The College of Mount St. Joseph and Western Hills Garden Club are combining forces to present an intergenerational meeting of the minds and creative spirit in the form of “BLOOMIN’ ARTS II: Art & Inspired Floral Design.” The community event is set for Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, at the college’s Studio San Giuseppe Gallery in the Art & Design Building. Modeled after the Cincinnati Art Museum’s popular biennial “Art in Bloom” exhibit, it is an art-show-and-flower-show-in-one for the community.
The joint venture begins this year with the College of Mount St. Joseph “2014 Senior Thesis: Fine Art/Art/Art History” exhibit at the gallery, featuring the work of 18 students with an Art Concentration, which runs April 4-17. Garden club members will interpret art from this exhibit into amateur floral designs. The 18 works of art and 18 corresponding floral designs will share the gallery space in “BLOOMIN’ ARTS II” for two days. The event is from 12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
In addition, two local westside florists will also choose art to interpret in professional designs. This year’s duo is Denise Emmett of Petals-n-Glass Boutique and Dean Lutz of Piepmeier the Florist. A team of three judges – Jerry Bellas, Assistant Director, Studio San Giuseppe Gallery; Dennis Buttelwerth, Buttelwerth’s Florist; and Carolyn Doerflein, master flower show judge – will judge the floral designs and present the flower show awards at the Western Hills Garden Club luncheon meeting April 10.
The college-garden club relationship is a great fit according to Western Hills Garden Club president Susan Greiner. “Our two organizations place great value in learning from each other and sharing that with the entire neighborhood,” she said. “The collaborative effort is a win-win for everyone.”
This is the second time that the Mount and local garden club have partnered in such a shared event for the community. The initial “BLOOMIN ARTS” was held at Studio San Giuseppe in August 2012. Westside professional designers represented Lutz Flowers and Robben Florist & Garden Center. Garden club member Terry Aretz, and wife of college president Tony Aretz, Ph.D., has had a leadership role from the start and considers the show a pet project. “Here at the Mount, students and faculty enjoy participating in this event,” she said. “It has been a mutually satisfying experience for us to work with Western Hills Garden Club. “
BLOOMIN’ ARTS II is free and open to the public. The community is also invited to a gallery reception on Thursday, April 10, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where they can also meet the student artists and floral designers. Closest event parking is available in the surface lot off Delhi Road; entrance is just west of the theatre. Follow the event parking signs.