Cody Grape speaks with a customer.
Cody Grape speaks with a shopper about the electroforming process of their art. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Attendees stroll through the Sunken Garden dome to peek at art inside on Saturday, Sept. 11. 

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The booths at the Art in the Garden event displayed art of all kinds, ranging from paintings and prints to sculptures and repurposed pieces. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

The theme was ‘Ruby Slippers’. Shoppers carried hand fans featuring a printed witch portrait and ruby slipper that were handed out at the entrance of the event.

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Judy Wu-Smart stands in her art booth that features nature focused art pieces. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

The gardens hosted about 25 different booths, each containing one or more artists’ creations. Each artist in attendance is a part of the Noyes Art Gallery, which also features all of their art.

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Attendees take a peak in Judy Wu-Smart’s booth. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. There was a consistent swarm of people wandering around the booths, despite the high temperatures.

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Attendees look at homemade bird feeders. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS

“Last year, despite the pandemic, was our biggest year yet and this year seems to be going very similar to last year,” said Karissa Bettendorf, an artist of the Noyes gallery.

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Karissa Bettendorf, a Lincoln artist, stands at her booth. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Bettendorf’s booth features hand illustrated children’s books, cards, calendars and hand-turned wine stoppers. Her art included various original prints and framed pieces of more adult focused art.

Bettendorf has been a part of Art in the Garden for eight of the nine years the event has taken place.

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Cody Grape and Jessica Misner pose inside their booth. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Cody Grape and Jessica Misner of Lincoln use a process called copper electroforming to create their mystic landscapes and jewelry. Copper Electroforming is a process that utilizes electricity to fuse copper to another medium. The process takes three days to a week and once the item is finished electroforming, wire and other materials are added to the copper item to create a sort of sculpture. 

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Cody Grape speaks with a shopper about the electroforming process of their art. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Grape and Misner’s booth featured various electroformed items including insect wings, cicadas and other organic items. Along with the electroformed pieces, Misner’s paintings were also displayed. This was their first year attending the Art in the Garden event. 

“Everyone is an artist, you just have to find your thing and use your imagination,” Misner said.

I am a senior double major in Fisheries and Wildlife and Journalism at UNL.