Fine Arts and Flowers is a spectacular museum-wide exhibition of floral designs inspired by works in the VMFA collection.
Presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with floral designs by The Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Ikebana of Richmond, and Garden Clubs of Virginia.
Special events for Fine Arts and Flowers 2021 will kick off with a dazzling Gala celebrating the reinstallation of the acclaimed Mellon Collections and the preview of more than eighty floral interpretations. Other special events include renowned guest speakers, luncheons, a fashion show-luncheon featuring designs by students from Virginia Commonwealth University, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, curator talks, and a variety of family activities.
Fine Arts & Flowers is presented by The Council of VMFA to provide critical resources that support ongoing research, development and installation of exceptional exhibitions.
EXHIBITION OPENS OCT 21
Free admission. Open to the public.
Oct 21–24 | Thu & Fri, 10 am–9 pm | Sat & Sun, 10 am–5 pm
DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS
Floral artist Kiana Underwood is the celebrated founder of Tulipina, an internationally renowned floral design studio specializing in customized floral experiences for luxury weddings and events
worldwide. Her unique color combinations and floral varieties draw admirers and floral designers from all over the globe to her sold-out workshops in exotic locations including Chile, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Singapore. She has been named one of the top wedding floral designers in the US by Harper’s Bazaar. Underwood is better known by many as @tulipinadesign, making her the most followed floral designer on Instagram, with over 370,000 followers. Publications such as Brides, Country Living, Elle Decor, Flower magazine, the New York Times, and Town & Country have featured her signature designs. Her debut book, Color Me Floral, is a work of love, covering the secrets to designing show-stopping monochromatic arrangements for each season.
Susan McLeary of Passionflower Sue is a floral designer, artist, and instructor who creates imaginative arrangements with exciting dimension and an artist’s awareness of color and texture. Her unexpected, boundary-pushing floral art includes elaborate headpieces, signature floral jewelry and wearables, as well as traditional floral designs. She says, “I believe floral design is an art, and florists are artists.” Her expressive, seasonally inspired creations have been described as exquisite living artwork. She studied with numerous internationally recognized instructors, collaborated with artists around the world, and is now passionate about teaching others how to evoke wonder and curiosity through the fine art of floral design. McLeary’s new book, The Art of Wearable Flowers, provides how-to instructions for a stunning collection of flower and plant-based designs. Find Susan on Instagram @passionflowersue.
Gala PreviewGuest Speakers
Edible Flowers Brunch
Special Event Tickets on Sale May 1
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Fine Arts & Flowers 2021 Corporate Sponsors
Official supplier of flowers and plant material since 1987
Anthology of Tuckahoe
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Margaret Wade/Long & Foster Real Estate
Stoever & Palmore Investment Group
Virginia Eye Institute
Worth Higgins & Associates
BetterMed Urgent Care
Nadia P. Blanchet, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Crossroads Art Center
The London Company
MannKidwell Interior Window Treatments
M. Turner Landscapes
The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club
Select Fine Arts & Flowers events feature wines from Barboursville Vineyards.