Friday, May 13, 2016

Impressionism Opens at the Botanical Gardens this Weekend

The New York Botanical Garden opens its Impressionism theme this weekend, with lots of fun events. I'll be there painting on Saturday, the day of the public opening.

Here's a list of events for this weekend.

May 14 & 15
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of Impressionism.
Live Music

Visitor Center
12:30, 1:30 & 2 p.m.
Michael Arenella’s Brass Trio makes sure you will be tapping your toes to tunes from the turn of the century—from traditional Sousa marches to ragtime bits.

Tap Dance Performances
Ross Hall
1:30, 2:15 & 3 p.m.
Professional tap dancers from Apartment 33 interpret this uniquely American art form—as vibrant today as it was at the turn of the century! Learn more about the performers below.

Living Tableaus: Leisure in the Garden
12–4 p.m.
Actors recreate scenes of famous Impressionist paintings within the Garden’s collections. Period props are available for visitors to recreate the scenes themselves and pose for pictures to share!

Meet the Artist in Residence
Seasonal Border & Peony Collection
May 14; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Renowned painter James Gurney sets up his easel at special locations around the Garden, and offers insights into the joys and challenges of painting out of doors. Watch him create inspired works of art from blank canvas to finished masterpiece during the course of the day. He interacts with visitors as he works, sharing inspiration and information on this particular genre.

Cake Contest
May 15; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In the Conservatory Plaza, the finest New York bakeries display their most beautiful nature-themed cakes to honor the Garden’s 125th Anniversary. Check out the entries and vote for your favorites, then stop by at 3 p.m. for the cake cutting ceremony and enjoy a complimentary sampling. View a list of participating bakeries below.

Plein Air Painting
Along the Seasonal Walk
12–5 p.m.
Pick up some materials (pencils, charcoal, or pastels) and create your own souvenir of the Garden to take home!

Fascinator & Boutonniere Crafting
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Make a fascinator hair piece or boutonniere and don the styles of then and now.

Tap Dance Performances
Apartment 33, created by Chloe Arnold, is an eclectic group of tap dancers that moved to NYC from all over the world to pursue their tap dreams. Home to professional tap dancers Chloe & Maud Arnold, Apartment 33 has literally acted as a creative hub and often home for these artists, where the natural dynamic at play has led to the mentoring and development of diverse talents with a common passion. From Broadway to touring and even national television, these success stories are joining forces to celebrate the art that has brought them together: TAP! Pieces performed at NYBG are prepared by Artistic Director and Choreographer Chloe Arnold and Assistant Choreographer Jenna Roe.
I'll also be back to the Gardens in June 4, 5, and 19.

1 comment:

Eelis Kyttanen said...

Whoa, such luck! I am here on vacation attending the society of illustrators student show and Saturday will be my last day! See you there!