Garden Glow illuminates Maymont
Free Press staff report | 10/5/2023, 6 p.m.
The groves and lawn of Maymont Farm will be illuminated by art and good vibes Sunday, Oct. 8, as artist Alfonso Pérez Acosta will present a new community project as the opening preview of this year’s four-week Garden Glow event.
The project, “Positiva,” will see Mr. Pérez Acosta and community members paint positive messages on light bulbs, which will be suspended inside the arborvitae grove on the Carriage House Lawn. The goal is to create and send out positivity into the world through collaborative art.
“Positiva is a public art installation about recognizing, drawing and concentrating positive energy,” Mr. Pérez Acosta said in a statement, “with more than 300 light bulbs individually handcrafted by people of all ages sending positive energy to very special others, connected to the natural glow of the Eastern Arborvitae.”
“Positiva” is just one of many art installations that will be featured during the sixth annual Garden Glow, which will begin properly on Thursday, Oct. 19 and run Wednesday to Sunday, ending on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Returning displays like the Big Bright Mega Light and the Shadow Wall will be joined by new features, including dedicated hospitality spaces in the Glow Row, the Glow Grove lounge area and more. There also will be expanded seating and food and beverage options from previous events.
The Oct. 8 event is free to the public and will run from 3 to 5 p.m., while general admission for the main event will cost $16 for adults, $12 for children between the ages of 3 to 16, and free for children age 2 and younger.
Those looking to attend the main Garden Glow event are advised to purchase tickets in advance to avoid losing out on certain time slots. The Maymont Farm entrance and parking lot can be found at 1001 Spottswood Road.
More information on the event itself can be found at www.maymont.org/calendar/garden-glow-2023/.