Newport RI Ballard Park

2017 ILLUMINATED GARDEN
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc.
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12th ANNUAL Illuminated Garden
SPONSORS:
Bartlett Tree Experts


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City of Newport
Rhode Island House of Representatives
Rhode Island Senate
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Special thanks to:

TREE CLIMBERS
EXTRAORDINAIRE:

Charlie Ridolf
Mike O’Brien
Jenna Keilch


BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS:
Christopher Fletcher
Tom Morini and Jose Velasquez


BIKE RACKS:
Bari Freeman and Bike Newport


CAT ENTERTAINMENT:
Mike Martin, Brandon Smith,
Tom Finn and Adam Costa


CITY OF NEWPORT
PUBLIC SERVICES
:
Scott Wheeler and Paul Rodrigues


LIGHT DONORS:
Jim Baillargeron, Karen Nash,
Leonard Whalen and
The Newport Tree Society


NEWPORT POLICE
DEPARTMENT
Officer Bob Michaud
Sgt. Jonathan Cortes

NEWPORT RESTORATION FOUNDATION:
Frank Amaral

TJ BROWN LANDSCAPE:
Tim Brown, Bill Boiani, TJ Brown
Ben Segerson and Mark Estrella

VOLUNTEERS:
Emma Bryan
Maggie Coen
Cathleen Hebert
Erin Margolis
Ellie Margolis
Katie Margolis
Tess Margolis
Danny Murphy
Reilly Murphy
RHODY SQUASH: Jack Boyle,
Ann Guinan, Jonathan Guinan,
Katie Guinan, Emma Paterson,
Holly Paterson, Danielle Rogers,
Hunter Rogers and Alex Viverios


12th Annual Illuminated Garden
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. presented the 12th Annual Illuminated Garden on February 23, 24 & 24, 2017. More than 3,100 people attended the event which featured displays by area students and artists, lights installed by tree climbers, Friends of Ballard Park staff and volunteers.

Set up for the event starts months in advance. This year Friends of Ballard Park ran two after school. programs at the Newport Community School and Middletown COZ. Students created a winter village and replicas of Newport landmarks made from recycled cardboard boxes.

On site work begins several days before the event. Former board member Frank Amaral cleared invasives from behind the vernal pond. Tree climbers from the City of Newport began installing lights on Tuesday and worked for three days in a variety of areas in the park. On Wednesday they were joined by climbers from Bartlett Tree Experts.

Several local teachers have created displays with their students over the years. Robert Kalaidijian, an art teacher at St. Michael's Country Day School, continues to awe us with his exhibits each year. This year he secured materials from Recycling for Rhode Island Education to oversee the creation of "Awkward Empire" which was installed along the bank of the vernal pond.

David Connell from the Newport Area Career & Technical Center at Rogers High School. guided graphic design students through the process of building six unique exhibits. Eliza Lopes, Michaela Mathews, Costa McKeon, Jordan Branco and Tyler Miller built "Beach Volleyball" out of wire, re-bar, zipties and lights. Danielle Ouellette and Samantha Sharp made shadow boxes themed "Blooming Box" and "Cinderella". Miren Arambarri and Aubrey Baker created "Blue Birds" while Ashley Bronk designed and fabricated "Gastro Pods". Rupi Kaur was the inspiration for Ryan Anderson's well received "Tree Woman".

Thompson Middle School art teacher Nicolle Icart used Richard Morris Hunt to inspire students to erect a miniature block of buildings using cd covers and popstix.

Jessica Coriander, a parent at the Cluny School, coordinated the "By the Seashore" installation which she said was inspired by Auguste Renoir's famous painting and made from recycled bottles, cut, painted and applied to chicken wire.

Heavy fog on Thursday and Saturday evenings gave a mystical aura to the event.


CO-SPONSORS:
A1 Roofing Newport RI
Discover Newport RI

McGrath Clambakes Inc.
Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed
TJ Brown Landscape Newport

ILLUMINATED GARDEN
WORKERS 2017:
Colleen McGrath
Emma Bryan,
Alexa Furtado
Hector Gomez
Karen Kelman
Katie Margolis
Bryce Murphy
Johnny Richmond
Rob Rodrigues
Eliza Taylor

Photos by Jennifer Carter
and Kim Fuller