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August Art Exhibit "The World Around Us"

August 1 - August 31 2018

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Hot Springs Village Artists Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young combine their talents to present this exhibit. The interpretive feelings of all three will be vividly expressed in oils, pastel, and watercolor.

Shirley Anderson, who was recently elected to the Board of the International Association of Pastel Societies and serves as the Exhibition Chair, has a passion for plein aire painting. She recently returned from her annual California trip to join other plein aire enthusiasts and has, in the past, traveled to Spain and France to paint the landscape. Shirley performs demonstrations for art groups and teaches workshops in the Central Arkansas area.

Barbara Seibel began her lifelong painting career at the age of eight when she took her first art lessons. She later operated art schools in Kentucky and North Carolina. She has won numerous awards for her lovely watercolors. She teaches art workshops regionally and watercolor classes aboard luxury cruise ships, painting in such exotic locales as the Amazon, South Africa, Iceland, Thailand and Singapore.
Caryl Joy Young’s passion for painting began when she stood in front of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Having taken classes from nationally-recognized pastel and oil painters, she had her first thrill of accomplishment in 2008 when she was invited to participate in Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Beauty and the Brush. Today her art hangs in the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in downtown Hot Springs.

All three artists have exhibited throughout Arkansas. For several years they have participated in ArtWorks at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Mosaic-Making Workshop-SOLD OUT!

August 21 - August 22 2018

10 a.m.–4 p.m., each day, Magnolia Room       SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!   PLEASE CALL 501-262-9300 TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

Back by popular demand! Local artist and Garvan staff member Suzie Burch presents a two-day creative workshop. Each participant will design and create a mosaic garden-planter art piece.

Following the principal, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure,” mosaic art can be made by up cycling materials often found at the flea market or the neighborhood yard sale. While all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring old trinkets, stones, and other pieces of “junk” that they would like to include in their finished piece of art.

Day one will find students designing and placing pieces. Day two will allow students to grout and cure the finished product. Bring a lunch or order from the Chipmunk Café.

$35 Members | $50 Non-Members


Art & Wine

August 31 

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Join local artist Dee Garrett as she presents an acrylic painting workshop for artists at the beginner level. Come early to stroll the Gardens and find inspiration from seasonal blooms. The subject for this class will be derived from seasonal garden inspiration.

Participants may enjoy complimentary wine and cheese as they practice their techniques, creating 8” x 10” finished pieces on canvas. All materials are provided. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

$44 Members | $60 Non-Members | Limited seating | Reservations required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

September Art Exhibit "Traditional Art Guild"

September 1 - September 30 2018

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Traditional Art Guild of Hot Springs will present their People’s Choice Award Show at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the month of September. Paintings of nature subjects in all mediums (oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor) will be presented. The art will also be offered for sale by the artists with a portion of the sale going to projects at the Gardens. The art show winners are chosen by votes from visitors to the Gardens. Please come to the Magnolia Room anytime throughout the month of September and vote for your favorite painting.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Spanish Language for Beginners: 10 Weeks

September 4 - November 15 2018

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

The Education Department at Garvan Gardens offers a 10-week session for members who are interested in learning or practicing the Spanish language. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and will follow an introductory curriculum with all textbooks and/or workbooks provided. No previous experience is needed. The program will feature keys to pronunciation, vocabulary and phrase building, verb conjugation, listening skills, and cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries.

$100 Members | $125 Non-Members | Reservations are required and seating is limited | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Golf Cart Photo Safari - Julia Mann

September 8 

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join Julia Mann on a Photography Safari to some of the most picturesque locations in the gardens. The Photo Safari is geared towards beginner and intermediate level adults; however, all skill levels are welcome. The class will start with a brief introduction to photography composition and some quick tips for finding and making better images with the camera and equipment you already have. Then the class will board the golf carts and spend some quality time capturing images from the best spots in the gardens. Students will work with DSLRs, point and shoots, camera phones and tablets. A basic understanding of how to operate your camera is required.

Julia Mann is a local photographer, who has studied under professionals who have been published in Time, Newsweek, numerous national and regional publications, as well as having photographs displayed in the Smithsonian. Her own work has garnered many awards, including several Best of Shows in local, state, and regional competitions.

$45 Members | $60 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 | Class size is limited

Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

September 10 - November 16 2018

9 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens!

  • Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
  • Wednesdays – 2+ miles at a challenging pace, alongside nature enthusiast Ginger Ladehoff
  • Fridays – 2+ miles at a comfortable, conversational pace led by Garvan staff member Dee Garrett
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservations required!

Indoor Gardening with Hydroponic Systems

September 15 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Nolen Buffalo, owner and operator of The Water Buffalo in Little Rock, AR, presents a four-part review of proven techniques for the following:
  • Starting Seeds 
  • Transplanting Seedlings
  • Caring for an Adult Plant
  • Cloning a Plant 
For this introductory to intermediate level class, background experience with indoor gardening will be helpful. Arrive early to receive a ticket for door prizes!

$25 Members | $40 Non-members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Landscape Drawing Series

September 15 - November 10 2018

September 15, October 11, & November 10

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff teaches a drawing workshop to students interested in nature still life drawing, landscapes, and trees. Ginger is a local artist, art educator and nature enthusiast. She loves to express herself through drawing outdoors. While all materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils if they have them. Using the gardens as inspiration, each student will produce original artwork.

$25 Members per class | $40 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664 | Each class requires a separate online ticket

Fly Fishing 101

September 22 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m, Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center & Great Lawn

Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters presents an introductory class for the beginner fly-fisher. Following a brief discussion of commonly used flies, participants will be instructed in proper casting technique.

$20 per person | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 | Class size is limited

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