Art in Bloom starts Friday at museum

Garden club members create art for annual show

Garden club members create art for annual show

April 12, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Visitors to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts this Friday through Sunday will get to see art viewed through a different set of eyes - a gardener's.

Art in Bloom gives area garden club members an opportunity to create a floral interpretation of a work of art at the museum.

The event, in its fifth year, has drawn the most participation yet with 23 floral works being created to interpret paintings, sculptures and decorative art, said Bunny Waltersdorf, one of the event's organizers and president of the Hagerstown Garden Club.

A preview of the exhibit will be held Friday evening at the museum in City Park. Tickets for this preview, which includes refreshments and a raffle, cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The raffles are for custom calligraphy by Christine Tischer and a Shirley Fout Miller drawing of the winner's home or building.


The floral arrangements, along with the works of art they interpret, also will be available for viewing - for the price of an admission donation - on Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from ticket sales to the preview evening will be used for the museum's operational costs.

Last year's event raised more than $8,000, Waltersdorf said. In the event's four years, it has raised close to $28,000.

In creating a floral interpretation of art, the arranger uses one or several aspects - color, line, texture, pattern or space - of the artwork, said Meg Dameron, the museum's curatorial coordinator. Designers can use live plant material, a container and a fabric drape.

Children can learn how to create floral interpretations of art during Saturday workshops, a new event for Art in Bloom. Connie Hoge from Carroll Garden Club will lead the workshops.

Participating this year are members from the following garden clubs: Hagerstown, Town & Country, Antietam, Brook Lane, Carroll, Clear Spring, Crossroads, Fountainhead, Howard, Cumberland, Green-Walled, Mount Airy, New Market, Potomac, Silver Fancy and Woodland. The clubs span Washington, Frederick, Allegany, Carroll and Howard counties.

Young gardeners, through Trinity School of Frederick and Youth Gardeners of the Hagerstown Garden Club, are participating this year for the first time.

If you go ...

WHAT: Art in Bloom

WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, for the preview evening. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, for general viewing.

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

COST: Admission for the preview evening is $30 in advance; $35 at the door. General viewings during the weekend are free; an admission donation is requested.

MORE: The Washington County Museum Consort will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Children's workshops to learn how to create a floral interpretation for a piece of art will be held Saturday, April 14, for ages 6 to 10 at 12:30 p.m. and for ages 11 to 13 at 2 p.m. $5 fee. Call 301-739-5727 to preregister.

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