Landenberg artist's painting will be art for 2015 Wilmington Flower Market
● By Richard Gaw
Over the past 94 years, the Wilmington Flower Market has become synonymous with the Delaware social scene, as well as a the unofficial gate opening of the spring season.
As the event is being planned for its 95th year on May 7, 8 and 9, the market's organizers have gone over the state line to welcome the work of a Chester County artist.
Nanci Hersh, from Landenberg, was commissioned by the market's organizers to create the official artwork for this year's event. The art will be published in the market's printed supplement, and appear on social media sites.
In preparing to create the mural, Hersh set out to capture a sense of place that holds so many wonderful memories for those who regard Rockford Park as their second backyard. She took photographs of the iconic Rockford Tower, as well as the Mt. Salem United Methodist Church. She also met Tina Klumpp, this year's Flower Market chairperson, who shared with Hersh how much the church has supported the Flower Market.
"It is a huge event, and I am honored and excited to have been selected to create the original art for the Wilmington Flower Market in 2015," Hersh said. "I love the fact that all proceeds from the prints, posters and notecards created from my original painting will benefit children’s charities. Also, I am looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people."
Hersh will be at the Flower Market to sign posters, prints, and notecards of the painting, as well copies of "Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings," a book she illustrated that teaches young children to cope when a loved one is fighting cancer. She will also appear at a preview party on April 26 at Drip Cafe in the Lantana Shopping Center in Hockessin, Del., from 4 to 6 p.m., where she will sign prints of the artwork. All proceeds form the sale will benefit children's charities.
The Wilmington Flower Market will be held at Rockford Park May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flowers and plants of all kinds will be available, as well as children’s rides and games, concerts, food and drink, merchant booths, crafts and artwork. Proceeds will go directly to the children of Delaware through the market’s many beneficiaries.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.