Art in bloom
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club is hosting an art show to help raise money for scholarships and community projects. The benefit, "Beauty and the Best," will feature member artists Helen Bowring, Jeanne Campbell, Shiela M. Fane, and others, with accompanying floral interpretations by M.V. Garden Club members.
This year, the club awarded its annual scholarship of $3,000 to Emilijah Schreck, a 2009 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School graduate. Last year the scholarship went to Nica Sylvia, a 2008 graduate.
"Every year we award a graduating student with a scholarship to go towards their college studies," said Laura Lee, president of the garden club, "whether it's for landscape studies or related to agricultural."
Last year the remaining plants and flowers were donated to the Morgan Woods affordable housing project in Edgartown. The Garden Club's fundraiser has also supported the Tisbury Park Association project at Lake Tashmoo. It has provided funds for the playground near the town hall in Aquinnah and plantings for the Oak Bluffs town beach repair and restoration, among other projects.
All new artwork contributed to the event this year includes large steel pieces to place in outside gardens, as well as ceramics, acrylics, watercolor, oil paintings, and photographs.
The garden club, where the show will be held, is located at the Old Mill in West Tisbury, across the road from the Mill Pond at the beginning of the Edgartown Road. On Friday, June 26, a Gala Artists Reception will be held from 5 to 8 pm, with tickets for $20. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
"Many local businesses are donating food for the Gala Reception. Stop & Shop, Net Result, Morning Glory Farm, and individual members of the Garden Club are donating," said Ms. Lee. "The food won't just be sitting on a table. We will also have servers carrying around shrimp, fruit, and fish."
A combo led by Wes Nagy will provide live music at the reception as well.
The art show will be open on Saturday, June 27, from 10 am to 5 pm with tickets for $5, and Sunday, June 28, from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, call 508-627-5546.