Sunday, November 27, 2011

Frederick Festival of Greens - Wreaths of the People

A Magical Christmas Wreath - Debbie Morton
The fourth annual Festival of Greens is now open to the public in the Cultural Arts Center downtown at 15 West Patrick Street in Frederick, MD. The Festival is an exhibit of wreaths donated by individuals, schools, clubs, businesses, and other organizations that will auctioned off via silent auction. The wreaths are hand made out of both traditional materials and very creative and clever use of ordinary or decorative objects.
Leslie Ruby, co-chair for the festival, described the process of selling the wreath auction as a fundraiser for the Frederick Arts Council. Each wreath has a title and the name of the donating organization or person. Some of the wreaths come with bonus items such as gift cards, books, music, theater tickets donated by individuals, Frederick Arts Council members and local businesses.
The Festival Puzzle Art - Ellen Byrne
Leslie Ruby and Sue Stanczyk, event co-chairs for the last four years, commented that the Festival is getting established as a notable holiday event. Last year they took in and sold 86 wreaths. This year they have 125 to auction. There are a few side activities associated with the festival. The "Do You Have the Missing Piece" puzzle drawing offers anyone the chance to select a puzzle piece and see if it matches a holiday puzzle created from a graphic by local artist Ellen Byrne (see photo). If it matches, you get a gift. Another activity, the "People's Choice" ballot, gives an  opportunity for those viewing the wreaths to vote for their favorite.

47 Zippers - Julie Amegashi
This year, a few folks who wanted to donate a wreath participated in the "Mystery Box" wreath making kit. The Arts Council gave these participants a box containing objects from which they had to create their wreath. An example shown in the photo at right. If you get the chance, come downtown and take a few minutes to view the wreaths and be sure to bid on one or two. A small sample of the collection is shown below. If you like these, there are 89 others on display!

The exhibit runs from November 25 - December 4, 2011. Free to the public. Contact the Frederick Arts Council for further information: 301-662-4190

Icy Magnolia - Sue Stanczyk

Lots & Lots of Ribbon - Monica Spillis

Charming Frederick - Lou & Suzanne DiPasquale

A Very Merry Cocktail - Amanda Jarboe and Danny Stanczyk

Framed for the Holiday - Gallery 322

Snow Glam - St. John's Regional Catholic School

Cheers for Sully - Frederick Alliance for Youth

Wreath of Light -The Dining and Happy Hour Guide

Hood College - Karen Nalley

Let it Snow - The Banner School

Family Fun - The YMCA

'Tis the Season - Beverly Reidinger & Eric McComas

Whimsical Joy - Frederick Ski Club / Debra O'Brien

Holiday Wishes With Strings Attached - Urbana High School Orchestra

Christmas In Narnia - Thurmont Thespians

An Ostentation of Peacocks - Karen Peacock

Eat My Wreath - Beverly Reidinger

Cross Country Around Frederick - Ski Club / Susan Chapman

Wine Your Way Into The Holiday - Lousanne Welgoss

Christmas Pinecones -
Emily Stull, FCC Landscaping Student

Dog-Gone Christmas - Dale Dowling

Service - Fredericktowne Rotary

Gone to the Dogs in Jefferson - H.C. Summers Feed and Supply

Downtown Celebration - Downtown Partnership

Heart Felt Holiday - Regina Lewis

Red & White Christmas - Cherly Concannon

Under the Sea - Arts Club of Walkersville High School

Peanuts Christmas - Donita Garrett
Sugar Plum Wreath - Footlights

Helping Hands - Thomas Johnson Middle School Learn for Life Class

Santa Climbs - The Trail House

Advent Wreath - MD Shakespeare Festival
Happy Holidays Sweetie - Leslie Ruby

Monkey Business - Tammy O'Connor