Now in its 33rd year "Fine Art and Flowers" is a popular calendar highlight at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Main St, Hartford, CT. During the course of 3 days held later this week (Friday April 25th - Sunday April 27th inclusive) nearly 13,000 people will enjoy floral interpretations of fine art held in the permanent collection of America's oldest public art museum. With more than 40 original botanical displays plus a program of speakers and fine dining, it is not to be missed. It is always fascinating to see how the form and color of flowers can suggest or echo the mood of a painting.
So how is this event of interest to me? While attending several events last year, including the farm to table dinner and the luncheon with guest speaker Mar Jennings who thought my photographs were "MARvelous", I met several exceptional energetic highly committed volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to host this major fund-raiser event for the Museum so I joined their Women's Committee (WCWA).
To add to the atmosphere this year, I was invited to create a continuous slideshow featuring a small selection of my personal floral photographs will be projected between the great Morgan Hall and the Avery Court. It will showcase the beauty of Britain's best-loved iconic floral festival in the grand setting of America's oldest public art museum. How exciting to be part of this world-class event.
How does one capture the spirit of the British love for gardening? I feel this image succeeds due to its simplicity. It conveys a sense of place and the nature of a unique event. Of course I am referring to the Royal Chelsea Flower Show which celebrated its 100 year milestone in London, England last May. I had the great pleasure of attending on Members' Day and delighted in the diverse exhibits (more detail to follow when I blog in late May). In the interim I hope you have an opportunity to join us at the Wadsworth this weekend to enjoy the beauty of "Fine Art and Flowers", a classic combination that will lift your spirits.