"Bloom" an art exhibition featuring fine art in various mediums by six Albuquerque area artists including several University of New Mexico alumni will be held at the Albuquerque Garden Center Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featured artists include UNM alumni Susan Brown, Janie Perry Gonzales, Magda G. Rea and Kenneth Tyger. Other artists include Julie Maas and Cecelia Zajac McRoberts. The Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard, NE. This community event is free and open to the public.

"As with several of the shows sponsored by Vida Art Connections, this one came about quickly and spontaneously," said Gonzales. "We like to go for the unusual venues and the surprise element whenever possible and sometimes even I get surprised by great art opportunities. This one happened to come about during a luncheon conversation at a garden tour just a couple of weeks ago and we sprung into action. It should be an exciting show in conjunction with the annual Albuquerque garden event sponsored by 19 organizations.

Vida Art Exhibition's mission is to place high-quality fine art in non-traditional venues for the mutual benefit of the viewers, the hosting organization, and the artists involved. "A plus to our projects is when we can plug art into unexpected places such as this very exhibition," says curator, Janie Perry Gonzales. This is Vida Art Connections' tenth community-based art show.

"By merging Vida Art Connection's mission with our various hosting organizations' and artists' missions, we have found that we can accomplish very successful and powerful results," said Gonzales. "As an Albuquerque-native with a deep love and appreciation for our unique city, I have a great interest in promoting Albuquerque's increasing role as a leading art community.

"Albuquerque has a wealth of amazingly talented artists thriving in, capturing the spirit, and enhancing the vibe of beautiful, enchanting, New Mexico. I am passionate about promoting artists and the image and consumerism of fine art as collectables, gifts, and heirlooms made in America, and specifically, in the Albuquerque area," she added.

A percentage of proceeds from the art exhibition, "Bloom," will be donated to the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs.

For more more information about the plant show, contact Debi Harrington at (505) 296-8208. For an appointment to view artwork at a later date or for more information about the art exhibition, "Bloom," or Vida Art Connections, call Gonzales at (505) 306-1491.