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Ross Railey is state florist designer of year

For Ross Railey, interpreting the art of Salvador Dali in flowers was simple compared to the statewide event he competed in a few weeks ago.

He took top honors as the Alabama State Florist Association Designer of the Year at the convention in Huntsville after completing three assigned arrangements.

The flowers and other materials were furnished for the first two, a bridal bouquet and a baby shower arrangement. For each, participants had 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes to complete the design.

In the third phase, called designer’s choice, they were given the theme of earth, wind, fire and water in advance and had to come up with a floral design that fit. Then Railey, owner and designer of Etc. by Ross, had two hours to complete his version, using items he took along from his Decatur shop.

Railey started by creating a Hogarth curve (S-shaped) design off the top of an iron statue, with a water pump pushing water out over a rock. Two groupings of votive candles created his fire element, and he incorporated Japanese maple, red roses and tulips, green Cymbidium orchids and Anthurium.

When the points from judges from California and Colorado, plus a past state president, were added up, Railey got first place.

He will go to Hot Springs, Ark., in August to represent Alabama in the national competition.

See the original art

The famous artwork the floral designs are based on is part of the display at Carnegie. You can also search the artwork’s name online at art.com.

If you go

What: Le Fleur d’ Art, interpreting works of art through floral design

When: through
today; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays.

Where: Carnegie
Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E.

Call 341-0562.

- Patrice Stewart

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