Through September 25, 2011, guests will find forty-five fabulous handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered along the shady walking path at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland. The beautiful backdrop of Annmarie is the perfect setting for this outrageous collection of homes constructed of everything from pine cones to glitter. With an exhibit that includes fairies in space, fairy meerkats, and fairies on safari, guests quickly realize they are in for an out-of-the-ordinary walk. The titles alone are entertaining…Beyond the Second Star; Voyages of the Fairy Pirates, Tickle My Fancy Fairy Hideaway, Magical Musical Memories Theatre, Gypsy Camp, The Magic Fairy Treehouse, Gremlin Inn & Tavern, Margaritaville, Sa-fairy House, Under the Sea, Glitterland, Fairy Spirit House, Gnome Sweet Gnome, Felted Fantasy, Annmarie & Mary Beth Cathedral, Moss Manor, Meerkat Fairy House…to name but a few!
Guests start their magical tour by stopping in the Arts Building to pick up the Can you Find? guide, created by noted graphic artist, Melinda Fabian. Fabian has created a delightful guide that features hidden pictures, a puzzle, and a location map for all the houses. Young guests can also rummage through the dress-up truck to find the perfect hat, halo, or cape to wear as they search for all the homes. Finally, don’t forget to ask for one of the specially created coloring pages featuring drawings of some of the homes from the exhibit. When you are finished with your fairy tour, post your pictures on the Annmarie Facebook page and be eligible for a best photo prize! Fairies in the Garden is presented in memory of noted southern Maryland artist, Mary Beth Harry. Mary Beth touched many people with her art and her unique outlook on life.
Fairy & Gnome Home Artists:
Adventure Point, Julie A. Allinson & Shannan Todd Picese, Barbara Boward, Anne Brinsmade Family, Joyce Caveny, Madeline Chen & Parents (Sarah & Tommy), Ann Crain, Linda Crandall, Candy Cummings, Emily Davis, Megan Dinopoulos, MacKenzie Dinopoulos, Annastacia DiRenzo & Ann Preston, Dave & Anabel Eschenbrenner, Carole Purcell & Nancy Thompson & Barbara Bennett & Peggy Hovermale, Jaimie, Cara & Marlee Jeffrey, Judi Kane & Grandchildren (Katlynne & Lyndzy Palensky, Zachary, Ella, & Collin Kane), Amy Koskey & Corey & Piper Yeatman, Mickey Kunkle, Jim Langley, Melissa Langley, Taylor & Dana Langley, Norma LeVally, Mimi & John Little, Diana Manchak, Dhyana MacKenzie, Chantelle Messina & Terri Nicky, Joanne & Lucy Paskoff, Amy Reid, Megan Richard, Stacey & Addy Ruff, J. Luray Schaffner, John Schaffner, Carolyn Schindler, Crystal & Mike Seay, Makayla Seay & Linda Bracey, Suzanne, Cortney & Daniel Shelden, Dana & Lilah Shepherd, Robyn Strayer, Ingrid E. Swann, Tammy Vitale, Coby Westby & Pat Durbin, Beverly Wyckoff Jackson & Debra Wyckoff Corban, Garrett Zopfi.
SAVE THE DATE!
On Saturday, July 2, 2011, 9:00am-2:00pm, Annmarie will present the 1st Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival & Tour. The Festival will feature special activities and programs for the people who just can’t get enough of fairy and gnome homes. To learn more, visit www.annmariegarden.org
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, located on the waterfront in the Solomons community, is one of the region’s most unique cultural assets. Annmarie hosts some of southern Maryland’s best-loved events, including the Father’s Day Fling, the Chalk-a-thon, Artfest, Halloween in the Garden, and the award-winning Garden in Lights. On a daily basis, the garden is a great place to visit for all ages. The sculpture garden has a paved path this is perfect for enjoying art and nature, taking a walk, or riding a bike. In the beautiful Arts Building, visitors can always find an interesting exhibit, daily activities, and the Gift Shop. Throughout the sculpture garden and in the Arts Building, visitors will find more than forty-five works of sculpture on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. In the summer, visit the garden for a special treat – more than forty handmade fairy houses are tucked away in nooks and crannies around the garden!
For those guests who are looking for enriching classes, be sure to get a copy of the latest catalog from Annmarie’s Studio School. From ceramics to ballet, the School offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, and camps for all ages and abilities. The pottery classes are some of the most popular! Annmarie’s membership program offers great discounts on classes, as well as free daily admission to garden and all the main events. The garden is open daily 9am-5pm and is handicap accessible. Annmarie is pet friendly (except during special events). Admission is $3 for adults (age 12 & up), $2 for seniors and for children (age 5-11); and free for children age 4 & under. Annmarie members are free. To learn more, call 410-326-4640 or visit www.annmariegarden.org
From Washington, D.C.: Take Route 4 South to Exit 11 (Prince Frederick). Continue on 4 South, following signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.
From Baltimore (Beltway I-695): Take I-97 (Annapolis) to Route 301 South (Bowie). Continue on 301 to Route 4 and follow signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.
From Annapolis: Follow Route 2 South toward Prince Frederick/Solomons. Left (south) onto Route 2/4 at Sunderland light. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.