Bella Vista in Bloom back again for its 3rd year

Bella Vista in Bloom, a temporary public art installation, is back for its third year and will be on display starting June 11 through July 11.

Area fiber artisans have been busy since January making new flowers, stems, leaves, and other clever, delightful items to display. These will be added to the previous year’s works in five locations throughout Bella Vista to create an explosion of color, also known as a “yarn bomb.”

The installation is spearheaded by members of the city’s Arts Council, who will host a public launch reception at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Bella Vista Public Library, 11 Dickens Place.

Locations to view the art this year include the Gear Garden at Blowing Springs, the Bella Vista Public Library’s gardens, the settlers’ cabin at the Bella Vista Historical Museum, the six-foot chain link fence behind Bella Vista Fire Station No. 1 facing U.S. Hwy. 71, and the Loch Lomond dog park at 59 Glasgow Road.

New this year will be a traveling Selfie Station that was created by installation co-leaders Teresa Oller and Barbara Pelton and features a large tree with branches dotted with flowers.

Separate flowers have been crocheted by volunteers in a rainbow of colors and are called “bloomers.” The bloomers will be hidden at the Library, the Museum and the Gear Garden. Fun to find, these flowers will be packaged with instructions on how to add them to the Selfie Station, encouraging all to participate in the temporary public art display.

Other new items this year include a yarn wrapped bicycle and hula hoops.

This year over 30 volunteers crocheted or knitted individual pieces or donated yarn or funds to purchase supplies. Volunteers then gather in the final week prior to the start of the display to assemble and install these items around the city.

Follow Bella Vista in Bloom on Instagram to stay up to date on all the activities and to find where the selfie station is currently located. Make time to visit those locations and post a selfie. Don’t forget to tag the City of Bella Vista (@cityofbellavista) and use hashtags #BVinBloom and #bellavistaar.

To volunteer and help us build a community through public art, join the Bella Vista in Bloom Facebook group, where you will find updates on items that might still be needed and view schedules for assembly, installation and removal of the art for reuse next year. The installation and take-down stages do not require needlework skills so anyone who is interested can join in.