“Art in Bloom” Floral Design Winners Announced
By Jean Yeager
The official results of the voting for the Best Floral Arrangement in the “Art in Bloom” Flower and Art show at La Fábrica Aurora, held April 1 and April 2, 2017, are in. A total of 36 floral arrangements were created by the members and friends of the San Miguel Garden Club. Attendance at “Art in Bloom” totaled 1,800 visitors over the two-day exhibition. On April 1, 242 votes were cast, and 198 votes were cast on April 2, for a total of 440 votes.
The Best in Show was an inventive and well-matched floral arrangement by Alice Edwards, inspired by a unique textile work created by independent artist Wendy Moyer and entitled “Las Tunas.”
This was an intense competition, with much voting for all of the remaining arrangements on exhibit. Honorable mention should be made for the most notable arrangements (not in any particular order) with the next highest votes: a floral arrangement by Lea Rege-Romo, inspired by the mixed media artwork “Luna” by Marilo Carral in her gallery; an arrangement by Karen Ballantyne and Deborah Lamm for the silkscreen “Flower Blossom III” by Peter Max in the Skot Foreman gallery; one by Laurie Dawes depicting “Harbingers,” a watercolor/pastel/ink artwork by independent artist Linda Laino; Pepe Anderson followed the lines and colors of “Passion Fire,” a mixed-media artwork by independent artist Dawn Gaskill; and Doug Chism; and Connie Mullis and Gayle Paulson conspired to portray the oil on linen artwork (untitled) by Cecilia Rivera.
A flower arrangement by Joy Bitner was inspired by a wall sculpture of Victor Hugo Nuñez in the Galeria Alquimia 4; Jeannie Schnakenberg, Carol Weicker, Paulette Quann, and Diane Posner followed the lines and colors in “Mother Earth,” an acrylic artwork by Bea Aaronson; and Patia Finkbeiner’s arrangement represented the mixed media artwork by Merry Calderoni in the M. Calderoni Galería.
Art Walk visitors were pleased with this addition to the ever-popular monthly event at La Fábrica Aurora, and the Garden Club of San Miguel and its members hope to be able to repeat the competition again.