Superlatives abound at Garden Club show
A rapt viewer contemplates Ann Howes's arrangement inspired by a photo by Jeanne Campbell titled "Ladyslippers." Photo by Jon Ollwerther
Two floors filled with colorful floral arrangements complementing an array of works by well-known local artists greeted visitors to the Old Mill in West Tisbury, the site of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club's bi-annual Beauty and the Best exhibit last weekend. The exhibit is modeled on Art In Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and similar off-Island shows and has proved a hit with Vineyard audiences. The artwork included a wide variety of media and subjects from Island scenes to still lifes to abstract works. Nearly three dozen club members participated, accepting the challenge of designing an arrangement to enhance and harmonize with an artwork. The resulting interpretations were not only beautiful but fascinating, a tribute to the arrangers' imaginations and abilities.