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Bloom: new art exhibit showcases the beauty of P.E.I. bouquets

Emily Howard's latest art collection is all about stopping to smell the roses — all kinds of flowers, in fact. The 33-year-old is preparing for her new art show, Bloom, August 24 at The Guild in Charlottetown.

'I just wanted to do something that, when you look at it, it's calm. Everyone loves flowers'

Emily Howard's art will be for sale at her upcoming show: prices will range from about $400 to $1600 per piece, she says. (Sara Fraser/CBC )

Emily Howard's latest art collection is all about stopping to smell the roses — all kinds of flowers, in fact. The 33-year-old is preparing for her new art show, Bloom, August 24 at The Guild in Charlottetown.

Howard shares a well-lit basement art studio with her other self: she's also a busy hair stylist, calling her combined business Artist and the Chair. 

"I began, like every self-taught artist, with Mr. Dressup and watercolour paints," she jokes. 

Her first paintings as a teen were abstract. Over the years she's gone through several phases, showing series of beautiful, luminous women the past few years. And now, this collection of bold florals.

Fascinated by florals: Emily Howard's latest collection is all about beautiful P.E.I. flowers. (Sara Fraser/CBC )

"I just wanted to do something that, when you look at it, it's calm. Everyone loves flowers," Howard said, sharing she always has fresh flowers in the house.

'Winging it'

Howard was inspired by bouquets created by a local business, Island Meadow Farms in York, P.E.I., who gave her photos of arrangements from last year's harvest: peonies, roses, dahlias, gladiolas, lamb's ear — so large and luscious-looking you can almost smell them. 

Emily Howard uses a whisper-soft palette in this large floral painting. (Sara Fraser/CBC )

Some of the arrangements, outlined dramatically in black, practically jump off the white canvases. Some are embellished with shiny metallic flakes. 

"I sometimes am just kind of winging it when I am painting and I started to kind of outline things in black, and it would really make it really dominant," she said. "It does add a lot of drama, that's for sure." 

Touches of black add drama — these roses practically pop off the canvas. (Sara Fraser/CBC)

Bloom opens at The Guild in Charlottetown with a reception August 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., and runs through September 3. 

It'll be Howard's second major show, and her first since having her daughter and taking time away from painting.

Flowers part of show too

Island Meadow Farms will showcase its work too, displaying fresh bouquets inspired by the paintings as part of the installation. 

Emily Howard puts the finishing touches on one of her pieces for her new show, 'Bloom.' (Sara Fraser/CBC)

"I just want people to come and view them and enjoy them," Howard said. "Just go and sort of immerse yourself in something beautiful." 

Paintings will be for sale, at prices ranging from about $400 to $1,600. 

Emily Howard used local flowers from York's Island Meadow Farms as inspiration, and bouquets from the farm will be part of her upcoming exhibit. (Sara Fraser/CBC)

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Sara Fraser

Web Journalist

Sara is a P.E.I. native who graduated from the University of King's College in Halifax. N.S., with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree. She's worked with CBC Radio and Television since 1988, moving to the CBC P.E.I. web team in 2015, focusing on weekend features. email sara.fraser@cbc.ca