Monthly Archives: July 2010

Opening Reception Saturday, July 31st 4-8pm

Please make a point of stopping by Art In Bloom today for our celebration. Not only are we hosting a Grand Opening Event for the floral and art boutique, but this is also a great opportunity to get an up-close look at Jon Cooney‘s Art Exhibit in the gallery space. The nearly sixty pieces of Jon’s unique artwork are catching the attention of all who visit Art In Bloom. Jon has also provided dvd’s of his creative process in a mesmerizing time lapse format. This will be shown throughout the night and is also for sale in the boutique. During Saturday’s Opening Reception, from 4-8pm, art and flower lovers can come together to talk, browse and admire. Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you!

Specials of the Week (July 26-31)

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Art In Bloom has a wide variety of green and blooming plants…tropicals, herbs, hibiscus topiaries, calla lilies, hydrangeas and more.

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Need a pick-me-up? How about a cheery and bold Sunflower Bouquet?! Locally grown.

Only $10 this week

Mural Painting and Studio Art Classes

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Well, despite the on-again and off-again rain on Friday and Saturday, the booth I set up for Brighton’s Summerfest 2010 was a great success. Three beautiful and uniquely different murals were created over the two days by hundreds of children and the occasional adult who felt the need to release their “inner artist.” My plan is to use one of the 4’x4′ panels for a tabletop and the other will be on display in my “Back To School” window display in August. Thanks to the many wonderful volunteers who stopped by Art In Bloom, I had the luxury of being able to float between the boutique, selling and designing, and the mural painting activity outside on the street. Thank you again, to each and every one of you!

One of the many things I took away from the weekend event was the enormous need in this community for more creative outlets. I saw those children whose parents had them by the hand heading down the street, looking longingly at the bright colors of paint and the large brushes that were ready to be dipped into them. The children who did stop to paint, thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and intently added colors, designs, and a bit of themselves to the community mural. Watching their quiet energy I understood that I’d made the right decision to open this business and to share my love of art. The list of children, teens and adults interested in my Studio Art Classes is proof in itself that art is universally needed. After looking over this list and listening to the wants and ideas of many people this weekend, I will tweak the curriculum of the classes a bit and have the brochures ready within the week.

Art In Bloom is up and running

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Thanks to all who came by today for Art In Bloom‘s first day of business. It was great to see so many old friends and to meet some new ones, too. I also want to say a special, “Thank you” to those who helped to get things up and running and who provided such wonderful support and positive encouragement along this journey toward opening. Here are a few photos taken at the store today. I’ll post more tomorrow after the mural painting activity that will be part of the Brighton Summerfest. Let’s hope the rain holds off!

Snippets of Art In Bloom’s displays

As I begin to merchandise and display the wide variety of glassware, pottery, gift items, artwork, green plants and silk flowers in the Art In Bloom storefront, my goal is to create a warm, colorful, inviting environment where the beauty of art and nature can be absorbed and admired. My first shipment of fresh flowers will arrive on Tuesday, July 20th. Look for an update to the Floral Gallery mid-week, next week.

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If you’d like a sneak peek, Art In Bloom will open “softly” on Thursday, July 22nd. Located at 409 W. Main St. in downtown Brighton, the hours for this first day will be 12 noon-9pm. These special hours will coincide with the art festivities already occurring in town. On Thursday evenings during the summer, the Brighton Art Guild sponsors, “Art at the Millpond,” a fun place to view art, meet local artists and enjoy the millpond setting.

Friday July 23rd and Saturday July 24th, the store will be not only be open for business, but I will also participate in Brighton’s Summerfest 2010. Look for my canopy-covered booth in the street right out in front of the shop. The local merchants of Main Street, along with the Brighton Chamber of Commerce host this wonderful family event from 9am-midnight both days. Art In Bloom will be offering a community art-making experience, free of charge, in which two large murals will be painted and later displayed in the store. Please stop by, pick up a paintbrush and introduce yourself (or if you’re one of my former students, give me a hug!)

The Grand Opening of Art In Bloom will occur the week of July 26-31. Many specials events are planned for the weeklong celebration, including the opening reception for Jon Cooney, my first featured artist in the floral gallery. More details to come.

Unpacking, pricing and merchandising

The products I’ve ordered are arriving and beginning to fill the Art In Bloom space. At the moment, there are boxes everywhere! Aside from a wide array of artwork, fresh flowers and plants, the boutique will feature an eclectic mix of gift items. I’m particularly fond of the colorful Spanish glass that I’ve just unpacked. There are also many boxes full of Jon Cooney’s amazing artwork and Alec is thoroughly enjoying the process of unpacking, unwrapping and admiring each piece.  In fact, I think Jon has inspired Alec to create some artwork of his own.