Superlatives abound at Garden Club show

Ann Howes and Jeanne Campbell
A rapt viewer contemplates Ann Howes's arrangement inspired by a photo by Jeanne Campbell titled "Ladyslippers." Photo by Jon Ollwerther

By Pat Waring - June 28, 2007

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.

While the doors to the historic building were opened both Saturday and Sunday, guests attending Friday's gala reception also enjoyed wine and delicacies from an abundant buffet, along with mellow jazz by Wes Nagy and Atzik Marquez. A large crowd of art and flower enthusiasts socialized and relaxed on the brookside lawn, enjoying the old-fashioned up-Island atmosphere before finally being driven indoors by a rain squall. Inside, the festivities continued as patrons admired the work of talented friends and neighbors.

Sisters Nancy Cabot and Judy Bryant co-chaired the exhibit with Barbara Harnen and Betty Ann Honey organizing the reception and Pat Adler, president elect, overseeing the event.