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Flora and Fine Arts brings nature onto the walls of Tacoma Art Museum next week

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 11, 2013 at 5:56 am |
April 9, 2013 11:58 am

It’s spring inside as well next week, as the second annual “Flora and Fine Arts” show comes to Tacoma Art Museum courtesy of the Tacoma Garden Club. Local designers and floral artists will create 24 arrangements inspired by the current museum show “Drawing Line into Form.” Both shows are open free 5-8 p.m. April 18 for third Thursday; and the “Flora” show will stay up through the weekend.

“The interplay between works in “Drawing Line into Form” and the floral creations of talented local designers will dazzle museum visitors and provide new ways of connecting people through art,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich.

Part of the private collection of BNY Mellon, “Drawing Line into Form” explores how sculptors sketch and design for their final works. It’s up until May 26 in the museum’s largest gallery.

“Flora and Fine Arts,” modeled on similar events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, combines flowers, greenery, rocks and other materials into sculptural arrangements inspired by the art on the walls. This year’s show includes a site-specific bonsai installation by Elandan Gardens in the Richard Rhodes “Stone Wave” installation in the interior courtyard.           

Opening reception 5-8 p.m. April 18 (free); on view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-21 (admission $25 families/$10 general/$8 seniors, student, military/free for five and under); 6-8 p.m. April 19 cocktail reception ($45); Sunday Brunch 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 21 ($25/$20 members). Tacoma Art Museum 1721 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org/flora

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