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Arkansas gallery features art, classes, peace - Arkansas OnlineWednesday, July 05, 2017
Aug. 25 at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock. On display and for sale are 40 paintings by Nina Baker, Carolyn Baker, Parilee Croft, Jay Ewing, Linda Flake and Sheila Parsons.Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Conway Corp. are just a few of the public spaces that are now home to works from Art on the Green.Among commissioned works by the gallery's artists is sculptor Bryan Massey's 2,000-pound, stainless steel bear. For a glimpse of it, drive by Donaghey Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where the huge bear appears to be looking over its shoulder as it climbs up the brick building.[EMAIL UPDATES: Get free breaking news alerts, daily newsletters with top headlines delivered to your inbox]Perhaps the best known artist featured at the gallery is C. Ford Riley, known as "the Winslow Homer of the South," McClain said. Riley lives in Florida and Georgia. His landscape paintings reflect nature, even duck-hunting season in Stuttgart."He really has elevated our opportunities by believing in us," McClain said.Riley's painting Spring Morning hangs near the gallery's front door. A visual feast of browns and greens, the painting shows two turkeys in a forest. Nearby is his Deer in Fog Break. Brown is again a dominant color.Nina Baker's works are varied. There's 8 Piece Special, a watercolor of blue, red, white and orange chickens. Sheep from Pisgah, a sheep farm she and her husband own, show up in other paintings. Pisgah is the Hebrew word for mountains."The sheep farm for us is a gift from God, combining tranquility, biblical lessons from the sheep, endless plein air painting opportunities and physical exercise," Baker is quoted as saying on the gallery's website.Many of Baker's works reflect nature, from flowers to birds to a nest with three pale blue eggs. In Joy, a little girl in blue holds a lamb.Some of the gallery's art reflects the city... http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jul/05/gallery-features-art-classes-peace-2017/?f%3Dnews-arkansas
Fantastic flower show held at Hallow Parish Hall - Worcester NewsTuesday, April 18, 2017
Robin Pearce, who took the Hallow Horticultural Society Medal and Certificate for the highest number of points gained for daffodils and best specimen bloom daffodil, and the Leslie Parsons Championship trophy for the best exhibit in class one. Meg Elcocks took the Crystal Vase for the highest points gained in classes other than daffodils, while Joan Philpott took the Dennis Amphlett Cup for the highest number of points gained in the floral art section. The Members Cup trophy, the exhibitor gaining the most points in the show overall, was awarded to Enid Caldicott, while the Kate Richardson cup, for best junior exhibit, went to Archer Beech. Anne Stark, show secretary, said: “It was a big show, a very popular one. “In previous years I can remember snow being on the ground, so the weather really helped us this year. “The village was bustling, and both members and non members took part. “I want to thank the community for their support of the show.” The next event being organised is Hallow’s county fair, taking place on Sunday, June 4, before the society’s autumn fair this year, scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9. http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/NEWs/15182850.Fantastic_flower_show_held_in_Hallow/
Lary's Florist & Designs - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, February 21, 2017
Lary’s Florist & Designs owner Stacy Mendenhall Parsons said the most rewarding part of her job is when all of the hard work can be justified with a comment from a satisfied customer. “I love being able to bring a girl’s dream wedding to life,” she said. “When a bride and mother of the bride come up to me in tears and say, ‘It’s everything I imagined and then some,’ that is worth all the stress.”Mendenhall Parsons bought the floral shop in 2012. Since then, she has worked to carry on the 50-year legacy of a business rooted in the Friendswood community.Prior to taking ownership of Lary’s, Mendenhall Parsons had a conversation with then-owner Lynn McLean. She told McLean when she was ready to sell the flower and event planning business in Friendswood, she would be ready to buy.Mendenhall Parsons earned a degree in interior design, but worked as an event planner and was also the CEO of a Kentucky-based liquor company. She said Lary’s was the perfect way to leave her fast-paced lifestyle behind.“It was a great experience, but I realized...
Notable business opening of 2016: Lary's Florist & Designs - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, February 07, 2017
What we reported Lary’s Florist & Designs owner Stacy Parsons bought the floral shop in 2012. Parsons and her staff offer everything from wedding flowers to full-service wedding day planning.What’s next Parsons purchased a plot of land next door to her current location with plans to expand her shop. The flower shop broke ground on the expansion plan in December and expects to complete the project this year.315 S. Friendswood Drive,Friendswood • 281-482-7070www.larysflorist.comThis story is one update from The January Issue. View the full list of 4 notable business openings here.
Floral artistry at National attributed to Quaker Oats founder - The Augusta ChronicleMonday, April 11, 2016
The blooming azaleas. Ah, the flowers. But who’s responsible for the flower arrangement at Augusta National? According to Augusta Chronicle archives, credit should be largely given to Henry Parsons Crowell, a deeply religious business man from Illinois. Crowell, of Chicago, founded the Quaker Oats Company in 1901 and was renowned nationwide for his philanthropy, as well as popularizing oatmeal across the U.S.In Augusta, he was known for gardening. Like many wealthy northerners in the 1920s, Crowell spent summers in Chicago before venturing to Augusta from December to May. The businessman purchased a home on Cumming Road, a short distance from Walton Way and Augusta Country Club, and it was here Crowell became intrigued with growing flowers.Crowell’s personal garden was so magnificent that S.A. Thompson, the secretary of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, visited Cumming Road in 1931 and said, “Why any man who lives here would want to go to any other heaven, I can’t see. For Henry Crowell has heaven at home.”Crowell’s garden caught the eye of Augusta National co-founders Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts, who asked Crowell to be a landscape artist for the course grounds. He was officially given th... http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2016-04-06/floral-artistry-national-attributed-quaker-oats-founder
Independence florist will close, blames rising property taxes - KSHBSaturday, January 18, 2020
Jeffers said. "You can't trend anything. It's too complex."The city limit between Kansas City and Independence splits Flowerama almost down the middle. The part of the building on the Kansas City side increased by exactly 15%. Flowerama's market value on the Independence side went up from $200,056 to $471,400. Sack doesn't believe someone would buy the building, which he said is just rehabbed concrete, for that much. But someone may get that chance as Flowerama prepares to vacate the property, saying goodbye to customers and hoping its inventory goes fast. "It’s not just local florists over time becoming less and less," Sack said. "It’s also the independent jewelers, shoe repair shops, all these personalized businesses that over time will be very few."Sack said the property owners he's worked with for nearly 20 years filed an appeal with the county, but it was denied.They are paying the tax bill, which is due by Dec. 31, under protest. https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/independence-florist-will-close-blames-rising-property-taxes
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
We get to do a lot of natural decor in them," she said.For natural decor such as twigs, moss and dried flowers, Marie has a 35-year relationship with "The Nature Lady" in Mena, Arkansas. It is one of few suppliers she uses outside of the Dallas market.Marie Barfoot has lots of little friends around to brighten up the holidays. (PHOTO BY KATE STOW)Farmer's Bank in Texarkana is just one of the businesses Marie decorates this time of year. Others can be seen in Broken Bow, Idabel, Valiant and Hochatown."I've decorated several businesses in Southeast Oklahoma," Marie said, "including four banks, a phone company, some cell phone businesses and lodges at Beaver's Bend."But Oklahoma isn't as far as she is willing to go. "Every July I go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where I have several clients. They get decor 'refreshers' each summer," she said. "When I go down there I also go deep-sea fishing for Red Snapper, so it's an annual vacation for me."When she isn't decorating for others, she and her husband Jerry reside on the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake where they enjoy entertaining. They are also very active at Trees Baptist Church. They have four children: Tony Campbell of Queen City, Dee Dee Wells and Misty Lutton of Atlanta, and Damon Donnell of Athens, Texas.Marie says she has never gotten too busy to take on more clients."I never turn anyone down," she said. "I just hire more people to do the work. We will do what it takes to make people happy." n... https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/her/story/2019/dec/03/her-local-decorator-helps-get-homes-ready-holidays/806564/
Business Spotlight: Blooming Business - Springfield Business JournalTuesday, November 19, 2019
Truck is currently the only flower truck in Springfield. Eden’s Flower Truck, a similar business concept, launched in Springfield in 2018. Owner Eden Garrett earlier this year moved the business to Arkansas, where the flower truck serves the Bentonville and Rogers areas.Hartman says she’s starting to see the trend grow nationally.“Since we’ve started, I’ve seen more pop up across the country,” Hartman says. “I still get emails pretty frequently asking how to start a flower truck, and the whole concept is gaining momentum.”Kate Penn, CEO of the Society of American Florists, says retail floral sales have been growing – to the tune of $35 billion in 2017, a $2 billion increase from the year prior, according to a U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report on personal consumption expenditures.Penn says the mobile floral business is catching on, and she describes it as “experiential, interactive purchasing.”“There’s a lot of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the flower-buying space right now,” Penn says, noting floral sales have steadily increased during the last decade. “There is a big trend across retail right now, and the floral industry is no different. It’s the idea of trying to do something creative that makes what you’re purchasing interactive and memorable and fun.”The consumer appeal, she says, is being able to walk down the street, stop at a flower truck and purchase flowers by the stem, or create an individual bouquet. “It’s a super smart business model,” Penn says. ... https://sbj.net/stories/business-spotlight-blooming-business,66208?
Teleflora Recognizes Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists as the 2019 Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of The Year” - PerishableNewsTuesday, October 22, 2019
Hall of Fame Award andLifetime Achievement Award and Place in the Sun Award; Michigan State Florists’Association Award of National Industry Service; Michigan Floral Foundation Hall ofFame Award; Arkansas State Florists’ Association Distinguished Service Award and Oklahoma StateFlorists’ Hall of Fame. Tom passed away in August 2014, after a battle withcancer. Many who knew Tom considered him to be the “Chief Champion of Florists”– always there when they needed him, always understanding their issues andconcerns, and always representing their cause. Say everything and share your “Love OutLoud®” with the gift of Teleflora® flowers— all made by hand and deliveredby hand by your local florist. By tapping over 10,000 member florists in NorthAmerica alone, Teleflora offers the kind of personal touches, artistry andexpertise you expect from a trusted neighborhood florist—even if thatneighborhood is across the country. No prepackaged flowers in nondescript boxesdropped on your doorstep—Teleflora’s network of professional florists createsartistic arrangements personally delivered in a vase, often on the same day.Teleflora makes every day an occasion with a two-in-one gift that includes amultipurpose keepsake container for long-lasting enjoyment. Follow Teleflora onFacebook and tag your own #LoveOutLoud moment. ... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/teleflora-recognizes-michael-kraft-of-nanz-kraft-florists-as-the-2019-tom-butler-floral-retailer-of-the-year/