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1. Registration Form must be received no later than Friday, April 21, 2023, and will be accepted in the order received.
2. Exhibitors are permitted one entry per class. Exhibitors may enter more than one class if openings exist after April 23, 2023.
3. If forced to withdraw, the exhibitor must notify Division Chair Sarah Boynton and find a substitute.
4. Permitted: Dried flowers, foliage, seeds, pods, peas, beans, corn, corn husk, nuts (in or out of shells), grapevine twigs, basket reeds, etc.
5. Not permitted: artificial, endangered, and locally invasive plant material. Link for list of Rhode Island invasive plants: https://riwps.org/invasives-plants/
6. Allowed: Very light coatings of epoxy, nail polish, varnish, etc. Glitter may be used as long as it is suspended in nail polish.
7. Plant material may be carved, cut, incised or shaped to enhance artistic effect but must be assembled with other plant material.
8. Non-plant material (i.e., cardboard, metal, twine, string, cording, etc.) may be used for construction but must not be visible.
9. All exhibits must appear functional (resemble wearable jewelry, shoes, etc.) unless noted otherwise.
10. A 5 x 8 typed key card is required for all exhibits and should include untreated samples of each plant material used in the design, correctly identified with common names. The card will be supplied by the Committee.
11. Installation of the mail-in exhibits will be the responsibility of the Committee. Detailed photos of each entry must be sent with the entry. The exhibitor should indicate how they would like the exhibit positioned. If the exhibit arrives damaged, the exhibitor will be notified and have the option to have the entry returned for repair if time permits or the exhibitor can give permission for the Committee to make the repair. It is STRONGLY suggested that a repair kit be included with the entry and that any shipping method include a tracking feature.
12. While the Botanical Arts Division Committee and The Preservation Society of Newport County will afford the best possible protection to all exhibits, they distinctly disclaim all liability for loss or damage to the exhibits and personal property belonging to exhibitors.
13. An exhibit previously entered in any competition must be significantly altered before being submitted to The Newport Flower Show Botanical Arts Division.
14. A typed Statement of Intent is optional and may not exceed 25 words. Statement of Intent for all entries must be emailed to Division Chair Sarah Boynton no later than May 6, 2023.
15. If forms or staging must be shipped to the exhibitor, the exhibitor must pay shipping charges.
16. Novice and New Exhibitors will be eligible for specific awards. Exhibits must be the work of one exhibitor to be eligible for these awards.
17. Exhibitors may deliver their entry in person to the Tea House at Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Passing by the Committee will conclude promptly at 2 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m.
18. If retrieving your entry in person, you may pick it up from the Tea House on Sunday, June 25, 2023, between 5-5:30 p.m.
19. Scale of points:
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Please refer any questions to the Division Chair:
A creative design which emphasizes strong angles that may be acute obtuse, reflex, right angles, or a combination of angles.
Plant material and other components organized according to the Principles and Elements of Design to create a unified whole.
Floral design not following traditional styles, using imagination and creativity to devise new approaches to the selection and organization of plant material and other components according to principles and elements of design.
A man-made object enhanced with dried plant material. Plant materials may be treated.
A design of any natural form (e.g., animal, bird’s nest, flower) created from all dried plant materials. No mechanics may be visible.
A design created entirely of dried plant material and made to resemble wearable jewelry in both size and function. No mechanics or structural base may be visible.
A numbered list of botanical and common names accompanying an exhibit. Corresponding numbers are placed with each individual sample of untreated plant material. Card to be supplied in Botanical Arts Exhibitor’s package.
The use of grouped materials overlapped to create a textured design.
Groupings of limited varieties of plant material with emphasis on bold design, blocks of color, contrasting forms, and textures.
Profusion of various forms and sizes of flowers arranged in an oval, triangular or fan-shaped design, a closed silhouette with more solids than voids.
A diminutive design which does not exceed five inches in any direction. Scale and proportion are of the utmost importance.
A person or group who is entering The Newport Flower Show for the first time in their respective division. Exhibitor(s) must self-identify for this award.
An exhibitor/s who has never won a blue ribbon in their respective division at The Newport Flower Show. Exhibitor(s) must self-identify for this award. To be eligible for Novice Awards, the exhibitor must exhibit alone.
A small arrangement which does not exceed eight inches in any direction. Scale and proportion are of the utmost importance.
A brief written paragraph (no more than 25 words) offering an explanation of the exhibitor’s creation. Blank cards to be supplied in Exhibitor’s package.
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