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floral finesse “Orchid Daze” at ABG

Special events are scheduled throughout the “Orchid Daze” exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Guided Exhibition Tours are at 1 PM Saturdays, through April 13. Orchid Market Weekends are March 9-10 and April 13-14, featuring live orchids from local growers, supplies, expert advice and orchid art. The Atlanta Orchid Society Show is from 9 AM-5 PM March 8-10, with hundreds of orchids on display and sale.

“Franke, Foltz & Friends,” on view April 25-May 10 at Huff Harrington Fine Art, features a scenic showcase of works by Atlanta artists Nancy Franke and Doug Foltz. Opening reception: 6-8 PM April 25. Pictured: Nancy Franke’s “Bright and Shiny,” 12 x 12, oil on canvas. 40

The prized posies at Atlanta Botanical Garden are taking an artistic turn at “Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty,” as the fanciful blooms are fantastically staged in a series of Daliesque vignettes for the annual show, on view now through April 14. The Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center, home to one of the country’s largest collection of species orchids, has been transformed into a funhouse gallery – complete with distorting mirrors, unexpected juxtapositions and eye-popping color. “Orchids are such intriguingly odd flowers, we want to celebrate their whimsical and playful personalities,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director. “What better way to showcase orchids than through the lens of surrealism?” Indeed, an orchid “rain” in pink and white descends from above. Umbrella clouds hover in mid-air, some pouring water droplets into splashing pools. Orchid-filled stilettos blossom from a “shoe tree” of faux fur-covered branches. Mirrored walls distort both flower and viewer, fusing the two into bizarre hybrid forms.

For a memorable dinner presentation, L’OBJET’s platinumplated orchid napkin jewels sparkle with Swarovski crystals. Set of 4, $150. Available at Kathryn Leach Home, Atlanta.

Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  
Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  

Third cover of Spring 2013 issue for better newsstand coverage on sale May 2013.