For the seventh year in a row, Airlie Gardens, in Wilmington, N.C., is excited to host their annual art exhibit, HeART of the Gardens, July – October 2019! Airlie Gardens invites artists or teams of artists to decorate, paint, and otherwise adorn one of the 10 over-sized fiberglass heart models as part of their newest exhibit, HeART of the Gardens. These garden heARTs will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience, find all the hearts and win a prize! The hope for this outdoor exhibit is that it will be a collection that appeals to all. Exhibit is included in general garden admission and free for Airlie Members.
This project is open to all artists, from the acclaimed to the amateur. Artists may choose to submit a design for a “small” 2.5ft heart, a “large” 5ft heart or both. Artists’ designs will be selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability, and durability. Airlie Gardens will supply the fiberglass heart and a $400-$800 honorarium for realizing a design on the fiberglass form. Artists will produce the heart sculptures in their studios or homes. The finished heart will be displayed in Airlie Gardens from July to October 2019, when they will then be offered for sale by online auction to benefit The Airlie Gardens Foundation.
Exhibit Sponsorship opportunities are also available!