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  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

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

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