Blooming Art: Flowers and paintings collide at art show

The Hampton Art in Bloom show blossoms for its seventh year on Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, at the Cornerstone at Hampton Assisted Living Facility. The show is a collaboration between the Hampton Arts Network and the Hampton Garden Club to create flower arrangements that are inspired by the paintings.

“Art in Bloom allows artists to showcase their artwork, and Hampton Garden Club members to express their own creativity with flowers to capture the essence of the artwork,” said Linda Gebhart of the Hampton Arts Network.

“Interpretation is as unlimited as the designers imagination … and the viewers appreciation,” Pat Navin from the Hampton Garden Club said.

The show is for all ages and is open to the public, though Gebhart noted that Cornerstone residents in particular “may see an image which holds a fond memory or smell a flower from their childhood [and benefit from] the interaction of all the people who attend this fun event.”

Navin also said that the event is meant to encourage the whole community to see the work of the two organizations.

“Art in Bloom is for absolutely anyone,” Nevin said. “It is an opportunity for members of the community, no matter what their artistic talent or experience may be, to come together and enjoy the joyful spirit of the event [and] mingle with community members. It is just a fun outing.”

Influenced by similar Art in Bloom events held by art museums across the country, the Hampton show brings focus onto local artists and gardeners in the Hampton area — HAN members such as Carol Kuzminski, Sarah Morrison, Carol Dostie, Marie Mahoney and Bev Tabet, alongside HGC members such Navin and Linda Tyler, Dawn Walker, Lisa Cote, and Laurie Woods.

“People enjoy seeing the artwork by local artists and the creative interpretations by the HGC members,” Gebhart said. “A new work of art is created through the creative combination of both. It’s a feast for the senses of sight and smell.”

June 12 is the main event; starting at 6:30 p.m. there will be refreshments, music and a raffle for a chance to win handmade items. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice, award to one artist/gardener team.

June 13 offers visitors to the show a more casual observation of the displays. The exhibit will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for those looking for a more reserved visit, to appreciate the works at their own pace.

The show serves as a chance to support the local art scene while promoting the Cornerstone’s belief system that our elderly benefit from a humanistic approach, according to Cornerstone Director of Community Relations Sarah Kearny.

“Cornerstone at Hampton is the only community on the Seacoast using a non-pharmacological approach to treating the symptoms of dementia,” she said.

For more information, please call Linda Gebhart of the Hampton Arts Network at 603-929-3850.

— Mike Costello


*Photos courtesy of Linda Gebhart and Pat Nevin. 

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