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19 Market Sq #9Newburyport, MA 01950
33 Carolyn RoadLynn, MA 01905
1165R Massachusetts AveArlington, MA 02476
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Massachusetts Flowers News
May 24, 2018
2018 'Art in Bloom' exhibit runs this weekend at Fitchburg museum
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FITCHBURG -- Spring has finally come to Massachusetts -- and to the Fitchburg Art Museum.
For the 20th year, visitors to Art in Bloom this weekend can look at the artwork in the museum alongside flower interpretations created by local residents.
Near Yasumasa Morimura's painting of Frida Kahlo is a pedestal with flowers arranged similarly to the ones that appear around Kahlo's head. By Mohamad Hafez's sculpture of ruins emerging from a suitcase are flowers poking out of a pot that appears to be at a similar level of decay.
The event opened Thursday with "Hidden Treasures," a tour specifically designed for patients with dementia and their caregivers.
"We try to activate long-term memory," said Ann Descoteaux, director of docents at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
Jane Epstein talks about how this arrangement of flowers was a representation of a piece by Dinora Justice during the 2018 Art in Bloom event.
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She said docents lead the group through eight or nine pieces of art work each month and ask questions leading to conversation that can be sometimes serious, sometimes humorous.
"It can be a very failure-free experience, because art is always up to interpretation," said Kristi Mendoza, Alzheimer... Apr 6, 2018
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises
The Potting Shed and went to work on reformulating with the new talc," says Starr, whose company is located in Saxonville, Massachusetts.Starr also had an extended search for a new supplier for picture frame parts. The vendor he used shut down in 2004, and Starr couldn't find one that would make high-quality parts. He stopped producing the frames, but kept looking. Just last year, he finally found one, and has returned the frames to his product line.Now Starr faces another shortage: A second component for his clay is no longer available. "This could turn out to be a real dilemma for us if we cannot find an alternative," he says.Sometimes supply disruptions force companies to make major changes in how they do business. When Italy went through an economic crisis nearly 10 years ago, companies went out of business, including some suppliers to Mark Fink's business selling imported hardware to furniture and cabinet makers. And his biggest vendor began turning out substandard products that Fink's company, Wood Technology, couldn't use. When it was clear Fink wasn't going to get the quality he needed, he had to tell his biggest customer he wouldn't be their supplier anymore."It was a very difficult position to be in and painful to part with nearly $2 million in annual revenue," says Fink, whose company is located in Pittsboro, North Carolina.That happened as the U.S. economy was still suffering after the Great Recession, making it hard to find new business and make up the revenue. Fink developed new products including motorized lifts used to store flat panel TVs in decorative cabinets. He also increased his online business."You just don't give up — we're a small entrepreneurial business," he says.While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," says Woods, whose company is located in Tickfaw, Louisiana. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Widespread Electric sells about half a million breakers a year, with some costing as much as $25,000. The cost is worth it for a business that otherwise would have to retrofit its power systems.Supply shortages are an inherent part of the electrical business, Vaughn says."It's directed by the manufacturers themselves," he says. "They put out a product line and sell it with a planned obsolescence program behind it."_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberg...Feb 8, 2018
Glass Flowers: Harvard's Museum of Natural History
The museum is very family friendly and offers free admission to teachers and all Massachusetts residents on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. - noon — a particularly good time to go as it is much easier to snag on-street parking. Regular weekday admission is modest.The museum is probably most famous for its Glass Flowers exhibit. Created by commission in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Blaschka botanical models were created by a father and son glassmaking team as a teaching tool to capture information about plants and their unique characteristics. The creations, over 800 of them, are made purely of glass, with only some using wire supports. The coloring and accuracy of these works of art will have you believing they are real, and their intricate detail will astound you.Particularly impressive is the collection of animal specimens of the African and Asian continents. Whether it is a primate, big cat, rodent or bird, the extent and condition of the taxidermy is outstanding. The cases are grouped by region and animal type and it is fun to watch youngsters gaze up at the giant rhinoceros or the roaring lion.The Great Mammal hall houses bison, elk, bear, and a giraffe. Not to be missed are the soaring whale skeletons suspended from the ceiling. Two levels are available to view the collection and ... (Woburn Daily Times)Jan 12, 2018
GREEN THUMBS UP: Yuletide plants brighten winter days
She is a member of a local garden club, past president of the New England Daylily Society, an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and is employed at a garden center. (Wicked Local Kingston)Dec 8, 2017
Advance tickets for Feb. 7 floral seminar on sale
His historical floral design work has been featured at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts. DelPrince has delivered talks and written about the flowers of Tennessee Williams’ plays, and delivered a floral lecture-demonstration at the Tennessee Williams in Europe Conference, The University of Nancy, France.On faculty with Mississippi State University since 1996, he has taught floral design to over 5,000 students and professional florists. Since 2015, at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, he has developed educational and research programs benefitting flower growers, florists and floral enthusiasts. MSU Extension is the first of its kind to initiate and maintain educational and research programming in floral design in the United States. (Mulletwrapper)