Works of art come in many forms–and for Anita Glickman, that form is botanical.
In 2005, Anita joined the Beth Shalom Garden Club in Needham. At the time, her husband was ill, and she thought this activity would be creative and relaxing, which it did indeed prove to be.
A few years later, she joined the club’s board and held various offices. In 2011, she served as the group’s co-president and then became president in 2012. At the time, the club had 85 members, and it has grown since that point.
The group’s main activity is doing the floral arrangements for the Temple’s religious services, but their contributions to the entire Needham community are quite significant. They enhance the Needham’s Vietnam Memorial, run a “Garden Therapy” program for special needs groups, and produce a popular annual antique show fundraiser. The proceeds from this show help provide special floral programs at the Walker School, the Charles River ARC Center, and the Needham Public Library. But the group’s most ambitious endeavor is its annual Needham Art in Bloom weekend event.
For this event, modeled after the annual springtime exhibit presented by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, members of the Beth Shalom group create arrangements inspired by art work created by students at Needham High School. The botanical and visual artists end up meeting each other during the exhibit, and the club honors the students’ work at the weekend’s close. “The students are outstanding and so enthusiastic,” says Anita, who has exhibited for the past 8 years. “It is such a pleasure to interact with them.”
Last year, Needham Art in Bloom featured 59 pieces of art and corresponding arrangements, drawing over 2800 visitors to the exhibit. Plans are already well underway for the 2017 event coming up this spring.
Anita joined BOLLI shortly after she retired from teaching in 2000. “It’s a wonderful program and very stimulating,” she says “Over the years, I have met so many fascinating people and made so many new friends.”
To find out more about the Needham Art in Bloom project, go to: http://needhamartinbloom.com Lots of photos of the exhibits can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/NeedhamsArtinBloom2013
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