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Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons is gearing up for its two big events of July.
Tickets are on sale now for the Art Blooms Gala Reception, which will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 13. Celebrate summer amongst beautiful art, including a gathering of floral arrangements inspired by two ongoing exhibits at Annmarie Garden, “Treasured: Honoring Precious and Vanishing Worlds” and “My African Community: A Collection of Photographs & Stories, 2000-2010,” a press release states. Dress in festive summer attire and enjoy a summer evening of live entertainment, delicious food provided by Canard’s Catering and plenty of art.
The Art Blooms Gala Reception is co-hosted by the Calvert Garden Club and Ann’s Circle Inc. of Annmarie Garden. According to the release, the guest list includes anyone from the community, along with U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), Joshua A. Bell of the Smithsonian Institution, Calvert County Commissioner Pat Nutter (R), former commissioner Wilson Parran and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Art and Art History Department’s Lisa Scheer, all of whom make up the Art Blooms Honorary Committee.
RSVPs for the event are due this Friday, July 6. Tickets are $55 per person for Annmarie and Calvert Garden Club members, and $65 per person for non-members. Go to www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/node/638 to purchase tickets, or call 410-326-4640 for more information. All proceeds will benefit the artLAB, Annmarie Garden’s newest educational program and creative reuse center.
Browse the season’s first Maker’s Market
Don’t miss the first Maker’s Market of the summer at Annmarie Garden from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 7.
Among the newcomers to the free event are Jack Creek Plants, which will be selling annual and perennial plants, including herbs, bedding plants and vegetables, and ZGlass, which will be selling tea light globes, unique earrings and pendants made from machine tumbled recycled glass.
Ample, accessible and convenient parking is located in the parking lot and adjacent parking field. Handicap parking is available through the main gate.
After shopping local at the Maker’s Market, visit the galleries and experience “Treasured,” Annmarie’s newest exhibit. Enjoy the protection of the forest and wander through the outdoors to find more than 50 fairy and gnome homes. Regular admission fees apply.
Create public artGuests to Annmarie Garden are invited to stop in the artLAB 1 to 4 p.m. daily until Aug. 26, to work with artist Dale Wayne in helping to create “Dancing on Joy’s Horizon,” a glittery forest of bottle blossom trees. Made from plastic bottles salvaged from the Appeal Landfill, the bottle blossom trees will grow over the course of the summer as guests of all ages add their painted and glittery blossoms to the trees.
This activity is appropriate for all ages, and reservations are not required.
Wayne, a world traveler, who now resides in Florida, is fueled by the unexpected and embraces the opportunity to involve the public, a press release states. “I love the transforming power of play and how people of all ages and abilities are moved by the process of turning ‘trash’ into something that will be celebrated as art. The glitter, silly as it sounds, draws people into the process and everyone goes home a little more sparkly,” Wayne said in the release. Guests can participate in the growing process of these delightful trees, painting, decorating, cutting and glittering.
For her “Dancing on Joy’s Horizon” installation, Wayne borrows from the African tradition of bottle trees, “Historically, colorful bottles were thought to mesmerize and capture evil spirits,” she said in the release.
Check out the artLAB
Annmarie Garden’s new artLAB drop-in clubs are now open for participants. From the artLAB Moms’ Club to the reFashionistas, Annmarie Garden has a drop-in group setting for every age and taste. These low-cost, low-commitment meetings are a great way to meet people who share similar interests, all while making creative objects for one’s self and home, a press release states. Meeting times vary. No registration is required, but there is a $5 fee per visit.
Or stop into the artLAB between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. The artLAB is free with site admission.
Fore more information, call 410-326-4640.