The Athol Public Library presents: Summer in Spring: Botanical Collages by Linda Ruel Flynn

April 2016 Athol Public Library Conference Room. Closing Reception, Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Linda Ruel Flynn, the artist and owner of Flora-Ly artisan flower  
preservation studio in Orange, is exhibiting a variety of botanical  
collages at the Athol Public Library for the month of April. Come and  
get a taste of summer in the rainy spring time.

Linda's botanical collages are thoughtful designs celebrating the  
flora of our area.  Flowers, leaves and bark are used to create  
hearts, contemporary abstract designs, as well as artworks that are  
reminiscent of a walk in the woods. The collages on view are a  
combination of Linda's own personal work as well as a body of work  
created for Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

In the summer and early autumn of 2015 Linda walked trails of Mount  
Grace. The three Mount Grace properties chosen were Skyfields  
Arboretum in Athol, Hidden Valley in the Wendell State Forest, and  
Arthur Iversen Conservation Area in Warwick.  On these walks Linda  
picked and pressed a variety of plant life to be used for creating a  
series of botanical collages that Mount Grace would highlight in  
celebrating their thirtieth anniversary.

  All Mount Grace trails are open to the public for hiking and  
recreation.   Information on Mount Grace properties open to the public  
and on land conservation and stewardship can be found at  Mount Grace serves 23 towns in Worcester and  
Franklin counties and is supported by 1,100 members, and by private,  
state, and federal grants.  It protects significant natural,  
agricultural, and scenic areas, and encourages land stewardship for  
the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations.   
Since 1986, Mount Grace has helped protect 30,000 acres.

Linda has a long arts related history in the North Quabbin. Linda has  
taught art, exhibited, and volunteered in the region over the past  
twenty years.

Flora-Ly's studio is located in the Orange Innovation Center 131 West  
Main St. Studio #337, Orange, and is open by appointment. Please visit for more information.

The exhibit will be on view for the month of April and may be seen any  
time the Athol Public Library is open.  Library hours are:  Monday,  
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, and Tuesday, 9:30  
am - 8:00 pm.  The library is located at 568 Main Street, in Athol.   
All library art exhibits are free and open to the public.