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Ethne Bolle’s Floral Art

Ethne Bolle was already familiar with floral artwork when she migrated to Australia. She had decorated the exhibition rooms in the Barometer Museum and the barometer shop in the Netherlands for many years. Every week she created the most beautiful flower arrangements, admired by numerous visitors.

Ethne became a member of the Albany Foral Art Club early 2002. Many of Ethne’s creations won prizes. Ethne Bolle was already familiar with floral artwork when she migrated to Australia. She had decorated the exhibition rooms in the Barometer Museum and the barometer shop in the Netherlands for many years. Every week she created the most beautiful flower arrangements, admired by numerous visitors.

 


June 2002


July 2002

 

Albany Agricultural Show - November 2002

Ethne competed with more than ten items. It was her first experience exhibiting her floral artwork on an agricultural show. Unfortunately the organization didn’t have much eye for a tasteful and classy presentation. Cheap droll plastic sheets were used all over the place, which made the whole setting look a bit hulky. However, everybody was friendly, and the exhibits compensated the small shortcomings fully.


Composition in green.


How the kitchen can inspire an artist.


Wildflowers and wood from our bushland.


‘Interpretive Arrangement - Underwater Seascape’ proved to be Ethne’s best piece. It was awarded the First Prize and the Best Exhibit in Section. For this work of art, Bert and Ethne preferred the balustrade of their studio as a background for the photo.

 

Albany Agricultural Show - November 2004

This year Ethne wanted to come back with more exhibits. She signed up with eight items. They all won a prize!


First Prize – 8C – Floral Art Class 19 – Unusual Container
Near our house in France, Ethne found lots of walnuts in the paddock where the Limousin stock was roaming. Look what you can do with walnuts. We ate the inside with a good glass of French wine and Ethne kept the the shells. The moss fur coat houses an oasis ball which stands on a stem that suffered from a parasite plant in our bush. Visitors of the Show kept looking and looking and touching... A real eye-catcher.


First Prize – 8C – Floral Art Class 11 – Interpretive – Race Day
The Melbourne Cup. Yes, Down Under IS special!!!


First Prize – 8C – Floral Art Class 18 – Arrangement on Metal
Lantern made in Indonesia, purchased in the Netherlands. Base was part of a blackboy table bought on the Denmark Easter market. Flowers (hybrid scarlet melaleuca’s, I think) were picked in our garden.


First Prize – 8C – Floral Art Class 10 – Green Arrangement
I really LOVE this one. We found the plate and the vase in the Netherlands. The green ornaments Ethne found in our bushland and our vegie patch.


First Prize – 8C – Floral Art Class 17 – Wood & Flowers
Ethne found the ‘ingredients’ alongside our driveway. Holly-leaved flame-pea (Chorizema ilicifolium) and two parts of a widow-maker.


First Prize + Best Exhibit of the Floral Art Show – 8C – Floral Art Class 2 – Wall Arrangement
An old tray from the Frisian town of Hindelopen was the base of Ethne’s imitation cakes. People at the exhibition thought at a first glance they were edible!


Presentation of the ‘Thelma Simpson Trophy’. Ethne was really surprised. The man who read the names was a bit unlucky, so poor Ethne became ‘Ethel Bell’. We kept our fingers crossed that the engraver would spell Ethne’s name right when doing the metal shield for this perpetual trophy.


Ethne proudly showing her trophy. It will be hers for a year. Congratulations.


And yes! The shield was engraved the correct way.

 

Albany Agricultural Show - November 2005

Ethne enrolled for the Albany Show again, which took place on 11 and 12 November 2005. She had been busy working on eight items for the big event. Ethne, being a bit modest, didn’t expect much of it as usual. However, I thought most items were really stunning, and I had predicted her that she would win at least two First Prizes.

Ethne didn’t disappoint me at all, as she came home with no less that FOUR First Prizes, plus one Second Prize! The Thelma Simpson Annual Trophy that she proudly had hung in the bedroom for a whole year, went to another happy woman this time.

The exhibition area at the Show is not an ideal environment for photography, so as soon as Ethne was back with her treasures, I took some shots in our conservatory.


‘Wall Hanging – Dried Flowers’. 1st Prize.
Australian dried wildflowers.


‘Wood and Flowers’.
A ‘basket’ of branches and flowers.


‘Green Arrangement’.
Everything must be absolutely green.


‘Landscape’. 1st Prize.
Pieces of stained plastic found alongside a gravel road.

 

Albany Agricultural Show - November 2006

Ethne didn’t feel so well this time, so until the very last moment she was not sure wether to enrol or not. Eventually she did, and prepared five exhibits. Four of them won a prize.


‘For an overseas guest’. 1st Prize.


‘Oriental Impression’.


‘Free Expression’. 1st Prize.


‘Bewitched Hour’.


‘Australiana’. 2nd Prize.


‘Japanese Impression’. 1st Prize.

 

Albany Agricultural Show - November 2008

Ethne had seven exhibits this time, of which one won the 1st Prize.


‘Wall Hanging’. 1st Prize.


‘Luscious Lemon’.


‘Valentine’.


‘Vertical’.

 

Being Ethne’s husband, I am so happy for her that she has achieved all this. She is so multi-talented and often under-estimates herself. Ethne dares to do more than just creating nice bunches of flowers. Her inner elasticity and expansion force enable her do do things that others just dream of. In other words, with her creativity she stimulates other women of her club to strike out upon new paths.

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