Hello Readers, the Lens-artist’s theme is Weird and Wonderful this week.
In this post you will find some weird and wonderful combinations of FRESH FLOWERS and FINE ART.
Over the weekend I met with a former student. The coffee shop we were at was seven minutes from our local art museum. We decided to take a slow walk to the museum and glad we did because we stumbled upon a four-day exhibit of Flowers & Fine art.
We did not stay long because we both had other things to do that day. However, we did have a chance to explore part of the second floor and a little bit outside – which was actually more than enough because with too much art it can be overwhelming.
*** Long Photo Post Warning ***
I was going to split this into two posts but decided to just go for it. Also, if you are here for the weekly smile, feel free to jump to the end to see the last photo.
First – the horses greet you at the entrance:
Once inside the museum – there was another horse display
I will start off with exhibit #16 because the painting is one of my favorites at the museum. It is called “Coming Home from Work” by John Biggs. I have many memories of this piece from former class field trips to the VMFA. The students and I would discuss the Elements or art and Principles of design and then critically give our view – and of course we’d like to challenge the description that was provided for this piece ( I disagree with some of their take on it). Anyhow, here is exhibit 16 with fresh flowers from Arlene Stewart. To the lower right is me with the former student.
Here is a back view of the flowers from Arlene Stewart – and check out how weird and wonderful they are….
Next up is #25 – The art piece is called “Negative Optic Electrical Force, Positive Optic Electrical Force” by Alfred Jonson with flowers by Gerry Smith.
In the collage below you can see that the Johnson flowers could go with the other painting too – but they sure matched the Optic Force art
Exhibit #23 had flowers from Genny Chase paired up with pop art “Jungle Jim Lieberman” by Nicholas Krushenick.
And once again, the flowers seemed to also fit well with other pieces:
Next is exhibit #22, which had flowers from Lynn Neviasar paired with painting called “No. 3, 1957” by Hedda Sterne. We met a lady who had a dress that matched the display. She posed for us and later I realized she had a weird and wonderful purse as well.
At first I had this next image made to share exhibit #22, but was not sure if the flowers to the left added too much – what do you think? Is this first one better with some margin or is the second option better with the extra flowers added in? What say you?
Exhibit #25 features the painting “Wishing Well Bridge” by Richard McClean with flowers from Glenda F. Harris. Do you like the vertical roses syncing with the people? I do. Maybe some blue roses in one of the right hand bundles – but either way – it looked striking on display.
Next, exhibit #24 had a cloth art piece called “Blocks and Strips” by Ruth Kennedy. This made me think of blogger Tierney –
and the paired flowers were from Melinda Snow and Suzanne Spooner Munch, which minded me of Cee’s Flower of the day posts.
Also, the reason I grabbed some people in various photos (and some back views of the flowers) was to provide a bit more of the experience we felt – as opposed to just giving you straight on photos of the art and flowers.
Exhibit #20 featured “Hot Pansies” by Robert Zakanitch with flowers from Mary Gardiner and Linda Challenar.
I am not sure I had the spelling right on the names of the flower artists for #20 – and sadly, I did not get a close up of the flowers; however, I did get a nice shot of the flowers for exhibit #21, which are next.
Exhibit #21: Flowers by by Karen Abramson and Tegwin Smith, which were paired with “Untitled” by Howardena Pindell. I like how the photo on the right came out with the duality in background color – only realized this later when skimming photos. And the vase here was a nice texture touch too.
Next we have exhibit #14- with delightful pastel pink and white flowers from Victoria Alexander and Laura Francis – paired with the painting called “Chrysanthemums” by Charles Ethan Porter. Yes, thought of another blogger, Linda – who recently posted a “Mums the Word” post.
And you know, this was a seemingly simply mums display took on depth the more you explored. It kept on delivering. The collapsing set up and the piece of frame – and then feeling it align with the painting made us feel it was far from simple
Some folks know that the Richmond area art museum, VMFA, is proud to have an installation of Rockefeller’s Bedroom.
This bedroom served as the base for exhibit #13 and the classic bouquet they put out (did not get the florist’s name, sorry) but it seemed a nice classical match for the dark and heavy old-style room.
Later, when I looked at photos from the visit, I realized that this couple was in the frame of two photos – their smart phones provide a nice contrast of the old with the new.
And perhaps one day we will look back to 2021 and say, “Do you remember when smart phones looked like that? The big rectangle with the touch screen…” ha
How are you doing so far?
Do you have flower fatigue or collage clutter coming down on ya?
Well, just two more and we are done.
In exhibit #11, we have a painting called “May Day and Central Park” by George Bellows with flowers from Shelia Moore and Thea M.
I thought this display should get extra points for being closet to a replica – rather than syncing, the flowers seem to be an extension of the art itself – like a mirrored duplicate. Do you know what I mean? Looks like they were pulled right out of the painting with one swoop.
Exhibit #15 has flowers from Laraine Smith and Bettie Gutherie to go with the sculpture called “Hostess” by Elie Nadleman. This was the first display we saw and one of the last. It seemed really popular, which could be because it is located in the middle of one of the first rooms on the second floor – and the photo to the left I liked because it had two ladies in the background
The gift shop had many floral-themed items for sale (of course) – and these tissue paper hats reminded me of the many paper flowers I have made with students over the years. Especially back in 2008-2009 – I found a bunch of Martha Stewart paper flower kits on clearance – they were these jumbo flowers and were easy to fluff out and assemble – and they looked stunning at an art show we had. But most of the time, I buy pre-folded smaller paper flowers and use them for ice-breakers. Students fluff the flower and add a little essential oil and it makes a nice take home goody.
One more thing from last weekend –
I am closing with an image for Trent’s weekly smile because right after the museum visit and student meetup, I stopped at a little store in Carytown (the fan area in Richmond) because it was my hubby’s b-day and I wanted to get something for him (he had some work to do earlier that day while I was out and about). Anyhow, I met this nice lady and her daughter. We got to talking because they were shopping for Halloween costume items and I insisted they come over and get a couple of Halloween costumes I was getting rid of. They came the next day and it was such a fun little encounter (not too weird but “weally” wonderful). A nice boost for an empty nester and just fun to pay it forward as folks have blessed me this way in the past.
This is the card they gave me- which also had fresh flowers with it –
So my weekend had community, smiles, and LOTS of flowers – and I feel truly blessed.
- Do you have a favorite exhibit that was featured?
- Have you been to any art museums lately?
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