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Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center celebrated Art Blooms, a unique floral exhibit, co-hosted by the Calvert Garden Club and Ann’s Circle of Annmarie Garden, with a fundraising gala on Friday, July 13. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the artLAB, Annmarie Garden’s creative reuse center.

Attendance was 170, and the event included hors d’oeuvres by Canards Catering, performances by the Patuxent Baroque Trio and Southern Maryland Teen Piano Group and blossom creations in the artLAB, a press release states. Art Blooms coincided with the awards reception for “Treasured: honoring precious and vanishing worlds,” an exhibit that seeks to reveal the beauty and vulnerability of the endangered and the threatened. “Treasured” jurors Joshua A. Bell (Smithsonian Institution) and Lisa Scheer (St. Mary’s College of Maryland) presented four awards to the following artists: Riccardo Berlingeri’s “Hope,” Sasha Zhitneva’s “Apple Juice,” Karen Lemmert’s “Turfgrass” and Al Denyer’s, “Mississippi 5, Mississippi 6.”

Art Blooms was a three-day show featuring the work of 38 floral designers from across the region. Each floral designer was assigned a work of art and asked to create an arrangement. The results were surprising, beautiful and provocative, the release states. A number of arrangements are visible at Annmarie Arts on Facebook:

Art Blooms would not have been possible without the generosity of floral designers, artists, sponsors, patrons, friends, volunteers and guests, the release states.

For additional information about the floral designers, contact The Calvert Garden Club.