Orchid Mania at WMODA

Since ancient times, orchids have been valued for their beauty and beneficial effects. The Greeks and Romans cultivated orchids for medicinal purposes, including varieties for aphrodisiacs. In South America, orchids were grown for their perfume and culinary uses. However, orchid mania really took root in 19th century Britain where vast

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Chihuly: A Force of Nature

The forces of nature create glass. The essential ingredients of sand, soda ash, and lime are melted under intense fire with temperatures of 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. Glass can be formed when lightning hits sand and the resulting forms are known as fulgurites. Sea glass is formed over many years when

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A Star is Born

Rob Stern’s iconic Windstars have attracted a lot of attention in our Art on Fire exhibit. Now he has installed a constellation of his stars at WMODA. Rob Stern’s studio is in Wynwood, Miami and he has exhibited his work internationally during his 30-year career as a glass blower. He

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Beethoven 250

This year, the world is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the creative genius whose music continues to inspire and enrich our lives. The impressive portrait bust by Richard Garbe for Royal Doulton also inspires visitors at WMODA. Richard Garbe’s bust of Beethoven was made

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Carnival Fantasy

During Black History month, we are discovering how Carnival is celebrated in the Caribbean and South America. The Rio Carnival begins on February 18 and the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival on February 24 & 25. Rio Carnival The Rio Carnival is the largest celebration in the world with over two

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Love Leopards

“A leopard never changes its spots” according to the Bible saying about the challenges that humans face in changing their innate natures. It is particularly relevant in the light of leopard conservation as the animal is now endangered in Africa. The expression also shows how important leopards were in ancient

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Lloyd Goradesky – Let Love Guide Your Way

Let love guide your way to WMODA this February to see Lloyd Goradesky’s installation promoting love and kindness. The story of his Let Love Guide Your Way kinetic weathervane project has melted the hearts of our visitors. Art from the Heart The original functioning weathervane, which stands 16 feet tall,

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The Loves of Carmen

The latest addition to the Carnival & Cabaret exhibition, thanks to Caroline d’Antonio, is a stunning Goldscheider figure of Dolores Del Rio from the 1927 silent movie The Loves of Carmen. Inspired by Merimee’s novella and Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen is a wild Spanish gypsy, unscrupulous in matters of the

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Art from the Heart

In February we are celebrating universal love and kindness at WMODA. Romantics everywhere celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14 with heartfelt gifts. February is also American Heart month when we are encouraged to live heart-healthy lives. Heartfelt In American heart month we raise awareness of heart disease and how to

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The Art of Royal Doulton Figurines

This exhibition traces the evolution of Royal Doulton figurines during the last century, beginning in the 1890s with the first figurines made at their studios in London and Stoke-on-Trent. Each clay original model was blocked and cased for the production process by a master mold-maker. The figures were slip-cast in

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