Art in Bloom Opens Tonight

The Marion Art Center’s Art in Bloom opens tonight at 6pm, and organizers and volunteers gathered Friday afternoon to prepare the exhibit. Works by Mary Jane McCoy and Arthur Kvarnstrom will be paired with interpretative floral arrangements by members of the Marion Garden Discussion Group.

Bobby Fuller and Karilon Grainger assembled an arrangement for a McCoy painting.

“I love her use of color,” Grainger said. “It’s fun re-creating and interpreting the paintings as best we can. It always gets interesting discussions going with visitors.”

MAC Executive Director Deborah Bokelkamp said that Kvarnstrom and his wife were en route from New York.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting him,” Bokelkamp said. “His is a special kind of work, plein air, all watercolors created outdoors and all about variation on a theme.”

Bokelkamp said that Marion artist McCoy’s “interiors and gardens are so vibrant.”

The arrangements take the exhibit to a different level.

“It’s so cool to see what people come up with,” Bokelkamp said. “It’s a summery, fresh exhibit.”

Art in Bloom runs through July 13. The Marion Art Center Gallery is open on Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

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