Saturday, December 20, 2008

December events at Franklin Park Conservatory. Dianne Garrett reports.

Holidays at the Conservatory will continue through January 4, 2009.

Other upcoming December events:
December 26 - Interactive Japanese Taiko drumming demonstration
December 27 - Interactive performance: joyUNSPEAKABLE
December 28 - High Jinks Dance Company perform at the Palm House
December 29 - Ice carving from Rock On Ice
December 30 - Make a Holiday Craft

Franklin Park Conservatory is located at 1777 East Broad Street.
Phone Number: 614-848-4700
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Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10-5 and Wednesday 10-8

Many exciting displays and classes are planned for 2009.

Botanical Drawing: Graphite Pencil
Students in this class will learn to observe with an artist's perspective, and how to create botanical drawings using graphite pencil. This class is suitable for the beginner or for the returning student looking to hone their skills. February 19 and 26 & March 5; 1-3 p.m.
Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

Botanical Drawing: Colored Pencil
Express your interest in the colorful beauty of the Conservatory using colored pencils as a medium. Techniques covered include color mixing, layering, building and burnishing in color. March 12, 19, 26; 1-3 p.m. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

The Orchid Forest, January 11 - March 1
The Conservatory becomes a winter haven with a vibrant display of hundreds of tropical orchids from around the world.

Blooms and Butterflies, March 14 - September 7
Experience the emergence of exotic butterflies and watch their release into the Conservatory's Pacific Water Garden. Dozens of species take flight amidst tropical blooming foliage.

Chihuly: Re-imagined: Fall 2009 through Spring 2010
The Conservatory's collection of Dale Chihuly artworks, acquired in 2004, will be re-installed in new configurations along with favorites from the Conservatory's 2003-04 exhibition, "Chihuly at the Conservatory". The nearly 2,500 individual pieces of glass that make up this signature collection will be placed within the plant collections and throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces along with some new installations from Chihuly Studios.

Cocktails at the Conservatory
Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Enjoy featured cocktails, a full bar, hors d'oeuvres by Cameron Mitchell Catering, and music by Encore Entertainment in the tropical surroundings of the John F. Wolfe Palm House. During the warmer months, this event moves to the rooftop gardens. Parking is free and there is no cover charge.

Permanent Exhibition
"Light Raiment", a light installation by James Turrell, illuminates the Palm House every evening from just after dusk until just before dawn. Using 7,000 low-voltage light-emitting (LED) bulbs, highlights the beauty and significance of the 1895 Victorian glass house, and is intended as a piece of public art for the community to enjoy.

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Design is copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Bexley Public Radio Foundation. Text is copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Dianne Garrett.

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