Did you partake of Fine Arts & Flowers last week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? Its gala opening, dubbed Fabergé in Bloom, wowed patrons with spectacular decor and exquisite floral interpretations. It proved again that Richmond is indeed a hotbed of creativity and sophistication.
The gala kicked off a four-day series of speakers, classes, fashion show and brunch, all benefitting and celebrating the re-installation of the Museum’s world-renowned Fabergé Collection.
The jeweled eggs, which have travelled the world since 2012, returned to great fanfare. The Russian-flavored gala welcomed home the exquisite collection, RVA’s glitziest ambassadors, to newly-remodeled galleries worthy of their star-power.
To complement these oval masterpieces and their hidden treasures, Fine Arts & Flowers presented 87 floral interpretations of other works currently on display from the museum’s permanent collection. Members of approximately 50 garden clubs from around Virginia contributed the floral designs with donated flowers from Strange’s Florists. Take a look at some of our favorites.
1 2 3 4 5 6 by Sol Le Witt
interpreted by Susanne Hillier, Chesterfield Garden Club, South Chesterfield
Flowers in Her Hair by Julius LeBlanc Stewart
interpreted by Betty Ann Galway of Five Hills Garden Club, Arlington and Susan Porter, Thoroughgood Garden Club, Virginia Beach
The Younger Brother (Le Jeune Frere) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
interpreted by Laraine Smith and Jayne Feminella, The Petersburg Garden Club, South Prince George
Gabon Carolina by Michael Lucero
interpreted by Vivian Shackelford and Sarah Finney, Garden Club of Gloucester, Hudgins
Suspension Vase, artist unknown
interpreted by Dawn Lerch, Salisbury Garden Club, Midlothian
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, artist unknown
interpreted by Marguerite Slaughter, Garden Club of the Northern Neck, Reedville
ibala leSindebele (Ndebele Design) by Esther Mahlangu
interpreted by Mary Owen, Fluvanna Garden Club, Fork Union
Triptych Icon with Virgin and Child, Ethiopian
interpreted by Andrea Vasquez, Begonia Garden Club, Glen Allen
House at Dusk by Edward Hopper
interpreted by Roberta Douma and Carrie Dorsey, Boxwood Garden Club, Richmond and James River Garden Club
Painted Side Chair, attributed to John Seymour Jr.
interpreted by Noeline Baruch and Liz Hickey, James River Garden Club, Richmond
Hornbill Statue/Headdress, artist unknown
Ann Tenser, Minh Chau Truong, West Hanover Garden Club, Rockville
Food Vesselartist unknown
interpreted by Eileen Bates, West Hanover Garden Club, Manakin Sabot
Burger Chef Interior by Ralph Goings
interpreted by Genny Chase, Kilmarnock Garden Club, Weems
Platter from the Service of Anne, Duke of Montmorency by Guido Durantino
interpreted by Barbara Jones and Liz Carden, Windsor Farms Garden Club
Xilempasto 6 by Henrique Oliveira
interpreted by Karen Abramson and Tegwin Smith, Hunting Creek Garden Club, Alexandria
Crown by Yoruba
interpreted by Nancy Lehew-Krogsund and Jenny Murphy, Garden Club of Warren County, Front Royal
Box #89 by Lucas Samaras
interpreted by Roanoke Valley Garden Club, Roanoke
Still Life by Jan Davidsz de Heem
interpreted by Whitney Melton and Sarah Porter, Three Chopt Garden Club, Richmond
Goose-Shaped Censer, artist unknown
interpreted by Bridgette Swepston, Powhatan Garden Club, Powhatan
As with all extraordinary floral designs, the secret is in the mechanics. The arrangement above caught my eye with its most unusual vessel; you won’t find that in your local floral shop! As it turned out, the designer stood nearby, admitting that she likes to listen to the patrons’ comments. She not only designed the arrangement but welded the vessel to pull off the interpretation, as well.
With such a variety of works and designs, it was hard for me to choose a favorite. Do you have one?
October 27, 2016