A spectacular museum-wide exhibition of floral designs inspired by works in the VMFA collection

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, Fine Arts & Flowers is open to the public Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28 during regular museum hours.

Special events kick off on October 24 with Kaleidoscope of Flowers, a festive gala with dazzling lighting and colorful motifs that will transform the Atrium into a three-dimensional kaleidoscope of beauty. Other events, including renowned guest speakers, luncheons, guided tours, and workshops, give added dimension to this special exhibition.

The Council is pleased that all the proceeds from Fine Arts & Flowers 2018 will support the inaugural tour of VMFA on the Road, an artmobile for the 21st Century.

Flowers in Her Hair, Julius LeBlanc Stewart. Floral interpretation by Betty Ann Galway; Five Hills Garden Club. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Catfish Row, Jacob Lawrence. Floral interpretation by  Janet Minock (Glen Allen) Thomas Jefferson Garden Club. Photo:  Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Tennis at Newport, George Bellows. Floral interpretation by Christina McCoy (Richmond), Anne Poarch Tuckahoe Garden Club. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Jar with Red Peony Design, Korean.  Floral interpretation by Selma Trower (Petersburg), Louise Mayer Azalea Garden Club.  Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Beach Scene at Deauville, Eugène Boudin. Floral interpretation by Victoria Alexander and Laura Francis; The Hunting Creek Garden Club. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Jina, probably Shreyamsanatha, Indian. Floral interpretation by Judy Hodges (New Canton), Andrea Metts Thomas Jefferson Garden Club. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Lewis Miller

Lewis MillerLewis Miller creates floral designs that elicit a strong emotional response in a masterful and playful way.
He launched LMD New York in 2002, and his clients include the world’s leading industry
professionals in fashion, design, photography, art direction, and architecture. LMD has grown into
one of the most sought-after and well-respected multi-event production houses in the world. Miller’s business focuses on flowers and fantasy, transforming key moments in his clients’ lives into magical, everlasting memories. Since October 2016, he has delighted everyday New Yorkers and tourists through his creation of “Flower Flash.” These pop-up street-art installations—that Miller creates with repurposed flowers before dawn—are an Instagram sensation (#lewismillerdesign). His book, Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangement received brilliant praise from The New York Times Book Review and Martha Stewart Living.

Remco van Vliet

Remco van VlietRemco van Vliet is a Master Dutch Florist, renowned for the stunning, colossal urn arrangements and bouquets that he personally designs each week in the Great Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Remco spent six years working with Chris Giftos, event pioneer at the museum, before being given the opportunity to become his successor. His remarkable career includes working with his father and brother at the family event design company in the Netherlands and serving clients throughout Europe, including the Dutch Royal Family. He and his brother own Van Vliet & Trap in New York City, which provides their clients with all aspects of event design to create unique looks that range from classic to contemporary. Van Vliet & Trap is the preferred event design company for some of the most prestigious institutions of the arts in New York City.


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