The Barnes Foundation: Passport to Paris

It was a privilege to be a part of The Barnes Foundation’s, Passport to Paris, a preview party last month celebrating the museum’s landmark Berthe Morisot exhibition.

Three of my walls added to the outstanding décor of this gorgeous gala with Philadelphia’s finest event vendors pulling out all the stops to celebrate the museum’s latest exhibition exploring the significant yet under recognized work of Berthe Morisot, one of the founders of impressionism. It was an honor to work with so many outstanding professionals and with an art museum of such high caliber.

Berthe Morisot is a role model for women pursuing the arts. She was a maverick in her time, breaking boundaries in the art world. I did some research to learn more about this amazing impressionist artist. She broke social norms of the time to join the Parisian avant-garde in the mid to late 1800’s and she was the only female artist to show in the first exhibition of this radical group which included masters such as Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Participating in this event opened up new avenues of learning and re-sparked my creativity and love for all aspects of art and design. Berthe Morisot is truly an inspiration to me as I move forward to advance my career in silk floral design.

Below are some photos showing how my silk flower walls worked as backdrops for photos during the evening. Some of the guests in these photos include Crawford Hamilton, Samantha Hamilton, Anne Fritchman Hamilton, Andrea Freundlich, Kali Curran, Lynn Shecter, and Darryl Moran.

I’d like to give a shout out to Darryl W. Moran Photography, the event’s official photographer, and to Lexi Eveleth of Ever Laser who created the sign hanging on my flower wall.

Proceeds benefit the education and outreach programs at the Barnes Foundation.