Floral artistry on display in Qualicum Beach

Art in Bloom event at The Old School House arts centre to focus on floral majesty

Artist Helen Mussio interprets the artwork in the Medieval calendar month of July.

Artist Helen Mussio interprets the artwork in the Medieval calendar month of July.

The Mid Island Floral Arts Club (MIFAC) by-annual Art In Bloom Exhibition at The Old School House (TOSH) arts centre in Qualicum Beach continues until June 16.

There are 22 pieces of art work created by members of the group, which can be seen on display in all three galleries at TOSH.

Art in Bloom, which takes place every two years at TOSH, provides members an opportunity to interpret paintings and come up with their own floral displays to represent them.

This year they are interpreting some reproductions from a calendar that was put out in the middle of the 15th century.

Port Alberni artist James MacIntosh has copied the artwork onto some huge cloth panels.

As well, TOSH executive director Corinne James has included some abstracts by local artists that have also been interpreted in unique floral arrangements.

The work which interprets Medieval life and well as some modern artwork involves more than just flower arrangements.

The exhibition has some dramatic pieces including a full sized man in armor, some war shields and a table covered in plates of food all made out of natural materials.

Next up for the Mid Island Floral Arts CLub is the BC Blooms event at Government House in Victoria to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. This show is slated to take place over two days on June 22 and 23.

The group will be creating some forest faces, similar to what they did at Milner Gardens.  They will also craft some fairies for the secret fairy garden and some floral cakes for the Victorian Tea Party.