Apr 11, 2014
02:58 PMArts & Entertainment
Fine Art & Flowers, Luxe Dining, Fashion in Wadsworth Atheneum Gala Weekend
Some of the world’s greatest works of art— from artists like Picasso, Warhol, Renoir and Rockwell—will be reimagined through some of the world’s finest flowers in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 33rd Fine Art & Flowers celebration and fundraising event.
Flower arrangers and designers, including novices and experts, have been invited by the Women’s Committee of the Atheneum to interpret paintings and sculptures currently on display.
“What’s great about it is a lot of arrangers take it really seriously,” says Sarah Ferri, communications and marketing coordinator for the museum on Main Street in Hartford. “They take a look in the gallery and look closely and study the artist and the story behind it. It’s so great to see the final products because you can really tell that they thought about it and have tried to express the meaning of the painting or sculpture.”
This year, 50 floral arrangements will be featured for three days, from April 25 to 27. Hours will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Three dollars will be added to all admission prices during that weekend to support the nation’s first public art institution. (Right, Norman Rockwell, The Young Lady with the Shiner, 1953, oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Gift of Kenneth Stuart, 1973.112)
“Our visitors look forward to it every year. It’s a tradition for them,” says Ferri.
The weekend will also be filled with a variety of events, including a floral arranging demo and lunch with professional floral designer Bill Graham, owner of Beautiful Things, Ltd. in Salem, Mass.
He’s going to teach attendees how to accessorize that “little black dress” every stylish woman has tucked in her closet with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements. A three-course lunch catered by The Museum Café at Avery Court will follow. (Above, Pablo Picasso, Women of Algiers (after Delacroix), 1954, oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Gift of the Carey Walker Foundation, 1994.2.2)
The, “Little Black Dress” event will take place on Friday, April 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased online.
Another not-to-be-missed weekend addition is an Italian inspired four-course farm-to-table dinner at Avery Court. Fresh ingredients will be featured from local farms, vineyards and distilleries, including Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Onyx Moonshine, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Winding Drive Jams, Hartford Baking Co. and NoRA Cupcake Company.
The Connecticut Lyric Opera will perform selections from its upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly throughout the night, and Fine Art & Flowers Honorary Chair Ray Hardman, of WNPR, will be on hand to offer remarks.
Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres will begin the evening on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in Morgan Great Hall. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at Avery Court. Tickets cost $95 and can be purchased online. (Left, Reginald Marsh, Wooden Horses, 1936, tempera on board, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Dorothy Clark Archibald and Thomas L. Archibald Fund, The Krieble Family Fund for American Art, The American Paintings Purchase Fund, and The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 2013.1.1)
The museum’s annual Marketplace featuring the work of local artisans and vendors will again take place in the Hartford Courant Room throughout the weekend. This year’s vendors include Magical Blooms Organza Flowers, Entertaining Styles by Sandra and LaDeDAH!
Two docent-led tours are free with the price of admission: The Art in Fine Art & Flowers Tour, taking place at 1 p.m. on all three days, and the Land and Sea Tour, taking place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.