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Artist Guild, Garden Club   collaborating for contest

This garden in Woodbridge at Del Webb in Manteca was one of six featured in the 2013 Manteca Garden Tour.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin/


POSTED January 19, 2014 9:34 p.m.

Question: What’s better than one community club putting together an annual fund-raising event?

Answer: Two community clubs.

In this case, they are the Manteca Artist Guild and the Manteca Garden Club. Their collaborative project, a first in the more than half-a-century history of the garden group, has to do with the annual garden tour set for Saturday, May 10.

On the cover of the brochure that will be given to every tour visitor will be a painting by a member of the Artist Guild. But the art work will be not just any painting. It will be the winner in an art contest conducted exclusively by members of the guild.

A judging panel made up by members of the garden club will be selecting the winning painting at the end of January. The winner will be announced at the February meeting of the guild. The entry receiving the judges’ nod will receive a cash prize of $100 from the garden club “to help them pay for the art supplies and everything,” explained Garden Club president Paula Elias.

“The winning artist will be highlighted on our program and posters announcing the tour. It’s very exciting for us to be working with the artists. It’s nice that we’re helping each other,” she said.

The idea for this collaborative effort between the two organizations was the brainchild of garden club member and award-winning landscape designer, Eric Teberg, Elias added.

The garden tour is the only major fund-raiser conducted by the club. A big part of the proceeds goes to the group’s scholarship fund. Each year, three high school seniors going to college are awarded $1,000 each. In previous years, the club was able to give away only two scholarships.

“If we make more money (from the tour), we want to keep increasing it,” Elias said of the number of scholarships being given away every year.

Money raised from the garden tour comes not only from ticket sales but from the opportunity drawing held at the last house featured in the tour. Prizes usually include donations from local businesses. This year, there will be one additional prize – the original painting by the winning Artist Guild member featured in the posters and program brochures.

While this is the first time the Artist Guild members have been invited to be part of the garden tour, this is not the first time the two organizations have collaborated on a project. The guild has, for a number of years, assisted the garden club in judging the annual Smokey the Bear, Woodsy Owl poster contest. Art Guild and garden club member Jan Epperson teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club and had more than 200 children in the community participate in the contest. The selected posters will be moving on to the state competition.

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