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UT Gardens to auction its hummingbird art
By James Newburn, jnewburn@utk.edu


  hummingbird art
More than 20 local amateur and professional artists interpreted the UT Gardens' hummingbird theme by painting or embellishing plywood hummingbird silhouettes measuring approximately 4 feet x 3 feet x 8 inches. The works have been on display for the last several months. Now these beautiful, one-of-a-kind hummingbird silhouettes will be sold to the public at a live auction on September 9. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE – The silhouettes created for the “Joyful Flight: A Hummingbird Exhibit” on display at the UT Gardens, Knoxville, during the summer of 2018 will be auctioned on Sunday, September 9. The auction is the last phase of an art project designed to promote community participation and artist collaboration as well awareness and support for the UT Gardens.

More than 20 local amateur and professional artists creatively interpreted this year’s hummingbird theme by painting or embellishing plywood hummingbird silhouettes measuring approximately 4 feet x 3 feet x 8 inches. The works were installed throughout the UT Gardens and have been on display for the last several months. Now these beautiful, one-of-a-kind hummingbird silhouettes will be sold to the public at a live auction.

The event starts with a preview of the works at 2 p.m. and the auction begins at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. More information, including individual pictures of the art pieces, can be found at tiny.utk.edu/artauction.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the UT Gardens.

The UT Gardens feature more than 1,000 woody plants under long-term observation and 2,000 varieties of herbaceous plants evaluated annually. The Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory, teaching and research facility, and public gardens, sharing their beauty with more than 50,000 visitors yearly. Established in 1983 by the UT Institute of Agriculture Department of Plant Sciences, the gardens are recognized as an official All American Selections (AAS) test site for evaluating new plants for the ornamental market, an American Conifer Association and American Hosta Society reference garden, as well as a Tennessee certified arboretum. The Gardens, with three campuses across the state, serve as a valuable resource for home gardeners and landscape professionals and together are the official state botanical garden of the state of Tennessee.

You can find the UT Gardens in Knoxville just off Neyland Drive adjacent to the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. The address is 2518 Jacob Drive. Free visitor parking is available directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.

Published August 27, 2018








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