The 12th biannual Fine Arts & Flowers opened Wednesday night at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Floral interpretations of 78 permanent works owned by the Museum filled its many galleries. While roaming from design to design, we couldn’t help but be impressed by the talent on display from members of the state’s many garden clubs. Strange’s graciously donated the vast majority of the flowers and plant materials used in the creations, which will be the focus of several events at the VMFA through the weekend.
You really should try to see these in person. Our iPhone photos leave much to be desired with the Museum’s spotlight lighting. Still, we couldn’t wait to share some of the designs that really caught our eye.Large Leaping Hare by Barry Flanagan as interpreted by members of the Harborfront Garden Club, Norfolk Six Dancers by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner as interpreted by a member of the Warrenton Garden Club Moses Striking Water from the Rock from Workshop of Jan II and Everaert Leynier (Charles Poerson, designer) as interpreted by a member of the Powhatan Garden Club, Moseley The Adoration of the Shepherds by Paolo De Matteis as interpreted by members of the Three Chopt Garden Club Still Life with Grapes, Flowers and Berries in a Wanli Bowl by Issac Soreau as interpreted by members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, Ophelia The Sacrifice of Polyxena by Pio Fedi as interpreted by a member of the Petersburg Garden Club The Eruption of Vesuvius (top) by Pierre-Jacques Volaire as interpreted by members of the Boxwood Garden Club, Richmond The Charleton Children by Thomas Gainsborough as interpreted by a member of the River Road Garden Club, Richmond Shire Stallion by Herbert Haseltine as interpreted by members of the Garden Club of Warren County Between the Clock and the Bed by Jasper Johns as interpreted by members of the Tuckahoe Garden Club, Richmond The Grand Bayonet Charge of the French Legionnaires in the Saraha by Malcolm Morley as interpreted by members of the Hunting Creek Garden Club, Alexandria Lisbeth’s Painting by Willen De Kooning as interpreted by a member of the Roanoke Valley Garden Club Isis Ardor by Jules Olitski as interpreted by members of the Kilmarnock Garden Club, Weems Gandaran Seated Buddha, artist unknown as interpreted by members of the Thomas Jefferson Garden Club, New Canton Railing, artist unknown as interpreted by a member of the Dogwood Garden Club, Charlottesville, and the Beverley Garden Club, Staunton Magnolia and Apple Blossom Window by Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company as interpreted by members of the West Hanover and River Road Garden Clubs, Richmond The Yellow Corner by Richard Roth as interpreted by members of Spotswood Garden Club, Port Republic Fountain and a Bowl by Francois Rupert Carabin as interpreted by members of The Garden Club of Fairfax, Fairfax Windows by Frank Lloyd Wright as interpreted by members of Williamsburg Garden Club, Williamsburg Pair of Gates, Aurore et Crepuscule by Edgar Brandt as interpreted by members of Augusta Garden Club, Staunton
Each of these designs is remarkable in its own way. No blue ribbons are given at this event, but by the end of the evening, everyone was comparing their favorites. Which ones capture your imagination?
November 7, 2014