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Artist Exhibit Tamara Gibson

Mon, 1 May 2017 9:00 AM - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 3:00 PM

Tamara finds nothing more restorative than being in her garden or being outdoors enjoying the wonders of nature. After leaving her teaching career in special education, Tamara wanted to blend her love of art and design with her passion for flowers and horticulture. The Village of Artisans of Port Republic was co-founded by Tamara to promote the art and history of Port Republic, Virginia. Tamara also volunteers as the Executive Director of the Port Republic Museum. The Garden Club of Virginia, of which Tamara is a member, in the 2012 Historic Garden Week Home and Garden Tour, showcased Tamara’s garden. Tamara is also a member of the Arts Council of the Valley and is an artist in the Artisan Trail Network.

Come and enjoy samples of Tamara's work displayed in the Frances Plecker Education Center throughout the months of May and June. For more information, visit the EJC Arboretum website.

“As a small child, I had a love of nature and its intricacies. From the grandest to the tiniest scale, I have enjoyed the complexity of nature’s creations. My lifelong love of gardening, horticulture, and flowers was my inspiration for creating Tamara’s Design, my business. My designs bring those passions together artistically, reflect details of texture, color, and form that are found in nature, and artistically convey a sense of movement. These elements work together collectively to lend a naturalistic feel to each piece. The result is almost one where the creation itself draws the viewer in as if it were a miniature world to explore. Each piece that I design, functions as an interior botanical tablescape, wedding decoration or event arrangement. I grow most of the plants and flowers that I use. But I also gather mosses, lichen, driftwood and other treasures to intertwine into my creations. The time spent nurturing my plants, and gathering wild elements, continually and bountifully inspire new design concepts.”

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