2020 Art & The Bloom Photo Gallery
2020
Art & The Bloom
Photo Gallery and Results
2020 Art & The Bloom Exhibition and Competition – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Leading floral designers in North Carolina gathered in Wrightsville Beach January 9-12 to showcase floral creations inspired by fine art.

"We are so happy that Art & The Bloom was a success and enjoyed by so many," said Barb Bittler, Co-chair of the event. "We would like to thank our artists, floral designers, the Wilmington Art Association, our many sponsors and donors, and especially the Blockade Runner Beach Resort for their support. We look forward to the many good projects the New Hanover Garden Club will be able to support to give back to our community."

The Designing Divas from Florida, a five-member team of nationally accredited jurors and flower show school instructors, judged the competition. Here are the top floral designers in the 2020 Art & The Bloom competition:

1st Place
Peggy Vineyard and Helene Pasin
Cape Fear Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

2nd Place
Polly Kopka
Gardenerettes and New River Garden Club, Hubert, NC

3rd Place
Suzanne Tarry
Apex, NC

Best Use of Color
Marge Comer
Coastal Garden Club, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

People's Choice Award
Roxanne Thompson
Wilmington, NC

(see winner's photos in the gallery below)

The four-day Art & The Bloom exhibition and competitive judging included expert demonstrations and workshops in floral design and flower pounding, botanical illustration and art, millinery fashion shows, gallery art sales, and a presentation-book signing for Gardening with Confidence by Helen Yoest, award-winning garden writer and founder of Bee Better.

Hands-on sessions included floral design demonstrations and wedding flower designs by the Designing Divas; how to draw butterflies using colored pencils by botanical illustrator Linda Koffenberger of Chapel Hill; creating coastal-style woodland tabletop settings by floral designer Kim Fisher from Washington, DC; and, the art of flower pounding by artist Pat Carlson from Chocowinity, NC.

New Hanover Garden Club, the organizer of Art & The Bloom, is federated through the National Garden Club and Garden Clubs of North Carolina. The event’s proceeds will benefit gardening projects and scholarships for nonprofit organizations. All activities were held at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

Contact:

Barb Bittler, Co-Chair
Art & The Bloom
910-616-0476

Robert B Butler
Communications | Public Relations
1st Place
Peggy Vineyard and Helene Pasin
Cape Fear Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

PRIMARY PLANT MATERIAL: purple statice, delphiniums, roses, calla lilies, green cymbidium orchids, light blue tweedum, cream lisianthus

Our flowers and arrangement were inspired by this beautiful painting reminiscent of Gustav Klimt with lush colors and traces of gold. Our challenge was deciding the appropriate flowers and container that would interpret and compliment the movement in the painting. The pedestal container is cracked gold, but gold leaf was added to a plastic liner inside the container to make it more visible. We used purple statice and delphinium on the left of the arrangement to compliment the height. We used roses and calla lilies to compliment the light orange circles. Below all of this we chose green cymbidium orchids for the green at the bottom of the painting. The many colors in this painting required the use of more specific colors and many flowers such as light blue tweedum and cream lisianthus, along with other appropriate fillers. We used light blue pipe cleaners to depict the squares at the bottom left and middle right of the painting.

Inspiration:
Barbara Bear Jamison
“Busy Bustling”
Oil and gold leaf, alcohol ink on panel

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Peggy Vineyard – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
2nd Place
Polly Kopka
Gardenerettes and New River Garden Club, Hubert, NC

PRIMARY PLANT MATERIAL: gladiolas, delphiniums, dianthus green ball, palm leaves, New Zeland flax

When I first looked at this art piece I immediately thought “built with Legos”. It looks like Frank Lloyd Wright might have played with Legos and built this as a child. Then looking more closely it reminded me of some of the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural designs, mainly because of the squares, rectangles and cantilevered floors. I’ve taken those shapes and colors to create my design; modern home, modern design.

Inspiration:
Elena Wright
“Somewhere”
Glass Mosaic

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Polly Kopka – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
3rd Place
Suzanne Tarry
Apex, NC

PRIMARY PLANT MATERIAL: spray roses, delphinium, Limonium, cottom, snapdragons, stock, eryngium, grevillea, silver brunia, foraged mosses

In my memory box
Are things I hold most dear
Treasures from my childhood, Memories passed and near

Special things once collected
A string of grandmother’s pearls
Dreams of days gone by
When I was just a girl

I open up the box
Reminisce for a moment or day
When everything was innocence
And every day was play

Inspiration:
Livy Hitchcock
“Child’s Play”
Pastel

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Suzanne Tarry – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
Best Use of Color
Marge Comer
Coastal Garden Club, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

The choice of metalwork and flowers with vertical lines compliment the New York streetscape.

Inspiration:
Janice Castiglione
“The Big Apple”
Watercolor

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
People's Choice Award
Station 27
Roxanne Thompson
Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Todd Lengyeltoti
“Meow”
Mixed media

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 People's Choice Award – Roxanne Thompson – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
2020 People's Choice Award – Roxanne Thompson – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
2020 Art & The Bloom – Set up day – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 07
Nancy Dickerson
Coastal Garden Club, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Inspiration:
Todd Carignan
“Fresh Seafood 1”
Oil

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 20
Connie Jo Goodson
Rose of Sharon Garden Club, Beulaville, NC

Inspiration:
Abigail Warman
“First Picinic”
Oil

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 21
Noel Morris
Sweetgrass Southern Market, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Inspiration:
Adrienne Watts
“Yesterday’s News”
Mixed Media

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 22
Linda Blankenship
Coastal Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Joan Croft Jones
“Out of Gear”
Metal and woods

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 23
Dee Ivey
The Plant Place, Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Ros Hancock
“Little Dancer”
Oil

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 29
Kim Cruz
Lewisville Garden Club, Tobaccoville, NC

Inspiration:
Melissa Wilgis
“Drifting”
Cyanotype Photogram

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 32
Linda McLendon
Lady Banks and Evergreen Garden Clubs, Dudley, NC

Inspiration:
Jeri Greenberg
“Breakfast in 3 Parts”
Pastel triptych

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 8
Diane Bauman
Lewisville Garden Club, Lewisville, NC

Inspiration:
Mary Welsh Austin
“Road Trip”
Acrylic

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 12
Sherry Jeffries
Coastal Garden Club, Bolivia, NC

Inspiration:
Sue Cunningham
“City Center”
Acrylic

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
Station 14:
Janet Warren
Cape Fear Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Mary E. Smith
Asian Influence

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 18
Trish Sumners
Lewisville Garden Club, Lewisville, NC

Inspiration:
George Pocheptsov
“Mermaids”
Gicl’ee on canvas

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 28
Katherine Wolf Webb
Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Ann Hair
“Strings”
Oil

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
2020 Art & The Bloom – Set up day – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 30
Dot Balkcum
Harbor Island Garden Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Inspiration:
Tom Conway
“Starfish-Macro View”
Photograph

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
Station 2
Barbara Walters
Rose of Sharon Garden Club, Jacksonville, NC

Inspiration:
Tracy Livingston Knox
“Passages”

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 13
Charles McLendon
Lady Banks and Evergreen Garden Clubs, Dudley, NC

Inspiration:
Harriet M. Forbis
“Hide and Seek”
Watercolor

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 15
Rachel Rawls
Lady Banks Garden Club, Dudley, NC

Inspiration:
Gail D. Smith
“First Arrival”
Oil on canvas

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Set up day – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 16
Sunshine Williams
Rose of Sharon Garden Club, Jacksonville, NC

Inspiration:
Kay Bilisoly
“Precious Metal”
Acrylic

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 17
Judy Albers
Westwood Garden Club, Winston Salem, NC

Inspiration:
Rose De Martini
“The Girl with the Red Bow”
Oil

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Set up day – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Station 25
Pat McCartan
New Hanover Garden Club, Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Janet Johnson
“A Moment in Time”
Soft pastels

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
Station 26
Brittney Wells Brown
Verzaal’s Florist and Events, Wilmington, NC

Inspiration:
Jeff Chase
“Goat Herder”
Photograph on watercolor paper

Photo courtesy of Karen Pennington
2020 Art & The Bloom – Courtesy of Scott Bittler
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