[Unless otherwise noted, photos are my own.]
Fuqua Conservatory to see Orchid Daze left me a little distracted and in a very tropical mood.
I happened to be there during the first Orchid Market Weekend and was able to pick up a budget-friendly-but-gorgeous plant, to help the feeling linger. Whether you fantasize about an orchid-filled living room (think Kevin Haley, House & Garden, October 2004) or just want one, it's a fun Atlanta event because local growers are on hand to answer questions. The next Market weekends are scheduled for March 3 and 4, plus April 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
[Jenny Henley, next set]
[Jenny Henley, palm]
A look back at Jenny Henley's work seemed in order, too. Atlanta-based Henley is one of 350 artists participating in this week's highly diverse Spotlight on Art market, February 6 through 11 at Trinity School, 4301 Northside Parkway. The Artists Market opens with a public reception Monday evening and continues daily, Tuesday through Saturday (see the complete schedule here). Fans of Sally Benedict Read will want to keep an eye out for her pieces as well. And jewelry maker Gabrielle Bratton, known for her feminine-meets-masculine lost wax method transformations of lace, is among 100 newcomers to the Market.
BTW, admission to the show is free, casual browsers are absolutely welcome, and there's no pressure to buy. If you do see something you want to take home, proceeds help support Sheltering Arms and Trinity School scholarship funds.
[Dish, Arita, Japan (made) 1770-1860, porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Given by Miss Irene Finch, the V & A.]
See orchid-related works, ranging from hair ornaments to photography to ceramics, in the V & A's collection here.