Art in Bloom held at the Museum of Art and Archaeology

Sunday, March 20, 2011 | 6:17 p.m. CDT; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 21, 2011
The seventh annual "Art in Bloom" exhibit showed at the Museum of Art and Archaeology from Friday through Sunday. Erin Grace and Rita Dudley incorporated nine different types of flowers into this floral arrangement. Their arrangement was inspired by "The Quarry" by Barnard E. Peters, which hangs on the wall behind the flowers.

COLUMBIA — Works of art blossomed, and people gathered to see the colors of spring at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

For some, the visit has become tradition. It is perhaps the fifth year that Robin Remington has been to Art in Bloom at the museum.


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“It was magnificent,” Remington said. "When I was here Friday, it was breath-taking. I spent almost two hours and half here. Today, I brought with me a friend.”

Remington and her friend were two of about 1,600 visitors to the seventh Art in Bloom exhibition March 18-20 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

There were 13 pieces of floral art displayed. Florists each chose one inspiring work of art already on display at the museum, and each created a corresponding work out of fresh-cut flowers.

Visitors voted for the best art in on four categories, and awards to florists were announced Sunday afternoon at the end of the exhibition.

Kent Anderson received Best in Show for his piece, which goes with a painting called "Great Offerings of the Birds," by Manuel Espinoza.

Together, Becky Means and Lesleighan Kraft from MU’s Tiger Garden won  Best Use of Color and Variety of Flowers. They used nine types of flowers, including gerbera daisies and red roses.

Darla Manley won the other two awards: Best in Creative Design and Best Design that Reflects the Artwork. She created her piece to go with a work called "Forest," by Joy Rushfelt, which consists of several twisted green woolen-like stripes.

“The 'Forest' reminded me of my childhood,” Manley said. "I grew up on the east coast. I used to go scuba-diving. The way that the ribbons of mixed green colors twist is like the seaweed in the currents, silently moving to and fro, in and out of the light streaming down from above.”  

Manley primarily used green plants, such as curculigo and equisetum, to create a piece consistent with "Forest."

The exhibit attracted visitors from beyond Boone County. Jennifer Pepperard, along with her husband and two children, came from Kirksville.

“The exhibition is creative and inspiring,” Pepperard said.

Pepperard asked her 2-year-old daughter, Ayla Napier, if she liked the flowers. Ayla nodded firmly, with four fingers in her mouth.

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