Artists and gardeners come together to celebrate summer

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Green Mountain Gardeners (GMG) of Weston/Londonderry/Landgrove and Peru is hosting Art in Bloom: Celebrate Summer exhibit and sale at the Custer Sharp House on June 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Local artists prepare their watercolor painting for GMG Art in Bloom. Photo provided

The exhibit will feature works from local artists plus student artwork from Flood Brook School and The Mountain School at Winhall. Exhibited art will include watercolors, oil paintings. photography, prints and sculpture. These works will be interpreted and complemented with creative floral designs by GMG members. Artwork is available for purchase; 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Londonderry Art & Historical Society (LAHS) to support ongoing renovations at the Custer Sharp House.

“Pairing art and flowers is a special opportunity to recognize the creativity and artistry of our community,” commented Elsie Smith and Barbara Ardell, co-presidents of the GMG. “We are very excited to have this event at the former home of artist Bernadine Custer Sharp.”

The Custer Sharp House, a perfect venue for this exhibit and sale, 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. Two works of Bernadine Custer Sharp will for sale at the GMG Art in Bloom exhibit.

“LAHS is thrilled to have GMG and local artists celebrating summer in the space that Bernadine left for community events,” stated LAHS President Annie Campbell. “We are thankful that proceeds will go toward keeping art and history alive in Londonderry.”

In addition to the public exhibit and sale on June 24 GMG members will host their summer gathering on Friday evening, 5:30 p.m. to display their Art in Bloom floral arrangements and expand support of local artists and donations to LAHS.

Information about Green Mountain Gardeners and Art in Bloom: Celebrate Summer can be found at their website: http://www.greenmountaingardeners.net/.

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