Press release from Haywood County Arts Council:
We are very excited to have local artist Bee Sieberg & Students exhibiting their work at the Haywood County Arts Council gallery August 31 – September 29. After a professional lifetime producing voluptuous floral arrangements and displays for weddings and grand catered events, Bee now paints – her first love.
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Arts Education in 1964, Bee taught art to elementary school children prior to being drawn into the floral arranging business by a catering friend. For decades Bee operated a floral design studio called Wildflowers, in locations that included Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Annapolis, Maryland, and St. Louis, Missouri. When Bee moved to Asheville in 1997, Wildflowers, which she had run largely out of her basement, blossomed into a storefront and shop in Biltmore Village called The Gardener’s Cottage. The original Wildflowers pansy logo remains there to this day, although Bee sold the business in 2004.
Bee Sieburg has inspired and encouraged a group of Waynesville women to realize their full potential with oil paints! Grateful for her friendship and willingness to share her passion through a hands on approach, each of these students have discovered their own unique style, in this exciting and expressive medium. Works by local artists Jan Ariko, Anne Arnold, Nancy Blevins, Caroline Bowen, Kathy Cochran, Sandy Green, Sandy Lester, Helyn Moore, Margaret Roberts, Sharon Smith, Cathy Summa, Ann Todd and Elizabeth Toomey will also be featured in this exciting exhibit.
Join us at the HCAC Gallery on Saturday, September 8th between 1 & 4 p.m. to meet Bee and enjoy her demonstration of the oil techniques that lead to her wonderful paintings.
More information about donating, including show contracts and inventory lists, can be found at HaywoodArts.org.