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Plant Portraits of A.R. Valentien

Straddling that threshold between art and nature was Albert R. Valentien, a Cincinnati native who, from the age of nineteen, had specialized in floral decoration for the city’s world-renowned Rookwood Pottery. Valentien’s works are on display as part of “Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien.”  WFIU’s Yaël Ksander has more.

Plant Portraits is on view at the IU Art Museum through August 17th, in conjunction with the exhibition “Bloomington Town: Floral Images from the Indiana University Art Museum’s Collection.” The special program “Festival of Flowers” takes place at the museum from 2:30 to 4:30 this Sunday, August 10, featuring a reception, a flower arranging demonstration, and a gallery talk by Moya Andrews, who will also be signing her new book, Perennials Short and Tall.”

Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

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