May-June Art Exhibit
May 1 - June 30 2015
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room
Orchids and Iris bring forth superlatives from all who behold their beauty. Both will be exquisitely brought to life in Jamie Kirkell’s exhibition “Iris and Orchids in The Garden.” at Garvan Woodland Gardens. His paintings plus gorgeous tapestries will be on exhibit from May 1- June 30, 2015, culminating with a wonderful 2-day Silk Painting workshop June 28-29, 2015
His silk floral paintings are fresh and delightful. Some of the florals seemingly abstract bring a delightful perspective to the study of both the Orchid and Iris. Embodying the spirit of botanical art by depicting the complete flower, his works integrates classical and modern influences. However, what is makes his work so alive is his use of colors, design and textures. What comes through is his understanding of how silk interacts, and blends with color and form.
His vibrant paintings are a product of his stay in Java, Indonesia, where he studied batik and textile design under Master Batik artist Bambang Oetoro. His interest in orchid collecting and floral design flourished while he was in the Philippines with the United States Peace Corps. Kirkell’s commissioned paintings are in collections throughout the United States including the Chrysler Building in New York, TRW Headquarters Cleveland, Turnberry Isle Resort Aventura FL, Carnival Tours International, Miami, Sibson International, Princeton NJ, Columbus 1 Building, Ohio, and Sashay Dance Studios, Sarasota FL.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.