Where the wild bees roam

Public Art Installation, Celebration and Education About Bees

CraftWorks at Cool Spring will host a day of celebration and education on July 18th to honor artist-in-residence Aaron Treher as he unveils a permanent art installation at CraftWorks entitled “Where The Wild Bees Roam.” Treher’s work represents an unknown species of the 3,999 bee species that are threatened, unseen and very important to our ecosystem. “The work is meant to create an awareness and appreciation for those pollinators that go unnoticed, many of which rely on places like CraftWorks at Cool Spring,” explains Treher.

Aaron Treher is a contemporary artist who works in a variety of media to create sculptures and installation art. Treher is based out of Shepherdstown, WV and has strong professional ties to Pennsylvania and Maryland. He will unveil the installation at noon.

CraftWorks at Cool Spring, located at 1469 Lloyd Road in Charles Town, WV, has planned a day filled with creativity, education and fun for all ages.  The day will kick off with “Coffee, Tea, Art, and Bees” at 10 am, an opportunity to paint, enjoy honey-inspired pastries, and learn about attracting pollinators to your gardens, led by acclaimed local artist Rebecca Grace Jones.  You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a pressed flower workshop or informational hikes on the 1.5 miles of public trails on the CraftWorks campus. Space for these activities is limited, so please register at www.wvcraftworks.org or by calling 304-728-6233. In addition, the day will include live music, great food and local vendors.

Guests will also enjoy a “White Bee” sale featuring fantastic re-finds for your happy hive. Donations are currently being accepted for funky, artsy, shabby chic decorating items and can be dropped off or picked up by appointment. The day will wrap up with a “Rhythm Buzz” Drum Circle led the leader of CraftWorks own  drum circle leader, Tracy Seffers, from 3 pm–4 pm.  All levels are welcome and a limited number of percussion instruments will be available. All proceeds from the “White Bee Sale” and workshops will benefit CraftWorks at Cool Spring, a community-supported nonprofit offering exceptional creative experiences in art, sustainability and the natural world.

“Weaving art, creativity and fun into the conversation about issues that effect our community not only brings the community together, but broadens our potential to have a positive impact.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Terri Burhans at 910-238-0247 or by email at terri@wvcraftworks.org.