More garden art



Roberley Bell’s Flower Blobs are part of the Beyond/In Western New York group exhibition, a massive collaboration of almost twenty area galleries (large and small) held here every year. It opens this weekend, and the goal is to get to as many of the opening events—held over a twenty-mile area—as you can. I fantasize about being able to create this bright, crazy look with plants. Bell is known for juxtaposing the natural and manmade worlds in her sculpture and installations, but this time it really looks like she’s having fun with it. Art can be fun sometimes. Not too much, of course. You don’t want to go overboard.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


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