Art Blooms Gala

The Art Blooms Gala is an event held once a year at Annmarie Sculpture Garden located in Solomons, MD. The gala celebrates nature as an art form and all proceeds go to a local “Save the Earth” program called Chespax.

The floral arrangements are brought in the day of the big event, but a lot of planning and work go into these from-nature masterpieces. The florist chose a piece of art currently in the Annmarie's Gallery weeks in advance and then planned a unique flower arrangement inspired by their chosen piece. The finished floral arrangements are then displayed next to their matching artwork, creating a beautiful yet abstract reflection.

What does one wear to an Art Blooms Gala?

You cannot go wrong with a little black dress, especially when attending a classy event. When you find yourself going to a gala where the main attractions are an array of bold colorful flowers, you want your outfit to be more understated and neutral. I found my black cocktail dress at Lulu’s, an online clothing store with amazing merchandise!

I matched my simple black cocktail dress with nude heels and a bold piece of jewelry. I found these statement earrings a couple weeks ago at Earthbound Trading Company in Gatlinburg TN. I paired them with a large gold bracelet with a bird motif from Lulu’s.

The current exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Garden is called Beach Comber Art. The show will be displayed in the gallery until August 4th. This exhibit focuses on an artist’s relationship with the seaside. The Director of Education at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center A. Mark Haddon and adjunct faculty member Jenny Walton at the College of Southern Maryland juried the show.

The Art Blooms Gala had amazing appetizers provided by Rouge Fine Catering.

My Top 3 Floral Arrangements

Coral by Brenda Elmore
Materials: Sedum, Succulents, Pressed Moss, Wood, Stone, and Glass

Matching Artwork

Coral by Catherine M. Maroney
Material: Bondo, Resin

The Fauvist Sunset by Anna O. Kelly
Materials: Color infused orchid, Mini Chrysanthemum Mum, Painted Aspidistra Leaves, Painted banana stick-dried, Painted Cholla (cactus) – dried, and Painted wood tray

Matching Artwork

The fauvist Sunset by Theresa Alo
Materials: Clay

Calm After the Storm by Brenda Elmore
Materials: Licorice Plant, Sea Holly, Ornamental Pepper, Dusty Miller, Persian Shield, Wood, Stone, Shell, Glass, and Shark Tooth

Matching Artwork

Calm After the Storm by J. Luray Schaffner
Materials: Mixed Media Collage

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