two containers filled with flowers

We think the world of gardening shares a lot with the world of fine art. In fact, we’ll go ahead and say that our fantastic custom container designers are true artists themselves! Using the language of color, texture, and balance, our container designers create botanical works that are both beautiful and inspiring.

It’s with this in mind that we have challenged each of our stores to create a masterful custom container that has been inspired by great art. Each store chose a painting – from classic to contemporary – and used it as the inspiration for their own creation. During the month of July you can visit Al’s Garden & Home and see these special containers alongside their chosen works of art, and read about how each container creator captured the intention of the artist through their choice of container, plant combinations, and other embellishments.

You will have to come in to see these containers in person, but before you do, get to know the works of art that have been chosen by each location:

Women and Wine series by Kathy Womack

Al’s of Sherwood

Women and Wine Twenty-Third Edition
Kathy Womack

(Contemporary artist)

Kathy Womack is a working artist from Texas. In her own words: "As a former fashion illustrator/graphic designer for the Austin American Statesman, the huge move to computer generated images in the late 80’s meant I wouldn’t be drawing or illustrating as much, it left a void, as I needed to be creating. Having always painted throughout my life, I decided to pick up my brushes again, but with more purpose."

See more of Kathy's work on her website.

Fruit of Life by Frida Kahlo

Al’s of Wilsonville

Fruit of Life
Frida Kahlo

(1953)

Frida Kahlo was a prolific Mexican artist who painted during the first half of the 20th century. Her works are often described as surrealist or magical realist, and she belonged to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl art movement, which sought to define the Mexican identity.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo here!

The Great Wave

Al’s of Woodburn

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
Katsushika Hokusai

(c. 1829-1833)

This is the most famous work of woodblock artist Katsushika Hokusai, and was actually the first print in his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. This is easily one of the most recognizable examples of Ukiyo-e - a genre of Japanese art from the 17th - 19th centuries, that was instrumental in the West's understanding of Japanese art traditions.

Learn more about Hokusai here!

Flaming June by Lord Frederic Leighton

Al’s of Gresham

Flaming June
Lord Frederic Leighton

(1896)

Lord Frederic Leighton is considered on of the most famous British artists of the late Victorian era of the 19th century, and Flaming June is surely one of his most recognizable works. Not bad for a painting that (as the story goes) was found hidden in a chimney by a worker and sold to a junk shop in London for the value of its elaborate frame.

Learn more about Lord Frederic Leighton here!