Art in Bloom set for March

BabyCarriage -interpretation by Diana Garcia-Martinez

Beth Shalom Garden Club and the Needham High School Fine Arts Department have announced that their award winning Needham’s Art in Bloom, 2019 will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Needham Free Public Library. Admission is free.

Beth Shalom Garden Club Co-Chair Sue Kaplan explained the event’s magnetism by saying, “Needham’s Art in Bloom really appeals to everyone - art lovers, flower lovers, seniors, students, couples, families with young children …. everyone!” This multi-generational exhibit, organized by Beth Shalom Garden Club, will feature high school students’ mixed media art work and floral interpretations, designed by members of Beth Shalom, Kalmia and Needham Garden Clubs.

“Needham is so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of teachers,” commented Co-Chair Allison Shapiro. “They inspire so many students, which results in the high quality and diversity of artwork that makes Needham’s Art in Bloom so popular.”

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The exhibit, now in its eleventh year, has become a well-received annual event. Last year, over 3,700 people filled the Needham Public Library during the weekend-long exhibit to see the 70-plus displays.

Needham’s Art in Bloom was modeled after the annual springtime exhibit Art in Bloom, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Beth Shalom Garden Club’s goal was to organize a community event that would engage people of all ages, interests and life experiences.

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Needham’s Art in Bloom has earned three prestigious awards. Most recently, in June, 2018, the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) presented Beth Shalom Garden Club with a civic “Public Relations Award.” In December, 2016, Needham’s Art in Bloom was recognized and honored nationally by the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education with an “Exemplary Project Award.” The GCMF also awarded Beth Shalom Garden Club with the “Special Achievement Award” in June, 2010, for its successful creation and execution of this event.

Visit www.needhamartinbloom.com to see a more comprehensive description of Needham’s Art in Bloom event and photographs from past years.

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