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The Addison in Bloom

In collaboration with the Andover Garden Club, the Addison Gallery is presenting The Addison in Bloom over the weekend of March 7-8, 2015. The event will feature floral interpretations of selections from the Addison’s winter exhibitions Light/Dark, White/Black and Heaven and Earth.

“Especially in this bleak season, we are delighted to be able to bring various members of the community together to celebrate art and flowers,” said Anne Feeney, president of the Andover Garden Club. “The event encompasses a wide range of artists and floral designers, and we hope it will provide a respite to winter-weary residents when they gather to enjoy the artwork, the designs, and the company of their friends and neighbors.”

Individuals and design teams from the Andover Garden Club, the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, the Village Garden Club of Andover, the North Andover Garden Club, and the Boxford Village Garden Club will interpret a dozen pieces from the Addison’s extensive collection, including artwork by Charles Burchfield, Carroll Dunham, Wendy Ewald, Naum Gabo, Marsden Hartley, Nancy Haynes, Sir Lionel Arthur Lindsay, Maud Morgan, Louise Nevelson, Charles Prendergast, James Prosek, and Abbott Handerson Thayer.

"Light/Dark, White/Black may not be a typical point of departure for such an endeavor,” said exhibition co-curator Kelley Tialiou, “but we hope that the minimal, monochrome nature of the works will spark some highly innovative ideas for arrangements that push the boundaries of traditional floral design. We look forward to seeing how visual themes such as the duality present in Nancy Haynes’s Untitled monoprint and the cartoonish shadow silhouettes of Carroll Dunham’s sculptures will inspire the talented flower arrangers participating in Addison in Bloom.”

The event is free and open to the public during regular museum hours, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. In conjunction with The Addison in Bloom, we will host a Story Hour featuring Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 pm. Looking Together conversation starters will also be available throughout the weekend to help families think about and discuss how art can be represented through flowers and other natural materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Image: Marsden Hartley, Summer, Sea, Window, Red Curtain, 1942, oil on masonite, museum purchase, 1944.81