Today through Sunday, you can channel your inner Renoir at the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Among the many stunning highlights is “The Art of Floral,” an interpretive gallery exhibition where members of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) North Central Chapter honor the natural, and often romantic, affinity between flowers and fine art.
Gallery-style staging and lighting emphasize texture, form and color through one dozen living floral interpretations of classical and pop-contemporary forms of artwork, emulated in vase and container. From Classicism to Baroque, Impressionism to Surrealism, and Still Life to Pop-Art album covers, AIFD designers will challenge themselves and visitors to look at the marriage of living plants and fine art with a fresh eye. Among the famous artworks AIFD will emulate include four that were first interpreted as multi-media pieces by developmentally-disabled adults from Garden Gallery & Studio, Tinley Park, Ill.
Each day of the show, AIFD North Central Chapter professional designers will lead hands-on classes in floral design styles at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For a nominal “lab fee,” class participants will learn how to make beautiful contemporary or traditional floral arrangements, and take home their art-inspired creations.
“We are honored to have AIFD – representing America’s best floral designers – presenting ‘The Art of Floral’ and participating as a sponsor,” notes Tony Abruscato, show director and president of Flower Show Productions. “Our show began in 1847 as a flower show. Through the years, its richness grew to include examples of the diversity that is now our area’s four-season outdoor gardening experience. Yet, there’s a renaissance blooming that further desires to blend our indoor-and-outdoor relationship with plants, and florals are very much a part of that picture. We’ve brought this aspect back to the show in a bigger way this year.”
The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show also features a full line-up of sensational seminar speakers, delicious “Garden Gourmet” cooking demonstrations, more than 20 magnificent display garden,s and a “Marketplace” brimming with the latest, must-have garden gadgets.
Show tickets are only $5 each for children ages 4-12. To get $2 off the box office price for each adult ticket purchased, click here. Show parking starts as low as $10 at the Navy Pier East and West garages. Click here for public transportation options to Navy Pier. See you at the show!