Garden party to be held for Riverfront
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
"We want to bring the artists together in
the south valley," Janet Barton said while describing the Art in Garden benefit
being held at Branching Out Nursery, Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The event, held to raise money for the
Bellevue Riverfront Protection Project, features a silent auction featuring the
work of valley artists, including Mark Stasz, Les Shanahan, Deb Gelet, Russ
Lamb, Lynn Toneri, Rob Mays, David Stoecklein, Steve Snyder, Glen Carter, Ginna
Parsons Lagergren, Larry Meyers, Kirsten Schultz, Will Caldwell, Jennifer
Bellinger, Christopher Brown and Michael Zapponi.
There will be only one piece per artist.
There are sculptures, paintings, jewelry, stepping stones, photography, benches,
bird baths and houses that have all been donated.
"The artists are very generous in
supporting the Bellevue Riverfront Protection Project and the Wood River Land
Trust," Barton said.
A wine reception will be set up during the
festivities and Full Moon Catering, Samís Belle-B-Que, Chester & Jakeís,
Atkinsonsí Valley Market, DaVinciís and Buncyís Catering are providing food.
Riverbend Beer is donating beer and Hellís Canyon Vineyard has donated cases of
Entertainment is provided by valley
musicians Armando Alcalde, Rick Hoel, Deb Kronenburg, and the Kim Stocking
Acoustic Trio. Veterinarian Jeff King will give a demonstration with a gyrfalcon
and discuss habitat and wildlife issues.
The venue is especially appealing.
"Branching Out is like stepping into a
different world," Barton said. There are different garden rooms and areas that
will be used to display different types of art, she said. "Itís a beautiful
Walking around corners in the secret
garden off North Main Street in Bellevue and a visitor finds enchanting spaces
adorned with sculpture and vine covered fences where a one of kind bench may be
The event is co-sponsored by the Bellevue
Riverfront Protection Project, the City of Bellevue and the Wood River Land
"The goal is to get a lot of people in the
valley to come enjoy a whole, fun entertainment night," Barton said. "Itís an
easy $15 donation just to come, eat and have a great time."
Tickets are available at Chapter One in
Ketchum, the Wood River Land Trust in Hailey and Bellevue Library. The proceeds
will go towards the acquisition and protection of 12.5 acres along the Big Wood
River in Bellevue, one of the areaís largest undeveloped riverfront properties.