Fine Arts & Flowers Returns to VMFA

Floral interpretations by statewide floral designers will be throughout the museum

Fine Arts & Flowers will return to the galleries of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts November 5-9. This fall’s exhibition will be the event’s 12th anniversary, combining works of art in the museum’s permanent collection with unique interpretations in flowers and foliage. ­­­­

Floral designers from more than 50 garden club chapters across Virginia interpret masterworks in VMFA’s collection with floral arrangements throughout the galleries. Lectures by prominent floral arrangers, an evening gala, lunches, a Sunday brunch in bloom, a fashion show, a floral tea, hands-on flower arranging workshops, and other events will take place throughout the four-day exhibition. The participants are members of The Garden Club of Virginia, the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and the Garden Clubs of Virginia. Admission to Fine Arts & Flowers and the museum’s permanent collection is free.

Lectures and other special events will accompany the exhibition.

Fine Arts and Flowers Gala Preview
Wednesday, November 5
7 – 10 p.m.
$125 per person
At the Gala Preview, see the 78 floral/art displays located throughout the museum galleries before anyone else! Held in the Marble Hall, which will be transformed into a Chinese garden, the Birds in a Garden Paradise Gala will feature select wines, food, and live music. It will complement VMFA’s extraordinary Forbidden City exhibition. Cocktail or traditional Chinese attire suggested.

Lecture by Ian Prosser
Thursday, November 6
10 a.m. | Leslie Cheek Theater
$35 per person (group discounts available, call Group Sales at 804.340.1575)
Learn from internationally acclaimed floral designer for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ian Prosser, as he creates lush arrangements and entertains the audience with intriguing stories of his experiences.

Fine Arts and Flowers: Edible Flowers
Thursday, November 6
3 p.m.
$35 per person
This popular repeat event overlooking the Sculpture Garden features tastings of savories and sweets creatively incorporating edible flowers. Prepared and presented by Amuse’s chef Greg Haley, these tastings are accompanied by wine and floral teas.

Fine Arts and Flowers Luncheon
Thursday and Friday, November 6-7
$35 per person
After the floral designer lectures, enjoy three-course luncheons with a select menu, wine, and vegetarian or gluten-free options while Council members informally model jewelry and accessories from the VMFA Shop.

Lecture by Laura Dowling
Friday, November 7
10 a.m. | Leslie Cheek Theater
$35 per person (group discounts available, call Group Sales at 804.340.1575)
Current head floral designer for the White House, Laura Dowling demonstrates her magnificent open French technique while creating her style of floral arrangements.

Flowers in Fashion
Saturday, November 8
Noon | Marble Hall
$40 per person
VCU students model designs by their Merchandising and Fashion Design counterparts, while participants enjoy a select three-course menu, including vegetarian or gluten-free options, and wine. This event also includes door prizes!

Flower Arranging 101
Saturday, November 8
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Art Education Center
$30 per person
Local designer and humorist David Pippin demonstrates the ins and outs of successful design for simpler venues. Participants create an arrangement that they can take home.

Golden Ginger Brunch
Sunday, November 9
Noon | Claiborne Robertson Room
$35 per person
Overlooking the Sculpture Garden, this brunch features delicious breakfast and luncheon choices and a Golden Ginger Sparkler as guests arrive. A silent PowerPoint presentation, “The Museum is Green,” will showcase VMFA’s environmental efforts in an urban location.

Fine Arts and Flowers Docent Tours
November 6-9
$10 per person
Docent-led tours offer selected highlights of the exhibition with a discussion of the art and floral arrangement at each preselected stop.

Fine Arts & Flowers is presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Proceeds from this year’s event are designated to help digitize VMFA’s world famous Fabergé collection in conjunction with ARTshare.  This will allow everyone to digitally access complete information about the collection. In 2012, Fine Arts & Flowers raised close to $90,000 to enhance the museum’s E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden.

To purchase tickets, visit for a complete schedule and ticket prices. Tickets are also available at VMFA’s ticket desk, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, or by calling 804.340.1405.

Exhibitors, Work of Art to be Interpreted, Hometown
Elaine Abbott
: Windows, Frank Lloyd Wright, Williamsburg
Karen Abramson: The Grand Bayonet Charge of the French Legionnaires in the Sahara, Malcolm Morley, Alexandria
Victoria Alexander, Japanese Pair of Two-Panel Folding Screens – Cherry Blossoms and Maple Tree,    Alexandria
Becky Anthony, The Adoration of the Shepherds, Paolo de Matteis, Richmond
Eileen Bates, Colonel Henry Campbell Shooting on a Moor, Benjamin Marshall, Manakin-Sabot
Susan S. Bradshaw, Hanging Mobile, Alexander Calder, Mechanicsville
Diane Burgess, Magnolia and Apple Blossom Window, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company,        Rockville
Elizabeth Burgess, Wind and Blue Sky, Jean Lurcat, Henrico
Betsy Carey, A River Landscape, Salomon Van Ruysdael, Fredericksburg
Genny Chase, Chair, designer: Peter Behrens, manufacturer: Anton Bluggel, Weems
Myrna Clark, Untitled (“Big C”), Richard Stankiewicz, Appomattox
Diane Coleman , African Processional Cross, Sutherland
Gracie Coleman, African Beaded Leather Skirt, Sutherland
Elene Combs, Sisters (Susan and Toni), Barkley Hendricks, Tazewell
Di Cook, White Iris, Georgia O’Keeffe, Leesburg
Lisa Cresson, Young Chevalier, Frederick MacMonnies, Lynchburg
Doris Crowell, Fawns Playing, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Chester
Laura Crumbley, Diadem, Rene Lalique, Forest
Jane Denton, Isis Ardor, Jules Olitski, Weems
Barbara Dilliard, Au Bord de la Riviere – Riverbank, Andre Lhote, Midlothian
Betty Dols, Covered Jar, Samuel Schellink & Rozenburg Pottery Company, Midlothian
Judy Durant, Roman Lamp with Handle in the shape of a Griffin’s Head, Mechanicsville
Rebecca Elston, African Commemorative Portrait Head, Heathsville
Jean Fender, Bacchante and Infant Fawn, Frederick MacMonnies, Richmond
Rosemary Francis, Lisbeth’s Painting, Willem De Kooning, Roanoke
Betty Ann Galway, Venus and Cupid, Artemisia Gentileschi, Virginia Beach
Kay Gray, Bedroom Suite, Louis Majorelle, Richmond
Freddie  Gray, Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns, Richmond
Gayle Gwaltney, Tiger, George Stubbs, Penhook
Sally Harrison, The Charleton Children, Thomas Gainsborough, Richmond
Robert A. Henkel, Native American Goose Landing Mask, Blackstone
Judy Hodges, Gandaran Seated Buddha, New Canton
Kathy Holliday, Adam and Eve: Expulsion from the Garden, Roger Brown, Winchester
Barbara Hollister, Moses Striking Water from the Rock, Charles Poerson, Mosely
Rita Johnson, Chinese Funerary Couch, Chesterfield
Natalee Johnsrud, The Eruption of Vesuvius, Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Richmond
Betsy Klein, Egyptian Seated Scribe: Sema-Tawy-Tefnakht, Bedford
Nancy LeHew-Krogsund, Shire Stallion: Harboro Nulli Secundus, Herbert Haseltine, Front Royal
Dawn Lerch, Lamp, Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, Midlothian
Gertrude Lewis, American Armchair, Richmond
Agnes Lipscombe, The Peony Garden, Daniel Putnam Brinley, Richmond
Nancy Lee Martin, Untitled, Franz Kline, Henrico
Mary Ann May, Shepherds and Their Flock Resting Under a Tree, Charles Hoguet, Jeffersonton
Madeline Mayhood, Her Sunday Shawl, Robert Henri, Richmond
JoAnn McNabb, Roman Asiatic Sarcophagus, Rockville
Barbara  Meeh, Architectural Revetment Showing a Banana Plant, Unknown, Culpeper
Janet Minock, Franconia Notch, Marsden Hartley, Glen Allen
Doris Morris, African Double Figure, Midlothian
Grace Morris, Indian Railing, Nellysford
Ann Murchison, Synopsis of a Battle, Cy Twombly, Lexington
Joyce Overby, Yellow Corner, Richard Roth, Port Republic
Mary Owen, Calvario Mediterraneo, Enzo Cucchi, Fork Union
Barbara Pace, Abduction of a Sabine Woman, Susini, Giovan Francesco, Roanoke
Ann C. Palmore, Tristan and Isolde Buckle, Alexander Fisher, Ashland
Caroline C. Parrish, Sechs Tanzerinnen – Six Dancers, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Viewtown
Elise Pitts, Large Leaping Hare, Barry Flanagan, Norfolk
Dorothy Reese, Soup Tureen, Paul de Lamerie, Charlottesville
Pat Reid, Marian Anderson, Beauford Delaney, Richmond
Grace Rhinesmith, Meter Boxes, Donald Judd, Walkerton
Linda O. Schlesinger, Fountain and a Bowl, Francois Rupert Carabin, Fairfax
Vivian Shackelford, Lemons, Donald Sultan, Hudgins
Jo Silvers, Girl Seated in a Garden, Winslow Homer, Danville
Marguerite Slaughter, Korean Door Panel, Reedville
Virginia Smith, Geometric Amphora, Workshop of Athens, Richmond
Laraine M. Smith, The Sacrifice of Polyxena, Pio Fedi, Petersburg
Valerie Story, John Marshall, Rembrandt Peale, Warrenton
Bridgette Swepston, African Hunter’s Shirt, Powhatan
Linda Taylor, Japanese Kannon (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara), Sperryville
Marie Thomas, Pair of Gates, Aurore et Crepuscule, Edgar Brandt, Staunton
Selma Trower, Indian Hanging (Krishna’s Gopis), Petersburg
Jeannie Turner, Chinese Standing Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), Charlottesville
Gayle Turner, The Prodigal Son, Aaron Douglas, Richmond
Lorraine Van Wickler, Still Life with Grapes, Flowers and Berries in a Wanli Bowl, Issac Soreau, Ophelia
Jane VanDenburgh, African Ehel (Tent Stakes), Mechanicsville
Annie Vanderwarker, Red Robe With Hatchet (Self Portrait), Jim Dine, Keswick
Rebecca Webb, Portrait of Lydia Schabelsky, Baroness Stael-Holstein, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Danville
Katherine White, Indian Standard (Alam), Henrico
Robin Williams, Crucifixion, Artist Unknown, Henrico

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804.340.1400 or visit

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