Julia Davis Park prides itself on its Memorial Rose Garden, where the public is welcome to stroll through row after row of fragrant, perfect beauties. Throughout the centuries, artists have pondered the rose, and striven to render its essence in their art. The two entities-art and nature-will meet this Saturday, June 5, at the Julia Davis Memorial Rose Garden for the 15th annual Art and Roses event.
For the past 15 years, artists have gathered to show their works in the pristine setting. This year, over 70 artists will be on hand as the park fills with tents to display their products. "You'll see more rose paintings here that at any other show," says Shannon Hoppe, a longtime participating artist.
Art and Roses grew out of the efforts of the Centennial Art Group in 1990, when a few members of the guild added an impromptu art show to the popular Sundae in the Park ice cream socials. The hand-dipped ice cream became a thing of the past, but the art element has endured.
Organizers of the event maintain the stipulation that participating artists live within 125 road miles of Boise. "The idea was to promote local art," says chairman Marilyn Garrison. Only original artwork is allowed: There are no prints or reproductions, emphasizing that the work available is one-of-a-kind. "This is the best place to go to find a piece that's ready to hang in your living room," says Hoppe. Garrison adds, "It's a good way for people to visit with local artists and pick out work for their houses."
As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds go directly to the Rose Garden Fund. Boise Parks and Recreation has used past donations to maintainthe garden and constructing a new gazebo.
Live music will be provided by local musicians including, the J. B. Duo, Brent Marchbank, Beth Wilson and Nancy Kelley. The overall benefit to the Rose Garden makes this a worthwhile community project, giving the public a chance to add to the beauty of their own homes and offices in the form of local, original artwork while enjoying the allure of the roses. "It's a nice, pleasant, rather elegant day," says Garrison.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park (between musuem and zoo), 362-2228.