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Painting and gardening with Bud Hensgen

On this wonderful spring day along the Custis Trail, there is a garden in progress that belongs to Bud Hensgen. Bud is always on an adventure of sort. He is growing grapes next to his fine raspberry bushes. The wild raspberries along the Custis Trail have received some mistreatment in recent times by the Arlington County workers who have brought about some improvements in manicuring the trail, but they have also decimated mature crops of red raspberries that have been there since pioneer days. Take it easy out there on nature, won’t you please.

Bud Hensgen is a painter and gardner
Bud Hensgen is a painter and gardner
James George
Bud Hensgen, landscape painting at Lee Arts Center
James George

Anyway, Bud Hensgen also has a painting hanging in the Lee Arts Center Mini Gallery this month. He is known for his wild modern abstract paintings, but the one showing is a landscape. That is an example of his diversity.

When we are walking or riding a bike along the trail, take time to appreciate our neighbors who serve up so much for us to see along the way. Our natural creatures appreciate it too. Bud told me last year that he hopes a fox will take up residence to keep the rabbits from his garden. Good news, Bud, there is one on its way as it is departing the Ballston Pond during its renovation.

Lee Arts Center
5722 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: 703-228-0560
Fax: 703-228-0559

Lee Center Hours:
Monday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Lee Arts Center Staff:
Steven Munoz
Darlene Tsukamoto
Assistant to the Director

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