Flora

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Here’s how the Cor­nell Art Mu­seum in Del­ray Beach will cel­e­brate the re­cent ar­rival of spring: by fill­ing the en­tire mu­seum with flow­ers. There are Swarovski crys­tal-be­jew­eled flow­ers, gi­ant dan­de­lions that dan­gle up­side-down from the mu­seum’s ceil­ing and Andy Warhol’s early ink draw­ings of flow­ers in cups. Artist David Spiller’s pop art paint­ing “Tell It to the Stars” de­picts a pair of flow­ers in bloom. One Cor­nell gallery con­tains artist Amanda McCavour’s “Float­ing Gar­den,” a cas­cade of 1,000 em­broi­dered daisies, but­ter­cups and asters as­sem­bled into a col­or­ful tapestry on the ceil­ing. (Each flower took hours to em­broi­der, and the project took five years, McCavour says in a pre­pared state­ment.) The ver­dant lives of plants are in the spot­light for “Flora,” a flower-themed ex­hi­bi­tion opening to­day at the Cor­nell. The show rounds up works by 30 con­tem­po­rary artists, in­clud­ing pieces that in­cor­po­rate un­usual ma­te­ri­als, such as surf­boards, dyed fi­cus leaves and lo­gos of lux­ury-ap­parel brands. The in­stal­la­tion “En­chanted For­est,” from South Florida artists Diane Ar­ri­eta and Ch­eryl Maeder, fills one gallery with a mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tion of flow­ers, film, photography, sculp­ture and sound art. When: Through Sept. 9 Where: Cor­nell Art Mu­seum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swin­ton Ave., Del­ray Beach Cost: $5-$8 Con­tact: 561-243-7922 or OldS­choolSquare.org

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