VMFA announces return of biennial “Fine Arts & Flowers” exhibition this October

VMFA announces return of biennial “Fine Arts & Flowers” exhibition this October

The biennial exhibition will benefit the inaugural tour of the museum’s new artmobile.

From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announces the return of Fine Arts & Flowers, a biennial museum-wide exhibition that pairs original interpretive floral arrangements with works from the museum’s permanent collection from Oct. 24-29, 2018. Admission to Fine Arts & Flowers is free. Lectures and other special events will accompany the exhibition, with tickets available beginning May 1.

Organized and sponsored by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VMFA’s oldest volunteer group, Fine Arts & Flowers will feature more than 80 arrangements created by members of the Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and Garden Clubs of Virginia. Margaret R. “Peg” Freeman is honorary chair of 2018’s Fine Arts & Flowers with Gay Hardy and Roberta Douma serving as co-chairs. Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses, and Garden Centers LLC., is the official supplier of flowers and plant materials. The presenting sponsor is Capital Bank, a division of First Horizon.

The exhibition will kick off with a gala preview, Kaleidoscope of Flowers, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. A wide range of special events will be held throughout the exhibition, from lectures and luncheons to docent-led tours, curator talks and family activities. New York-based floral designers Lewis Miller and Remco van Vliet will serve as featured speakers.

Miller, who owns one of the premiere floral design houses in New York, is the author of Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangement. In addition to working for clients such as HBO, Vogue, Amazon and the Whitney Museum, Miller is known for staging “Flower Flashes” — impromptu floral installations in unexpected locations in New York City. Miller will speak at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, with a book signing at 2 p.m.

Van Vliet is a third-generation florist originally from the Netherlands. He applies his background in art history and graphic design with his firm Van Vliet & Trap. In addition to working with clients such as Givenchy, Sotheby’s and Conde Nast, van Vliet is the event designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he creates towering floral arrangements for the Great Hall every Monday. Van Vliet will speak on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. with a master workshop to follow at 2 p.m.

Proceeds from Fine Arts & Flowers events will benefit the inaugural tour of VMFA on the Road, the museum’s new artmobile for the 21st century. Through interactive learning experiences with staff educators, virtual-reality tours of VMFA exhibitions, and a traveling gallery of original artworks, VMFA on the Road will bring the museum experience directly to citizens in all areas of the Commonwealth.

For more details and to purchase tickets to related events, visit the museum website.

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