I was an angry young man
That I was a billboard
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
~ Talking Heads, "(Nothing But) Flowers"
The St. Louis Art Museum will be hosting its annual (?) Art in Bloom weekend in March, and they caught me with promotional materials just when I was feeling vulnerable. And also flush with cash, since the IRS has already deposited my refund. (It's earmarked for truck repairs, but it still makes me feel expansive.) Whim indulgence in full sway! There are two lectures on Friday, so I asked for Friday off and bought tickets; and it turns out there's a hands-on flower arranging workshop on Thursday with a master floral designer and all materials provided, so I bought a ticket for that too.
In this hands-on workshop, Tony Montano of the popular Buds Floral Design will demonstrate some of the design ideas and techniques that have made his custom haute couture floral arrangements so sought after by cultural institutions, party planners, and brides alike. After the demonstration, participants will create an elegant arrangement to take home with the help of Montano and his team. No experience is necessary, and all floral materials and tools will be provided. Space is limited, and advance tickets are required.
In My Little Town, "Bud's" is an automotive repair shop, not a floral designer, but I'll get over that. Here's an interesting arrangement from Buds' website:
I'm excited about the workshop - I'd generally rather be DOING something than just admiring something - but then I looked at info about the Friday lecturers.
Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades, with a career spanning the fashion, gardening, entertaining, publishing and decorative arts worlds. Roehm worked alongside Oscar de la Renta for 10 years before launching her own fashion house in 1985. A discerning eye and passion for beauty led her into the world of flowers, where her books are often referred to as the best in their field.
Books! She has books! One of which is a sumptuous book of her own photographs of her own flowers, and I must have this book. To fondle. To draw from (for learning purposes, not copyright infringement). But mostly to possess.
Her website says all books ordered from the site are autographed, and I thought, hey, that's cool ... but Firefox said it wasn't cool. Firefox said the security credentials on this site weren't up to snuff, and it wouldn't let me go there. So now what? I order from Amazon and deprive Carolyne of that direct sale? (Or I ask my local independent bookstore to order one for me?) And then take it to the Art Museum to see if she'll sign it. OR, maybe I should just see if Internet Explorer will let me in on this poorly secured site, and use Amex with its various fraud protections.
Yeah yeah, another enthusiastic impulse. Here's the other lecturer:
Debra Prinzing, award-winning author and outdoor living expert, will discuss her sustainable approach to floral design and demonstrate designing with local and seasonal botanical elements. Prinzing will share her best ideas from her books The 50 Mile Bouquet and Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm and offer "green design."
She sounds like someone I'll be especially interested in, so I'll wait until after her lecture/demo to decide which of her books to procure ...
DUH. [thunks self on head] Their books will be available at the Art Museum Gift Shop, no doubt.