The Southern Ontario Orchid Society held its annual show this past weekend. I don’t know if, because circumstances forced them to cancel the show last year, everyone involved was exceptionally keen, but it was a very fine show with some extraordinary displays of orchids in bloom.
I exhibited four drawings in the Art and Photography Exhibit and earned two prizes in the Art division: a second prize for Dendrobium densiflorum, in mixed pencils, and a third prize for Pink Cymbidium I, in water soluble colour pencils. I also showed a work called Pink Cymbidium II, in water soluble pastels and coloured pencils, which was not finished in time to go into my Tropical Orchids show. I really appreciated the chance to exhibit to a orchid-appreciating audience. If I can stereotype for a moment, I think orchid enthusiasts include some of the geekier (and I mean that in the best sense) horticulturalists, who really appreciate detail and botanical accuracy in art work.
The show also fired up my enthusiasm for orchids. I had become rather tired of them after my solo show last year. Seeing the amazing bloom at the SOOS show has renewed my interest. I was especially taken by the many varieties of Masdevallia. I have always liked Masdevallia, because their three-petalled form reminds me of Trilliums and the nodding tip to the upper petal is somewhat like Jack-in-the-pulpits, but I previously had not seen many examples of the genus. There were many gorgeous Masdevallia cultivars at the SOOS show: pink ones and yellow ones and salmon ones and bicolours: