Georgetown center celebrates trees

This cyanotype, Japanese Painted Fern, by Pam Rouleau, will be among the works exhibited in A Celebration of Trees, opening April 22 at the G&B Cultural Center in Georgetown.

This cyanotype, Japanese Painted Fern, by Pam Rouleau, will be among the works exhibited in A Celebration of Trees, opening April 22 at the G&B Cultural Center in Georgetown.

A gallery show called “A Celebration of Trees” will open April 22 at the G&B Cultural Center at 49 New Street, will showcase the work of such Connecticut artists as printmaker Pam Rouleau of Wilton and painters Bobbi Mullen of Weston and Dimitri Wright of Greenwich. It will continue through May 6.

After it concludes, the exhibition of painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography will be reassembled in part and mounted in Norwalk’s Gallaher Mansion at the Connecticut Tree Festival May 17.

Among the other artists to be featured are sculptor Thomas Wood of Wilton, photographer Charles Moretz of Redding and painters Mindy Green of Rowayton, Kathy Coe of Redding and Laurie Bepler of Ridgefield.

The free exhibition is open to the public daily and weekends 9 to 4.

Information: gbartcenter@gmail.com or 203-544-0056.

The Connecticut Tree Festival is a family-oriented day of entertainment and education, dedicated to advancing the place trees occupy in the vitality of the ecology. There will be exhibitors, face-painting, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and kiddies rides to the treetops either in cherry-pickers or securely strapped in a rope harness, all under supervision.

Everything in the park is free to the public: admission, parking, door prizes, even a picnic-style lunch. Exhibitors also pay nothing. And they are not permitted to sell merchandise or services on the grounds.

Certified arborists will be on-site to look at leaves or twigs to help identify trees, foliage or unusual conditions.

The festival runs rain or shine between 11 and 3. In a mid-day ceremony, an eastern redbud tree is to be planted to honor the late Dick Aime who died last year at age 93 after many years as secretary of the Norwalk Tree Alliance.

Those who would like to make a financial contribution in support of the festival may do so online at ioby.org/project/2014-connecticut-tree-festival.

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