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Meet the MMFA’s Artist in Action Betty Plaster

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts prides itself on the regional artists we showcase in the Museum Store. Quarterly one of those artists is selected to demonstrate their craft for the public during Artist in Action in conjunction with DiVine Lunch. On Thursday, January 19, Betty Plaster will join us as Artist in Action from 12 noon to 2 P.M. in the Store to demonstrate how she creates works of art with beautifully pressed flowers.

We have a wide range of pieces from Betty that include matted 11 x 14 pieces for $40 to large-scale framed works priced at $300. Plaster has been working with flowers for many years but did not start selling her pieces professionally until April 2016. Her business The Rose Walk combines her favorite flower with the manner in which she procures her medium. Plaster said, “Every time I walk outside I am scouting new flowers and leaves to press,” making her keenly observant of her environment.BETTY PLASTER 3 for blog

When asked what are her favorite flowers to press? The artist unequivocally stated it was the rose. Plaster remarked, “My favorite flower to press are roses and especially individual rose petals. One rose bush will produce hundreds of different shades of color.” The geometric organization of her pieces contrasts the randomness of nature in a way that highlights the variance in each petal or pressed flower. Plaster is also acutely aware of the temporal nature of her pieces. She stated, “Each piece I create can never be created again since each flower or petal is unique.” This brings an added dimension to her pieces because you know it is entirely one of a kind. She said the newness of each leaf or petal and the shape it takes after it is pressed makes her most recently finished piece her favorite; she is unable to give top honor to any single work.

When asked what she thought would be the best advice to give people attempting to press and mat flowers themselves Plaster offered, “Always press more flowers than you think you will need for a picture. Some flowers will mold during the pressing process especially if they are picked during days with high humidity.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease join us on Thursday, January 19 to meet Betty Plaster, ask her any questions you may have about pressing your own flowers, and purchase her beautiful work. If you would like to join us for DiVine Lunch, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 334.240.4339. Please click here to view the menu.

Blake Rosen
Special Events Coordinator

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