Programs and Speakers for VMFA’s Fine Arts & Flowers

Museum-wide exhibition of art-inspired floral designs runs Oct. 24-28

Richmond, Virginia ­– The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announces its lineup of programs and speaker presentations to accompany the 14th biennial Fine Arts & Flowers, a museum-wide exhibition that pairs original interpretive floral arrangements with works from the museum’s permanent collection from Oct. 24-28, 2018. Admission to the Fine Arts & Flowers exhibition is free; some special events require paid tickets.

Organized and sponsored by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VMFA’s oldest volunteer group, Fine Arts & Flowers will feature more than 80 arrangements created by members of the Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and Garden Clubs of Virginia. Margaret R. Freeman is honorary chair of 2018’s Fine Arts & Flowers with Gay Hardy and Roberta Douma serving as co-chairs. Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses, and Garden Centers LLC., is the official supplier of flowers and plant materials. The Presenting Sponsor is Capital Bank, a division of First Horizon.

Proceeds from Fine Arts & Flowers events will benefit the inaugural tour of VMFA on the Road, the museum’s new artmobile for the 21st century. Through interactive learning experiences with staff educators, virtual-reality tours of VMFA exhibitions, and a traveling gallery of original artworks, VMFA on the Road will bring the museum experience directly to citizens in all areas of the Commonwealth.

About The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a group of dedicated VMFA members who volunteer throughout the museum and work on behalf of VMFA to enhance community outreach and participation. The Council has served VMFA since 1955 and was instrumental in establishing the VMFA Shop, establishing the docent program, organizing museum travel and providing seed money for VMFA’s library. The Council organized the first Fine Arts & Flowers exhibition in 1987, which has since become a biennial event.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

GALA PREVIEW
Kaleidoscope of Flowers
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7–10 p.m.| Atrium | $150 per person

Dazzling light and colorful floral motifs will transform the Atrium into a three-dimensional kaleidoscope of beauty as guests enjoy live jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Be the first to see the magnificent floral interpretations in the galleries and step inside VMFA on the Road for a sneak peek of this new and exciting mobile art museum and studio.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

GUEST SPEAKER: Lewis Miller
The Allure of Color in Floral Design
Thursday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. | Leslie Cheek Theater | $40 per person

New York-based floral artist-designer and author Lewis Miller creates floral designs that elicit an 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. Since October 2016, he has delighted everyday New Yorkers and tourists through his creation of “Flower Flashes.” These pop-up street-art installations — which Miller creates with repurposed flowers before dawn — have been widely celebrated on social media and by various news outlets. His book, Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangements, received praise from The New York Times Book Review and Martha Stewart Living.

Attendees of this event may purchase an opportunity ticket for a chance to win one of the arrangements created during the program. Opportunity tickets will be available in the theater prior to the start of the program.

MARBLE HALL LUNCHEON
Thursday, Oct. 25, noon | Marble Hall | $50 per person

A seated luncheon in the Marble Hall includes a three-course menu with complementary wine. The VMFA Shop’s fashion show presents models showcasing artisan jewelry, handbags, jackets, scarves, shawls and other accessories that can be purchased in the VMFA Shop.

GUEST SPEAKER BOOK SIGNING: Lewis Miller
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. | Atrium

New York-based floral artist-designer and author Lewis Miller will sign his 2016 book, Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangement, available for purchase in the VMFA Shop.

CURATOR TOUR with Wine & Cheese Reception
Floral Images in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Objects
Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | $40 per person
Led by Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family curator, decorative arts 1890 to the present

This walking tour highlights the floral imagery of key Art Nouveau and Art Deco objects in the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Galleries of Decorative Arts, including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry and posters. Wine and cheese reception immediately following in the Boulevard Overlook.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

GUEST SPEAKER: Remco van Vliet
Remco’s World of Flowers: Art and Event Design
Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. | Leslie Cheek Theater | $40 per person

Dutch Master Florist Remco van Vliet is renowned for the stunning, colossal urn arrangements and bouquets he designs each week in the Great Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Van Vliet spent six years working with Chris Giftos, event pioneer at the museum, before becoming his successor. His 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 event design firm Van Vliet & Trap in New York City, the preferred event-design company for some of the most prestigious institutions of the arts in New York City.

Attendees of this event may purchase an opportunity ticket for a chance to win one of the arrangements created during the program. Opportunity tickets will be available in the theater prior to the start of the program.

MARBLE HALL LUNCHEON
Friday, Oct. 26, noon | Marble Hall | $50 per person

A seated luncheon in the Marble Hall includes a three-course menu with complementary wine. The VMFA Shop’s fashion show presents models showcasing artisan jewelry, handbags, jackets, scarves, shawls and other accessories that can be purchased in the VMFA Shop. 

MASTER FLORAL DESIGN WORKSHOP
Still Lifes-Still Alive with Remco van Vliet
Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. | Claiborne Robertson Room | $150 per person

Learn how to create fabulous floral arrangements with Dutch Master Florist Remco van Vliet of New York event design firm Van Vliet & Trap.

CURATOR TOUR with Wine & Cheese Reception
American Art: The Floral Impulse
Friday, Oct. 26, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | $40 per person
Led by Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane curator and head of the department of American art

This walking tour through VMFA’s American galleries celebrates the floral impulse in painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and even picture frames from the early Republic through the early 20th century. With symbolism that is sometimes overt, but oftentimes disguised, flower imagery recurs throughout American art in all its richness and complexity. Wine and cheese reception immediately follows in the Boulevard Overlook.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

FLORAL WORKSHOP
Art for Inspiration with David Pippen
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. | Claiborne Robertson Room | $40 per person

David Pippin is a classroom and workshop instructor, garden consultant, faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and event florist across Virginia, as well as floral designer at the Executive Mansion of Virginia. He returns to Fine Arts & Flowers 2018 to lead his popular hands-on flower arranging workshops. In this workshop, participants will interpret works of art using flowers under Pippin’s direction.

LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW
Flowers in Fashion
Saturday, Oct. 27, Noon | Marble Hall | $50 per person

The Council of VMFA and the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising of Virginia Commonwealth University presents Flowers in Fashion. The luncheon includes a three-course menu with champagne. After lunch, attendees will enjoy a presentation of student-designed and student-modeled attire featuring casual to evening wear. Two scholarships, funded by previous Fine Arts & Flowers chairs, will be awarded to the winning designers.

Philip Crosby, managing director of Richmond Triangle Players will serve as master of ceremonies. Music will be provided by harpist Rickie Denton. Judges for the fashion show are Ann Darmour, general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue; Kimberly Wilson, VMFA; and Sonia Vlahcevic, professor of music, VCU.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

FAMILY SCAVANGER HUNT
Garden Party
Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Museum-wide | Free, no tickets required

Pick up a family-friendly scavenger hunt at the Fine Arts & Flowers information desk and follow clues to find fragrant flowers and artful treasures in the VMFA galleries. 

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
Impressed by Nature with botanical artist and illustrator Celeste Johnston
Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m.  or  2 p.m. | The Pauley Center
$10 per child, per workshop

Experiment with Gelli plate prints and other printmaking techniques using objects found in nature. Children aged 7 and older.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
Floral Card Making by Paper Source
Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:30pm  or  2 p.m. | The Pauley Center
$10 per child, per workshop

Learn to create paper flowers and assemble them on handmade cards. Children aged 7 and older. 

SUNDAY PERFORMANCES
Matthew Woodhouse Group, Collegiate School
Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30–2:30 p.m. | Marble Hall | Free, no tickets required
Student jazz ensemble led by middle-school drummer Matthew Woodhouse. 

Richmond Boys Choir
Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m. | Marble Hall | Free, no tickets required
Nationally recognized group honored in 2015 as Richmond’s best youth choir.

Daily, Oct. 25 – 28, 2018

DOCENT-GUIDED TOUR SCHEDULE
The Docent Committee, which includes VMFA touring docents as well as Council members, assists in every stage of the Fine Arts & Flowers exhibition. To help floral designers in planning, the committee provides concise descriptions of the artworks selected for interpretation. During the exhibition, docents organize and lead tours of exhibition highlights. These 50-minute docent-guided gallery tours offer insights into both the works of art and their floral interpretations. Tours meet in the Atrium and include approximately 15 stops. All tours are $15 per person, per tour.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Tours at 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
Tours at 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Tours at 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28
Tours at 1:30 p.m. (child friendly) 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

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Image Credits: Floral interpretation of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Younger Brother by Laraine Smith and Jayne Feminella, The Petersburg Garden Club. Photo by David Stover © VMFA; Portrait of Lewis Miller courtesy of Lewis Miller Design; Portrait of Remco van Vliet courtesy of Van Vliet & Trap.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 40,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, and French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting, and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan, and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.