URBAN ROOTS JOINS WITH BUFFALO ARTISTS TO FEATURE HANDMADE GIFTS DURING A WEEKEND OF HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS AND SHOPS
During the weekend of December 1 and 2, Urban Roots Community Garden Center will feature handmade artworks by six Western New York artists. Birdhouse maker Karen Sirgey will be in residence to demonstrate and discuss her work on Sunday. Sculptures by Dale Anderson and Paul Gallo, photographs by Eilleen Graetz and Darlene Gray, and ceramic tiles by Jo Ann Brenner will also be on display. Works by all six artists will be available for sale during the annual festive shopping/walking tour, and year round.
The annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries is sponsored by Artists In Buffalo, and features a free guidebook and map—available at Urban Roots—with all of the locations of the event listed, including Urban Roots. It is an opportunity for people to see artists at work, and to perhaps purchase a meaningful, handmade gift during the holiday season.
Sirgey's "Avian Architecture"—birdhouse designs—are wonderful gifts for the gardener, or anyone who would delight in a fine quality, unique birdhouse. Since 1989, she has been designing and making a variety of designs ranging from small, one-room schoolhouses to three-story, Queen Anne Victorians, complete with stained glass windows and turrets. Custom designs also allow her to recreate an existing house, cabin or workplace.
Paul Gallo makes creative metalwork for home and garden. Dale Anderson makes welded metal designs. Eileen Graetz' cards featuring photographs taken in her garden. Darlene's Grays framed photos feature gardens, including Buffalo's Japanese Gardens. Jo Ann Brenner's tiles depict Cottage District homes with front gardens.
Demonstration: Sunday, December 2, 12 pm to 4 pm. Sirgey will be at Urban Roots, demonstrating the birdhouse-making process. Homemade cookies and beverages will also be available.
Also on Sunday from 12 to 4, free gelato tastings will be offered by Gelato G's, which will soon be opening a retail space in the storefront next door to Urban Roots.
Urban Roots is a community owned cooperative business which has been open for retail business since April of 2007. Its mission is to provide quality products for gardening in the City of Buffalo and be an active and enriching member of the community.
Had a wedding shower at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, lovely setting for any event. Taking a few minutes from hostessing, I took some pictures in the rainforest area, orchids and bromeliads....and not being a bromeliad expert, can someone help with the names of these? Thank you.