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The Botanical Gardens Announces a NEW Sculpture Exhibit

Andy Grinsfelder

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a new sculpture exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, in collaboration with, sculptor and artist Kim Bellavia.  The nature themed sculpture exhibit will be displayed throughout the Botanical Gardens October 7 through November 5.

Bellavia is a sculptor/mixed media artist inspired by the landscape of the state parks, woodlands and National forests in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, where she lives. Her work depicts how nature and human nature weave themselves into the intrigue of life and the entropy of existence. Her most recent work “Whispering from the Woods”, is a series of 25 sculptures that will travel in 2018. The sculptures are constructed using a unique process of combining disregarded materials, such as stumps, branches, moss and vines, combined with an earthen material made of clay, sand and soil. Influenced by folklore, myth and symbolism of trees from different cultures, the forms in her work reveal the human aura of trees. 

Her exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, at the Botanical Gardens will feature some of the traveling works; about 20 of her sculptures will be scattered throughout the conservatory. Visitors are encouraged to ponder each piece and enjoy the balance of art and nature.

“One of our goals is to bring to our guests, members and friends, new experiences and innovative exhibits. Inspired by nature, Kim’s unique collection will provide visitors an opportunity to consider ways art and nature are truly interconnected.  We look forward to opening this exhibit on October 7.” Dave Swarts, President/CEO.

In the last five years, Kim has received local individual artist grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. She has been a working artist since 1996 and has shown nationally with a prolific exhibition vitae. Her earlier work has procured awards such as Best sculpture award (by Wendell Castle), Presidents award (Nazareth College) and a Commission from the Boulder Public library, Boulder Colorado. Go to http://kimbellavia.com/ for more information.

The exhibit will be open to visitors daily, October 7 through November 5, from 10am-5pm and is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 62 and over, $9 for students ages 13 and over with ID, $6 for kids ages 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are always free.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.


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