Items available to view & purchase in our Special Exhibit Gallery from November 2nd through November 28th.

Items will be available to view & purchase online from November 21st through December 31st.

Flowers are the music of the ground

From earth’s lips spoken without sound.

– Edwin Curran

Like many of us, Wire Artist Lynn Strano-Whitt and Ceramicist Susan O’Hanlon sought solace in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a collaborative effort reminiscent of the symbiosis found in the natural world, they worked together to create work for this special exhibition over a period of twenty months, drawing inspiration from the perfection of cherry blossom, peace rose, morning glory and geranium flowers.

Colored porcelain clay was meticulously blended and color tested, then formed into floral, fauna and geometric canes. The porcelain canes were cut, shaped and modeled by hand, dried carefully, then high fired and tumble polished. Copper wire, crystals, and glass seed beads were then carefully crafted and artistically paired with porcelain components to create a collection of unique pieces inspired by the gifts of nature. Additional cane cuts were used to embellish functional dishes, bowls and plates. Beads were crafted by the hands of both artists, fired and tumbled, and then assembled into wearable art.

Throughout the process, creativity blossomed like flowers and ideas flowed like the water in a river. Conversations around a great many topics abounded, and the artists found themselves ruminating on broader social, moral and spiritual concepts like gratitude, mortality, reciprocity, love, joy, gratitude, and duality while they worked over ZOOM and ultimately, finally, in person. Coincidentally, it was discovered that many of these conversational themes were associated with the flowers previously chosen as a basis for their collaborative project, so – naturally – the themes themselves also found their way into the show.

The artists hope that these works will engage you – the viewer – and that the underlying themes of the show will find their way into your heart and daily practice of living.

 

Stop, breathe, observe, listen, touch, smell, hear, feel.

 

Be fully present in this precious moment, and know the endless beauty of nature at the deepest level of your beautiful soul.

With love and gratitude,  ~ Susan O’Hanlon & Lynn Strano-Whitt

Be Grateful – The Cherry Blossom

Known as sakura in Japan, cherry blossoms proliferate in small and dainty blooms of pink and white for about two weeks in the Spring. The short-lived life span of the cherry blossom symbolizes the transience of human existence, and is metaphorically rooted in the Buddhist approach to mortality. Living each day full of gratitude helps us to honor the fleeting nature of life.

Love Today – The Morning Glory 

In the language of flowers, the morning glory’s message encourages both tenacity and tenderness in all things, a duality reflected in the plant’s hardiness despite the fact that a fleeting morning glory blossom graces us with its beauty for one day and one day only. In Chinese culture, morning glories symbolize that lovers can only meet on one day of the year. In Christianity, morning glories relate closely to the finite nature of life as we know it on earth. Like the morning glory, today comes but once and is a gift to be treasured, revered and loved.

Live in Harmony – The Peace Rose

Throughout history, the rose has been a timeless symbol of love, beauty and balance. The ‘Peace’ rose was developed by a third-generation French rose breeder in 1935. As war broke out across Europe and Hitler invaded France, three parcels of bud wood were hastily smuggled out of the country. One made its way to America in a diplomatic bag. This particular species grew very well in the United States and was officially released on April 29, 1945 in a naming ceremony where two doves were released in a symbolic gesture and the following words were read aloud “We are persuaded that this greatest new rose of our time should be named for the world’s greatest desire:  “PEACE.” Coincidentally, on that same day, Berlin fell and a truce was declared. Weeks later, ‘Peace’ won the All American Award honors; the date was May 9, 1945, the same day that the peace treaty ending World War II was signed. Living each day of our lives in harmony with all beings on the planet brings internal and external peace and gets us one step closer to our ‘world’s greatest desire.’

Share Joy – The Geranium

The geranium draws symbolic meaning from a variety of cultures and religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Nordic traditions. It is considered to be the sacred plant of the prophet, Mohammed. In the language of flowers, geraniums are attributed the powers of love, peace, healing, elegance and spirituality and are symbols of fertility, health, joy and friendship. The purple geranium, specifically, is a symbol of sophistication, nobility and style; it conveys admiration and adoration towards another. Sharing joy with others gives that happiness wings so it can fly out into this world to heal and transform.