Flower Show 2017

 

Thank you to all those that participated in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s 21st Annual Flower Show!  This was a special year with record-breaking attendance, artist participation and wonderful feedback from our guests.

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2017 Theme: Jewels of the Garden
Thursday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 26th
Hours: Thurs-Sat: 9:30am-4pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Colorful gardens and displays of fresh flowers and plants will fill the Museum’s galleries during the 21st annual Flower Show – the Attleboro Arts Museum’s vibrant salute to art and nature. The event’s theme, “Jewels of the Garden,” will be represented by exhibits, attractions and programs that reflect brilliant gems, a vibrant pallet and all that glitters.  While the Flower Show traditionally spotlights the long-awaited arrival of spring, the 2017 theme of this community-rooted event also pays tribute to the City of Attleboro’s rich history of jewelry manufacturing and design.

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Flower Show Calls for Artists

Thank you to all artists that have submitted work for the 2017 Flower Show’s nature-themed art exhibition.

View a list of all accepted artworks (posted March 14th):

http://attleboroartsmuseum.org/nature-themed-art-exhibition-notification-of-jurors-decision/

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Flower Show Floral and Landscape Exhibitions by:

  • Art Set, Attleboro
  • NEW! Attleboro Farms, N. Attleborough
  • Briggs Nursery, N. Attleborough
  • Flowers by the Station, Attleboro
  • Helping Hands Florist, Plainville
  • NEW!  Oracle Landscape & Lindsey Epstein Pottery, LLC, Tiverton, RI
  • Nolan’s Flowers & Gifts, N. Attleborough
  • Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Walpole

Each exhibition space will pay tribute to a particular birthstone.  Our gardens will brim with the following jewels of the garden: diamond, moonstone, opal, aquamarine, emerald, amethyst, citrine, topaz, and ruby. 

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Wednesday, March 22:    

Get a sneak peek at the gardens during “All That Glitters,” our 2017 Benefit Preview! 

  • 6 – 8pm
  • See the gardens before the Flower Show opens to the public
  • Featuring live music from Mark Taber

Exclusive Preview Attractions (only available at March 22nd event):

  • Jewelry Appraisals from Industry-expert Jennifer Camp. Our theme of “Jewels of the Garden” has inspired a special Flower Show Benefit Preview attraction. 25 complimentary jewelry appraisals will be offered to Preview guests. Family treasures will be discussed and evaluated. Imagine the Flower Show meets Antiques Roadshow.
  • The Work of Metal Artist Abraham Megerdichian – Items Found in Nature. Meet the artist’s son, Robert Megerdichian, at the Preview event.

$15 for Museum members; $17 for non-members.  Call 508-222-2644 x10 to purchase tickets and schedule a jewelry appraisal appointment with expert Jennifer Camp (space is limited).

About our Appraiser, Jennifer Camp

Jennifer Camp was drawn to jewelry at a young age.  During every family outing to a museum she would head right for the jewelry, ancient through modern. By high school she was regularly attending silversmithing classes at a local arts and crafts center, deepening her understanding of jewelry construction. Upon graduation from Boston College, Jennifer took a job with two well known local silversmiths, Claire Sanford and Mary Hughes. Each studio hand-fabricated art jewelry purchased by galleries and museum shops nationwide.

Jennifer went on to hold a management position at Shreve, Crump & Low, and learned about finer jewelry, gemstones, pearls, watches and silver. It was at this time that she began attending local auctions and seriously studying antique jewelry. This led to an invitation to work at Grogan and Company Auctioneers and Appraisers in the jewelry department.

Twenty years later Jennifer is still affiliated with Grogan and Company, and attends every wonderful auction. Most recently she was employed at Firestone and Parson, where she received the finest of educations in antique jewelry and silver. 

Jewelry appraisals are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Attleboro.

Artist Abraham Megerdichian

Abraham Megerdichian (1923-1983) was a machinist of jet engine parts for his entire working career. Abe was an avid gardener, outdoor griller, tinkerer, bicyclist, stamp collector, advocate of Armenian language education, and metal artist. He was a humble, kind soul who cared deeply for his family and dear friends. During his 20 minute lunch breaks he exercised his passion of machining his interpretations of everyday objects from solid blocks of scrap aluminum, brass and copper, almost exclusively as gifts for those dear to him. By the time of his untimely passing Abraham had crafted several hundred items plus scores of jewelry pieces created in the same machining manner. The entire collection is intact, divided only among family members. No piece has ever been sold.

On display are just a few Jewels of Abraham’s Garden. Though Abe only marginally considered himself an artist his metal output clearly qualifies him as a folk artistic talent and industrial technician with humor. As he himself would have said, he only wanted to create items that would make people smile. Abraham’s memory and his industrial folk art have had us smiling for many years. (Pictured: Abraham Megerdichian.  Owl Paperweights, 1979, brass).

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2017 Flower Show Daily Attractions

  • Admission each day is $3 for adults/seniors/students/museum members
  • Children 9 years and younger are always free
  • Daytime attractions are free with daily admission

Thurs., March 23:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Joanne and Pret Stevenson

9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
10-10:30am: Storytime with Krystal Brown of the Attleboro Public Library – Ottmar Gallery
10:30-11am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #1 – Clay Room
11:15-11:45am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #2 – Clay Room (An encore presentation)
11:15-11:45am: Mass Audubon Oak Knoll & Attleboro Springs Hidden Jewels of the Garden – Ottmar Gallery
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café

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Fri., March 24:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Max & Marion Volterra
9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
10-10:30am: Art Workshop (3-5yrs + adult) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” #1. Sponsored by Mansfield Bank – Clay Room
10:45-11:15am: Puppets, Music & Movement #1: Project Connect Family Center – Ottmar Gallery
11-11:30am: Art Workshop (3-5yrs + adult) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” #2 – Clay Room (An encore workshop)
11:30am-12pm: Puppets, Music & Movement #2 – Ottmar Gallery (An encore presentation)
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café

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Sat., March 25:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Sarah Mott & Hans Schaefer – ART/SET
9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
10-11:30am: Mark Taber on piano. Sponsored by North Attleborough Cultural Council – Ottmar Gallery
10-11am: Art Workshop (5-8 yr. olds) with Abby Rovaldi: “You Rock!” Sponsored by Mansfield Bank – Clay Room  
11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in the Bling Café
1:30-2:30pm: Rainforest Reptiles Live Animal Program. Sponsored by Attleboro Cultural Council – Ottmar Gallery
2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in the Bling Café
2:45-3:30pm: Big Ryan’s Storytelling & Puppets. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Clay Room

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Sun., March 26:     12 – 4pm

Sponsor of the Day: LeachGarner
12-3pm: Pastries, lunch & refreshments in the Bling Café
12-4pm: Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter (FAAS). Learn about local pets – Ottmar Gallery    
12:30-2pm: Live folk music performances from: Buck & Winnie, Ellen & Friends, and Andy Solberg. Sponsored by North Attleborough Cultural Council – Bling Café
12:30-3:30pm: Soil Testing offered by URI Master Gardeners. Bring a sample of soil – Ottmar Gallery
2:15-3:15pm: Animal Adventures Live Animal Show. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Ottmar Gallery
3:45pm: CLOSING CEREMONIES: raffles and awards announced – Ottmar Gallery

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Ongoing

  • Floral and landscape displays.
  • Art exhibition of floral, landscape, wildlife subjects and other expressions of the natural world.
  • The Bling Café offers continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments provided by Morin’s Diner of Attleboro, MA – Lower level. See below for our daily menus. The Bling Café is sponsored each day by Marcus Robbins. 
  • NEW! Flowers in Fashion: Emerald Necklace Floral Designs – Floral jewelry is all the rage! View necklaces constructed of live and dried materials that pay tribute to the work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Sponsored by Norton Cultural Council – Lower Level.

  • NEW! Lawn Ornaments by Master Artist in Glass, Neal Drobnis – an exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind glassworks for the lawn and garden. Drobnis has created a line of jewel-like works that enliven gardens with unique forms and bursts of color – Lower Level.

 

  • NEW! Belugas, One of Many – A public art installation from Wheaton College interdepartmental research interns that have partnered with local school districts (Norton, MA and others). Learn how Beluga Whales are becoming an endangered species due to climate change.  
  • Kids’ Crafts: Museum art projects sponsored by the Attleboro Garden Club.
  • An expanded Museum Gift Shop filled with eye-catching and irresistible accessories, jewelry, home goods, garden-inspired décor and more.
  • URI Master Gardeners information – with free soil testing on Sunday, March 26th from 12:30 – 3:30pm, and a special raffle in memory of long-time URI Master Gardener and Attleboro Arts Museum volunteer Claire Golembewski.
  • Attleboro Land Trust information
  • Attleboro Farmers Market information
  • Attleboro Garden Club provides club information
  • Twelve Bling Café original floral centerpieces from Lynn Moore and Jessie Murphy.
  • Live painting of the Flower Show gardens by a talented team of professional artists: Thursday, March 23rd: Ben Macomber – 9:30am-1pm (Watercolor painting). Friday, March 24th: Judith Bertozzi – 1-4pm (Watercolor painting). Saturday, March 25th: Andrea Warner – 1-4pm (Monotype collages), Mary Wojciechowski – 1-4pm (Watercolor painting). Sunday, March 26th: Margo Lemieux – 1-4pm (Watercolor painting), Lisa Granata – 1-4pm (Pastel drawing), Lisa Kretchman – 1-4pm (Pastel drawing).

Sponsor Gift Form 2017

  • Flower Show Sponsor Wall: Local artists Sarah Mott, Belinda Gabryl and Sally Cobb have designed and created a variety of original ceramic items that will allow you to take a part of the Flower Show home. All Flower Show sponsors will get one of these handmade pieces as thanks for their donation. The names of all donors will be displayed throughout the Flower Show. Sponsorships range in price from $5 – $100. Call 508-222-2644 x13 to learn more and to receive a Sponsor gift form (shown at right).
  • Live plant sale featuring edible greens and herbs from Attleboro High School’s “Garden To Table” program. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Attleboro – Lower Level.
  • Remarkable Raffles – Raffle baskets brimming with assorted wines, travel items, art supplies, pet products, fashion accessories, jewelry and more.  All proceeds benefit Museum programs and exhibitions.

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The Bling Café

The Attleboro Arts Museum thanks Morin’s Diner of Attleboro, MA for catering the Flower Show’s Bling Café. 

Marcus Robbins is the Bling Cafe’s exclusive sponsor.

Before placing your order please inform your server if you have any food allergies. Menus are subject to change.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Breakfast:

  • Blueberry or Corn Muffin – $2.00           
  • Mini Danish – $2.00
  • Homemade Cinnamon Bun – $3.00
  • Fresh Fruit Salad – $3.00

Soup:

  • Split Pea Soup – $3.00
  • Chicken & Rice Soup – $3.00

Entrees:

  • Chipotle Turkey Wrap w/ American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, & chipotle sauce – $8.00
  • Chicken Salad Club Wrap – Chicken salad, chopped bacon, diced tomato and lettuce – $8.00
  • Mediterranean Veggie Wrap w/ red pepper hummus, mixed greens, assorted fresh veggies, & feta cheese – $8.00
  • Chicken Caesar Salad w/ romaine, croutons, & Parmesan cheese – $7.00                                                    

Desserts:        

  • Cupcake – $2.00         
  • Cookie – $2.00
  • Strawberry Layer Cake – $4.00     

Beverages:

  • Coffee (regular/decaf) – $1.00          
  • Tea – $1.00
  • Water – $1.00
  • Fruit Punch – $1.00
  • Soda – $1.00

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Friday, March 23rd, 2017

Breakfast:

  • Blueberry or Corn Muffin – $2.00            
  • Mini Danish – $2.00
  • Homemade Cinnamon Bun – $3.00
  • Fresh Fruit Salad – $3.00

Soup:

  • New England Clam Chowder – $3.00
  • Chicken & Rice Soup – $3.00            

Entrees:

  • Tuna Salad Wrap w/ cheddar cheese, lettuce, & tomato – $8.00
  • Ranch Chicken Wrap w/ roasted red peppers, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato, & ranch dressing – $8.00          
  • Roasted Veggie Wrap w/ garlic tahini, eggplant, zucchini, tomato, red & green peppers, & mixed greens – $8.00         
  • Cobb Salad w/ turkey, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled egg, tomato, & cucumbers – $8.00                                                         

Desserts:        

  • Cupcake – $2.00         
  • Cookie – $2.00
  • Cake of the Day – $4.00     

Beverages:

  • Coffee (regular/decaf) – $1.00          
  • Tea – $1.00
  • Water – $1.00
  • Fruit Punch – $1.00
  • Soda – $1.00

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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Breakfast:

  • Blueberry or Corn Muffin – $2.00            
  • Mini Danish – $2.00
  • Homemade Cinnamon Bun – $3.00
  • Fresh Fruit Salad – $3.00

Soup:

  • Chicken & Rice Soup – $3.00   
  • Seafood Chowder – $3.00

Entrees:

  • Chicken Caesar Wrap w/ romaine, Caesar dressing, & Parmesan cheese – $8.00
  • Buffalo Turkey Wrap w/ cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, & blue cheese dressing – $8.00          
  • Tabouli Veggie Wrap w/ mixed greens, tomato, red pepper, cucumber, Parmesan cheese, & tabouli spread – $8.00                 
  • Chicken Harvest Salad w/ baby spinach, walnuts, goat cheese, & sliced apples – $7.00
  • Mac & Cheese – $3.00                                            

Desserts:        

  • Cupcake – $2.00         
  • Cookie – $2.00
  • Cake of the Day – $4.00     

Beverages:

  • Coffee (regular/decaf) – $1.00          
  • Tea – $1.00
  • Water – $1.00
  • Fruit Punch – $1.00
  • Soda – $1.00

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Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Café opens at 12pm

Soup:

  • Seafood Chowder – $3.00                  
  • Chicken & Rice Soup – $3.00         

Entrees:

  • Turkey BLT Wrap w/ lettuce tomato, bacon, & mayonnaise – $8.00
  • Roasted Veggie Wrap w/ garlic tahini, eggplant, zucchini, tomato, red & green peppers, & mixed greens – $8.00                                 
  • Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad w/ fresh mozzarella & vine-ripe tomato – $7.00
  • Mac & Cheese – $3.00                                                       

Desserts:        

  • Cupcake – $2.00         
  • Cookie – $2.00
  • Strawberry Shortcake – $5.00     

Beverages:

  • Coffee (regular/decaf) – $1.00          
  • Tea – $1.00
  • Water – $1.00
  • Fruit Punch – $1.00
  • Soda – $1.00

       

Before placing your order please inform your server if you have any food allergies.

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Our Generous Flower Show Sponsors Include:

Art Set, Attleboro Cultural Council, Attleboro Garden Club, Attleboro Rotary Club, Bin-Ends of Braintree, MA, Bruce and Lucia Field, LeachGarner, Mansfield Bank Charitable Foundation, Sarah Mott & Hans Schaefer, North Attleborough Cultural Council, Norton Cultural Council, Marcus Robbins, Sherry Scholl, Joanne & Pret Stevenson, Marion and Max Volterra.

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro, North Attleborough and Norton Cultural Councils,  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Top image: H. Khorasani

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