Winter in Bloom Walking Tour

Saturday, February 1st | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Winter in Bloom-Laurie Tennent Botanicals

A fundraising event to benefit Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary 

Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary is proud to present an exhibition of Botanicals by renowned photographer Laurie Tennent entitled Winter in Bloom on January 31 and February 1, 2014. Tennent’s unique style captures several of the Cranbrook Gardens’ specimens in such exquisite detail that they blend seamlessly into the environment allowing spectators to almost believe they are back in the summer bloom of the gardens.  The pieces, which are photographic polychrome on aluminum making it weather resistant, will surround the exterior of Cranbrook House.

During the Winter in Bloom fundraising cocktail event, the evening of January 31 from 6 until 8 pm, several of Laurie’s works, will be illuminated and visible to guests. She will be available for conversation at the evening reception, and will lead a close up outdoor tour discussing her creative process at length on the following day. Exhibition pieces will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75, $100, and $125. The higher ticket levels result in a greater tax deduction for guests and a larger donation for Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary. Reservations are required by January 28. Call 248 645.3149 to register by phone.

The FREE any and all weather outdoor walking tour of the exhibition is February 1 from 1 pm until 2 pm. No reservations are required. Cranbrook House will not be open during the walking tour.

Tennent, who has been exhibited nationally and internationally, received her BFA in Photography from the College of Creative Studies, which began as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts in 1906; Cranbrook founder George Booth was the Society’s first president. Laurie is President of the Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Council and the 2013 Cultural Award recipient for her philanthropic work. Her work has been published in Hour Detroit Home, The Knot, Style, Town and Country, and elsewhere. In addition, she teaches photography and conducts workshops in metro-Detroit, and has a studio in The Rail District of Birmingham.

The walking tour will be held outside regardless of inclement weather. Guests are encouraged to attend in warm winter apparel, appropriate for walking. Please note that handicap access to certain areas of Cranbrook may be limited. As this is a fundraiser, no refunds will be given. Related links: www.laurietennentstudio.com | www.robertkiddgallery.com.