Art in Bloom – Florals Imitate Art at the Artery
May 10 – June 4.
Wine and cheese reception: Saturday, May 12, 6 – 9 pm
Throughout the ages, artists have turned to nature for their inspiration. This May, for the second year, the Milford Garden Club will collaborate with the Artery Gallery for a month-long exhibition that turns this traditional approach to making art on its head. Displayed side-by-side with artwork by Gallery members will be masterful horticultural interpretations created by Garden Club members. In a sense, the artwork becomes the source of inspiration for nature.
In relation to the artwork, using flowers, branches, found pieces, and a varied assortment of horticultural invention, the Garden Club members turn their interpretations of the art pieces into works of art in themselves. Examples from last year’s Exhibition include Bill Rabsey’s abstract painting “Chaos Theory.” It’s floral companion using home made dried flowers in similar reds, burnt oranges, and yellows. The sweeping placement of vertical purple branches reflecting the brushstroke action in the painting. Liza Simpson’s “Monticello Poppies” was interpreted using sticks, red poppies, purple-blue verticals and butterflies, mirroring the painting image. Once again, this year the Gallery will be filled with these beautiful and imaginative floral displays based on a colorful and rich exhibit of the Gallery members’ own art.
The Milford Garden Club has been beautifying and serving Milford through its energetic volunteer membership of 81 years. Its programs are many and include its annual flower show, its beautification program throughout the Borough and three public gardens, its community garden where food is grown for the Ecumenical Food Pantry, and a scholarship program. The Club has a unique role in the preservation of the Milford Rose, its history and tradition.