Art Happens this Weekend

Art Happens this Weekend

If you can’t make up your mind whether to go tour a garden, or perhaps go on an artwalk in town, then consider combining the two. The Bellevue Botanical Garden will be hosting its first ‘Art in the Garden’ event, Saturday and Sunday, August 28 & 29 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm each day. It’s free and open to the public.

There will be a wide variety of art and artists tucked away in places throughout this spectacular 53-acre garden. Some will be easy to find; others you will have to seek out as you stroll the paths through the many different gardens, which include woodlands, meadows, wetlands, a rock garden, fuchsia and dahlia displays and a perennial border. Who knows what will be waiting for you around the bend or hiding in the nooks and crannies? The mystery and the discovery will be part of the charm of this weekend event.

Sculptures and garden art by twenty outstanding Northwest artists will grace the gardens, each in its own private space.  From the serious and simplistic to the whimsical and elaborate, exhibits will include works in metal, wood, blown and fused glass, bronze and other outdoor-appropriate materials. Here are a few of the many kinds of art that will be in the botanical garden:

A number of artists will be on hand to discuss their work; a percentage of all sales will be donated to support Garden projects. To make it more exciting, visitors will be given a ‘passport’ to be stamped by the artists; those with completed passports will be eligible for a prize, with the drawing at the close of the event.

A unique piece of art can transform a garden from ordinary to extraordinary. Your garden becomes more of a reflection of your own personality with a work of art placed just perfectly; it can add a mesmerizing focal point to your garden throughout the year as the flowers and foliage change around it.

 The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at 12991 Main Street in Bellevue. For directions visit their website at http://www.bellevuebotanical.org/visitor/fmdirections.htm – Janet

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