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Walpole students presenting artwork at Art in Bloom

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The Norwood Evening Garden Club will present Art in Bloom 2016, a free community event that displays artwork generated by Norwood and Walpole High School students with interpretative floral designs done by club members.

The historic George H. Morse House at 1285 Washington Street in South Norwood will once again host this year’s Art in Bloom on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

“Seeing all this talent and beauty from the high school students and members of the garden club – all under our humble roof – is very rewarding,” said Dale Day, Morse House Executive Director. “I look forward to it every year.”

According to Norwood Visual Arts Department Chair Laurie Mead-McGrory, the artwork from Norwood High School has been done by all of the students enrolled in Drawing and Painting III.

“Throughout the year, students study different styles and techniques of making art,” Mead-McGrory said. “Pieces included in this year’s exhibit include observational soft pastel fabric drawings, symbolic self-portraits and “painterly” landscapes.”

In the fabric drawings, students were required to study a still life of draping fabric hung from a wall, critically deconstruct what they saw and then reconstruct what they saw on a flat surface to create a sense of realism.

For the symbolic self-portraits, students had to examine what made them unique and then create symbols to represent their personalities. Creating landscapes in a “painterly style” requires that the brushwork be visible to the viewer such as that created by Monet, VanGogh and Seurat.

Students participating from Norwood are: Jordan Hatchett, Isabel Hurwitz, Joanna Keefe, Chloe Lundin, Gina Magliozzi, Ramael Robert, Kailee Robinson, Kara Zumbahlen, Rory Lake, Kayla Augenstene, Keri Augenstene, and Connor Brittan.

Sandy Allison, Walpole High School’s Visual Arts Department Head, said some of the assignments the Walpole students had to choose from included a variety options.

Some of the assignments included creating pages for a children’s book, creating an abstract piece using a detail from an architectural structure as a focal point, enhancing the meaning of a word that describes their personalities through font, color and composition choices and recreating a road trip using mixed media.

Walpole High School students whose artwork was selected to represent the school include: Emily Schneider, Kayla Christy, Olivia Sheehan, Francesca Bonanno, Kristine Udahl, Mia Drummey, Courtney Knott, Macy Chutoransky, Kelli Celentano, Katy Langenhorst, Emily Mouradian, Elen Adamyan, Rema Boufaissal, Justin DeJesus and Anna Dyckes.

Nancy Costa, Vice President of the Norwood Evening Garden Club and Chair of Art in Bloom 2016, said members of the garden club are looking forward to interpreting this year’s artwork.

“Although most members of the club don’t consider themselves floral designers, each year they put forth increasingly beautiful designs, some of which are worthy of Boston MFA’s Art in Bloom,” Costa said. “I hope the community will show their support by stopping by.”

Club members who will provide interpretive floral designs include: AnnMarie Bielenin, Susan Cosman, Nancy Costa, Mel Dawson, Lorraine Devine, Martha Emerson, Tracy Firth, Lynn Fordham, Anne Heller, Barbara Hopcroft, Judith Howard, Penni Jenkins, Donna Lane, Kathleen Pellegrini, Ana Puzey, Julie Stenson, Janet Taylor, Sheela Venkatesh, Lois Walsh, Debbie Wells, and Wendy Wilhelm.

Costa noted that this program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For information about the Norwood Evening Garden Club, contact Susan Pearson at 508-668-4039 or visit

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