Spring Flowers and the Arts in Georgia

Flowers have always been amazingly popular in the arts, and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out why. To put it simply, they’re pretty. Flowers are common accessories, centerpieces, and patterns in everyday life, and they’re also used everywhere in the arts. They make for colorful comparisons in literature, beautiful bases for visual arts, and pleasant patterns in fashion. Flowers truly are everywhere.

Those arts that feature beautiful floral inspiration, and others, are so often showcased in rather drab places, be they in stuffy museums or lifeless showrooms. However, there is a place in Georgia that offers an annual art showcase that isn’t undermined by common backdrops. No, those oh-so-beautiful flowers I was doting on make splendid use at Gibbs Gardens’ Spring Arts Festival.

Gibbs Gardens is one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens, located in Ball Ground, Georgia, which is about an hour north of Atlanta. Every year, the gardens offer two arts festivals, one in the spring and one in the fall. The categories of original art for purchase at the festival, as listed on the Gibbs Garden website, are 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Metal, Painting-oil/acrylic, Painting-watercolor/pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry.  A list of the artists exhibiting and examples of their works can be found in this gallery on the Gibbs Garden website.

Gibbs Gardens offers tickets to view the garden and attend the Spring Art Festival, which takes place on May 19 – 20 from 9:00 AM ’til 5:00 PM. Tickets on the days of the festival will be $10, but only on those two days.

For more information, visit the Gibbs Gardens website.

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We CAN do it!

Imagine a canned food drive. Can you picture it? Now imagine a sculpture. That looks much better, doesn’t it? If only beautiful sculptures could donate food to charity . . .  Actually, now they can!

Canstruction is an international nonprofit organization that builds sculptures out of cans of food and then donates all of the cans to charity organizations after the art has been exhibited. They also help people around the world host their own Canstruction exhibitions or competitions. Professional architects, design students, elementary school students, and everyday volunteers have all made amazing creations out of cans, including chameleons, hogs, towers, and hands.

Canstruction Jr. is a new program from Canstruction, which allows school systems such as Tuscaloosa City Schools to hold their own competitions or exhibitions of can art. This gives students hands-on experience with design and construction while solving a real-world problem. The fact that the students involved are also giving back to the community by donating all of the cans of food used to charities makes the whole thing even better!

Recently, five- to eighteen-year-olds from the Tuscaloosa City School Sistrict worked hard on their own can art competition. This year’s event was the third annual. They exhibited their “Cansculptures” from Tuesday, February 28 ’til Friday, March 3, and on Friday, there was an awards ceremony and public reception to announce the winners of the three awards: Most Creative, Best Meal, and Student’s Choice. After the exhibition was over, all of the cans will be donated to charity. The exhibition was located in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, at the corner of 7th and Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Congratulations to the students in Tuscaloosa City Schools!