Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Zanfirico Pear, 1997

Petals & Paintings

Petals & Paintings is Krannert Art Museum Council's annual fundraising event in support of Krannert Art Museum held during University of Illinois Moms’ Weekend. The event includes a sealed-bid art auction of a donated work by an established artist, an evening gala with silent auction, and a two-day floral design exhibition. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this beloved event.

Exhibition Curator
Champaign florist and University of Illinois alumnus, Rick Orr, AIFD

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Friday, April 7 · 6:30–9 pm
Opening Gala and Silent Auction

Opening Gala | Tickets: $85*
This elegant evening event features chamber music by members of Sinfonia da Camera and a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception by Michaels' Catering.
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The Petals & Paintings Silent Auction will be held throughout the evening.
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A raffle of framed original artwork by Krannert Art Museum Council Members Sandra Batzli, Dot Replinger, Diane Schumacher, Bonnie Switzer, and Birute Simaitis will be available in the KAM lobby during the Gala Friday evening and the exhibition on Saturday and Sunday. The drawing of winners will be held Sunday afternoon at 4:15 pm. Winners will be notified by telephone or mail; you need not be present to win.
Learn about the artists

The winner of this year's Sealed Bid Art Auction will be announced at 9 pm. The auction features the elegant art glass sculpture Zanfirico Pear (1997) by University of Illinois alumna Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick.
Sealed Bid Art Auction Details & How to Bid

*The University of Illinois Foundation will provide a gift receipt acknowledging that $65 of each $85 event ticket is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Saturday, April 8 · 9 am–5 pm
Sunday, April 9 · 12–5 pm

Floral Design Exhibition Open to the Public featuring innovative arrangements inspired by works of art on display in the main floor galleries at the museum, free and open to the public.

Krannert Art Museum docents will be present to answer questions about the artwork on display on Saturday from 10 am–4 pm.

Featured Floral Designers

Robert Friese, AIFD
Fruitport, MI
Responding to:
Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Zanfirico Pear, 1997
Peabody Entrance Lobby

Judi Borah, AIFD, ICPF
Shelbyville, IL
Responding to:
Victor Ekpuk, Composition No. 10, ca. 2011
Encounters: The Arts of Africa

Julia Cain, ICPF
Princeton, IL
Responding to:
Fletcher Benton, Rolling Discs, 1975
Kinkead Gallery

Deborah Dawson, AIFD
Nokomis, IL
Responding to:
Edwin Boyd Johnson, Mural Painting, 1934
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Monika Dig
Corvalis, OR
Responding to:
Carl Robert Holty, La Flambeau, 1947
West Gallery

Frank Feysa, AIFD, CFD
Aurora, OH
Responding to:
Paul Kelpe, Man and Machines (Abstraction #5), 1934
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Janet Gallagher, AIFD, CFD
Malta, IL
Responding to:
David Teniers II, The Artist with a Fortune Teller in a Landscape, 17th century
Trees Gallery

Rae Roberts Griffith, AIFD, ICPF
Springfield, IL
Responding to:
Boris Gorelick, Jazz Band, first half of the 20th century
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Kimiko Gunji and Jeanne Holy, Illinois Prairie Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America
Champaign, IL
Responding to:
Frederick Remahl, Stucco House, 1936
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Eldon Haab, AIFD, CFD
Bloomington, IL
Responding to:
Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1975
West Gallery

David Halsey
Palos Hills, IL
Responding to:
Alexander Corazzo, Still Life with Lamp, ca. 1940
West Gallery

Ronda Hess, AIFD, CFD, ICPF
Hudson, IL
Responding to:
Lauretta Hogin, Allegory of Psychodemographics: Twenty-four Brands My Family Uses in a Typical Summer Day, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Contemporary Gallery

Carol Kamradt, ICPF
Champaign, IL
Responding to:
Max Finkelstein, Square Plus 200, 1966
Kinkead Gallery

Carolyn Clark Kurek, AIFD
Franklin, IN
Responding to:
Ralf Christian Henricksen, Americanization of Immigrants #2, first half of the 20th Century
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Trisha Locke, AIFD, ICPF
Champaign, IL
Responding to:
Irene Rice Pereira, Abstract Composition, 1956
West Gallery

James Lutke
Spring Lake, MI
Responding to:
Louise Bourgeois, Depression Woman, 1949-1950
West Gallery

Rick Orr, AIFD
Champaign, IL
Responding to:
William Trost Richards, Connecticut Island Shore, 1875–1880
Bow Gallery

Amy Rockwood, AIFD, ICPF
Ashton, IL
Responding to:
Hilaire Hiler, Fishing Port, 1936
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Peter (Pete) M. Samek, AIFD
Naperville, IL
Responding to:
Adolph Alexander Weinman, Descending Night and Rising Sun, ca. 1915
Bow Gallery

Pat Diehl Scace, AAF, AIFD
Columbia, IL
Responding to:
Gabriele Münter, The Blue Gable, 1911
Bow Gallery

Katy Selmi-Downs, AIFD
Rock Falls, IL
Responding to:
Wedgwood, Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides Vase, 1785
Bow Gallery

John Windisch, AIFD
Hinckley, IL
Responding to:
Tracy Montminy (Elizabeth Tracy), Isolation of the Mind Between Two Infinities
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery

Danny Whitehurst, AIFD
St. Louis, MO
Responding to:
Neroccio di Bartolommeo de'Landi, The Virgin and Child with Saints Augustine and Francis, 15th century
Trees Gallery

Sealed Bid Art Auction

Zanfirico Pear, art glass created by University of Illinois alumna Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick

Petals and Paintings Art Auction, Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Zanfirico Pear (1997)

Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick
Zanfirico Pear
Blown Glass
24 x 13.5 x 14 inches
© Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick

This year's Sealed Bid Art Auction features a beautiful studio glass sculpture created by University of Illinois alumna Flora C. Mace (MFA '76) and Joey Kirkpatrick and generously gifted to Petals & Paintings at Krannert Art Museum.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum Luce Center describes the technique used in the Zanfirico series, "In the Zanfirico fruit, thin canes of glass were fused onto the surface of blown glass to create delicate spirals of pattern that stand out against the clear form." The Smithsonian currently holds multiple works created by Mace and Kirkpatrick, including two in this series, Zanfirico Apple (1994) and Zanfirico Plum (1994).


Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace have worked collaboratively for the past 37 years after meeting at the Pilchuck Glass School in 1979. They have created a diverse body of work that includes both blown glass vessels with applied imagery and sculpture fabricated with wood, glass and other mixed media. The artists, respected for their innovative work, have recently concluded the series for which they are most know, large scale blown glass fruit and vegetable forms. They continue work on life size figurative wood and glass sculptures as well as outdoor bronze installations. Their newest glass work includes blown vessels and cast panels with illustrations of the 'first facts' of bird identification realized through applied glass powder drawings. They are also developing a series of blown vessels combining applied word with image, the subject organized by the alphabet.

Joey (born in Des Moines, Iowa, 1952) and Flora (born in Exeter, New Hampshire, 1949) have exhibited, lectured and taught extensively throughout the world. They were the first women to teach glassblowing at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, teaching there for 12 years. Their collaborative work is included in collections and museums around the world including the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; The Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, MI; The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, OH and The National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Kirkpatrick/Mace were elected to the American Craft Fellows in 2005, interviewed for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in 2006 and given the 2001 Chateau Ste. Michelle Libensky Award by Pilchuck Glass School honoring outstanding contemporary artists working in glass. Kirkpatrick served as a trustee on the board of Pilchuck Glass School for 16 years.

How to Place a Bid

Zanfirico Pear is the featured artwork in this year's Petals & Paintings Sealed Bid Art Auction. The large-scale studio glass sculpture has an estimated value of $20,000 and will be sold by a sealed bid auction to the highest bidder. By placing a bid on this item, the bidder makes a legally binding and irrevocable offer to purchase the piece at the named price in the event that the submitted amount is the highest bid.

Bids for this work of art will be monitored as they are received. If there are multiple identical bids, bidders will be contacted by Brenda Nardi, Director of Development for the College of Fine and Applied Arts and given the opportunity to re-bid. New bids must be received prior to 1 pm Central on Friday, April 7, 2017; at that time, the sealed bid auction will close.

To bid, please click below to request an auction bid card by email or to download a pdf form. Please follow the directions on the bid card. To be considered valid, all bids must be received by Krannert Art Museum no later than 1 pm Central on Friday, April 7, 2017. (Krannert Art Museum is not responsible for technical difficulties or postal delays.) Please note, the minimum bid in this auction is $5,000. The sealed bid auction winner will be announced at the close of the Petals & Paintings Opening Gala at 9 pm,
April 7, 2017.

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Silent Auction: Featured Items

Selected silent auction items include:

Hamilton in Chicago, 2 tickets for the July 5 perfomance, orchestra seating with overnight accommodations in Chicago, valued at $600
Donated by Brice Hutchcraft and Lisa Kocheril

Four tickets to Sinfonia da Camera, paired with dinner at Timpone's, valued at $260
Donated by Jennifer Kechulis

Dessert of the Month from Pekara, valued at $120
Donated by Alli Nisley

Dinner for Six at Sun Singer, valued at $550
Fonated by Mark and Jackie Yarborough

Wine Basket and Gift Certificate from Baxters American Grille, valued at $75 Fonated by Steve Cavaligos

Cheese Pairing Class and Gift Basket from Prairie Fruits Farms, valued at $50
Donated by Leslie Cooperbrand and Wes Jarrell

L'Air Chaude sur Sault Provence, painting by Phil Strang, valued at $495
Donated by the artist, Phil Strang

Dinner for Four at Miga Restaurant, including appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine
Donated by Miga, Downtown Champaign

Dessert of the month from Pekara, including dessert for two each month for a year, valued at $200
Donated by Pekara, Downtown Champaign

Choice Wines Gift Basket from Art Mart
Donated by Todd Fusco of Art Mart

Seven-course Tasting Dinner for Four at Bacaro, includes wine pairings, valued at $550
Donated by Drew at Bacaro, Downtown Champaign

Christopher's Fine Jewelry Gift Basket, including jewelry and champagne
Donated by Lois Wacholtz of Christopher's Fine Jewelry

Two 5-day Festival Passes to Ebertfest, valued at $290
Donated by the University of Illinois College of Media

Overnight Stay at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center, valued at $200
Donated by Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Dinner for Four at Silvercreek Restaurant, valued at $200
Donated by Silvercreek, Downtown Urbana

Great Harvest Basket of Baked Goods and Treats
Donated by Kelly Heath, Great Harvest Bread Company, Champaign

Gift Cards for Sweet Treats/Gourmet Cupcakes
Donated by Cake Artist's Studio

Japanese-themed party for 30 guests, featuring Japanese cuisine and American wine, valued at $1800
Donated by Michaels' Catering

Fresh Floral Arrangements from Illinois Willows, one per month for seven months, valued at $525
Donated by Kent Miles of Illinois Willows

Pale Pink Pearl Necklace and Stud Earrings Set, valued at $350
Donated by Marguerite Maguire

Tabletop Stained Glass Art Prairie Butterfly from Corrie Art Glass, valued at $395
Donated by Chris and Lynn Corrie

Framed Print by Billy Morrow Jackson, featuring portraits of the artist and his second wife and valued at $3000
Donated by Jane and Wally Myers

Two Gift Certificates to Country Arbors Nursery, valued at $50 each
Donated by Country Arbors Nursery, Urbana

Autographed Football by University of Illinois Football Coach Lovie Smith, valued at $100
Donated by the U of I Department of Collegiate Athletics

Grand Girl Spa Package, a day of pampering at BJ Grand Salon and Spa, valued at $225
Donated by BJ Grand Salon and Spa, Champaign

Cherry Blossom Blown Glass Vase, valued at $345
Courtesy of Prairie Fire Glass, Monticello

Hand-thrown Art Pottery Jar with Lid by Iowa potters Nate and Hallie Evans, valued at $120
Donated by Gloria Rainer

1.9 carat London Blue Topaz Serpentine Ring, valued at $200
Donated by Lisa Kocheril

Tour Epiphany Farms and Enjoy Dinner for Four—Chef's Grand Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
Donated by Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, Illinois

Hand-painted Polish Stoneware Serving Bowl with Scalloped Edges and Hummingbird Pattern, signed by the artist and valued at $178
Courtesy of Out of the Blue Polish Pottery

C-U on the Town, two tickets to the CUTC production of Hairspray or Joseph with dinner at Nando Milano Trattoria, valued at $120
Donated by Dario Vallo

Anvil Artifacts, a commissioned necklace, custom-designed for Petals & Paintings by Janet Linden-Loomis
Donated by Gloria Rainer

Gift certificates for home redecoration services
Donated by Blossom Painting

Catered Hors'doevres Party for 20 guests, delivered to your home and valued at $900
Donated by Classic Events Catering, Urbana

... and much more! Hope you can join us at the Opening Gala!
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Event Sponsors

Krannert Art Museum is thankful for the generous donations of businesses and individuals who support the Petals & Paintings exhibition. Funds raised during Petals & Paintings support programs that open the museum's doors to students, faculty, Champaign-Urbana visitors and community members throughout the year, including major museum initiatives in education and the ongoing renovation of gallery spaces.

Business Sponsors

Busey Bank    Fox Development Corporation

   The News-Gazette

Barham Benefit Group
Busey Bank
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
Fox Development Corporation
Hickory Point Bank & Trust
Illini Media
Liz Jones Real Estate
Michaels' Catering
The News-Gazette
Pepsi Cola CU Bottling
Premier Print Group
Robeson Family Benefit Fund
Radio Maria Restaurant
Sharon Harkness Realty, Inc.

Individual Sponsors

Marc and Fran Ansel
George and Sandra Batzli
Peter and Sandra Beak
Ken Bengoechea and Nancy Johnson
Sandra Casserly
David and Beth Chasco
Peter Constable and Reneé Mullen
Deborah Day
Harold and Nancy Diamond
John and Terri Dodson
Ernie and Lois Gullerud
Margaret Hansell
Terry and Sharon Harkness
Kathleen Harleman
Peter and Joan Hood
Brice Hutchcraft
Icko and Miriam Iben
David and Kathy Kinser
Frank and Patricia Knowles
Doug and Mary Beth Kurasek
Walter and Marguerite Maguire
Rich and Margaret Martin
John and Alice May
Anna Merritt
David and Nancy Morse
Walter and Jane Myers
Dann and Brenda Nardi
Richard and Rosann Noel
Mike and Sheila O’Connor
Ed Perry and Marty Sierra-Perry
Dan and Mary Ellen Peterson
John and Alice Pfeffer
Gary and Fraeda Porton
Brian and Gloria Rainer
Paul and Yvonne Redman
Selma Richardson
Marlyn and Nicholas Rinehart
Mark and Ann Sapoznik
Diane Schumacher
Harriett Shapland
Paula Shurtz
Cecile Steinberg
Bob and Bonnie Switzer
Ed and Nancy Tepper
Robert and Diane Todd
John Walter and Joy Thornton Walter
Gaye Wong

Artists Featured in the Petals & Paintings Art Raffle

Sandra Batzli: Painter
Sandra Batzli moved to Urbana in 1971 from California. She earned a bachelor's degree in Art Education at the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis and studied at California State University at San Francisco, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Peninsula Art School in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Although she has worked in a number of media, for the past 30 years she has focused on watercolor, exhibiting in Illinois and Wisconsin. Some of her paintings indicate intrigue with shapes created by the interplay of light and shadow while others make evident the artist's enjoyment of finding beauty in the rural Midwest landscape.

Batzli exhibits locally with Artisans 10+, a group she helped found, and maintains a home/studio in Urbana. She is a valued member and past president of the Krannert Art Museum Council. Additional information on her work can be found online at the Wisconsin Art Portal and 40 North / 88 West, the Champaign-Urbana Arts Council.

Dot Replinger: Fiber artist
Dot Replinger was born and raised in Chicago. She received a bachelor's degree in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her studies she became interested in weaving, a required course at the time.

While teaching in the public schools Replinger purchased a loom and connected with an active weaving group in Champaign-Urbana. She wove clothing and art pieces and showed her work in regional craft shows. Her work is currently on view at the Beckman Institute on campus at the University of Illinois. Dot notes that her proudest achievement as an artist was to be awarded a craftsman’s grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. She has long been a valued member of the Krannert Art Museum Council.

Diane Schumacher: Painter
Diane Schumacher received her bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Illinois and her master's degree in interior design from Indiana University. In the past, she taught art in the public school system, worked as a freelance designer, and was a longtime staff member in art education and marketing at Krannert Art Museum. Currently, she is an active member of the Krannert Art Museum Council, writing the council newsletter and contributing her many talents to enrich the organization.

In 2014, after retiring from a 23 year career at Krannert Art Museum, Schumacher returned to making art, especially painting. She has recently taken watercolor classes from Margaret DeCardy, an accomplished artist who creates magnificent watercolors. The watercolor painting Diane has donated to the Petals & Paintings art raffle comes from this recent body of work.

Birute Simaitis: Painter
At age eight, Birute Simaitis emigrated to America with her parents and three siblings on the USS General Howze, one of the US Navy Transport Ships used to transport refugees at the end of WW II. Her family was fortunate to have lived in the American Zone of post-war Germany and to find a kind family in Missouri to sponsor their entry into the United States.

The family eventually settled in Chicago in a Lithuanian neighborhood. As far as she can remember, art has always been a part of Birute's life. She notes that her mother guided her when she made drawings as a child, and her first visit to the Art Institute of Chicago was at age 14. That visit became an inspiration, and the Art Institute a regular haunt, a clear sign of her avocation to come.

Birute pursued an education, not in art, but in Medical Technology and worked at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago until she married physicist Vaidas Simaitis. and joined him to live in the Champaign-Urbana area, where he was a research engineer at the University of Illinois.

Several years after moving to the area, Birute became active at Parkland College, which holds her work in its permanent collection. She enjoys painting, visiting museums, and travel, and is especially drawn to street art, outdoor art shows, and small exhibits. Simaitis has donated a recent painting for the Petals & Paintings art raffle; she has been a valued member of the Krannert Art Museum Council for many years.

Bonnie Switzer: Painter
Bonnie Switzer's artwork shows her love of vibrant color and for the wonderful effects that occur—usually planned, but sometimes not—when paint flows onto paper. She paints in both realistic and abstract styles, real objects and landscapes. In abstract work, Switzer explores color, shape, rhythm and design. She also creates original, one-of-a-kind art cards, which are well known in the Champaign-Urbana area.

A longtime member of the Krannert Art Museum Council, Switzer has been painting since 1990 and has taken art classes at the University of Illinois and Parkland College. In 2002, she earned an associate's degree in Fine Arts from Parkland College, and in subsequent years has attended numerous art workshops from well-known watercolor artists around the country. She is a member of Artisans 10+, a group of women artists who show their work locally, and her artwork is currently shown at Cinema Gallery in Urbana. A special exhibition of Bonnie Switzer's work is planned at Cinema Gallery this summer from July 6 to August 26. For more information, please visit Cinema Gallery online.

About Sinfonia da Camera
Champaign-Urbana chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera is under the musical direction of world-renowned pianist, conductor, and educator, Ian Hobson. The orchestra comprises University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, as well as local freelance musicians, and distinguished regional and national musicians.

Founded in 1984, Sinfonia has brought world-class soloists, new compositions and beloved orchestra favorites to local audiences for over 30 years. With an advisory board including University professionals, community business leaders, and patrons of the arts, Sinfonia is sure to be a community arts leader for years to come. Sinfonia da Camera can be heard throughout the year in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please contact Sinfonia at (217) 244-4350, email sinfonia@illinois.edu, or visit the group's website at www.sinfonia.illinois.edu

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Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick
Zanfirico Pear
Blown Glass
24 x 13.5 x 14 inches
© Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick