Fine Arts & Flowers was a tremendous success!

Thank you to everyone that made Fine Arts & Flowers a tremendous success this year!   Presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with floral designs by The Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Garden Clubs of Virginia. Proceeds support re-installation of VMFA’s internationally acclaimed Fabergé Collection.

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ― Oscar Wilde  “The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the mind.” ― Luther Burbank “In joy or sadness flowers…

Shaken Not Brushed . . .

Espolon Blanc, St. Germain, apricot, orange blossom water, lime, hibiscus, apple wood-smoked sugar rim. Just reading these ingredients suggests beauty and creativity and artistry just brushstrokes away from hanging on a museum wall. However, to see Tyler Harvey, bartender extraordinaire at Amuse, actually mixing the Marguerite (the moniker they’ve given this masterpiece), pouring and splashing, swirling and shaking, you’re…

Gustave Caillebotte: Influenced by Manet and Monet

This overblown bouquet of roses by Gustave Caillebotte features a cascade of petals, each one deftly built with just a few brushstrokes of thickly applied paint, scattered across a marble surface. Caillebotte’s choice of a marble tabletop, set against a scumbled, or thinly painted, black ground, may be an homage to Édouard Manet’s final series…

Happy Birthday, Édouard Manet!

Born January 23, 1832, French painter Édouard Manet was one of the first 19th artists to use the modern world as the subject of his art. “I paint what I see and not what others like to see,” he said. While the striking honesty in his subject matter, including prostitution, drinking, and war, scandalized the…

Planting tree

A growing volunteer program

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gardening volunteers, many of whom are on the The Council of the VMFA, have been completing spring projects. Shown here (L to R) are Bob Allen, Carmella Allen, Dave Herbst, Skip Walton, Alice Higgins, Bill Cooper and Richard Lister.  The project shown is the mulching of newly planted trees along…