Regular followers know that the end of January heralds the first peek at Spring – well, a sort of Spring of heavenly blooms at the Worcester Art Museum’s Flora in Winter. The last weekend of January brings crowds of visitors to the museum to see the work of two dozen designers and a bevy of professional florists.
The most challenging paintings are the religious images with their dramatic tension and layers of meaning. This designer chose a huge variety of textures to symbolize the many demons, monsters and hellfire.
Holy Family & Saints proved to be a colorist’s candy box – look at all the shades in the painting so carefully tucked into the design of great dignity.
The first floor Asian galleries have many lovely works of art. This Grape Vine Screen is challenging because no fruits are allowed in the museum. The designer has used the carnations and hypericum to emulate the fruits on the screen.
The designer who chose Standing Shakyamuni Buddha was drawn to “its texture, depth, dimension and the strength of the posture”. Amaryllis, Anthurium, Lotus flowers and Cecropia leaves give textural variety and depth to the design.
Russel Sturgis by Gilbert Stuart portrays a rather eccentric gentleman in his fur robe and completely crazy hairdo. The design, on a tilted surface, displays much the same complexity of texture and quirkiness of the painting.
There aren’t many contemporary works of art chosen for Flora designers and those that are selected are much sought after. This designer totally capture Static Variations: Blue x 2. Nothing static about these meticulously crafted containers (by a willing husband). Notice in the detail – green galax behind the white callas and dark galax behind the black callas.
Three photos of my favorite in the exhibition!! Above, top, the church interior on the left is the inspiration. The designer, who is a potter as well, made the ingenious container to echo the Gothic architecture. She also chose a magnificent assortment of flowers to portray a mass design with the instincts of classic Dutch still-life of the same 16C period. The beauty of the flowers caused many to marvel and linger. Congratulations Flora in Winter! I’m sorry I didn’t get pictures of all the designs.