathering will likely be the opening reception on April 12 from 5:30–8pm.

Artwork will be judged before the reception by a professional artist and awards will be presented during the reception. Artists will be in attendance to answer questions and some works will be for sale.

The Richeson Co. will provide art materials to Best of Show, first, second and third place winners as well as Peoples’ Choice recipients. The Trout Museum will provide one year memberships to the winning artists as well.

Exhibit hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am–5pm, Wednesday 10am–8pm, and Saturday 10am–4pm. For more information on Art from the Gardens, contact Paulette Laffin at 735-0755.

—By Sara Stein

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