Arts & Blooms

RiverBrink Art Museum and the Garden Club of Niagara

Celebrate Autumn with ART & BLOOMS,

a Special Exhibition on October 21, 22 and 23


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario. From Friday October 21st through Sunday October 23rd, a special partnership between RiverBrink Art Museum and the Garden Club of Niagara will present ART & BLOOMS, a three day exhibition showcasing the internationally known RiverBrink Art Collection and the extraordinary talents of members of the Garden Club of Niagara. Just as artists interpret the world around them with mediums such as paint or bronze, members of the Garden Club of Niagara have been invited to artistically interpret works of art selected from RiverBrink's permanent collection, using flowers as their medium. Each floral design will be displayed next to the artwork that inspired it. Visitors will be able to "vote" for their favourite art / floral collaborations by purchasing tickets to be deposited in "ballot boxes" next to each display, with a tally of votes at noon on Sunday to designate the Visitors' Choice. The winning design team will receive one-year complimentaryRiverBrinkArt Museum memberships.


RiverBrink Board Member and Art & Blooms committee member Sandra Lawrence notesMuseums around the world have mounted exhibitions featuring floral interpretations of their collections, but I believe this is a first for Niagara.  I am especially indebted to Garden Club of Niagara (GCN) president Diane Hockey of St Catharines, and to GCN members Lillie Haworth ( from Grimsby)  and Barbara Bedell (from Niagara on the Lake), who have worked directly with the  floral design teams.  The results of our partnership will provide a unique and wonderful visual experience for visitors.”


Exhibition hours will be from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 21, 22 and 23. Admission for the general public is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and students, free for accompanied children under twelve. (RiverBrink and Garden Club members, free.)


Two special events are planned to complement this unique exhibition.


On Friday evening, October 21st at 7:00pm popular speaker Joan Draper will present an illustrated lecture titled "Sissinghurst: History of the Property and Evolution of the Famous Garden." Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sissinghurst's garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of theUnited Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. Admission for this Friday evening lecture is $15.00; (RiverBrink and Garden Club Members, $10.00.) Advance registration highly recommended. For registration, please call the museum at 905-262-4510.


On Saturday afternoon, October 22nd at 2:00pm, a floral arranging workshop with local floral designer Hilary Bellis of "It Can Be Arranged" will guide participants in making their own floral centerpieces. Participants will create a long lasting winter arrangement that can be refreshed with minimal up keep for the winter season.  The workshop fee covers all materials, including the container, evergreens for a base arrangement with accents of fresh roses and berries and branches. Each person will go home with a completed project. Workshop fee$50.00. Advance registration is required. Please register at the museum by phone (905-262-4510) or in person. Fee payable at time of registration. Mastercard and Visa accepted.


RiverBrinkArt Museumis located at116 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake (on theNiagara Parkwayhalfway betweenNiagara Fallsand “OldTown” Niagara-on-the-Lake).


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RiverBrink Art Museum


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