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One of the many pieces on view is this limited-edition centerpiece with cymbidiums and other orchid flowers by Helen Boehm, (photo courtesy of American Orchid Society)
TRAVEL THROUGH TIME WITH ORCHIDS THROUGH THE ARTISTS’ EYES
AT FAIRCHILD GARDEN
Coral Gables, FL, April 27th 2017 – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the American Orchid Society (AOS) are pleased to announce the opening of “Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes,” an exhibition of historic and contemporary botanical art inspired by orchids. The exhibition will be on view daily in the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center from May 13 – June 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Orchids have been a source of artistic inspiration throughout the ages. Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes features various mediums such as porcelain, jewelry, textiles, watercolors and photography. Some notable pieces on display include the rare Imperial Edition of Reichenbachia, prints from Lindenia: Iconography of Orchids and Boehm porcelain.
"We're very excited to present these amazing artworks, some of which have never been on public display before,” explained Robert Fuchs, Trustee of the American Orchid Society and Director of Orchids Through the Artists' Eyes. “The works include both historic and contemporary botanical artists, porcelains, jewelry, textiles, photography and much, much more. Orchids have been artistic subjects for hundreds of years, and we have a stunning collection of orchid-themed art to share with Fairchild visitors," Fuchs said.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Fairchild and the AOS, which moved its international headquarters to the Garden in 2012. It was originally founded in 1921 and currently has more than 8,500 members and 600 affiliated orchid societies.
After exploring the exhibition, guests can view the Orchid Odyssey display in the Simons Rainforest—the only outdoor tropical rainforest in the continental U.S. As guests follow the winding paths, they will discover streams, ancient ferns, and a color wheel of vibrant orchids. The AOS library will also be open to the public from May 18 – 21. It features a wall-to-wall collection of premiere orchid books, many rare and old. Fairchild is the permanent home of the AOS library.
Exhibition entry is included in garden admission: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.
For more info, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, FL, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more.
About American Orchid Society
Founded in 1921 as the connecting place for people whose common interest is the orchid, the American Orchid Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To promote the appreciation of orchids, the American Orchid Society delivers the most up-to-date, accurate, educational information about orchid culture and sponsors research and conservation initiatives to improve the outlook for orchids around the globe.