Winnipeg Art Gallery Ball 2014

The Gallery ball is the black-tie event of the season, a glittering mix of art, fine dining, and live entertainment. All proceeds support kids programs at the WAG.

I was honored to be asked back this year to be one of the florists to design pieces for Gallery #1.

This year our gallery was filled with paintings done around the time of the Renaissance with mostly religious subject matter.”

Large abstract colour field painting that picked up the red in the other works - very well curated.
“Large abstract colour field painting that picked up the red in the other works – very well curated.”

I really enjoyed meeting the Gallery committee and a couple of the other florists in advance to walk around the gallery and get a feel for what the night would look like.  Its a lovely experience to have the freedom to collaborate and share ideas without any sense of competition.  I also appreciated the trust the committee showed in creating the concept for the centerpieces.

"Some of the older works were framed with plain wood frames, and some of the contemporary ones were painted right on wood planks.  So it was decided that the containers would be wood and the flowers in the red family.  My partner in crime, Penny  was lucky enough to scrounge a bunch of grape crates from a neighbour, and used these to make flower boxes of various shapes and sizes."
“Some of the older works were framed with plain wood frames, and some of the contemporary ones were painted right on wood planks. So it was decided that the containers would be wood and the flowers in the red family. My partner in crime, Penny was lucky enough to scrounge a bunch of grape crates from a neighbour, and used these to make flower boxes of various shapes and sizes.”

When it came to choosing the florals, the color red was a no brainer.  I considered a monochramatic look but feared it may look a little too Christmassey.  Rich purples came to mind as it is a very royal color.  The blooms itself were a mix of orchids, anthuriums, leucodendron, kale, carnations and magnolia.

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I had one last crop of grapes on the vines in my backyard and thought this was the perfect final touch that tied in the crates but also brought deeper thoughts of many religious communities, communion.
I had one last crop of grapes on the vines in my backyard and thought this was the perfect final touch that tied in the crates but also brought deeper thoughts of many religious communities, communion.
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Table #6 was one of my favorites as the branches were a bit of a mistake. As I was fastening them to the top of the magnolia, a few slipped and I just loved the look, so I kept it. It reminded me that some of the most beautiful things come from unplanned accidents.
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I was thrilled that local artist Penny Kovacs was able to work with me on this project and help with the concept as well as create all the boxes. (With much help from husband, Wade) I can’t wait to see what we’ll come up with next year! -Quotes are from Penny

A few final shots of the room and art.  I can’t thank photographer and friend Jodie Bezdzietny enough for the beautiful photographs.

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