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Feast of flowers

Posted on June 28 2015 at 12:51:16 0 comments

Colour Symphony in Purple by Shelly Wareing

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks forward to a floral art display.

The way in which the British are obsessed with gardens is amazing – and the obsession gets more intense with age, take it from me!

Gardening and growing things; visiting, photographing and sketching gardens; painting flowers and gardens; even dreaming about being in gardens – I’ve got it bad!

Gardens can be a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where man and nature meet.

Many of us find visiting gardens In the National Gardens Scheme a favourite summer indulgence and it’s good to see the NGS so well represented everywhere, not least in The Village magazine.

For the second year running, Hanbury Hall near Droitwich is part of this scheme and is putting on a “Flower Feast” on the weekend of July 11–12. It is definitely Flower Feast and not Flower Fest, as I gather it will be a feast for the eyes, nose and all of the senses. 

The gardeners at Hanbury Hall are using their expertise to bring a riot of colour and fragrance to their corner of Worcestershire. “British Grown Flowers” is the central theme, plus there will be music, dancing, interesting stalls and parts of the gardens that are not usually accessible to the public will be open.

There will be glorious flower arrangements in the great urns, a variety of short talks on gardening-related topics and even advice on “How to make supermarket flowers look a million dollars.”

Now, the important bit for those of us interested in art! There is an Art Exhibition to coincide with and complement Hanbury Hall’s Flower Feast in the Long Gallery, and the theme of this exhibition is, of course, “Flowers and Gardens”.

Twenty-nine artists are taking part and the media used is very varied – acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel, textile media and artist crayon.

Some artists produce work which accurately and beautifully represents a flowering plant in incredible botanical detail; others work in a more impressionistic style to convey the feeling of a whole garden or border.

There are artists who paint plant forms on the body and textile artists who have created thoughtful pieces from fabrics and textile media. This looks to be an amazing show and is 100 per cent inspired by gardens, flowers and plants.

Hanbury Hall is located at School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA.

Further afield, I have been wanting to, and meaning to, visit Buckingham Palace ever since it opened to the public and the following garden-related exhibition is what just might make me go.

Currently on at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace is Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. This exhibition doesn’t end until Sunday October 11 and reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries. 

It brings together paintings, botanical studies, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts and explores the changing character of the garden from the 16th to the early 20th century.

It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Maria Sibylla Merian and Carl Fabergé, and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants.

Closer to home, Bromsgrove Art Society’s Art Exhibition is on at All Saints Church, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove B61 1AF until Saturday July 4, 10am–4pm. All media, all local artists, all subjects, all for sale.

Please get in touch if you would like me to write about an art event near you. Contact me via The Village or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

http://www.paulahamiltonart.com 

Above: Colour Symphony in Purple by Shelly Wareing


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