Seasonal art blossoms

April 08, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

Deanna Soulis and Chris Tischer have been occupied with thoughts of blue this past week.

It's not that they were feeling blue, but the Hagerstown Garden Club members were definitely thinking it.

That's because the Hagers-town women need to interpret a watercolor painting by George James of Costa Mesa, Calif., for this year's "Art in Bloom" exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

James' painting, "Vanilla Winter Whiskey," has a lot of blue and faint images that challenge Soulis and Tischer if for no other reason than there are not many fresh blue flowers available.

Members of several regional garden clubs interpret works of art through floral arrangements for the exhibit, which lasts three days starting Friday, April 8. The event, in its third year, is modeled after "Art Blooms" at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.


To approach James' painting, Tischer said she will try to make an arrangement based on the planes in the painting.

The challenge can be puzzling but fun, Tischer said.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will go to the museum for programs, said Colleen Newell with Town and Country Garden Club. Newell and Soulis are co-chairwomen of the event with Hagerstown Garden Club and Town and Country Garden Club hosting it.

This year 16 people are creating floral arrangements to interpret works from the American Watercolor Society exhibit, the "Corn: Paintings & Works on Paper" exhibit and two bronze pieces, said Denise Bowen with Town and Country.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Art in Bloom"

WHEN: A preview show will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. The exhibit can be viewed through Sunday, April 10.

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Admission to Friday's preview party costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Refreshments provided. The exhibit can be viewed for free on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call the museum at 301-739-5727.

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