Floral Contemplations: The Duality of Vision
Artist Talk Saturday June 9, 2018 1pm. Open to the Public
Arboretum Room in the Historic Manor House Galleries
May 17 – June 17, 2018
Galleries Open to the Public Thursdays – Sundays 11 am until 4 pm
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Historic Manor House
440 Montauk Highway
Great River NY 11739
In conjunction with her month long art exhibition, Mary Ahern will discuss how flowers represent a microcosm of the universe in their cycles of living and loving, families and relationships as well as their quest for survival and eventual senescence and rebirth.
Mary’s immersive and personal experience with the flowers in her garden and studio caused her to reflect on the importance – both visually and emotionally – of what these living subjects mean to her. In her talk, she will share that meaning in hopes that audience members will contemplate, along with her a greater appreciation of the natural wonder of the world surrounding them. With a duality of external and internal vision, Ahern invites viewers to see the beauty and intricacy of flowers in her oversized paintings.
In their boldness, she suggests a contemplation of their relevance and ours in the social order of our universe. Mary has degrees in painting and ornamental horticulture with a specialty in landscape design. She received a certificate in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens.