Floral Contemplations: The Duality of Vision, New Work by Mary Ahern
May 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 17, 2018
May 17 – June 17, 2018
Open to the Public Thursdays – Sundays 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Opening Reception: May 20, 2018, 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
Mary Ahern brings her award-winning style of floral and garden-inspired art to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum from May 17 through June 17, 2018. Three galleries of her floral portraits will be on display at the historic Manor House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River NY. The galleries are open on Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am until 4 pm.
Mary Ahern, known for her brilliant floral and garden paintings will be showing her latest large-scale flower portraits. As a passionate gardener who is inspired by the gardens she designed and tends surrounding her own studio, these flowers represent to her a microcosm of the universe. The large scale of these individual portraits asks questions beyond the canvas.
What is the purpose for such magnificence in nature? What is the reason for such color, such form, such diversity? What is their relationship to the communities to which they belong, their relationships with other plants and species that sustain them, invade them and nourish them. What of their lifecycle of birth, growth, senescence, and rebirth? As humans, what can we learn from their seemingly simple existence?
Initially, we see with our eyes. We name it, identify it and classify it. But we also have a duality of vision which allows us to contemplate with an inner vision. This art invites both the external and internal views.