Monday, April 6, 2009

Bouquets to Art 2009 - The Upper Galleries

After previous posts on Bouquets to Art, finally, we enter the galleries of the Bouquets to Art 2009.

We are greeted with a cascade of flowers to complement these waterfalls:

Marsha Heckman Bouquets of Mill Valley framed this painting of Madonna and Jesus with an altar of icons. 

Right next to it was this beautiful depiction of Jesus’ crown of thorns.

When I saw it, I didn’t understand how this work related to any of the paintings in the room. Fortunately, a woman standing next to me told me that it was interpreting the view out of the window: the California Academy of Sciences. I believe this is the first time I saw an interpretation of an object outside the museum.

This little birch bark dress captured everyone’s hearts. I especially like the little red anthurium shoes.

As always, Bloomsters in San Jose entered a stunning display.

I am impressed with this perfect organic duplicate, particularly the way flowers were used to create the texture of the cachepot.

I’ve always been fond of Joseph Decker’s painting of a box of chocolates named Upset. Was it named “Upset” simply because the chocolates fell out of the box or because she was looking for something more, like a piece of jewelry, let’s say – a ring? Ethyl Brennan’s floral interpretation was delicious, complete with the elegant curled ribbon.

Mandy Scott Flowers made these books come to life:

Charlotte’s Blossoms chose a whimsical interpretation of Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom. It brought a smile to every face that saw it - I think it was the googly eyes that did it.

The floristry students at College of San Mateo, led by Wendy Pine, chose Winslow Homer’s Civil War painting The Bright Side.

I found myself nose to nose with this lady when we were both examining this candy dish of floral eye candy.

We had a delightful conversation. She owns a hat boutique upstairs in the Shreve's building in downtown San Francisco and she told me that she was responsible for the eagle in Peaceable Kingdom.

This year I found that more and more pieces complemented more than one work of art. When I first walked into the room I thought this arrangement was meant for the portrait of the mother and baby,

But when I read the description, it was meant to complement Winter’s Festival by William Leroy Metcalf:

I have many more photos; shall I offer a raffle to guess how many more posts it will take to complete this series? 


A Cuban In London said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The page took ages to upload on my computer because of hte graphics, but it was worth every second. That birch dress is amazing.

On another note, your new header is m-i-n-d-b-l-o-w-i-n-g!!! My God! It is absolutely gorgeous. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Yoli said...

I am so enjoying this!!!!!!!!!

My Castle in Spain said...

wow....this vegetal dress is so amazing!
i enjoyed every single bouquet and installation but the hat lady definitely aroused my curiousity..

will you go and visit her shop?

Sherri said...

WoW! That dress is stunning!!!

Ruth said...

I liked Winter's Festival the most - maybe because I love winter so much (even now, coming home to April snow). But that birch dress is so inventive!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Each and every display a thing of great beauty......but that dress???
I want to wear that dress dutchbaby :)
Thank you for your always breathtaking tours and...

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

I just looove the vegetal dress - it is so beautiful - j'adore!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Cuban,
Thank YOU for persisting and honoring me with your time! I reduced the size of my banner; I hope this will alleviate the loading time for you. Please let me know if it's still slow, I will make more adjustments.

Dear Yoli,
I'm so glad, there more to come!

Dear Castle,
You are very astute to see that the hat lady was very interesting. She was so fun; we talked to her for a very long time. Next time I'm downtown, I definitely plan to visit her (with my camera). Stay tuned.

Dear Postcards,
I think you need to ask for a route to San Francisco, then you can go see these for yourself next year.

Dear Ruth,
It's a good thing you love winter, considering where you are. I prefer the weather out here in mild California. One of the few aspects I didn't enjoy about living in Amsterdam was the cold weather.

Dear Midlife,
I'm not surprised that the birch dress is a hit with everyone here. It was very popular at the museum.

I think it's funny you want to wear the dress. You would not be able to sit down. Did you notice the string of winter berry "pearls"?

Dear Here, There,
J'adore aussie!

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