You’re invited to buzz on over to the Blue Pig Gallery on the evening of Friday, April 7 from 5:00 to 8 p.m. The Gallery will host its 8 th annual Open House and feature a special showing of bee themed and springtime art by Blue Pig artists. View batiks made with the use of dyes and beeswax by local favorites Susan Metzger and Beverly O’Neil, or encaustics by Susan Stanton and Susan Delgalvis, also created with the use of wax.

Feast on delicious gourmet appetizers or sample honey wines provided by The Meadery of the Rockies. “It’s always an exciting evening and kicks off the Festival which continues on Saturday with a street fair in picturesque, downtown Palisade with lots of fun vendors, educational booths and activities for young and old alike,” says Kay Crane, Director of the Blue Pig. Additionally, Dan Bean from the Insectary will be on hand that evening to discuss controlling pests while conserving honey bees using bio control. Everyone is welcome.

On Saturday, April 8, Batik artist, Susan Metzger will be on hand to demonstrate her craft from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and kids can participate in Sidewalk Art on the Corner at the Blue Pig. “Education is the mission of the Festival,” points out Carol Zadrosny, organizing committee member, former teacher and owner of Z’s Orchard. “The more growers, beekeepers and the public know about the importance of bees to our existence, the better we can address some of the problems that threaten our agricultural productivity.”

Help us welcome Spring to the Grand Valley at the Honeybee Festival!

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