Palisade gallery plans kickoff event for bee fest

A Palisade art gallery plans an open house and special showing to kick off the Palisade International Honeybee Festival.

The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. April 12 at the Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W 3rd St.

The 11th version of the annual festival is scheduled for April 13 along a couple of blocks where Main and Third streets intersect at the Town Plaza.

“It’s always an exciting evening and kicks off the festival, which continues on Saturday with a street fair in picturesque, downtown Palisade with lots of fun vendors, educational booths and activities for young and old alike,” said Kay Crane, director of the Blue Pig Gallery.

The gallery will host a special showing of bee themed and spring artwork titled “Art is Our Beeswax.” The showing will include batiks made by Susan Metzger with dyes and beeswax and encaustic paintings made by Susan Delgalvis using beeswax.

In addition to the showing, the open house will offer information from Mona Dyer from Bookcliff Gardens about bee friendly plants.  Dan Bean, manager of the Palisade Insectary, will talk about friendly insects. Nikki Florio of Bee Heroic also will be on hand.

The open house will include gourmet appetizers and honey wines provided by the Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade.

The festival was founded by a group of local business owners to not only celebrate the agricultural heritage of Palisade, but also draw attention to the crisis of declining honeybee populations worldwide.

“Education is the mission of the festival,” said Carol Zadrosny, owner of Z’s Orchard and a member of the organizing committee. “The more growers, beekeepers and the public know about the importance of bees to our existence, the better we can address some of the problems that threaten our agricultural productivity.”

More information about the festival is available at www.palisadehoneybeefest.org.