What is Art in Bloom?
Art in Bloom is an annual outdoor art exhibit where we display works from northeast Ohio artists throughout our gardens. The artwork is on display for the entire 6-week exhibition period.
Is Art in Bloom open to all artists regardless of age, experience, and location?
Yes, all artists are welcome to participate.
Is there a limit to how much work one artist can display?
No, there is not a limit.
Does my artwork need to have nature-based subject matter?
No. There is no specific subject matter that is required, even though many artists do submit works that are nature-based, but in the past, we've had metal sculptures, photography and other works with subject matters that were not nature-related. The only restriction on subject matter is that the art must be appropriate for public viewing.
I do photography and/or paintings on canvas. Am I eligible to participate?
Yes, although all art must be able to be outside and withstand the weather for the entire 6-week exhibition period. So with paintings and photography, you could apply some kind of weather-proof coating to a canvas and then it could be displayed outside. We recommend using at least 5 coats of exterior polyurethane.
How can I waterproof my photography and/or paintings?
For outdoor display, it is best to have your photography printed on canvas. To waterproof canvas (after your painting is complete), we recommend using at least 5 coats of exterior polyurethane.
Will there be a jurying process for the artwork to select what will be displayed?
Yes. After we receive your application, there is a jurying process where we review all the applications and select the specific artists/works that we wish to display as part of the exhibit. Artists will be notified if their artwork is accepted.
Will artists be responsible for providing their own display materials?
We will do our best to facilitate the “display” of each piece, however if your pieces require any special apparatus, we would greatly appreciate the artist's assistance and/or advice.
Will the works from participating artists be for sale and if so, does Beech Creek Gardens take commission?
Artists may sell their pieces, but we request that buyers do not acquire the pieces until after the Art in Bloom exhibit concludes for the season. Beech Creek Gardens does not plan to take commissions on works sold in 2020, though donations are always welcomed. Prices for art pieces (if applicable) and a quantity of each artist’s business cards will be kept at our Visitor Center counter and made available to all buyer inquiries. Potential buyers will contact artists directly. We will not facilitate any sales of artwork.
How many people will see my artwork?
Our Art in Bloom exhibit attracts more than 1,200 visitors throughout the 6-week exhibition period.
How do I participate as an artist?
Complete the Artist Agreement and return it to Beech Creek Gardens by mail, e-mail or by dropping off the form in-person at our Visitor Center.
When will I find out if my artwork has been accepted?
After we receive your Artist Agreement, we will review your application and select the specific works that we wish to display as part of the exhibit. Artists will be contacted within one week of us receiving their application and be notified if their artwork has been accepted.