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SUBMITTED by Nanette Hance, Artisans' Loft (4-May-2010)

With over thirty entries in the 1st annual "Artistry in Bloom" show at Artisans' Loft this past weekend, attendees had an opportunity to vote for "Best of Show" in a variety of categories. The show
featured everything and more with a floral flair...oils, watercolors, photographs, silk flower arrangements, fresh flower arrangements and May Day Baskets.

Best of Show in the professional floral designer category went to Lagoner Farms of Williamson for their "Wedding Bells Are Ringing" table which was a fully dressed reception table. The
display was complete with a cascading centerpiece featuring calla lilies, lisyanthis, hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria lilies, spray roses and more, in a wired wrapped clear glass vase set against a black backdrop adorned with scattered orchid petals.

In the amateur floral designer category there was a tie for Best of Show between Janice Hoysic of Webster and Chester A. Peters of Pultneyville. Hoysic's entry was an old fashioned bouquet of fresh flowers artistically arranged in a unique glass wine decanter in a tall metal stand. The entry by Peters was a basket of fragrant fresh cut spring garden flowers and blooming spring tree sprigs that would have been used in the  early to mid 1900s as a home funeral arrangement. At 91 one years young, Peters, in his earlier days, had a florist shop on Main Street in Williamson. He grew his own flowers in his greenhouses on Stoney Lonesome Road. He fondly recalls the days when calla lilies, as used in the centerpiece by Lagoners, brought $12-$15 a dozen, the same flowers, which today, can command a price of $9.50 per stem!

Paintings and photographs depicting floral studies were also entered in the show. Judy Stahl of Rochester received Best of Show in the oil painting category for her pink and white Peony Study which portrayed a vase of freshly picked peony stems. Margaret Wilson of Marion, was voted Best of Show recipient for her life-like watercolor called Colorful Columbines. Valerie Dysinger of Williamson was voted Best of Show in the photography category for her  close-up of a mauvey pink Hellebores bloom with a white center, a flower often seen in seasonal gardens.

In the May Day Basket category, Susan DeNagel of Pultneyville received Best of Show for her traditional hanging May Day basket which would have anonymously been hung on the door of a neighbor or friend to welcome spring. The basket was a family heirloom, which at one time belonged to her grandmother, and was filled with purple violets and adorned with tulle and cascading ribbons.

Best of Show in the silk flower category went to floral designer, Carol Burkwit of Pultneyville. With a passion for all things beautiful, her basket was overflowing with lush yellow spring flowers arranged with an artistic flair.

Artisans' Loft is most appreciative for the participation in what was the first annual Artisans' Loft May Day exhibit. The event, according to Nanette Hance, gallery owner, provided an opportunity to showcase and recognize the creative talents of painters, photographers and both amateur and professional floral designers who share a passion for flowers.

Artisans' Loft is a unique fine art and gift gallery situated along the Seaway Trail in Historic Pultneyville. The gallery features the work of over 60 local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists.


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