It's a combination of art and floral arrangements that has people thinking spring, and Jones is excited to see the public's reaction. The University of Kentucky art museum's annual Art in
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Bloom art show is always one of the year's most popular events and people are gearing up for the 2009 show.
Jones, who serves as the chair of the public relations committee, has been working with Art in Bloom, now in its ninth year, almost since it began. The exhibit will open at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Admission is $5.
Approximately 50 artists will try their hand at floral arrangement by interpreting the museum's permanent collections and a special exhibit of works by Robert Motherwell and Jasper Johns through flowers.
"They're very interesting, of course. So the floral artists come in and they pick an art work they would like to interpret. ... They come in and they set up these wonderful flower arrangements and many of the arrangements will have cards that explain what struck them. ... They take a look at one of the pieces of art and they create something out of art what they think the artist is saying," Jones said.
Winchester artist Anna Laura Codell will be the featured painter this year and her work will be used as cover art for the event programs.
"I'm excited about it. I thought it was wonderful of them to do that. I really appreciated it," Codell said.
Codell primarily paints in oils and watercolors and has attended watercolor workshops all over the country. Currently, she shares studio space at Betty Plymale's in Lexington's Victorian Square.
"I have a little place in the corner where I work. There are about 15 or 16 people that come there on Tuesdays or Thursdays," Codell said.
Jones thinks that the exhibit is a great way to introduce people to the museum.
"It's a wonderful way to get into the museum and see what it's like. It's a doable museum. It's friendly and it's a nice thing to do on a cold day," Jones said.
The museum will also host a cocktail party to celebrate the exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $100 for anyone over 40 and $60 for those under 40. Sunday afternoon, visitors can speak with exhibit designers.
"It's aesthetic as well as, what shall I say, uplifiting. ... This is a low time during the year and to go to a museum that has wonderful works of art and see these things enhanced by dramatic floral arrangements offers people a new way to look at an artistic endeavor. Two ways, really, because the floral arrangements are art in their own way," Jones said. "I couldn't think of a nicer way to spend a February evening."
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