A Collaboration Between Artists and Florists

June 13, 2011

Flora & Fine Arts Exhibit, Tacoma Art Museum

The Tacoma Art Museum’s weekend-only exhibit, Flora & Fine Arts, paired flowers and art in a uniquely collaborative way.  About 30 local floral designers used works of Pacific Northwest art from the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration for some dazzling floral arrangements. This idea has apparently been executed previously by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

I felt so lucky to have been able to see this exhibit with my gardener friend, Carol.  I loved the florists’ interpretations.  Their arrangements felt like natural extensions of the artwork, a true sharing of vision.  Here are some photos:

This arrangement of calla lilies and pussy willows was a study in greens and browns.

Another pairing of art and flowers

The flowers' colors echo the vibrant colors in this painting.

A celebration of springtime

An arrangement of intense reds

Flowers interpret art


The floral arrangement sweeps into a wave, an extension of the beach painting.

Lovely interpretation of the art

This floral arrangement captures the circular lines in the artwork.

My eye was also caught by these interesting shadows.

More shadow play

10 Responses to “A Collaboration Between Artists and Florists”

  1. Hallysann Says:

    Most people would have been looking at the beautiful pairing of the artwork and the flowers … I wonder how many people missed out on the shadows 🙂

  2. Lynne Says:

    Very fun – flowers, art, shadows, and all!

  3. Margaret Says:

    Last year we enjoyed a pairing of quilts and flowers at a conservatory in Madison. It’s fun to see what they come up with.

  4. The interaction between two media brings them both to life. That was fascinating!

  5. ouri Says:

    So many paintings are of flowers, arranged or natural, making them more permanent in a way. This exhibit was all about the opposite; making something ephemeral and beautiful from artists’ interpretations. Glad you shared it with us.

  6. Elisa Says:

    OH! How cool! I missed this one! Amazing flower sculptures of the art!

  7. Linda Says:

    Lovely! Our art museum in Milwaukee, WI has and exhibit in April called Art in Bloom which does the same thing. It is always so refreshing to start spring out with this exhibit! So glad to see that other art museums are doing this.

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