It’s The First Weekend In Our Meteorological Spring

 In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, spring officially began yesterday on March 01, 2014. But you sure wouldn’t know it by looking outside last night or this morning. That’s when Stormageddon returned with a blast of Winterpast. It didn’t start out that way, because we had a family outing scheduled for late afternoon and evening as the Saint Louis Art Museum officially welcomed spring to the museum.

ArtInBloom  After a five-year hiatus that allowed the Museum to construct the new East Building and reconfigure all the galleries in the original Cass Gilbert building, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art  and fresh flowers returned to the Wicket City.

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 And an abundance of spring’s blooming bounty shared the galleries with works art from all ages and all parts of the world. As custom,  local florists and garden clubs were invited to present their interpretations of 31 works of art selected from the Museum’s vast collections … from Egyptian mummies to native artifacts to Modern Art. Here are some of the works that caught my eye.

ISLAMIC BASIN  - 1927 -  EGYPTIAN

ISLAMIC BASIN – 1927 – EGYPTIAN

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SPOUTED VESSEL - QUAPAW

SPOUTED VESSEL – QUAPAW

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PEDESTAL CLOCK

PEDESTAL CLOCK

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With my brother and niece in the background.

WATER LILIES - CLAUDE MONET

WATER LILIES – CLAUDE MONET

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ACROBATS - MAX BECKMANN

ACROBATS – MAX BECKMANN

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Sorry, Beekmann is always a bit out of focus for me.

TANG DYNASTY -BACTRIAN CAMEL

TANG DYNASTY -BACTRIAN CAMEL

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The two flower arrangements in the center are the floral interpretations of the MUSE CALLIOPE FIREPLACE PANELS on either side of the photo. This photo was taken in the Museum’s original library overlooking Art Hill, the park and the now mostly frozen Grand Basin.

TWILIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS - ALFRED T. BRITCHER

TWILIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS – ALFRED T. BRITCHER

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CRADLE - CHEYENNE (The Danforth Native American Collection)

CRADLE – CHEYENNE (The Danforth Native American Collection)

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This was my favorite flower arrangement.

And for a couple of flower arrangements saluting the new contemporary galleries …DSC09189

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And I did find one painting that reflected  the weather that was beginning to form outside the Museum’s walls … Outisidejpg

But before that started, we were all able to head over to the HILL for a great Italian dinner and get home. This morning we woke up to freezing rain, sleet, near zero temps and snow.

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Posted on March 2, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT!, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Ugh on your weather, but what a fun challenge for the florists. I particularly like “Twilight in the Wildnerness.”

    • Also, “Wilderness.” Did I mention I’m exhausted? Expect a mass of typos!

    • The museum didn’t even open on Sunday which was the last day of Art In Bloom … but they did have over 12,000 visitors on Saturday.

      • I LOVE the way people in St. Louis support the arts. Probably why you guys are smiling and happy there.

      • Of course it helps a lot when all of the museums have free admissions. Even when it’s a special road show exhibit that does charge a fee for admission, Fridays are always free to all. Also the city was built by businessmen who felt it was their duty to share their access to culture with everyone. And to never tell anyone they were doing it. We were a city built by anonymous donors.

  2. These are beautiful. You have posted photos of every one that I chose as my favorite (I had lots of favorites!)

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