CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers
February 24 through May 12
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Summit, NJ For over 40 years John Koeniger has been photographing the beauty of flowers. The unfolding seasonal beauty reveals the annual cycle of birthing new blossoms, providing a show of unique colors, shapes, and forms. He has chosen Reeves-Reed Arboretum as his "unique and exquisite resource and muse." CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers is a floral portrait display of spring 2017 at the Arboretum, where the "volume of rain 'designed' dazzling, sparkling gems on each bud, petal or fully formed flower. This (the Arboretum) is an artist's playground," reflects Koeniger.

When iconic photographer and artist Diane Arbus defined a photograph as "as secret of a secret," she could've been talking about Koeniger's floral portraits specifically. Set against a stark, black background, individual flowers become the work of great portraiture, with secrets and backstories intact. CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers is at once original, romantic, lyrical, organic, dramatic, and abstract.

CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers by JOHN KOENIGER, will officially open the 2019 exhibition season at the Wisner House Gallery of Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Sunday, February 24 as part of the Arboretum's annual Maple Sugar Fest. The exhibit will run through Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. All works are for sale and the artist will donate 30% of each purchase to benefit the Arboretum.

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Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum
engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum - a place to grow ... for everyone!