Flower Show Save the Date & Calls for Artists

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

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

  • Wednesday, March 22nd from 6-8pm
  • Featuring live music from pianist Mark Taber
  • Be one of the first to see the Flower Show before it opens to the public on March 23rd.
  • Tickets are now on sale.  508-222-2644 x10
  • $15 for Museum members; $17 for non-members

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

Now celebrating its 21st year, the Flower Show is one of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s most popular events.  The Show’s nature-themed art exhibition is center-stage and the Flowers in Fashion exhibit is adjacent to our high-traffic cafe. Typically over 1,500 visitors attend the Flower Show. 

To learn more about the Flower Show’s two artist calls visit our calls for artists page and scroll down to the Flower Show listings. 

 

2017 Flower Show Daily Attractions

Theme: Jewels of the Garden

Admission each day is $3; children 9 years and under are free. Daytime attractions are free with daily admission.        
Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.  Tele: 508.222.2644

Floral and Landscape Exhibitions by:

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

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Ongoing highlights:

  • Nature-themed Art Exhibition
  • Kids’ Crafts*
  • Expanded Museum Gift Shop
  • URI Master Gardeners
  • Attleboro High School Live Plant Sale**
  • Attleboro Garden Club Info
  • Live Painting Demonstrations
  • Attleboro Farmers Market Info
  • Remarkable Raffles
  • Attleboro Land Trust Info
  • Neal Drobnis Glass Lawn Ornament Boutique
  • Items Found in Nature by Metal Artist Abraham Megerdichian 
  • Emerald Necklace Floral Designs***

 

*Sponsored by Attleboro Garden Club  

**Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Attleboro

***Sponsored by Norton Cultural Council

 

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Wed., March 22:    

Benefit Preview (6-8pm) : All that Glitters! 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):

  • The Work of Metal Artist Abraham Megerdichian – Items Found in Nature. Meet the artist’s son, Robert Megerdichian, at the Preview 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.

$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 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.

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Thurs., March 23:    9:30am – 4pm

Sponsors of the Day: Joanne and Pret Stevenson

9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in the Bling Café
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 1 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
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
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 2 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
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
9:30am-4pm: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 3 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
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: Design a natural keepsake with gardener Kim Sestak (day 4 of 4) – Ottmar Gallery
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. 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 Fredrick Law Olmstead. 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 (pictured). 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
  • 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 from a talented team of professional artists including: Ben Macomber, Andrea Warner, Mary Wojciechowski, Margo Lemieux, Lisa Granata, and Lisa Kretchman.
  • Flower Show Sponsor Wall: Local artists have designed and created a variety of original 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.
  • 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.

Top image: H. Khorasani

 

 

 

 

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