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This Week at Phipps: July 5 – 11
Jul 05

This Week at Phipps: July 5 – 11

By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted otherwise. 

Open Daily:

  • Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • Planets Earth Virtual Exhibit
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (and now online) addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Wild About Geometry: A Virtual Youth Art Exhibit
    This exhibit features artwork made by area middle school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this challenge titled Wild About Geometry, students discovered geometric shapes and repetitions in nature.

Wed., July 7:

  • Virtual Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Join us for stories, sing-alongs and fun activities you can do from home each Wednesday!
  • Weeknight Indian at Home | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    No need for take out! Get an authentic Indian dinner on the table even during the week. Join Chef Jay in making several traditional Indian recipes including bhel puri, kitchedi and raita!.

Thurs., July 8:

  • Taste of the Season: July: Summertime Berry Bliss | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Get the most out summertime berries with Chef Emily as she shows us how to use fresh berries to make both sweet and savory dishes in July.
  • History of Roman and Italian Gardens | 7 – 9 p.m.
    With their foundations in ancient Rome, Italian gardens flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning in Roman antiquity, examine the design of private outdoor spaces through the Baroque period as influenced by the geographic and social characteristics unique to the Apennine Peninsula. Using numerous drawings and photographs, visually tour several villas that represent significant changes in style and design philosophies, from the initial gardens of Roman emperors to those of wealthy merchants and religious leaders.

Sat., July 10:

  • Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I, II and III | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Colored pencil drawings are traditionally applied to white or light, neutral-colored papers, but some subjects — such as night blooming flowers — can be much more effective against very dark backgrounds. Those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor intensive) to achieve with colored pencil. Discuss colored pencil opacity and explore key techniques for using colored pencil on black and very dark-colored surfaces to keep colors true and luminous.

Sun., July 11: 

  • Illustrating Nature's Fauna with Pen and Ink | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Using several wildlife artists as inspiration, create study pages using pen and ink techniques. Choose the fauna from your student pages that greatly impact the local flora and create a final project illustrating the relationship of both.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman