Local artist Jenna Alexander announces the unveiling of her latest art series, The Flower Map of the United States, with an opening from 6pm to 10pm on Wednesday, June 26 at Gray 1908, home to Jenna Alexander Studio in St. Augustine.
“The inspiration behind this series comes from my children,” explained Jenna Alexander. “My husband is a teacher, so every summer we have a few months off where we travel with our kids and introduce them to new experiences and places. On our last road trip to Maine, my son became obsessed with looking at the map. I thought, ‘How fun and meaningful it would be to create a map out of all of the state flowers.”
From peony and prairie rose to poppy and pine, Alexander’s The Flower Map of the United States is a whimsical, botanical-inspired look at the 50 unique states that make up America. Take Florida for example. Fittingly, the orange blossom (a fragrant, white flower) was chosen as the Sunshine State’s official bloom back in 1909. As an artist who is followed by people from all over the country via social media, Alexander knew that by creating this map, she would also be creating a closer community amongst those she shares her life with.
A St. Augustine-based painter, photographer, and illustrator, Jenna Alexander describes her work as “simple, candid, airy, and beautiful.” Alexander’s previously released art series include Salt Run, Salt Run Silver, Naptime Botanicals, Even Me Project, and Stripes and Buns. When she’s not creating, Alexander spends time with her husband and two kids soaking up the Florida sun and hosting oyster roasts.
Posters, limited edition prints, and originals of The Flower Map of the United States will be released online at jenna-alexander.com on Friday, June 21st. Jenna Alexander Studio will host a gallery opening of the series from 6pm to 10pm on Wednesday, June 26 at Gray 1908, 73 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine’s historic uptown neighborhood. Juniper Market will be offering special orange blossom-themed bites and beverages and Feather + Bloom will be on-hand selling flower bunches from their vintage 1954 GMC 100 flower truck.