Free artist access at Gilroy Gardens

Barbara Scoles, from Aromas, works on carving a santa out of basswood inside the Monarch Garden at Gilroy Gardens during their Art in the Park event Saturday.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park has set aside several days on the calendar for artists receive free entry to paint the picturesque botanical scenes that are so abundant in the park’s grounds. 

Free Artist Access Days are open to anyone interested in painting, drawing or photographing the vistas in the horticulturally themed family park. Entrance and parking is free for artists during these days, although registration is required as spots are limited. 

Dates for Artist Access on the 2013 calendar are May 11 and 12, June 28 and 29, July 14 and 15, August 16 and 17, September 7 and 8 and October 19 and 20. 

Artists should bring their own equipment and materials – tripods, easels or whatever medium they prefer. Food may be brought in the park or lunch may be purchased there.

All art created during Artist Access Days will be considered for entry to the Art in the Park Gallery located at Red Barn Gifts in the park. 

For more information, call (408) 840-7130 or [email protected] 

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