Blooms in Winter

catch sight of summer at ECRAC’s Fabulous Florals show

Haley Wright

Artwork and flowers from the 2014 event.
Artwork and flowers from the 2014 event.

Chippewa Valley: get ready to enjoy fine art while smelling the roses at the Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, available for your sensory enjoyment daily Jan. 11-15. “Fabulous Florals and Fine Art is an annual special event for the arts center that combines beautiful local art with fantastic floral designs that interpret the art on exhibit,” explains Rose Dolan-Neill, ECRAC’s visual arts director. “There are always new and unique pieces of art on exhibit. This year’s event features multiple art mediums: acrylic, watercolor & oil paintings, photography, pottery, kiln-formed glass, hand-painted silk, a bowl made of newsprint and wood. Many local floral shops will create amazing floral arrangements: Avalon Floral, Brent Douglas, 4 Seasons, Chippewa Valley Floral. We also have florists from outside the Chippewa Valley: Aroma Florists and EL Design.” The event features many notable artists: Daniel Atyim, Karen Bejin, Wanrudee Buranakorn, Lori Chilefone, Dennis Ciesielski, CJ Connor, Sandra Cress, Judy Dekan, Joshua Dolan-Neill, Nancy Erickson Dutmer, Marcella Edmund, Morgan Hanson, Steve Immerman, Rick Koziel, Patricia Mayhew Hamm, Janice Morris, Mo Mousavi, Jeff Nelson, Daniel O’Brien, Erin O’Brien, Beth Peck, Jeannie Roberts, Christy Skuban, Mitchell Spencer, and Mel Sundby. Adds Dolan-Neill: “Our gallery features regional art all year round but this is the only exhibit that features beautiful floral arrangements. Expect warm, bright colors, the scents of summer, creative use of leaves and branches, original and sometimes whimsical artwork and, of course, flowers.” 

Fabulous Florals and Fine Art • Jan. 11-15, 9am-4:30pm • opening reception 5-7pm, Thursday, Jan. 12 • Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 832-2787 •

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