objets d’art, trash, or treasure?

WAREHAM – The objets d’art were on display outside the Wareham Free Library Friday morning.

It was a bit chilly and rainy, so they were placed under the roofed entryway before the front door to the library itself.

From left, Carol Lafreniere, membership coordinator; Barbara Van Inwegen, president; Judy Morgan, second vice president; Joyce Holster, education and conservation; Diane Cook, first vice president.

Technically, they were floral arrangements but the materials used to cradle the flowers in decorative, appealing ways were both somewhat unique for this particular use and yet quite commonplace when it comes to everyday life.

Meet Recycled Rita.

In short, the materials were recyclables, aka objets de trash.

Wareham Garden Club members had fashioned the floral arrangements from those materials following an inspiring Zoom presentation by Neil Rhein of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful to Club members.

Technically, they were floral arrangements but the materials used to cradle the flowers in decorative, appealing ways were both somewhat unique for this particular use and yet quite commonplace when it comes to everyday life.

Diane Cook, Club first vice president, said Club President Barbara Van Inwegen had the idea to suggest members channel their creative talents into crafting the arrangements with the unusual materials.

That, of course, prompts the age-old question, articulated by Van Inwegen, “Is is trash or treasure?”

Diane Cook, Club first vice president, said Club President Barbara Van Inwegen had the idea to suggest members channel their creative talents into crafting the arrangements with the unusual materials.

That query was quickly answered with a look around at the 13 examples of their work: treasure.

Just which one was the most precious was another question, which the Garden Club members hoped to answer with the public’s help.

Just which one was the most precious was another question, which the Garden Club members hoped to answer with the public’s help. Visitors were asked to choose their favorites.

Visitors were asked to choose their favorites.

The final tally was not immediately available but they were all winners.

The final tally was not immediately available but they were all winners.
Trash or treasure?

Sam Son

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