May 22 • 05:02 AM

Take in 'Art in the Garden' in Almont

May 30, 2007
ALMONT — What better place to showcase the creative works made by human hands than the spectacular backdrop of Mother Nature's canvas?

That's what stained-glass artist Sue Miller had in mind when she organized 'Art in the Garden' at her family farm six years ago.

Since then the event has grown to attract more than 30 area artists and garden enthusiasts from across the area.

This year's Art in the Garden event kicks off on Friday, June 1, from noon-6 p.m. Hours on Saturday, June 2, run from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the event rounds out on Sunday, June 3, from noon-6 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Located 'off the beaten path'—Miller's motto for her Miller's Medley studio, the artistic and handcrafted works offered at the show are unique and unusual, too.

"Off the beaten path not only refers to the location but to the kind of art you're going to find here," Miller says.

Along with Miller's stained glass panels, suncatchers, windows and more, offerings include oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings, jewelry and beadwork, postcards, prints, cards, pottery, basketry, photographs and antique frames, garden art, fairies, homemade syrup, soaps, beeswax candles, artistic gourds, wood carvings, woodburnings and more. Among those displaying their work are local favorites Kathy Eschenburg, Teemi Eschenberg, Dave and Linda Schenburn, Elaine Spencer, Lucille Scheer, Krystal Gwisdalla, Lori Beaupre, Caitlyn and Margret Bennett, Christine Burgarin, Jerry Lee Davis, Paulette Dayton, Theresa Demers, Lisa Evola, Kathy Lynn Gold, Maria Daulf, Colette Kanake and Laurie Olmstead, Angel and Brian Lawlor, Chrys Lewis, Karol LaVerdiere, Kristie Roberts, Elaine Schaefer, Sue Shenkus, Diana Shomo, Kelly Stanley, Sandra Wilbanks, Anne Wilber and Julie Watterson of Imlay City's Queen's Cottage.

Homemade pies, tarts, baked goods, wraps, salad and refreshments will be offered by Sarah and John Haning of the Crazy Loone Café in Romeo and Almont's CC's Cyber Café will mix up their special frozen smoothies for the crowd.

As always, a free perennial plant exchange is part of the event, and actually provided the roots for Art in the Garden six years ago.

Stained glass artist Sue Miller with some of the items that will be offered during weekend ‘Art in the Garden’ at her Almont Twp. home. Thirty artists and vendors will be on hand throughout the event. Admission is free. photo by Catherine Minolli.
"For a lot of people their garden is their art," Miller says. "People would see the ad about the plant exchange and then they'd get here and say 'oh, wow! This is so cool, I'm so happy I came,'" Miller says.

Over the past six years Art in the Garden has snowballed into an exceptional event, Miller says, that is perfect for couples, moms and daughters, girlfriends, buddies and families.

"It's not just a girly girl thing," Miller grins. "There's woodworking and soldering and stuff like that. There's something for everyone."

Throughout the weekend, artists will display their works in and around Miller's garden, which includes a goldfish pond and waterfall. Miller's studio gift shop will also house her colorful stained glass creations. Restroom facilities are available as well.

Art in the Garden is located at 6841 west Hough Road, (one mile south of Almont) about a mile and a quarter west of Van Dyke on the north side of the road.

For more information call Miller's Medley at 798-3795.

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