A harvest of purple joy fills the basket of a little girl in spring's wild flower garden.
Lilacs are the harbinger of spring and summer, the glorious purple, violet, and lavender flowers that burst into bloom for a few weeks in May, filling the air with their heady, sweet aroma. One wants to, like the little girl in Lilac Festival, fill a basket to overflowing with these gems from the flower world.
But lilacs are a fragile flower. Regardless of how quickly one moves them into a vase of water, the purple blooms quickly begin to droop, and the color is not as vibrant as it was on the bushes. Lilacs are a reminder of the beauty yet temporary nature of life itself –
“The life of mortals is like grass; they flourish like a flower in the field,” the Bible’s Psalm 103 says. Lilacs bring these words to a visual awareness.
Lilac Festival, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into the country garden with a very small, very innocent little girl, and not worry about modern life for...