Sunday, March 20, 2011

Art in Bloom Flowers

Spring is here according to the calender.  Here in southern Wisconsin almost all snow melted in the last week, and today we had thunderstorms and lots of rain.  But probably the first large display of spring flowers I will get to see will be indoors, at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Art in Bloom Event, March 31 to April 3, 2011.

Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom 2010 flower arrangement
Flower Arrangement and inspiration, 2010

At the Art in Bloom event, sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club, professional floral designers create a flower arrangement inspired by a work of art.  The arrangements are then displayed near the art work that inspired it.  In 2010, there were about artwork 40 'inspired' arrangements, an inspired vendor area, and arrangements from designers who gave lectures and demonstrations.  My photos in this post are from the 2010 event.

Flower arrangement Emily Neubauer Belle Fiori sculpture Laid Table by Beth Lipman Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom
Floral Display from Art in Bloom, 2010

One thing I love about photography, (and the event), is that there are many different ways to view each arrangement, and the art that inspired it.   Up close, individual blooms have beautiful textures and colors.  Further away you see the arrangement and the shape.  Photographs of the backed off views of the arrangement paired with the art inspiration are perhaps the most challenging.

Tulip closeup Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom 2010 flower arrangement
Tulip closeup

The mostly white floral arrangement shown in the two photos above could be smelled as you entered the room - fragrant lilies smelled great, the flowers glowed, and the all glass sculpture behind it glittered.  The flower arrangement was my viewers choice, for one of my favorite glass sculptures at the museum.

Milwaukee Art Museum Laid Table glass sculpture by Beth Lipman
'Laid Table' glass sculpture by Beth Lipman

(Floral arrangement by Emily Neubauer of Belle Fiori, Ltd, inspired by Beth Lipmans 'Laid Table' glass sculpture)

orchids flower arrangement Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom 2010

I love getting up close to exotic blooms for photography, trying to find the best angles and lighting given the location.  Every year I vow to get better.

orchids flower arrangement Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom 2010

This year will be the fourth year the museum is holding the event, and every year my daughter has seen it with me.  She checks off the map to make sure we don't miss a spot. 

Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom event 2010

I will admit I try to pretty much photograph all of the arrangements. I think I photographed the arrangement below in more then seven different ways. (But NOT on the day that my daughter was with me ;) 

orchids flower arrangement Milwaukee Art Museum Art in Bloom 2010

Click on the images to see them larger. 

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I am linking up to these memes:
Scenic Sunday 139 (I was entry 58 of 68)
Masterpiece Mon 12 (Entry 23 of 85.)
Seasonal Sundays 41 (Entry 44 of 45.)
Sunday Showcase (Entry 372 of 404.)
52 Weeks of Happiness (Entry 58 of 59)
Today's Flowers 136 (Entry 62 of 79.)
Whassup Wednesday. (I was entry 67)
Outdoor Wednesday 115. (I was entry 45 of 15x)
Wordful Wednesday (I was entry 27 of 17x)
Good Life Wednesday (I was entry 5)
Wow Us Wednesday (I was entry 67)
Show off your Cottage Monday (I was entry 100)
Tuesday's Treasures (I was entry 89)
Motivated Monday (I was entry 49)
White Wednesday 92 (I was entry 67)
Vintage Inspiration Fri 30 (Entry 59)
Show and Tell (I was entry 93 )
Feather Nest Fri (I was entry 40 )
Favorite Things Fri (I was entry 16)
Inspiration Fri 8 (I was entry 57)
Hodgepodge Friday (I was entry 46)
Home Sweet Home 7 (I was entry 31)
Time Travel Thurs (I was entry 31) 
Everything But the Sink (I was entry 28)
Friday's Unfolded 11 (I was entry 53)
Flaunt it Friday 50 (I was entry 119)
Trinkets and Treasures (I was entry 8)
Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up (I was entry )  
Laurie for Favorite Things Sat (I was entry )
Funky Junk for Saturday Night Special 73 (I was entry 159)
Friday Pretties (I was entry )
Tuesday Glam Party (I was entry )
Boost Your Blog Friday (I was entry )
Cottage Flora Thursday (I was entry 33 of 33)
Fertilizer Friday (I was entry 33)


Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Gorgeous flowers - I love them ALL!!!

I'm dropping by from Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage.

Hope you have a lovely week :O)

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so glad that you brought your photographs of the flower show to Seasonal Sundays. It's so interesting to see the arrangements that people come up with from the inspiration of the art. I hope you post your photographs from this year's show too!

- The Tablescaper

debi9kids said...

How fun!
I LOVE the arrangement with the melons in the vase. Cool idea!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Oh my, I am a florist so do you know how much I am drooling here!!! ~~Sherry~~

Southerncook said...

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your photos of the flower show. I also posted some pics of flower arrangements but some I did myself for a wedding function this past Friday. Flower arranging is my passion and the ideas you shared are wonderful.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

LadyV said...

Jeanne, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I'm glad you stopped by because it brought me to your blog and an opportunity to enjoy your beautiful work. I will be returning to see more.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Gorgeous arrangments!!


Heavenly Savings said...

Nice Blog! I enjoyed looking around and can’t wait to see your future posts! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...


My Cottage Charm said...

Wow, I love all the flowers and the colors combinations! What a fun thing to do with your daughter! :)
Thanks for linking up to Treasures and Trinkets Thursday!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore all the flowers ~ swoon!

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend.

alison said...

what lovely arrangements for inspiration...have fun with your daughter and thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!


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Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh how gorgeous, I can just imagine the fragrance. I've often thought how I'd love to be a florist. Thanks so much for linking up for VIF!
Debra said...

Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:)

Hope to see you next Wednesday!


I would so love it if you could add a linkback to WHASSUP :)

Shirley said...

WOW, I love your floral and art work..we do the same here. I have a few older post on what we call FLORA IN WINTER! Visit my blog and select older post..I have posted twice about this wondeful event..

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous inspirations and images~ the whites are gorgeous! Have a great time- thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Karen said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. I've read about this event it must be spectacular to see. Great photos!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I love love your flowers!

Have a sweet Sunday xx

Opal Stevens said...

Love your blog. Following you from blog hop.. I'm Opal from, hope you can check it out sometime.. :D

Sherry said...

How beautiful the flowers are. Love the orange and green display. Thanks for linking up!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's your - photos are beautiful....i hope you start seeing some sunshine soon - this winter has gone on long enough! xoox, Tracie

Becolorful said...

Wowzer photos. Love them. I am in Iowa and there aren't any signs of spring outdoors here yet either but I know each week brings us closer.
Thanks for linking up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Jeanne, what gorgeous photos. Surely, you can't get any better photos this year. These are stunning. I love your last photo, but all of them look so professional. Thanks for linking up. laurie

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots, Jeanne! And how cool is that - flower arrangements inspired by art.

Thanks for linking to the party. I enjoy seeing the pretties you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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