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Garden Gallery Studio artists Danielle Dado (left) Nicholas Harris display artwork they have created for Chicago Flower Garden Show.

Garden Gallery and Studio artists Danielle Dado (left) and Nicholas Harris display the artwork they have created for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. | Supplied photo

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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:13AM



Four artists from Tinley Park’s newest art gallery will be exhibiting their re-creations of famous paintings next month at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s show, “The Art of Gardening,” the American Institute of Floral Designers is teaming with the art world to produce 20-plus gardens that will draw their inspiration from classic paintings.

The four clients of Garden Gallery and Studio in Tinley Park are among the artists who have been invited to re-create a master work. Artist Nicholas Harris has painted Van Gogh’s “Starry Night;” Danielle Dado has done Monet’s “Branch of the Siene Near Giverny;” Sophie Komperda painted “The Great Wave at Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai and Veronica Hein has re-created Keith Haring’s “Best Buddies.”

These artists and other Garden Center Service clients are instructed by Garden Gallery director Beth Kopf and instructor Randy Campbell. Garden Center Services provides vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities.

It will be one year in March that Garden Gallery Studio opened its doors at 17459 Oak Park Ave. Today, it’s flourishing as one of the village’s most creative and inspiring businesses.

The gallery features artwork by its clients as well as dozens of local artists. You’ll find an extraordinary selection of original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture and more. On the first Friday of the month, Garden Gallery hosts a special event from 7 to 9 p.m., where you can visit and enjoy the art along with wine, snacks and live music.

Garden Gallery clients will also be creating a bench for this year’s Benches on the Avenue, the annual public art project in downtown Tinley Park. The theme this year is Fairy Tale Festival. Kopf said the artists will work on their bench in the front window of the gallery so people can watch the project as it progresses.

Kudos to Beth, Randy and all the volunteers at Garden Gallery and Studio who show us that art can be the common ground for individuals of all levels and abilities.

You can learn more at www.gardengalleryandstudio.com or by calling (708) 407-8666. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show will be held March 9 to 17 at Navy Pier. For full information, visit www.chicagoflower.com.

Closer to home, the Tinley Park Convention Center will host the Springtime Home and Garden Show March 1 to 3. Other upcoming events at the convention center include the Kids Expo March 15-17 and the Discover Tinley expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23.

The expo has grown each year in size and popularity, drawing about 4,000 people. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet face-to-face with many village leaders and business owners and learn about the many services available in our community.

Discover Tinley is hosted by the Tinley Park Community Resource Commission and the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce. The village is still accepting applications from businesses and organizations interested in exhibiting at this year’s expo. The deadline to register is 1 p.m. March 9.

For more information, visit www.tinleypark.org. For a complete list of events at the convention center, visit www.tinleyparkconventioncenter.net.

Get out there and enjoy all that Tinley Park has to offer.



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