By Keith Kaiser
Horticulture director, Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens
This fall, an internationally renowned watercolor artist returns to Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Eternal Spring, a collection of Gary Bukovnik’s vibrant, not-so-still-life botanical watercolors, is on exhibit in the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center’s Weller Gallery through Nov. 10.
The exhibit comes to Youngstown courtesy of the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.
Bukovnik painted four pieces specifically for this exhibit. “Magnolia,” “Narcissus,” “Witch Hazel” and “Tulips” were created from photo images of flowers growing in the gardens.
The artist generously donated the paintings to be sold at auction Oct. 10 during the fundraising event, “Watercolors at the Gardens — An Evening with Gary Bukovnik.”
The public can spend the evening visiting with Bukovnik, enjoying locally sourced food prepared by The Sprouted Table, listening to live music, and enjoying a glass of your favorite beverage followed by desserts provided by The Georgetown.
A special part of the evening will be the unveiling of Fellows Riverside Gardens Iris, a new watercolor triptych commissioned by Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens.
This outstanding painting will hang permanently in the Davis Center’s Radius Room next to “15 Pots of Amaryllis,” donated by D.D. and Velma Davis in 2001, and “Impatiens,” donated by Bukovnik in 2008.
After the unveiling, an exciting live auction of the four watercolors will take place, with a brief narrative by the painter.
Ticket price is $100. To attend, call 330-740-7116.