- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Honey bee research at the University of California, Davis, recently received a $900 boost, thanks to artists with a honey of heart—a honey of a heart for the plight of honey bees.
Artists showing their work at the “Bees at The Bee” art show in Sacramento donated a total of $900 from gross sales of $1560 to honey bee research at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis.
“The art work was peered at, pored over, perused, examined, appreciated, loved and admired by hundreds of eyes on Saturday,” said Sacramento artist and art show coordinator Laurelin Gilmore who thought of the bee-themed show as a way to help honey bee research and boost awareness of the declining bee population ravaged by colony collapse disorder (CCD).
“We were applauded and congratulated on every aspect of this little event, and I for one am bursting with pride for having been any part of it.”
The event, sponsored by the Sacramento Bee, drew hundreds of visitors to The Bee’s open courtyard.
“This was a marvelous event, altogether educational and entertaining, greatly benefiting honey bees and our bee research program at UC Davis,” said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis.
“Laurelin did a terrific job planning the event, with the support the Sacramento Bee, to support the bees.”
Gilmore invited artists from within a 12-county area to submit their work. Some 60 artists submitted a variety of work, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, metal and paper sculptures, photographs, fused glass plates, pendants, a fleece blanket, crocheted multimedia, collages, monoprint-woodcut, neckpiece, individually painted CDs, and a scrimshaw engraving on a mammoth ivory.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale went to UC Davis honey bee research. Artists grossed $1560, of which $900 “is going directly to the UC Davis bee research,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore praised the artists for their “willingness and eagerness to participate in making my little idea grow so tall.”
“The plight of the honey bees is filtered through each artist in a different way, and the results run the gamut from funny to beautiful to profound,” she said.
The “Bees at The Bee” also included live music, refreshments, and educational information about bees. Scoopy, The Bee’s mascot, handed out chocolate bees.
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty, displayed a bee observation hive and answered questions about bees, including CCD, the mysterious malady in which adult bees abandon the hive, leaving behind the queen bee, brood and food stores.
Mussen also handed out free samples of Honey Lovers, a new line of candy (fruit chews) by Gimbal’s Fine Candies, San Francisco. Gimbal’s is donating 5 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its Honey Lovers for UC Davis research. Other handouts were from Burt’s Bees, Häagen-Dazs and the Partners for Sustainable Pollination.
Overall, this was a down-to-earth grassroots effort to help the bees, and it blossomed into not only an outstanding art show, but a generous donation to UC Davis for honey bee research.
A tip of the bee veil to Laurelin Gilmore, Pam Dinsmore and the Sacramento Bee for making it all possible.
- 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."