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February 7, 2013

19th century artists to inspire Garden Club show

The works of Claude Monet, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas will be turned into floral arrangements this spring in Cooperstown.

The Lake and Valley Garden Club will host “Spring Impressions: Influences of the Impressionists” at the Smithy Gallery on May 8 and 9. The club, which is part of the Garden Club of America, held its organizational meeting last Thursday at the Springfield home of organizer Lucy Townsend. A dozen members attended the meeting.

“As a part of the Garden Club, we are supposed to host these events,” Townsend said. “They have very strict principles for their events and that’s what we are meeting to work out.”

Townsend said she thinks this year’s theme will be a way to support the club’s guidelines while still having fun.

“This is not just a flower show,” she said. “This is a way to do something artistic for our members and the community.”

The displays will be based on the work of 19th century impressionists such as Monet and Manet and post-impressionists like Degas. Townsend said the works of other artists such as Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be used for inspiration.

The event will also feature old photos of Cooperstown gardens.

“People can play guess the garden,” Townsend said. “It is great to look at these old photos because a lot of these gardens are no longer around.” 

Awards will be given out for floral design, photography and horticulture.

Classes will also be offered in the various fields. The classes are open to the public if space is available. The show is open to the public.

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