The Emerson is hosting its fifth annual self-guided garden tour fund-raiser on Saturday, July 13. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Beall Park Art Center, 409 N. Bozeman Ave., where maps will be distributed.
Local artists Jennifer Haukebo, Joan Ryshavy, Molly Miller and Marge Fehrer will be painting and drawing on-site landscape "portraits" during the tour. Their artwork will be on display in the gardens, and visitors will have a chance to watch them create.
Haukebo will be painting peonies and a pond in a rural setting. She is a local artist who has been active with the Emerson and Beall Park Art Center's arts education programs. She has exhibited her work at the Luna Gallery in the Emerson.
Fehrer, known for her watercolors, will be painting in an small urban garden filled with flowers and mature trees.
Miller is Beall Park's primary ceramics teacher who specializes in hand painting colorful stains on majolica pottery. Her work will be shown during the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts this summer. Miller will be painting garden designs on her pottery, inspired by a diverse, expansive flower and vegetable garden.
Ryshavy's painting of flowers and birds is on this year's garden tour poster. She will be painting in a perennial and shrub landscape of a local garden designer.
Running concurrently with the garden tour is an exhibit of children's art created in Beall Park's Fine Arts Summer Camp last week. Molly Miller, Kerry Corcoran and Molly McLean taught ceramics, mask making, encaustic painting, theater and dance to 10 young artists ages 5-12. Examples of the children's work along with photographs of the process will be on display in the Beall Park classroom July 10-16.
For information about the garden tour and children's program, contact Ellen Ornitz at Beall Park Art Center, 586-3970.