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May flowers are natural art exhibits

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April showers bring May flowers . . . Unlike paintings and photos of flowers, which are just oil and ink representations, actual flowers emit flowery scents. This year, Chicago had a lot of April showers. It is now May, and many Chicagoans expect May flowers as natural art exhibits.

An interesting way to experience flowers’ olfactory and tactile characteristics is to make collages. Taping flowers to poster boards or cardboard, instead of gluing or pasting them, will allow viewers to smell the scents and feel the textures. (Glue and paste smells may overpower floral scents.)

The disadvantage of floral collages is that since the flowers are not attached to their stems and roots, they will wither quickly. Such art exhibits are unlikely to last more than two days. In addition, the art galleries’ temperatures and artificial lighting may be harmful to flowers.

The advantages of floral paintings and photographs are that they will definitely last longer than floral collages. The exhibition requirements for paintings and photographs are not as critical as they are for collages. You will notice that when you view paintings and photographs in museums, the temperatures are cool; excessive heat will cause the oil in acrylic and oil paintings to become sticky, and color photographs will fade.

Floral art is Naturalism Style art. Mountain scenes are in this category. Lakes, rivers and oceans scenes are in this category.

In Chicago in May, you can expect to see chrysanthemums, roses, gentians and gladiolus in cultivated gardens. Some gardens will be in public parks. In the form of stems, greens will predominate. However, there will be an abundance of reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples.