Friday, April 27, 2012

Art In The Garden

Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsored  this week their annual festival of flowers: Art in Bloom. The theme "Art in the Garden" focused on the  outdoors and celebrated the gardens and fields and people who grow them.  The Impressionists painting The Butterfly Catchers by Theodore Wendel, 1908, was their signature poster and program cover. 

Artists, gardeners and florists gather at this festival each year to create arrangements that depict their interpretation of a Art in a Garden theme to match a sculpture, art form or painting at the Institute. I thought you might enjoy some of the spectacular fruits of their labor.   
Portrait of Frida Kahlo

City Night, Georgia O'Keefe
Bronco Buster, Newell Convers Wyeth
Title: Musical Man
I was quite intrigued with the ingenuity of this sculpture. If you look closely the legs are covered with afghan granny type squares (often used as potholders or coasters) rest of sculpture made up of children's musical toys: jack in the box, wind-up tops, hand shakers. This sculpture was the interpretation of the painting in the back which is hard to see. 

This free standing fairy like sculpture was made up of small tea roses and mini carnations.
On the right I posted other floral arrangements.

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