Port Washington Garden Club plants joy at Elderfields Preserve

Port Washington Garden Club plants joy at Elderfields Preserve
Port Washington Garden Club plants a masterpiece at the Elderfields Preserve. (Photo courtesy of The Art Guild)

The Port Washington Garden Club volunteered their energy and expertise to The Art Guild of Port Washington.

Ilene Silberstein, The Art Guild co-president, and Pat DeBari, Port Washington Garden Club president, planned the garden in historic Elderfields Preserve as though they were preparing a canvas.

The garden club team of DeBari, Anna Deriu and Irene Wood got to work immediately. The resulting garden space is a beautiful floral masterpiece of geraniums and impatiens in various shades of pink and white.

“The Garden Club is gearing up for its 100th anniversary,” DeBari said. “One of our primary missions is to encourage civic plantings.”

The Port Washington Garden Club plants and maintains flowers at the Port Washington train station, town dock, Kiwanis War Memorial and other locations. They also design flower arrangements for the Port Washington Library and decorate the library for the holidays.

Numerous Art Guild and community members have already visited the garden.

On the eve of the garden installation, The Art Guild held the reception for “What’s Your Joy,” a juried art exhibition. The exhibit is an eclectic, mixed-media collection of works that evoke joy for the artist and/or the viewer.

Congratulations to Meagan Meehan, Alicia Castelle Gitlitz and Irene Sankari, who won first, second and third place respectively.

“What’s Your Joy” will be on exhibition through June 3. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. while the exhibition is on view.

The Art Guild is currently accepting submissions for the 2023 Member Showcase. The deadline is June 2.

For more information, please visit our website at www.theartguild.org or contact us at (516) 304-5797.

In addition, The Art Guild took advantage of the beautiful weather and surroundings by holding art classes outside. Students let the lovely floral colors and scents inspire them, as they created their own works of art.

The Art Guild offers classes and workshops for children and adults year-round. Visit our website to register or to learn more about educational opportunities.

The Art Guild is located on Nassau County’s Elderfields Preserve at 200 Port Washington Blvd. Manhasset, NY 11030.

The Art Guild of Port Washington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating an inclusive and enriching home for the visual arts education, exploration and exhibition. It is an organization open to all people with a common goal to advance the visual arts.

The Art Guild was voted the best art school and art gallery in Nassau County for the sixth year in a row.

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