Bee Habitats are fantastic if your backyard is a-bloomin’! They provide stomping grounds for many different species of native bees– all of ’em friendly, passive types of bees! Plus, since these AREN’T honey bees or hive-buildin’ bees, they’ve got SO much free time… it makes ’em 10x the pollinators than those other sorts.
The best part of these things (besides savin’ the bees, of course!), is that Instead of bein’ just a dull old bee block, Greg fashions his habitats from reclaimed wood and salvaged metal bits into colorful, geometric garden art! Sometimes we even get lucky and he makes us OWL bee habitats! Hoo hoo WHO wouldn’t want one of these big birdies?!
A GREAT GIFT FOR: Gardeners Environmentalists Bee Lovers
When she found out about our Natural Habitats series, Practical Art fan and Instagrammer @ceg813 took us on a virtual tour of her abode, which we’re now dubbing the “Mini Practical Art”. And we were wondering where all our stuff went! Turns out, it’s at Carole’s house.
In her series of posts, there’re no less than eight different artists featured!
Do you have Practical Art in your home?! Let us feature it in a “Natural Habitats” blog! Artful wares look beautiful in the shop, but we think they look so much better in use, being loved! Just hashtag your Instagram photos with #practicalart or tag us as @practicalartphx! If you’re a little more low tech, email your snapshots to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tucson artist and landscape designer Greg Corman has gained quite a bit of popularity here in Phoenix as the architect of supremely artful ‘bee habitats‘– but never fear, he’s also interested in helping out with the artfulness of our human homes. The new work installed at Practical Art for our December exhibition “Artifact” is a solo show of Corman’s work, and year round, we display a collection of his functional pieces: benches, key hooks, bee habitats (of course), centerpiece vessels, and items like this elegant and handsome jewelry holder made of Desert Ironwood.
His passion is creating sculpture, outdoor furniture, and other objects from salvaged wood and steel and found objects, which often means that his raw materials need a little (read: a lot) of help becoming the beautiful components he knows they can be. His pieces highlight the natural textures and patinas of the materials he uses, and he’s invited us all into his studio for a glimpse at the process.
Greg’s experience includes thirty years of horticultural and design work, mostly in desert areas of Australia, the Middle East, and the Southwestern US. Greg is recognized as a regional expert on native plants and teaches docents, master gardeners, and the public on many horticultural and design topics. He has BS and MS degrees in Agriculture from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, respectively.
If you want to see examples of the breadth and depth of his work, tonight’s “Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night” is a nice opportunity to swing by the shop, see and feel the work in person, and, well, eat pie! We’ll be swingin’ from 7-9pm for Pie Night, and the “Artifact” exhibition will be up for the remainder of December.
Can you believe we are already on the 11th day of our 12-day countdown?! That makes it the SECOND TO LAST of the 12 Days of Christmas blog posts– theblog series where we asked some local-loving Phoenicians for their top gift picks (all found at Practical Art).
You are now officially in ‘STAFF ZONE’. We had Karen’s choice pick yesterday (the rad yellow scarflette), and today…. Kara just can’t contain herself anymore, so we’re letting it be her turn.
Also, feel free to browse our online shop for more goodies, or come in any day 10a-8pm until the holiday! And with that, here’s the ELEVENTH gift suggestion!
Today’s pick comes from our very own Kara Roschi, co-owner of Practical Art, who chose the bee habitat by artisan Greg Corman (his exhibition “ARTIFACT” is currently on display at the gallery). Kara fell in love with these the day they arrived at Practical Art…and the love has sustained. “They are ideal for those who have green thumbs. Not only are they are beautiful, but they provide a great environment for native bees that will help pollinate your garden!” Come on in and let her talk your ear off about ’em.
About Kara: Kara is a co-owner at Practical Art with business partner Lisa Olson. She has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University, holds a certificate from the Phoenix Art Museum’s docent program, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia Art at ASU. Safe to say she knows her stuff.