Quirk Hotel Charlottesville is launching a new exhibition featuring a female artist inspired by the beauty of wildflowers and the kindness of others through the pandemic. The Generosity
Quirk Hotel Charlottesville is launching a new exhibition featuring a female artist inspired by the beauty of wildflowers and the kindness of others through the pandemic. The Generosity of Gardens will be on display at Quirk Gallery through March 28.
After recovering from her own cancer treatments, Anne Blackwell Thompson was bound and determined to pursue her dream/passion of learning how to harvest, press, preserve, and present various plant specimens using traditional, centuries-old techniques. She saw Stuart Thornton’s work in a magazine and decided that is who she wanted to learn from. In just a few weeks, Anne found herself on a plane headed to Italy to meet a stranger with whom she would live and be mentored.
The work Anne creates now is similar in style to Stuart’s, though a little more conservative and feminine. Her specimens are not treated with any chemicals, rather, her pressing process preserves colors and textures, as does the high end paper, adhesives, and museum-quality framing she opts for when presenting her work.
For this exhibition, she was inspired by the beauty of wildflowers in early pre-pandemic March when traveling down I-95 South at the beginning of her project. The unexpected developments of 2020 changed her plans, however she pressed on, calling on friends with lavish gardens and continuing to clip grasses and wildflowers along the roadside. In spite of temporary closures of many public gardens, Thompson was granted access to many for her work of which she notes, “The collection amassed for this exhibit reflects an incredible generosity of the spirit. It reflects the extraordinary kindness of humankind in an all too imperfect moment in time. It epitomizes how creativity can be fostered by cultivating relationships and how art and nature can enrich us as individuals and as a community. Nature is healing, it is restorative. In the middle of a pandemic—and in spite of it—nature’s bounty is remarkable.”
The Generosity of Gardeners celebrates the moments of kindness experienced during the tumult of the last several months. It serves as a brief departure from the stress and strife that continues and, by its position in the exhibition schedule, Thompson’s show signifies new growth and the promise of a new season.
The exhibition can also be experienced virtually here: https://www.quirkgallery.com/main-gallery-charlottesville.
January 28 (Thursday) 8:00 am - March 28 (Sunday) 8:00 am