Gallery owner Holly Alaimo (left) serves hors d'oeuvres to Alida O'Loughlin and Gary Mottau. Mr. Mottau's wire sculptures were on display. Photos by Keri McLeod

Flower art opens Dragonfly

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - May 18, 2006

Flowers are usually presented as a gift, to congratulate, surprise, or soothe. But for the past 11 years Holly Alaimo has unashamedly asked people to give her flowers. The result is the annual Flower Art Show at Ms. Alaimo's Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Flowers of every description fill the gallery in a delightful mixed media show by Island artists.

The May 13 opening reception was packed with people hungry for a taste of spring and eager to emerge from winter's hibernation in an atmosphere of flowers and friendship. Indeed, a trip to the Dragonfly Gallery is like visiting a dear friend.

Ms. Alaimo puts out the call for flower art and she never knows what type of flowers will come through the door. This year's crop is especially lovely and also lively with unexpected pieces.

"Toad On A Toadstool" by Virginia Gosselin.

Traeger di Pietro's acrylics are tweaked still life paintings with lots of texture and color. You can feel the breeze blowing through Lanny McDowell's paintings while Gary Mottau's wire flower sculptures actually moved, bobbing up and down as people passed.

Linda Hearn of West Tisbury stopped by Hermine Hull's house in autumn with a bouquet of sunflowers, the last of the season. Ms. Hull put them into a stoneware vase with a blue stripe and was immediately inspired to paint the scene. "Linda's Last Bouquet" hangs at the Dragonfly for all to enjoy, one of three paintings Ms. Hull has in the show.

Talk about surprises, Virginia Gosselin's "Toad On A Toadstool" is just filled with them. Her painting is full of tiny gifts for observers who can't help but smile when they look at her work. All three of Ms. Gosselin's paintings fairly leap off the wall with bright colors and a joy unbound.

Whether you want to celebrate the opening of another art season or you would like to experience the joy that springs from creating flower art, visit the Dragonfly Gallery and pick your favorite flower.

"Flower Art Show," at the Dragonfly Gallery, Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs, Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21 from 12 noon to 7 pm. For more information, call 508-693-8877.