THE SECRET TEA ROOM is on a short summer break and will be returning Wednesday, August 28! New dates will be added to the calendar soon.

The Blue Planet: Meet the Artists

Meet-The-Artists Reception 
Sunday, July 10, 2 – 4 pm

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Summit, NJ: The public is invited to a meet-the-artists reception at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, on Sunday, July 10, from 2 to 4 pm. The four-month long art exhibition and installation at Wisner House Gallery and on the Arboretum grounds entitled THE BLUE PLANET, features waterscapes by renowned artist and printmaker Julio Valdez, and sculptures by ten additional artists. This free event will give the public the opportunity to tour the grounds and experience the artworks in a unique, natural setting. The artists will be on hand to talk about their works – the process and inspiration. Refreshments and wine will be served.

Painter, printmaker, teacher and mixed installation artist, Julio Valdez, has taken the motif of water to create some extraordinary paintings and unique works on paper, for the exhibition at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Nothing is static to Valdez – everything flows or swirls, everything lives.

THE BLUE PLANET also showcases water-themed sculptures from ten featured installation artists whose works are carefully sited on the grounds of the Arboretum. Those artists include Sam Bogner, Cindy Booth, Carla Goldberg, Tom Holmes, Susan Manspeizer, Dave McNeil, Lori Merhige, Shelley Parriott, Herman Roggeman, and a special active water feature by Atlantis Water Gardens. All works are for sale and the participating artists will donate 30% of each purchase to the Arboretum.

Water is one of the most important substances on earth. It is our lifeline that bathes us and feeds us, and without water, all life forms will cease to exist. THE BLUE PLANET continues at the Arboretum through October 30th.

For additional information on THE BLUE PLANET, or other events and activities at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, log on to

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum - A place to grow....for everyone!