Sports Legend and Local Celebrities Auction Art to Signature Landscapes

What’s one thing local news anchors Kristin Remington and Wendy Damonte, sports legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee to radio heroes Bill, Connie and Trey have in common? They have all donated their time to participate in the celebrity painted plate auction supporting the Komen for the Cure Foundation of Northern Nevada.
Each plate is a custom one-of-a-kind piece of art and will be on permanent display at the brand new Signature Landscapes landscape campus in South Reno.
“I enjoy supporting local events and this charity means so much to the community,” says co-owner Lebo Newman. “We get an opportunity to give back and receive some really nice art in return. This is a great program.”
This isn’t the first time Signature Landscapes has participated in the charity auction. Last year Newman was high bidder on a number of great plates created by artists such as country music greats Reba McEntire and Dierks Bentley, singer Melissa Manchester and local cartoonist Brian Crane.

Live Music, Art Auction, Landscapes And Family Headline Sparks’ Arts In Bloom Festival

Brian Dean and a guest enjoy the Arts in Bloom festival

Moms will be treated to a special day under the sun for this spring’s Arts in Bloom celebration at the Sparks Marina Park. The event, an inspirational art festival featuring the region’s top artists will feature music from American Idol finalist, Elliot Yamin, host a popular celebrity plate-painting auction and new this year, showcase informational landscaping sessions from title sponsor, Signature Landscapes (formerly Reno Lawn & Landscape). These free events have been brought together this Mother’s Day to support the Northern Nevada affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Signature Landscapes spared no expense on their display. The 400 square-foot landscaping space will highlight a variety of project ideas to help motivate your creative side. But if you’re looking for a pleasing landscape and have a limited budget, they’ve also priced out a number of attractive and simple enhancements to accent your current yard, most priced near or under $800 installed.

“Our goal this year was to help customers visualize the landscape features and then have the price right there in front of them,” said Robert Jenne, Residential Sales Estimator for the company. “In this tight economy, we believe the best strategy is to make sure the customers know all the details at the beginning of the project. This keeps the customer in the driver’s seat while we’re there to help along the way.”

Beside the free gear giveaways for adults and kids, there will be landscaping discussions all throughout the day to help guide attendees toward their next successful project.

“Even if you’re just planning on adding some simple, cost-effective features to beautify your current yard, Signature Landscapes professional team will be on hand to answer any questions,” Jenne said.

“Have a honey-do list for your yard? Bring it!” says Jenne. “Take advantage of our free sessions and the chance to talk to the pros. We’ll walk you through it.”

Featured Landscape displays and discussion topics include:

  1. Simple water-features.
  2. Vegetable garden ideas.
  3. Turf – costs and expectations.
  4. Enhancing your plant palette.
  5. Raised flower bed/planter ideas.
  6. Flag stone paths vs. pavers.

What better way to spend your Mother’s Day Sunday? Be sure to catch American Idol finalist, Elliot Yamin at 1:00 p.m. and then watch local musicians Lorentzen Family Singers and Escalade.Enjoy some great food and bask in the sun at the first outdoor arts festival of the year.

  • Event schedule is as follows:
  • 10:00 a.m. – Live musical entertainment, Art vendors, food & beverage sales and landscape sessions begin
  • 12:00 noon – Celebrity painted-plate auction
  • 1:00 p.m. – Live musical entertainment and landscape sessions continue

If you have any questions about the event, Google ARTS IN BLOOM and click on the top result.