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In bloom: More than 1,000 flowers fill Cornell Art Museum for 'Flora' exhibit

Here’s how the Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach will celebrate the recent arrival of spring: by filling the entire museum with flowers.

There are Swarovski crystal-bejeweled flowers, giant dandelions that dangle upside-down from the museum’s ceiling and Andy Warhol’s early ink drawings of flowers in cups. Artist David Spiller’s pop art painting “Tell It to the Stars” depicts a pair of flowers in bloom. One Cornell gallery contains artist Amanda McCavour’s “Floating Garden,” a cascade of 1,000 embroidered dailies, buttercups and asters assembled into a colorful tapestry on the ceiling. (Each flower took hours to embroider, and the project took five years, McCavour says in a prepared statement.)

The verdant lives of plants are in the spotlight for “Flora,” a flower-themed exhibition opening Friday, March 30, at the Cornell. The show rounds up works by 30 contemporary artists, including pieces that incorporate unusual materials, such as surfboards, dyed ficus leaves and logos of luxury-apparel brands. The installation “Enchanted Forest,” from South Florida artists Diane Arrieta and Cheryl Maeder, fills one gallery with a multimedia installation of flowers, film, photography, sculpture and sound art.

Visitors can mingle with “Flora” artists during an opening reception Thursday, March 29, which will include food and drink.

When: Friday, March 30, through Sept. 9 (opening reception: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 29)

Where: Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

­­­­Cost: $10 for reception, $5-$8 thereafter

Contact: 561-243-7922 or OldSchoolSquare.org

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