It was a breath of spring air inside the Addison Gallery of American Art last week as several works of art blossomed into colorful floral arrangements for the gallery’s “Addison in Bloom” exhibit.

The Andover Garden Club presented the show, which brought together the talents of members of several area horticultural organizations for a show-stopping display that attracted upwards of 600 people over its two-day run.

Floral designers from Andover’s three clubs — the Spade & Trowel Club, the Village Garden Club and Andover Garden — combined with members of the North Andover Garden Club and the Boxford Village Garden Club to push the boundaries of traditional arranging.

The end result was floral interpretations of a dozen pieces from the Addison’s extensive collection as well as the gallery’s current exhibition, “Light/Dark, White/Black” with its more minimal, momochromatic works.

Sponsors included Ardito, Toscano & McCollum, P.C.; Bank of America, Bulger Animal Hospital, Century Bank, Heather Moody Holman (RE/MAX Partners, Andover), Hewlett-Packard Company, Pentucket Bank and The Savings Bank. In addition, local florists Les Fleurs of Andover and Flowers by Steve of Bradford contributed stand-alone flower arrangements to further enhance the gallery.

Interpretive touch

The participating garden club members and the works they interpreted were:

Joyce Bakshi, Andover Garden Club, “Untitled,” painted wood by Louise Nevelson

Jennifer Cullen‐Struhl/Sandra Clevesy, Andover Garden Club,‐ “Cicada” by Charles Burchfield

Mary deSmet/Fran Karalli, Andover Garden Club, “Pheasant and Wisteria” by Sir Lionel Arthur Lindsay

Adrienne Goldman, Andover Garden Club, “Linear Construction No. 2 Variation, No.1” by Naum Gabo

Maria Shapiro, Andover Garden Club, “First Communion” by Wendy Ewald

Nancy Norbedo, Andover Garden Club, “Triptych” by Maud Morgan

Carol Prentiss, Andover Garden Club, “Monadnock Angel“ by Abbo Handerson Thayer

Ann Lange,  Andover Garden Club, Untitled monoprint on paper by Nancy Haynes

Amy Flynn, Boxford Village Garden Club, “Summer, Sea, Window, Red Curtain” by Marsden Hartley

Rita DeLollis, Village Garden Club, “Abstract Nature” by James Prosek

Belva Hopkins, Spade and Trowel Garden Club, “Shadow in a Corner I, III, IV” by Carroll Dunham

Phila Slade, Connie Hall and Cathy Fowler, North Andover Garden Club, “Hill Town” by Charles Prendergast


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