Flowers have been a common theme explored by artists for millennia. One reason for this is their unquestioned beauty. A second reason for their popularity with artists is that, traditionally, flowers have been rich in both religious and secular symbolism.
The exhibition A Cordial Word, featuring works from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, shines a spotlight on flowers and the flower garden. Expressing a variety of artistic styles and media, the artworks in this exhibition invite viewers to reflect on the beauty and fragility of these natural wonders and to appreciate and nurture the flowers in their midst.
Curated by Shane Golby, Art Gallery of Alberta (TREX Region 2)
Cover image: Robert Sinclair, Gloxinia #1, 1973, Watercolour on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts