Spring Blooms in Art
By Michele Taranto
Just in time to welcome Spring, 2023, the 17th Annual Art in Bloom will take place on Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, 2-5 p.m., at the Morrill Memorial Library. The is the second year the library is hosting the event and admission is free with no registration required to view this special exhibit.
“We are pleased to be part of the garden club’s annual ‘rite of spring’ and look forward to seeing the students’ artwork coupled with their expression in flowers,” Library Director Clayton Cheever said. “We thoroughly enjoyed hosting last year’s program and we’re looking forward to seeing what this year’s artists will do.”
This community event is a colorful and innovative collaboration where high school students and the Norwood Evening Garden Club (NEGC) partner their designs through artwork and floral designs. The artwork is generated by Norwood and Walpole High School students coupled with interpretative motifs created by NEGC members.
The garden club members are not given any prior notification or hint of their assignment. They are, however, given a written paragraph from the student describing how they approached the project, the mediums they used, and the intent of their piece. Even the head of the NEGC is kept in the dark until the big reveal!
“Twenty pieces of art will be distributed to garden club designers via a lottery system,” Norwood Evening Garden Club President and Art in Bloom Co-Chair Lois Walsh said. “I can’t wait to see the floral designs that our members create. Some of the interpretations will be challenging, but I expect that the members’ arrangements will be as creative as the artwork itself.”
Norwood residents continually benefit from the talents and generosity of the Norwood Evening Garden Club, not only with their Art in Bloom event but from many other occasions where they share their love of plants and flowers with the community.
“Many of our members do not consider themselves floral designers, but I believe that each year they make increasingly beautiful designs, some of which are worthy of Boston MFA’s Art in Bloom after which the exhibit is patterned,” Art in Bloom Bo-Chair Dr. Sheela Venkatesh said.
Members of the Norwood Evening Garden Club have been providing education and public beautification in Norwood and surrounding communities since their 1996 inception. The club welcomes novice and expert gardeners from Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, Dedham, Medfield, and Randolph. For more information on the Norwood Evening Garden Club, visit www.NorwoodEveningGardenClub.com.
Pictured: interpretations from the 2022 Art in Bloom event