The 15th annual “Art and Bloom” is a pop of color in the gray of winter.
“It’s such a gloomy time of year. To be able to work with flowers and create these beautiful arrangements is a good way to brighten an otherwise bleak winter,” Concord Garden Club member and flower artist Judith Maloy said via phone.
The show, which occurs Jan. 19 through Jan. 21, is inspired by the annual exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It showcases 20 locally made floral arrangements by Concord Garden Club members and floral designers, which are inspired by regional artwork supplied by McGowan Fine Art Director Sarah Chaffee.
Chaffee hung the art a week and a half before the Jan. 19 opening reception, and floral artists chose their weapons about a week before. She aims to provide a broad spectrum of pieces — still lifes, landscapes, abstract paintings, figure paintings.
“I tend to pull out work that’s new or I feel should be seen,” Chaffee said via phone. “I think about providing a variety but also presenting pieces that are more challenging. Though I do have a tendency this time of year to pull out work that’s very colorful, because it’s January!”
At the time of Maloy’s phone interview, she hadn’t yet chosen her painting; she planned on visiting the gallery later that week with Lea Kelsey, her design partner. They’d take a photo and start shopping at local flower businesses — maybe Sorella Flower Company, D. McLeod Florist, Cobblestone Design Company or the Apotheca Flower Shoppe.
Garden Club member Susan Heinecke chose an abstract painting splashed with blue and orange, which she liked for its drama, movement and vibrancy (though she admitted she had her work cut out for her, trying to find such a bright blue flower in the dead of winter).
This 15th “Art and Bloom” is the biggest yet. It’s been held at various venues, from the Hopkinton Town Library to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art, but the past couple years it’s been a partnership event with McGowan. Flowers will be delivered Jan. 19 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the evening reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres brought in by Garden Club members.
“What I love about the show is that for people who have not been in a gallery before, it becomes a little bit easier … and a bit more accessible. It’s a great first-time introduction,” Chaffee said. “It’s part of why I do it. I want to take the mystery out of the gallery.”