Monday, February 8, 2010

Rooms of Blooms

Finally-a new blog post! And it is to unveil something we are very excited about!

Our participation in the first ever Fox Valley Floral Show at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh. (In case you didn't bother to read the poster!)

Each florist involved is assigned a piece of art and are asked to interpret that art through flowers. It is totally an opportunity for us to make floral art for art's sake and really run with it!

Our assigned piece of art is actually the beautiful iris image being used on the promo poster (how lucky, huh? The art was randomly assigned!) And what is even better is that it is created by a local Milwaukee woman and was just recently added to the gallery's collection. I am formulating ideas but haven't come up with anything concrete yet. Obviously the beautiful periwinkle iris will have to be represented (our is also the only piece of art that features a very prominent floral element) but I don't want it to be that literal and easy! I'm contemplating creating a "mosaic floral vase" to display the iris. I'm picturing different floral elements (hydrangea blossoms, rose petals, lily grass, etc) woven and pieced together to create/cover the vase and reflect the colors and textures of the original art. I actually took one of the promo posters on vacation with me this past weekend just to keep walking past it and letting the ideas roll around in my head! My husband was wondering why it was hanging up in our hotel room...

As if that weren't enough, we also get to provide floral accents and display pieces for one of the rooms of the Paine Mansion. And guess which room we got assigned-Mrs. Paine's Dressing Room! It is so beautiful (pics to follow-I forgot the camera at the shop!) But it has a charming chaise lounge and dressing table with a beautiful floor to ceiling arched mirror and an amazing window seat over-looking the front lawn. It just so speaks to this delicate female personality (that I now imagine her to have) and I can just picture her powdering her nose and awaiting her guest's arrival (although in truth, she and Mr. Paine never lived in the mansion. Work on the property was haulted during the Depression and it was not completed until after Mr. Paine's death). I've been trying to research Mrs. Paine (Jessie Kimberly Paine) to see if I could uncover her favorite flowers and colors and reflect that in what we create! No luck yet though, so if anybody has any leads it would be appreciated!

The space next to Mrs. Paine's dressing room is the Helen Mears gallery. Helen Mears was also a local artist (she was born right in Oshkosh) and created beautiful bronze sculptures, particularly of women (one of her favorite subjects was her sister). We will also be creating a piece to display in this area (and it is a big space!) so I'm still thinking on that one!

I'll keep you posted! I love the fact that we lucked out by getting art and spaces with both strong local connections and that celebrate women! To learn more about the Paine Art Center, visit their site at And by all means, come and see the mansion and what we create in March!
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