Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom 2019

Art In Bloom 2019 will be a highlight for our Garden Club members in the month of May. We have arranged to work with the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences and we will piggyback on an exhibition of mixed media artwork by Kean University professors. This year Art in Bloom will be a one day event to be held on Sunday, May 19th. Interpreters will bring their finished piece to the Foundation on the day of the event and leave with it after the reception. A cocktail reception will be held on Sunday with invitations extended to club members and their guests, Foundation members, the artists, staff and friends of Kean University along with the public. We are very excited about this continuing collaboration. To sign up to interpret a piece of art kindly call Andrea Rudner. Interpreters will need to be available to choose their piece a few weeks prior to the event. Set up and tear down will be on that Sunday. More specific times and information will be announced as the event nears. This is a non-judged show meant for the enjoyment of our members and the public and we encourage you to participate either by offering to interpret a piece or helping with the mechanics of the event. Sign-up sheets for all will be sent around at our upcoming monthly meetings. New members can look at our website under Art In Bloom to see arrangements juxtaposed to works of art that have been interpreted in the past. We also have many talented advisors willing to help guide you.

Our 2017 collaboration with the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences and Rowan University was a success.

Co-chairs Debbie McWilliams and Andrea Rudner, along with the assistance of their team put on a fabulous display. Eighteen Garden Club members interpreted pieces from an exhibition of art provided by the staff of Rowan. The opening cocktail party was held on Saturday evening, May 20th with well over 100 attendees. The Foundation and the artists were thrilled with our addition of floral interpretations to their show. We hope to piggy-back on another exhibition sometime in the future. With the closing of the Noyes Museum we were fortunate to tie in to a show at the Foundation and keeping it local was so convenient for all participants.

A special thank you to our floral ‘artists’ – Chris Vohden, Diane Pleyn/Bev Retinger, Madeline Foley, Diana Moon Woodward, Sue Vehslage, Pat Morgan, Cathy Sutton, Ginny Scarlatelli/Tracey Cameron, Rosemary Fallar/Kathie Kimchick, Jean Devlin, Judy Hack, Debbie McWilliams, Betty Frey, Peggy Driscoll, Nancy Kunz, Maryann Chatfield/PatMurphy, Mary Ellen Bigham and Judie Alloway. We also want to than our helpers – Dorian Madreperla and Shirley Stalnecker. We are especially pleased that we had 8 members who left their “comfort zone” and designed for Art in Bloom for the first time!