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Wasco Nursery hosts art gallery of nature themes

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Artwork by Fatima Figueiredo, a transparent watercolorist who lives in Geneva, will be featured at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center's gallery space, "A Gallery of Nature." The artwork will be on display until the end of May.

CAMPTON HILLS – Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41W781 Route 64, Campton Hills, now has a new way to celebrate the beauty of nature – with an art gallery.

The small gallery space, called “A Gallery of Nature” will feature artists who interpret nature using a variety of media, said Cheryl Monzinga, marketing manager for the nursery.

“It has a long wall, and it is part of our sales room, but we really did not want to put product up there,” Monzinga said. “And so we have thought it would be a perfect place to display artwork.”

Fatima Figueiredo, a transparent watercolorist who lives in Geneva, is the first artist to have her work displayed. Figueriedo is a member of the Wayne Art League, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and painted the mural “Once upon a time” at the Geneva History Center among her other commissioned works.

Monzinga said officials worked with Sharon Schmidt of Cultural Connection, to set up the gallery and find the artists.

“She had access to different artists, and she picked different artists with a connection with nature,” Monzinga said. “We’re just thrilled with it. It seems it’s been well-received.”

Monzinga said an artist reception will be scheduled later in May for Figueriedo. 

Schmidt, of Campton Hills, said she just started her company after working in the arts all of her life and is a past board member of Norris Cultural Arts Center board. 

“I work as a facilitator between companies, individuals and groups that are interested in either having any art form, artist or gallery or cultural connections,” Schmidt said. “I don’t think this concept exists, and I’m thrilled that businesses are opening their doors to culture and uplifting people and having culture come to them.”

Schmidt said she went to the Wasco Nursery with the concept of implementing a gallery there, along with a professional system for hanging the art. 

“I started it this year, and my first contract is with Wasco Nursery and Garden Center,” Schmidt said. “I’m just more than pleased and thrilled to be involved and have them so receptive of the arts.”

Although a website is in progress, Schmidt can be contacted at culturalconnection@comcast.net.


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