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With its 13th annual Sculpture in the Garden Show this month, Walnut Creek’s internationally renowned Ruth Bancroft Garden proves that some artwork doesn’t just survive in nature, it dazzles.

“Sometimes in the outdoors, you can see art in ways that really surprise you,” says Merridith Pelino, owner of Art-Scape Gallery in Walnut Creek. This year’s featured artist at the Bancroft Garden exhibit is Walnut Creek’s David Mudgett, whose work is also shown at Art-Scape and is pictured below. “David is a welder extraordinaire,” Pelino says. “He takes found objects, old pieces of industrial metal, and scraps, and he refurbishes them in ways that are very sculptural, beautiful, and monumental.”

Another participating artist is Mitch LaPlante, who creates chair-size pears, apples, peppers, and tomatoes out of blown glass. “It will be amazing to see one of his big cherries next to a big cactus,” says Pelino.

The Sculpture in the Garden is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. $10 for adults; $7 for garden members; free for children 12 and under. The garden also hosts a preview party June 15, 5–8 p.m., for members and guests, $50, reservations required. 1500 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 210-9663, www.ruthbancroftgarden.org.

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