As the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) celebrates their 30 th year of sharing art, the artists celebrate the beauty of the parks and gardens that surround and inspire them. As Claude Monet said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” This month’s show at the Gallery, “Parks & Gardens” is vibrant with work that reflects the magic of our beautiful local landscapes. This month the gallery will showcase photographer Gerry Matteo and painter Richard Inserra as featured artists. In addition, June’s show will also be alive with colorful floral arrangements from the Ocean Community YMCA Garden Club. “ Art in Bloom ” is their annual June tradition of sharing in the creative process. Each participating club member will select a work of art as inspiration for a unique floral interpretation. Guests of the show will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy the floral bouquets on display during the Opening Reception on June 3 from 5-8pm. Featured artist Gerry Matteo, a seasoned photographer, spent 30 years teaching in Connecticut before settling in Charlestown RI after retiring. She is ready for an opportunity to spend more time taking photos. Matteo states, “Photography has been my interest since the 70’s when I would spend hours in my darkroom, burning, dodging and even using nylon stockings and such as filters. As many ‘mature’ photographers will tell you we got hooked after seeing a photograph come to life in the developing tray, I am no exception.” She explains that her technique has changed and she now uses a computer as her darkroom to enhance her photographs. A lover of travel, Matteo enjoys photographing her trips and “whatever catches her eye at the moment.” She also enjoys capturing old structures, flowers and some still life with her camera. Many photos that she is including in her exhibit are subjects from the great outdoors, including Lotus Leaf, Tulip, and Newport Pell Bridge. She describes photography as an adventure and is currently planning a trip to Mongolia. She encourages others to view her work and hopes viewers will feel as if they are joining her in her travels. Richard Inserra, a self-taught painter, now has more time to create after over 30 years in the insurance and management field. His primary style of painting is realism with idealistic or ethereal touches. However, from time to time he will do pieces that are impressionistic or abstract. Inserra states, “I gravitate towards scenic painting - landscapes and seascapes - often including sunsets or sunrises as part of the theme. I strive to create a work that draws the viewer into the painting to see additional detail and creative touches.” His primary medium is oil, and he occasionally works with acrylics and mixed media. Ideas and inspiration for his paintings derive from nature and “wanderlust” – places he has been or plans to visit. He has always admired Turner and Church for their use of light and atmosphere, which he tries to emulate in many of his paintings. This month he has included paintings from National parks in Hawaii, Utah, Maine, and Oregon. Also included is one international park in Iceland as well as one well-known garden in France. ACGOW’s approximately 50 other elected artists will also participate in the June show in a wide variety of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional mediums. This varied collection includes a large selection of oils, watercolors, acrylics, multimedia, mobiles, photographs, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, fiber arts, glass, sculpture, and more. Patrons can enjoy flowers in bloom, iconic local scenes of parks and gardens, abstract and impressionistic seascapes, colorful vintage glass flowers and one of a kind handcrafted wooden bowls, charcuterie boards and tables. On view from Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 26 th . First Friday Opening Reception, June 3 rd . Free and Open to All. New hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11-7, Sunday 1-5.