Art to celebrate new season

Prince George—The beauty of the season is welcomed at the Prince George County Regional Center with a new exhibition—“Art from the Garden: A Celebration of Spring”, opening April 23 and on display until May 31. During Historic Garden Week (April 23–30), the exhibition will be accented with arrangements of fresh flowers from local gardens.

The centerpiece of “Art from the Garden” is a collection of botanical paintings and prints by Prince George artist Rosemarie Frye. The paintings capture the colors and textures of larkspur, pasture roses, blackberry lilies, iris, periwinkle, and many other blossoms.

A native of Germany, Frye acquired her love of flowers and nature from her grandfather, a horticulturalist, and her grandmother, an herbalist. “I tended my flower bed in their garden from the time I could carry a watering can,” said Frye. “I grew up surrounded by art in our home, in many books, in museums and very old churches.

I took art classes in high school and studied the masters, especially the watercolors of Dutch artist and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté.”

Frye’s talent did not go unnoticed. She won her first prize for art when she was eight years old! Since then, she has shown her work at the State Arboretum of Virginia, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Green Springs Gardens Park Horticultural Center (Alexandria), Historical Williamsburg Foundation, Middleburg Gallery, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums and many others. Her paintings hang in homes in Washington, D.C., Ohio, Maryland, England and Germany.

In addition to the botanical paintings and prints, “Art from the Garden” features wedding gowns of satin, chiffon and silk crepe dating from 1914 to the 1970s; delicate embroidered handkerchiefs, batiste baby clothes, vintage lace and linens with flower patterns and designs; and antique memory books, valentines, and other floral heirlooms.

Scattered throughout the exhibition are European perfume bottles and boudoir accessories from the Rosie and Dan Bodien Collection of Czech Glass donated to the Heritage Center’s Czech-Slovak holdings in 2015.

The exhibition is truly a celebration of all things ‘spring’,” said Heritage Center Executive Director Carol Bowman. “Botanical paintings, antique linens and laces with floral motifs, and wedding dresses worn by spring brides from the community—a real bouquet!”

“Art from the Garden: A Celebration of Spring” opens April 23 through May 31. The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Located at 6404 Courthouse Road in Prince George, the Center is free to the public and is fully accessible. For more information, call 804-863-0212.

Featured Photo: Contributed
Czech perfume bottles from the Bodien Collection on display until May 30.

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