Belen Blooms a success

Editor:

There are so many people to thank for making Belén Blooms a success that it’s hard to determine where to begin.

I think, because of the extreme weather conditions of late, I must start with thanking the city crew that hung the banners, on time, in fierce winds. You are my heroes!

Thanks also go to the project’s sponsors, Belén MainStreet Partnership and the City of Belén. Mayor Cordova and the city council have been so supportive. A special shout-out goes to Rhona Espinosa and Joella Patterson at MainStreet for all their help.

And, of course, thank you Mike Moreno for coordinating the project and all its many parts and many meetings. At times, I’m sure it felt like herding cats!

I also want to thank our supporting partners – the Belén Art League, Camino Real 8 artists group, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), Tome Art Gallery and the Valencia Art Center.

Oh, and thank you to our five judges who selected the banners to brighten our street and to Kelly Cross and BAL members for opening your galleries to exhibit the original artwork. We had a wonderful turnout.

Finally, thank you artists of Valencia County. Your talent is great; your creativity is helping to make Becker Avenue shine. It is a joy to support you!

In the early stages of the project, I feared we’d only get a handful of entries and they’d all be of the same, boring little bouquet of flowers.

I shouldn’t have worried — 41 artists from throughout the county submitted 62 gorgeous and bold images of flowers. I was amazed at the quality of work. Many, many thanks.

I hope everyone takes time to come see the streetlight banners along Becker Avenue. They will be up through the end of October. If all goes well, they’ll be back next spring.

Janis Marston

Belen Blooms

Finding our way

Editor:

The city of Belen has posted street signs around town. This welcome action will help visitors find their way around the Hub City. Street signs are friendly to all.

Paul Romero

Belen

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