2015
Acton Garden Club

Flora in Winter, January 29 - February 1, 2015

at Worcester Art Museum

2011 Flora in Winter was a huge success at Worcester Art Museum.

Breathtaking flowers bloom in the galleries during our annual Flora in Winter four-day fund raiser. During this premier floral design event, skilled arrangers from across the region create captivating and imaginative interpretations of artwork's in virtually every gallery of the Museum.


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At the Worcester Art Museum


At the Worcester Art Museum.
Thelma Shoneman
interpreted a painting 'Portrait of Maria Felice Tibaldi'.

Thelma writes: " I was attracted to the Portrait of Maria Felice Tibaldi initially because she is wearing my favorite color! The fabric in the painting is gorgeous and evokes wonderful textural contrasts in the detail of the costume. The many geometric forms add interest that can be captured in a floral design, especially the triangular shape of the bodice. The gold detail on the bodice and the gold highlights of the fabric add other elements to consider in the interpretation.

The colors of the portrait and the beautiful textures were the most inspiring elements for me. I loved the tints, tones and textures the artist used to create the beautiful fabrics. To capture these, I began with the pale peach 'Sahara' rose, and graduated the colors in roses and carnations to the rich tones found in her gown with the large 'Free Spirit' rose. The 'Free Spirit' rose color also provides some golden highlights found in the skirt. By placing the flowers of different shades, sizes and texture next to each other, I attempted to capture the folds of the fabric as well as create depth in the design. I chose to use 2 containers arranged in a triangle inspired by the ornate bodice of her dress. The containers also suggested the deeper brown tones and shadows of the background. Curled New England Flax foliage suggests the red detail on her sleeves. U-glu dashes secure the curls. I used the gray tones of the underside of the flax to capture the gray in her hair. To create added "puff "to the sleeves, I used some alstromeria blossoms bound with covered wire. The wax flower suggested the lace detail of the costume. I couldn't resist using some diamond sparkled aluminum wire accents to simulate the gold detail on the bodice as well as add some sparkle to the design. I hope you enjoy my floral design inspired by this lovely lady! I hope you enjoy my interpretation.

At the Worcester Art Museum.
Thelma Shoneman
Challenge Class.

Three designers were the Friday afternoon entertainment. Thelma, Susan Dewey and I were each given a box of the same material 10 minutes before we were to design before an audience. We were to interpret the mosaic floor. We had quite different was to organize the materials! Thelma's is the tallest with Ti leaves in the center.

At the Worcester Art Museum.
Maureen Christmas
interpreted the painting 'Fish Market'.

Maureen writes: "Organized chaos is what I see when I look at the painting - fish in various stages of being processed, people working, people shopping. The unifying factor is the fish - its color -gray, salmon and white keeps your eye moving around the painting. I'm attempting to deconstruct the elements of hard stone, wood worn smooth, shiny fish, smooth skin and then reunite them into a cohesive design relying on the color salmon. The smoothness of the roses represent the skin of the shoppers, the color interprets salmon and the fabrics. The pincushion protea is a fun interpretation of the wool cap. Why are there three? I wasn't trying to literally recreate the painting and I thought it would be more interesting with better balance with three proteas. The money plant and dusty miller give a nod toward the fish. The containers reflect shapes of the architecture of the space. In addition to creating an arch, the lily grass woven with bear grass and copper bullion also represents the basket and copper bowl. The painting has a definite foreground, middle ground and back ground. The placement of the wood against the stone 'steps' (which are oriented to express the two staircases) leaves a space leading you to the shipyard outside. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of this wonderful work of art."

At the Worcester Art Museum. Challenge Class
Maureen Christmas


Three designers were the Friday afternoon entertainment. Thelma, Susan Dewey and I were each given a box of the same material 10 minutes before we were to design before an audience. We were to interpret the mosaic floor. We had quite different was to organize the materials! Mine is the long horizontal design.

Congratulations!

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