Art in Bloom 2022

2022 Art in Bloom
June 10 – 12, 2022

Sponsored by Robin T. Hadley, Natalia & Paul Lamb, and Patricia P. Sands

For the third annual Art in Bloom, 12 floral arrangements were featured that drew inspiration from artworks on view in Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection and Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. These exhibitions provided a diverse array of artworks to inspire designers from the Museum’s four garden club partners: North Country Garden Club (Oyster Bay), North Suffolk Garden Club (Stony Brook), South Side Garden Club (Bay Shore), and Three Harbors Garden Club (Cold Spring Harbor).

Honorary Chair
Patricia P. Sands

Erin Cunningham, Three Harbors Garden Club
Jess Green, North Country Garden Club
Marilyn LaPenta, South Side Garden Club
Deanna Muro, North Suffolk Garden Club

Laura Blumin
Becky Halleron
Christey Robinson
Joan Rockwell-Gifford

2022 Art in Bloom Designers

Jane Arbeiter

Leighton Coleman

Erin Cunningham

Debi Demeusy

Jennifer Ely

Susie Futter

Michelle Gaughran

Becky Halleron

Marilyn LaPenta

Marilyn Light

MaryAnn Moynihan

Deanna Muro

Stacey Parks

Michelle Pittman

Elaine Postley

Randa Reford

Hanna Robinson

Joan Rockwell-Gifford

Jeanmarie Sheehan

Martha Stansbury

Abby Weir

Heather Whitman

Christina Wilmerding

Sheri Zekraus

Jennifer Zuklie

2022 Art in Bloom


South Side Garden Club
Designers: Jane Arbeiter & Marilyn LaPenta

Inspiration Artwork: Keith Sonnier, Scraper I, 1989, aluminum, neon tubing, and ballast. Gift of Mrs. Deborah Davidson in memory of Al Davidson.

The arrangement takes inspiration from the title of the artist’s series, “Ba-O-Ba”, or bath of color. The minimal use of floral material helps to establish the essential form and neon glow of the artwork.


South Side Garden Club
Designers: Michelle Pittman & Jeanmarie Sheehan

Inspiration Artwork: Ralph Albert Blakelock, The Poetry of Moonlight, c. 1880-90, oil on canvas. August Heckscher Collection.

Moonlight illuminates the path.


Three Harbors Garden Club
Designers: Susie Futter & Sheri Zekraus

Inspiration Artwork: Hayley Lever, Moonlight, St. Ives, Cornwall, 1911, pencil, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Museum Purchase.

The painting is in the impressionist style, where colors work together to suggest a serene setting on the banks of the Celtic Sea. The moon, however, is vivid and unmistakable at the top of the painting. Our arrangement turns the world upside down featuring the full moon at the base of the composition and capturing the blurring of the landscape, water, and sky.


North Suffolk Garden Club
Designers: Deanna Muro & Joan Rockwell-Gifford

Inspiration Artwork: James Rosenquist, Coin Noir, 1977, lithograph on paper. Gift of Susan and Jay Zises.

Rosenquist’s Coin Noir depicts three distinct images of moon, molecule, and nuclear particle, backed by a black starry sky. Within this portrayal of the universe, he creates tension by making each of the three images equal in size, the opposite of reality. Our interpretation was inspired by the artist’s vision of the unexplained through his terrestrial pop art design.


Three Harbors Garden Club
Designers: Stacey Parks & Randa Reford

Inspiration Artwork: Ann McCoy, The Night Sea, 1978, lithograph on Arches paper in two pieces, hand-colored with colored pencil. Gift of Sheila and Martin Terens.

Ann McCoy’s hand-colored diptych is a dreamy, blue subconscious landscape. The co-habitation of galactic elements and sea life is echoed within our colorful, whimsical interpretation. We were drawn to the rhythm and verticality of the piece and McCoy’s bold use of color.


North Suffolk Garden Club
Designers: Debi Demeusy, Michelle Gaughran, & Marilyn Light

Inspiration Artwork: Grace DeGennaro, Nightblooms, 2008, oil on linen. Museum Purchase.

Our design’s focus was to replicate the strong linear elements, while focusing on the simplicity of the subject. We were very aware of the importance of the black background, duplicating it with the matte black tall vases. By spraying the Harry Lauder branches a moss green, we were able to reproduce the tone of the uprights in the painting. Artistic license allowed us to use our discretion when adding flowers to the arrangement – flowers that both emphasize the symmetry of the leaves while adding a pop of color.


North Country Garden Club
Designers: Hanna Robinson & Abby Weir

Inspiration Artwork: Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Tanuki, 2014, glazed ceramic. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Courtesy of Jun Kaneko Gallery.

Jun Kaneko creates large-scale ceramic sculptures, exploring the effects of repeated abstract shapes and patterns. Our floral design celebrates these geometric shapes and bold colors, creating visual order and playful form. Dramatic oranges, marigolds, and lavenders are intended to mirror the patterns, mimicking the energy of this whimsical sculpture.


North Suffolk Garden Club
Designers: Leighton Coleman & Martha Stansbury

Inspiration Artwork: Hung Liu, Crossing the River: Chasing, edition 8/30, 2003, lithograph. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Copyright Hung Liu Studio and Jeff Kelley.

Our inspiration artwork contains the preface to a poem written in traditional Chinese, Lantingji Xu, by the respected Chinese calligrapher, Wang Xizhi. The translation will be our statement:

“As for this day, the sky is clear and the air is fresh; the mild breeze greets us.

I look up at the immense universe.

I look down at myriad works [of poetry].

As our eyes wander, so do our minds too. Indeed, it is a pure delight for all our senses.”


Three Harbors Garden Club
Designers: Erin Cunningham & Jennifer Zuklie

Inspiration Artwork: Hung Liu, Red Flower Rain, 2017, mixed media on panel. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Copyright Hung Liu Studio and Jeff Kelley.

We were inspired by the artist’s perspective as a Chinese American, her use of history, and various mediums – like wood, luminescence, and color. We found she often uses rain-like visuals in her pieces which are an interesting juxtaposition to her interest in the American Dust Bowl depression era. These are some of the elements we used as visual guides as we created this arrangement.


North Country Garden Club
Designers: Heather Whitman & Christina Wilmerding

Inspiration Artwork: Barbara Takenaga, Wheel (Zozma), edition 5/20, 2008, stenciled linen pulp and acrylic on cotton and abaca base. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.

Barbara Takenaga’s ornamental and conceptual works often evoke curatorial references to celestial bodies. Critics have drawn connections between her work, the Big Bang theory, and the night sky. Takenaga’s artwork Wheel (Zozma) inspires us, its contradiction of small dimensions aspiring to represent cosmic spiraling, a miniature galaxy.


South Side Garden Club
Designers: Becky Halleron & MaryAnn Moynihan

Inspiration Artwork: Jacob Hashimoto, The Hashimoto Index I, edition 3/19, 2017, woodblock. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Courtesy of Durham Press.

In the style of Jacob Hashimoto, in which he prefers unconventional materials arranged in ways that force the viewer to move around the work and enter into his exhibit space, we have used neutral-colored wooden octagonal pieces and minimalist arrangements. The arrangements are in the traditional Japanese style with splashes of highlighting color.


North Country Garden Club
Designers: Jennifer Ely & Elaine Postley

Inspiration Artwork: Akio Takamori, Love, edition 19/45, 2008, archival inkjet and hand lithography. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. Courtesy of the Estate of Akio Takamori.

The rose clusters represent lovers, joined but distinct. The dark flower is the unknown in the relationship, the “black hole” that keeps interest yet doesn’t break the bond. The imperfect container is chipped like the porcelain couple. The dark stones represent the foundation of rock-solid love.


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