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Garden Club members interpret art works with blooms

Garden Club members interpret art works with blooms

April 07, 2008|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- Good artwork often lends itself to individual interpretation.

With a new exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, artwork is interpreted through flowers.

For the sixth year, the museum is presenting "Art in Bloom," an opportunity to showcase the creativity of area garden clubs.

According to Linda Dodson, museum registrar, each participating club was assigned a specific piece of museum art selected by the curatorial staff. The selection included paintings, sculpture, photographs and works of decorative art.

Garden club members were then asked to interpret that piece of art through a floral display.

"It's a unique way of looking at art," Dodson said.

According to Mimi Dickinson, a member of Town & Country Garden Club, more than 15 clubs participated in this year's event.

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Dickinson co-chaired the event with Denise Pennington of the Hagerstown Garden Club.

Participating clubs were from the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., District V, which includes counties in Western Maryland.

Dickinson said garden clubs began receiving their assignments at the beginning of the year.

"We need to works months ahead of time because flowers -- some of them exotic -- have to be preordered," she said.

"The creativity is amazing," Pennington said. "We're all just regular garden people, but there's a lot of talent."

Pennington said the exhibit continues to be popular, year after year.

"This is one exhibit that brings people into the museum who have never been here before," she said.

Dodson said the exhibit opened Friday night with a preview benefiting the museum.

It will continue today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum hosted a children's workshop on floral design.

The Saturday workshop was led by Connie Hoge, master gardener, flower show judge and landscape design consultant. She is a member of the Carroll Garden Club in Carroll County, Md.

About a dozen children had an opportunity to try their hand at interpreting a photograph with the use of flowers.

"Everybody likes art. Everybody likes to make art. And everybody likes flowers," she said. "We'll learn that you can interpret art in many different mediums."

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