Florida: Where Art Meets Nature

Florida is many things. Boring is not one of them. Our recent trip on the eve of Spring break, drove that point home. Do you recognize any of the wanton Phalaenopsis orchids in the photo, thriving on the tree trunks? ( I’ve killed several attempting to raise them a dry New England home). They’re at home in Florida.

One thing that jumped out in Miami was how intensely nature informs art. I’ve never been to the south of Florida before. As with many temperate places, warmth creates an enduring sense of wellbeing in the out-of-doors. As a plant lover, I totally appreciated being surrounded by hardy flowers that thrive 12 months of the year. As an artist, I was struck by the intensity of color found in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Fairchild boasts the largest collection of palm tree varieties in the world growing on acres of tropical vegetation and orchids growing on every surface you can imagine.

The day before we flew home (just ahead of COVID 19), we were joined by a good friend who took us on a long walk through a ginormous street installation in downtown Miami called Wynwood Walls. Wynwood represents a neighborhood revitalization begun in 2011 that tapped local and international artists who created enduring artwork in a depressed area of the city. The effect is wonderfully diverse. You can see a video of Wynwood here. I’m not sure I remember seeing many of the images- it’s that huge! 

Art Meets Nature
Did you know that Sponge Bob hails from Miami?
Art Meets Nature
Wildflower bursting with life, art same. Can you imagine what the home decor looks like?
Art Meets Nature
Orchids belong in hair. Or everywhere.
Art Meets Nature
I can see this design on an outside patio wall.
Art Meets Nature
Love this charioteer. Palm fronds of every kind were GIGANTIC.
Art Meets Nature
Coffee anyone?
Art Meets Nature
Nature lover. Did I mention we were in downtown Miami on the eve of Spring Break?
Art Meets Nature
Art Meets Nature
Chihuly was here? We missed the museum in St. Petersburg but the art ( and variations of it) is everywhere.
Art Meets Nature
Beautiful lady. Sometimes, the sheer size of some murals alone is impressive. I like this one.

Shinyribs is an American country-soul, swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas- front man, Kevin Russell is doing solo concerts Saturday nights on Facebook.  Like him and watch for the next show online this Saturday. It’s fun and relaxing. In the meantime..Who built the Moon?

Mother’s Day is incoming. With fairs cancelling, we have scarves ready to ship. Who needs a scarf for Mother’s Day? You do!

Ophelia
Ophelia, new this Spring in chiffon- in stock now.

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