“Garden to Palette” was the theme of the Garden Club of Dublin’s flower show last week. The theme was inspired by The Dublin Art Colony, founded in 1888 by Abbott Thayer to share appreciation of the inspirational quality of Mt Monadnock.
Flowers were grown and shown too. Here is a luscious display of late season dahlias. These New Hampshire growers must have been constantly looking at the weather, worrying about an early frost before the show.
Richard Meryman’s painting, “ The Grenvile Clark House”, was the inspiration for “Structure“. Best in Show and the GCA Dorothy Vietor Munger Award went to The Editor and her partner for this showstopping design in vibrant reds. The detailed photo opening this post shows the tones of Gerbera, Rosa, Amaranthus, Hypericum, Leucadendron and, hanging by a thread, ivy and bladder plants. Structure was achieved by tall vases filled with colored water.
Second place went to this striking mass arrangement in reds, blues and white. Placed in three containers, this design echoed the colors of the painting. The whole class received a Judges’ Commendation for the varied responses to the painting “from traditional to contemporary”.
Joseph Linden Smith’s “Two Egyptians” is just visible in this photograph of the first place design in the Novice class called “Form”. This handsome vertical arrangement features a wonderful variety of textures from calla lilies, orchids, eucalyptus and kiwi vines.
The winner of the class (and the GCA Sandra Baylor Novice Award) used a shallow square box, tilted towards the backboard, with a wonderfully shaded and textural design that beautifully captured the essence of these misty paintings. Her “Dreamscape” was #2, upper right.
The most seriously challenging art for designers was “Wild Man and the Mountain” by Janet Bleicken, offered in Class 6 “Dimension” open only to ZI Judges. This layered acrylic painting at 60” wide was the largest art in the show.