Artists' Gallery Blog

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hidden Gardens Revealed 2

It's hard to keep a secret hidden in Lambertville, especially when each year in June the Kalmia Club lays open to view the horticultural wonders of selected private gardens during the "Hidden Gardens of Lambertville" tour. Along with tour-goers, this rare opportunity was taken advantage of by a dozen well-recognized, highly skilled, professional artists from the Artists' Gallery who settled into the garden sites to paint "plein air" for the tour day.

Besides the beautiful paintings that resulted, the Artists' Gallery artists created quite a buzz of interest and spirited conversation among tour-goers. "They added a wonderful compliment to our event." said Fran Bardusco, Garden Tour Chairwoman, "and now these beautiful paintings are going to be offered for sale with half of the proceeds being donated to the Kalmia Club to help benefit our community efforts."

"This is the second year that we have had the privilege to paint for the Kalmia Club," said Stacy Rogers, President of the Artists' Gallery cooperative, "last years benefit exhibition and sale was a great success". The "Hidden Gardens Revealed 2" exhibition and sale is for one weekend only starting with an opening reception for the donors, patrons, friends and members of the Kalmia Club on Friday, October 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Then the gallery doors will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Artists' Gallery is an artist run cooperative. "Unlike most privately owned galleries, the Artists' Gallery members can mobilize to help good causes and organizations by doing what we do best - create," said gallery member Gail Bracegirdle.

The Kalmia Club, headquartered at 39 York Street, Lambertville, is one of the oldest continuously running women's club in the state of New Jersey. A member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, the largest volunteer women's service organization in the state and a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, it provides opportunities for education, leadership training and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others.

For more information about the Artists' Gallery's "Hidden Gardens Revealed 2" call the Artists' Gallery, Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at (609) 397-4588 or visit the gallery's web site at www.lambertvillearts.com. More information about the Kalmia Club can be obtained by calling (609) 397-2537 or by visiting the club's web site at www.kalmiaclub.org.

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