by Connie Oswald Stofko
“Mandalas go with gardening,” said artist Caroline North of Collins. “They’re centering and meditative–and that’s what plants do for us.”
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
This event is proudly sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. See a short video of the exhibit here.
The exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens admission.
Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $9 for students (ages 13 and older with ID), $6 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children 2 and younger.
A mandala is a circle that represents wholeness, the divine, our relation to the infinite, the world within our body & mind and the world outside, North said. The bright colors and intricate shapes that repeat in a circle are a subtle reminder of the interconnectedness of all aspects of life.
North said she began making mandalas because she has an obsession with circular things and spirals.
“I started playing with paper– all different colors of paper,” North said. “It’s like coloring, but more intricate.”
Many of the papers she uses are handmade. Some are from mulberry or banana leaves.
Her works at the Botanical Gardens are for sale. Go to their gift shop for details. You can see more of North’s work here.
Even if you’re not an artist, you can make a crafty mandala to display in your home or garden. The staff at the Botanical Gardens made some using old windows. They glued petals, leaves, feathers, pine cones and stones to the glass.
- Here are a couple of tips:
- If you are going to use glass outside, keep birds in mind. Make sure your material is placed no more than 2-4 inches apart. Birds will try to fly through larger gaps, and that could result in a deadly collision.
- If you want to display your creation outside, make sure you use an adhesive labeled for outdoors. (Many crafters are familiar with Mod Podge, and there is one for outdoors.)
- You may want to cover petals, leaves and other material with another coat of your adhesive to help protect the items.