Friday, November 16, 2012
CVABA at the VMFA for FA&F!
Fine Art and Flowers at the VMFA (by Judy Thomas)
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Default.aspx has an exhibit every other year, Fine Arts and Flowers. For the exhibit, which occurs over a long weekend, the VMFA invites area garden clubs to create a floral work that somehow represents, symbolizes, interprets or echoes a pre-selected group of art work at the museum. These garden clubs go all out to create floral masterpieces! For a view and details of works from the most recent show, go to https://vmfa.box.com/s/d517331ac9495203e015/1/453849957
Our group, pictured above, was delighted with the exhibit, lead by docent, CVABA member and Ginter Gardens Botanical Illustration Program teacher, Celeste Johnston. I thought I would like the interpretation of traditional art the best, but it was the modern art-related floral arrangements that most caught my imagination, though all were lovely, using wonderful materials. I snapped a few photos with my Ipad, and two of the modern interpretations came out well. Group members, comprised of botanical illustrators and artists, were delighted to see the art and flowers. I felt the floral arrangements helped me appreciate the art in a a new way!
Look for this exhibit in 2014!
"Earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson