Bugs and Blooms

Georgia O’Keeffe, Sunflower from Maggie, 1937

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” 

—Georgia O’Keeffe

Summer is in full glory in Vermont! Flowers are blooming all around, their bright colors, flirtatious forms, and sweet scents enticing bees to gather up pollen during an energetic dance. Glass artist Wesley Fleming has captured a few of these moments in glass in the amazing sculptures that are now on display in the Spotlight Gallery.

Female Orchid bee – Eulaema meriana visiting a Brazil nut flower (Bertholletia excelsa).
Photo by © 2012 M. C. Cavalcante et al.


Both Georgia O’Keeffe and Wesley Fleming create work that invites the viewer to take a closer look. Flowers are masterpieces of design, using color, form, symmetry, and line to attract specific pollinators. Check out these amazing duos from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website on pollinators.


Go out to the garden, plop yourself down next to a flower, and observe. Look closely at the petals. What shape are they? How many are there? Is the flower a single bloom or multiples? Is it symmetrical? Take out your sketchbook and draw what you see. Or pluck a few flowers and press them in the pages of a book between two sheets of wax paper to dry them. 

Make your own bug buddy and pretend to pollinate with a bloom-inspired hopscotch game! Click here for directions.