Rose Getch, Communications Director
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
South Burlington (April 7, 2006) - Garden- and nature-inspired art will take the stage on Saturday, April 29, 2006, as the National Gardening Association (NGA) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation will co-present the NYC GROWS Garden Festival in Union Square Park. This daylong celebration of gardening is open to the public, and is the highlight event of NYC GROWS and NGA's National Garden Month? 2006.
The Garden Festival, featuring a wide array of free hands-on gardening demonstrations and activities for participants, will be located adjacent to the popular Greenmarket in Union Square between 14th and 17th Streets. Gardens and nature serve as muse to several New York artists who are generously lending their enthusiasm and talent to National Garden Month and the NYC GROWS Garden Festival:
Diana Carulli is a multimedia artist whose focus is on making labyrinths. In 1999, she introduced labyrinths to public spaces in NYC's Union Square. Labyrinths and mazes are patterns that come to us from prehistoric times. Today, we often illustrate our fascination with labyrinths by transforming their twists and turns into enticing garden paths. At the Garden Festival, Ms. Carulli will create a new, three-dimensional interactive labyrinth in Union Square Park using horticultural materials. The public is invited to watch Ms. Carulli create the labyrinth and then explore its twisting paths.
Jaime Arredondo is a contemporary artist whose work reflects an upbringing richly steeped in Mexican, Tejano, and Central American cultures. He has created an exciting series of floral-themed oil paintings with an extraordinary three-dimensional quality. The Queens Museum has an original painting from this series on display; in early March, Bloomingdale's exhibited another; and during NYC GROWS, a selection of his original paintings and limited-edition prints will be on display in the Arsenal gallery in Central Park.
Vicki Street is a jewelry artist who gathers inspiration for her work from many sources including the natural world. She combines varied materials - stones, shells, metal, antique glass - in creative ways that make each piece of jewelry as unique as the individual wearing it. Ms. Street graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her jewelry is available in museums, department stores, and boutiques around the world.
For more information on NYC GROWS GARDEN FESTIVAL, visit www.nycgrows.org.