Art in Bloom exhibit showcases Northeast Ohio artists

ALLIANCE — Stroll through the gardens and become inspired during the Art in Bloom exhibit at Beech Creek Gardens, open every day through May 27.

Art in Bloom is an annual spring flower and art exhibit that features artwork from a dozen Northeast Ohio artists nestled in with flowers and plants resulting in a “horticultural art gallery” of color and fragrance.

This year the outdoor art exhibition features professional and amateur artists from Stark, Cuyahoga, Portage and Trumbull counties, as well as student artwork from Biomed Science Academy and Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health of Stark County.

Melinda Carmichael, associate director of Beech Creek Gardens, explained what inspired the nonprofit organization to start Art in Bloom.

“We’ve always wanted to incorporate art in the gardens and we were looking for some great ideas for spring. We want to be able to show people that they can come out here at every season and find something new to explore and learn and to inspire them,” she said.

Art mediums on display include sculptures, collages, paintings, fiber arts, upcycled glass, photography, mixed media and more. New this year are several large art installations, like a giant slingshot, colorful wing mural, stunning string art and interactive sculptures, all of which make unique photo opportunities. Also, the gardens contain twice as many spring flowers this year compared with last year.

“It can be inspiring to see some of the artwork that we have on display and we’re offering another opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy nature and explore,” said Carmichael.

In addition to viewing beautiful local artwork and spring flowers, visitors of all ages can get creative in the hands-on, make-and-take art studio where everyone can decorate a walking stick.

Aside from experiencing Art in Bloom at Beech Creek Gardens, visitors can hike the four woodland trails, engage with the Gravity Glue exhibit, enjoy several picnic areas and children can play on the small log playground.

Art in Bloom is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. General admission is $5 per person. Beech Creek members and children age 2 and under receive free admission.

For information about Art in Bloom, visit www.beechcreekgardens.org.

Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve is located at 11929 Beech St NE, one mile east of State Route 62.

Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve is a nonprofit organization that operates on a 175-acre site in Stark County’s Washington Township.

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