Members and guests of the Plant and Dig Garden Club experienced a wonderful afternoon treat when nationally-renowned local artist Carol Ann Rasmussen conducted a workshop in her home on a rather new form of painting entitled "alcohol ink painting on black vinyl."
Carol Ann first demonstrated the technique, placing a drop of alcohol on the vinyl followed by a drop of ink, then taking a container filled with compressed air and, with small squirts, creating designs which resulted in beautiful depictions of flower-like designs, complete with foliage. After some trial-and-error efforts, everyone who participated in the workshop produced stunning pictures which, when finished, were highlighted with matting that Carol also provided. There are many artistically-inclined members in our club and among our guests. Their creative abilities came to life as they perfected their personal techniques with this new style of painting. It was a wonderful way for us to enjoy our love of gardening and flowers, giving us a lasting reminder of an afternoon spent creating something beautiful. Thank you, Carol Ann, for giving us one more way to enjoy our gardening passion.
During the club's meeting, it was decided that once again this year we would sponsor a "Story-Walk" for the upper end of the Surface Creek walking path. So members will be busy thinking up a new theme that will titillate the imagination of walkers of every age who enjoy this trail. This is a huge project for our club and we will need the input from every member to design another successful StoryWalk.
New membership/information booklets were distributed at this meeting. And once again we thank club secretary Lisa Joss for putting them together and making them so beautiful in the process.
In March, members will enjoy a presentation by Linda Hansen entitled, "Birds 101." It will be the perfect time for a program on identifying birds native to our area. As gardeners, we enjoy the presence of our little flying friends when we are busy with gardening chores. Linda will help us do exactly that.
As spring approaches we hope everyone who enjoys gardening will be filled with anticipation of another happy, productive season enjoying, as we do, the wonders that our gardens bring to us.