A variety of exotic flowers, natural materials and ingenious designs make up Art in Bloom: A Kaleidoscope of Petals and Paint at the Old School House Arts Centre.
The show is put on by the Mid-Island Floral Arts Club (MIFAC) every two years as it takes an incredible of amount of work and upkeep by the members to keep the displays in their impeccable shape. Laurene Ebbett with MIFAC said besides the time to arrange the designs and set them up at TOSH, there is a lot of planning involved.
“I know many of us go through a few sleepless nights,” she said.
This year, Corinne James, executive director at TOSH, chose abstract art for the MIFAC members (and those affiliated with them) to interpret. Each floral design complements the paintings for a bright and bold show which runs to June 21.
Some of the flowers used were Calla lilies, orchids and birds of paradise, along with mosses, shiny metal accent pieces, hand stitched fabric and even a piece of driftwood shaped like a wolf. Ebbett said members like to put the show on despite all the work because of the creativity involved.
“I think many of our members have had careers and families and this is something they do for themselves.”
She said the MIFAC members also help, admire and inspire each other for the events they put on and take part in throughout the year.
Other events include Milner Garden’s Art and Photography in the Garden August 9 and 10 and MIFAC will be back at TOSH for Wreaths For Charity and a Christmas Tree display in November and December.
Find the group on Facebook and Pinterest or visit the website www.mifac.org.