‘Art in Bloom’ in Londonderry
Green Mountain Gardeners (GMG) are hosting ‘Art in Bloom: Color in the Landscape,’ an exhibit and sale at the Custer Sharp House at 2461 Middletown Road in Londonderry, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14 to 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, June 15, at 1 p.m., there will be an interactive presentation to demonstrate the creation of a watercolor landscape with GMG member Doris Ingram. The work of local artists will be paired with floral interpretations created by GMG members to capture the radiance and color of Vermont’s landscapes. Included in the show will be student artwork from Flood Brook School. Twenty percent of proceeds from any sales will be donated to the Londonderry Art and Historical Society to support ongoing renovations at the Custer Sharp House. A special pairing this year is GMG member Barbara O’Donnell and her granddaughter Nora O’Donnell, a student at Long Trail School. As a grandmother, past GMG president and dedicated gardener, Barbara is thrilled to design a flower arrangement to capture the mountain and seascape theme of Nora’s painting entitled ‘Catalonia.’ Elsie Smith is designing a floral arrangement to highlight a sculpture of her late mother, Katherine McCabe.
The Custer Sharp House was the summer residence of Bernadine Custer Sharp, a prolific 20th-century American painter, illustrator and WPA muralist who worked in New York City and summered in Vermont. Upon her death in 1991, she bequeathed her Vermont home to the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society to be designated as a local center for the arts. Information can be found at greenmountaingardeners.net.