- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Concerned about the declining bee population and deteriorating bee health?
Like to paint, draw, sculpt or photograph honey bees? Or craft bee jewelry? Or use another art medium?
If you're 18 and live in a 12-county area, you'll have an opportunity to showcase your bee creativity at a special one-day benefit art show, set Saturday, May 8 in the Sacramento Bee's open-air courtyard, 2100 Q St.
Coordinator and artist Laurelin Gilmore (above) of Sacramento is seeking all “bee-centric, bee-themed or bee-inspired” work.
The 12-county area includes Sacramento, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Solano, Yolo, Yuba, Nevada, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras.
If you live in one of those counties and want to enter the art show--and at the same time help bee research--the deadline to confirm participation is Friday, March 19, she said. E-mail her for the necessary information at BeesatBee@gmail.com. The deadline to submit the ready-to-hang art work is April 30.
There's no entrance fee, but a portion of the artist sales will go for honey bee research at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis.
The May 8th event promises to be a memorable affair. Scheduled to start at 3 p.m., it will include educational displays, refreshments and music. Scientists from the UC Davis Department of Entomology will be there to answer questions, as will area beekeepers. It's free and open to the public. Background: Every year the Sacramento Bee hosts a "Second Saturday" event and this year the focus is on bees.
An excellent idea!
Bee-centric, bee-themed or bee-inspired--sounds like a bee-utiful benefit and a good place to "bee."