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Call for Artists: Art in Full Bloom 2016

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Mayesh Las Vegas is proud to announce its 5th annual Art in Full Bloom event. This year the art, floral & fashion event will be held on November 11th from 4 – 9pm and will benefit THE CENTER Las Vegas – The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

We are looking for artists and florists local to the area that would like to participate in the art & design contest. Participants can display their art, design a floral piece or do both! If you are a florist and need an artist or vice versa, don’t worry as we can match you up! Deadline for artist & florist registration will be Friday, October 21, 2016.

REGISTER HERE

DETAILS
• Artists & florists registration deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.
• Local artist will place a piece for display in our studio.
• Floral designers will be assigned a specific work of art to create complimentary floral pieces.
• Designers will have access to their assigned art before the actual event and have from 7am – 1pm on November 11, 2016 to install their piece for the show.
• Any and all flowers used for the contest design must be purchased at Mayesh Las Vegas.
• Florists will be given a flower credit to help defray costs.
• Vases and hard goods are the responsibility of the floral designer.
• Floral design must be freestanding and self-supporting.
• Tables and stands will be provided for display.
• Florals may not be attached to the art piece.
• Awards for Best Floral Presentation and other categories.
• Due to space considerations, some size restrictions will be necessary. Any objects measuring larger than 4’x6’ must have approval due to limited space.

Art in Full Bloom 2016

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ART & FLORAL DESIGN EVENT TO BENEFIT THE CENTER – LAS VEGAS

NOVEMBER 11, 2016 4PM – 9PM

MAYESH LAS VEGAS
3950 WEST DIABLO #B11, LAS VEGAS, NV 89118

ART * FLORAL * FASHION * DISCO

This year’s theme – ART IN FULL BLOOM “A Disco Celebration of Colors” will be dedicated to The Center – the LGBT community and their talents within the art and floral industries. Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of vivid colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees will be encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.

The Center – A Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents of Southern Nevada.

Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles and bid at the silent auct

Art in Full Bloom is a FREE event started as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist and has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun! Local artists are asked to exhibit with opportunities to sell their art. In addition, local floral designers are asked to create a floral design to accent/complement the art piece. There will also be featured Floral Fantasy designs, a student competition, raffles, silent auction and fabulous noshes & libations.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. If you are a local artist or florist and are interested in participating in this year’s event, get more information here.

AIFD Journey 2016: Slow Motion Videos & Photos

Our flower wall, flower props, photo booth and video booth at the Partners’ Expo and the Welcome Reception all designed by Beth O’Reilly AIFD was a huge hit!

Beth created a 3-panel flower wall for our Partners’ Expo display which was separated by strands of flowers for the Welcome Reception.  Such a great idea to get the most mileage out of the flower wall! Thank you, Beth for all of your hard work and thank you to everyone who participated in both of the booths – we hope you had a blast!

[both the photo and video booths were provided by A Custom Look Photography]

Mayesh slow motion video booth

Click to view all the videos:

Mayesh slow motion videos
Here are the photo booth pictures and picture strips that we posted to Facebook for your viewing pleasure. Fee free to download, tag your friends and share!
Mayesh flower wall and photo booth

FSFA Annual Convention

On June 7, 2013 the Florida State Florists’ Association’s Annual Convention will begin.  I’m particularly excited for this event because we were asked to sponsor our 2013 Mayesh Design Star, Jodi Duncan AIFD.  So we are sending her down to Tampa to present her program, “Armature Architecture”.

“Architecture, a Greek word meaning “chief” and “builder, carpenter” is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Today’s designer must be skilled in all areas, bringing beauty to the forefront in everyday shop merchandising as well as event construction. Explore armature based designs for bridal bouquets, big events & merchandising, and transform the landscape of your aesthetic as your profits build.”

Will you be attending the convention?  Not only will Jodi be there, but one of our representatives from our Miami branch will be at the trade fair.  Be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!  Here is more information about this event:

FSFA Annual Convention Registration- Members Only
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, 200 North Ashely Drive, Tampa, FL

 

“Urban Inspiration” – Schedule of Events

 

FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013

  • 9a – 12p FSMD Workshop
  • 10a – 12p Sunshine Competition
  • 12p – 4p Trade Fair Setup
  • 1p – 3p Board Meetings
  • 2P – 5P Table Scape Competition / FSMD Testing
  • 3p – 6p Registration Open / Raffles Open / Silent Auction Open
  • 7p Welcome Reception / Entertainment

 

SATURDAY JUNE 8,2013

  • 8a – 10:30a DOY Competition
  • 10:30a – 11:30a Chrissy Craft / Ideal Design Events”Wedding Insanities”
  • 12p – 1:30p Lunch / Networking / Trade Fair Shopping / Corsage Bar / General Business Meeting
  • 1:45p – 3:15p Jodi Duncan,AIFD Sponsored by Mayesh
  • 3:30p – 4:45p Tim Ryan,FSMD Sponsored by Womar Glass
  • 7p Presidential Evening / Dinner / Awards

 

SUNDAY JUNE 9,2013

  • 8a – 9a Board Member Meeting
  • 9a – 10:15a Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD PFCI CFD Sponsored by Teleflora
  • 10:30a – 12p Jackie Lacey AIFD PFCI CFD Sponsored by Bloomnet
  • 12p – 1:30p Lunch / Final Trade Fair
  • 1:45p – 3p Ann Jordan AIFD PFCI CFD Sponsored by FTD “The Impact of Perception”
  • 3p – 3:30p Raffles / Design Auction
  • 3:30p Close of Convention

AIFD 2013 Symposium “Passion” with Jodi Duncan

Our 2013 Mayesh Design Star, Jodi Duncan AIFD, personally invites you to attend AIFD’s 2013 Symposium, “Passion” in Las Vegas which is taking place June 28-July 2 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.  Visit www.mayesh.com/AIFD.aspx for more information!

 

Mayesh will be in attendance as the distribution partner for the entire event, as well as showcasing some of our gorgeous wholesale flowers and reporting on all of the exciting details.  It truly is a time of intensive inspiration and professional networking within the floral design industry.  I hope to see you there!

World Floral Expo 2013 in NYC

If you aren’t going to Vegas for the Catersource/Event Solutions Idea Factory show, then maybe you are attending the World Floral Expo in New York?  Next week is going to be a bit hectic for me personally because as I previously discussed in my last post, I’m heading to Vegas, but my husband is going to New York City to represent Mayesh at the World Floral Expo!  Be sure to stop by booth #F.109 and say hi to Brian!  He won’t be the only one attending, you will see Peter, Jill and Maria as well.  I wish I could be in two places at once because I LOVE NYC!  Have fun and let me know how the show is.

 

Design Demos with Jodi Duncan AIFD at Catersource/Event Solutions Idea Factory

So I’ll be getting on a plane headed to Vegas for the Catersource/Event Solutions Idea Factory show this weekend.  You’ll see our product throughout the entire event as we are the main floral supplier for Catersource.

In addition to all of the usual excitement found at this great show, we have decided to bring our 2013 Mayesh Design Star, Jodi Duncan AIFD, in to conduct design demonstrations on Tuesday, March 12th at our booth (#335)!  Not only will you get to see a sampling of our amazing flowers and meet some of our fab floral professionals, but you’ll get to meet Jodi and get some great floral design ideas, tips, and tricks!

Also, be sure to check out AFR’s Design Challenge on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30pm.  Watch Lenny Talarico, CSEP and Jessica L. Zeidler try to out-design each other with just 30 minutes!!  They will be running over to our booth to pick out their flowers for their design – it is so much fun to watch!

Last, but not least, our Mayesh blooms will also be showing up in many designers’ session – here’s the list:

  • Preston Bailey
  • Harmony Event
  • David Everett
  • David Price
  • Meryl Snow

Hope to see you at the show!!

 

 

2013 Mayesh’s National Open House Pictures

Last week we hosted our 3rd annual Mayesh Open House at every branch.  We have posted a bunch of pictures on our Facebook page, and wanted to make sure that you have the links to check ‘em all out!  Just click on the collages below and you’ll be treated to each of the albums that we created for our Chandler, Cleveland,  L.A. Flower Market, Detroit, and Orange County’s open houses.

I wanted to thank all of our vendors that provided flowers for the contest and open house along with the other companies that our locations partnered up with to provide design, food, rentals, and decorative items.  A big thank you needs to go out to all of the AIFD designers who took time out of their schedules to provide floral design demonstrations at many of our locations.  From what I heard and saw, it was a great hit!  Additionally, Jose Azout, of Alexandra Farms, took time to visit  a few of our California branches to talk about garden roses and I will be sharing a video snipit from one of his presentations.  Stay tuned!  Thank you to everyone for everything!  You all rock!

Last, but not least, we hosted a Twitter party sharing all of the excitement happening across the county – the feed doesn’t stick around forever, but for the next while you can check it out here.

 

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2013 Open House Design Demonstrations & Presentations

 

Our 2013 National Open House is coming up on January 23rd and this year we teamed up with AIFD to provide floral design demonstrations at the majority of our locations!  We are super excited and hope that you are able to join us!  I am personally excited that Cleveland will be hosting our 2013 Mayesh Design Star, Jodi Duncan AIFD.  I also wanted to mention that Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, one of our awesome contest sponsors will be be a speaker at both our Carlsbad and Orange County locations to talk about Garden Roses!!

Get a FRESH perspective and some new ideas to incorporate into your design repertoire!  Below are the details:

 

Carlsbad/San Diego
DEMO: BEVERLEY IRELAND AIFD & ROZ DODDS AIFD
8:30AM-9:00AM
&
Garden rose presentation by JOSE AZOUT
9:00AM-9:30AM

Charlotte
DEMO: CAROLYN SHEPARD AIFD
GARDEN ROSES IN EVERYDAY WORK
11:00AM-1PM

Cleveland
DEMO: JODI DUNCAN AIFD
EVERY DAY & EVENT DESIGN
6:30PM- 8:00PM

Chandler
DEMO: BRIAN VETTER AAF, AIFD, CFD, PCFI, AZMF
VALENTINE’S AND EVERYDAY DESIGN WITH GARDEN ROSES
5:30PM- 6:00PM

Detroit
DEMO: JEROME RASKA AIFD
EVERYDAY DESIGNS MADE EASY
6:30PM-8:00PM

L.A. Flower Market
DEMO: LEE GALLISON AIFD
MODERN MALE
6:00AM & 7:30AM

LAX
DEMO: ANTHONY VIGLIOTTA AIFD
VALENTINE’S DAY
DEMONSTRATING THROUGHOUT THE MORNING TIL 11:00AM

Las Vegas
DEMO: JULIE REED AIFD & CAROLYN FOWLER AIFD
LATEST TRENDS IN FLORAL
STARTING AT NOON

Orange County
DEMO: SHERINE ISKANDER
PAINTING THE ROSES RED
9:00AM-12:00PM
&
Garden rose presentation by JOSE AZOUT
12:00PM-12:30PM

Phoenix
DEMO: TONY MEDLOCK AIFD
GARDEN ROSES/ USE OF GREEN FLOWERS
11:00AM & 1:00PM

Riverside
DEMO: LORI NOVAK AIFD
VALENTINE’S DAY
5:00PM-8:00PM

Torrance
DEMO: LEE BURCHER AIFD
GARDEN ROSES
10:00AM-12:00PM

Will we be seeing you at one of these floral design demo’s?

NeoFlora: What Does a Sushi Chef, Rock Star, and a Florist have in Common?

Blogger: Sabrina Mesa

 

Question: What do a sushi chef, Paul McCartney and my mom have in common? Let’s look at these people individually.

 

Sushi chefs spend years perfecting the art of combining and grading ingredients both raw and cooked in a multitude of combinations and variations. They use tools such as sharp knives to cut intricate designs for displays on plates or wooden sushi boats. Many sushi restaurants have the sushi chef right in plain view of a bar area where patrons can watch them create these delicious meals.

 

Paul McCartney is a musical icon whose many achievements began when we was part of the Fab Four (The Beatles of course!), then with his wife and band mates in the group Wings and continues today with an amazing solo career that spans over 30 years. He has released countless albums and hit singles. He sells out concerts on almost every continent.

 

Iris Mesa (also known as my mom) she has been designing flowers for a local flower shop here in Tucson, Arizona for over 12 years. She has designed countless weddings, large corporate and government events. I am pretty sure she can make a corsage in her sleep. Her arrangements sit in mansions, apartments, houses, hospitals, gravesides and offices all over town. She takes classes and reads trade magazines to keep up her craft.

So what is the common thread these 3 individuals share? They are artists and their art last only minutes, hours or days. I love sushi so I know that it does not take an hour to eat a great roll. I have been to a Paul McCartney concert so I know that they do not last forever (as much as I wanted it to), after a few hours the show ends and the music stops. I worked with my mom for 10 of the 12 years she has been designing so I know that her clients do not receive arrangements that last forever (even silks need to refreshed and refurbished eventually.) Making sushi, performing music and designing a floral arrangement takes talent and skill; those skills are harnessed after years of practice.

They are all rock stars in their own right and the public enjoys the fruits of their labor. Out of the three only two perform in front of a crowd. My mom, like most florists, spend most of her design time in the backroom of a shop. Everything is created away from the public and only viewed once it is complete. Not to say there has not been times where clients have asked to take a peek behind the scenes or she has come up to the front counter to ask a question or finish a vase with perhaps a bow. Other than that, she really does not spend a lot of time upfront.

 

 

This brings me to what I believe was Hitomi Gilliam’s vision during her one week only pop up store in Vancouver, Canada.Flower designers are artists and rock stars! Why should they be confined to the back room? The public needs to see how talented floral designers are and all the work that they do behind closed doors. Why their talent is valuable and why purchasing from a local flower shop should be always top of mind. Not everyone can put together a beautiful hand-tied bouquet that when placed in a vase falls in all the right places and stays perfectly round. You (designers) are MacGyver’s! You can take wire, tape, sticks, flowers and almost anything else and create art. That art conveys emotions for people who just cannot find the right words to express how they feel.

 

Over the course of a year, Hitomi assembled a group of rock stars who worked hours on end at this pop-up flower shop. It was a combination flower shop, art exhibit and fashion show stage. It was incredible. Every day the shop evolved. It was a collaborative effort all around. Hitomi had a vision and the rest she left up to women and men who live and breathe this industry. The excitement was palpable and very contagious. It did not take long for my friend and co-worker, Jenn McJunkins and me to be swept up in the excitement. We wanted to be a part of what was happening. We helped sweep, clean flowers, wrap orchid plants and even talk to customers. The environment was such a positive one that I do not think I heard a single negative thing come out of anyone (unless it had to do with the cold weather outside hahaha.) Even at the end of their long days the crew was still smiling and laughing and excited for what the new day would bring. The NeoFlora team took us in and made us feel like we were part of the amazing event unfolding before our very eyes. To say we were sad to leave after the shop was only open 1 day would be an understatement.

 

Over the course of the week that followed, Hitomi and her rock stars performed for people young and old. They adorned men and women in haute couture style designs and costumes, inspired other designers to think outside the backroom and informed people on what being a florist is all about. My favorite pictures from that week were the pictures of the children learning and designing. It is these young ones that will grow up to appreciate their florist and will turn to them when they need flowers.

NeoFlora may have only been open for 1 week but I am sure they left a huge impression on the city. People will remember the week when flowers took over 1200 Robson St Vancouver, BC Canada.

If you would like to learn more about NeoFlora check out our interview with Hitomi here and our video recap here.

 

 

Here is a list of the amazing designers who contributed to an amazing week:

Dawn Block CFD, Gloria Cheung (The Flower Factory), Bronia DePedrina, Aniko Kovacs CFD (Garlands Florists), Susanne Law AIFD, Diane Levings CFD (Full Blooms Flowers), Alexis MacLeod AIFD (Simply Perfect Flowers), Stephanie Lee (Balconi Flowers), Yukari Mitsui AIFD, Sharrai Morgan AIFD (Holly’s Fine Flowers), Ania Norwood AIFD, Lottie Nys AIFD, Kim Oldis AIFD, Poppy Parson CFD (Smart Flowers), Cindy Pham, Brenna Quan, Lisa Russo, Kyo Sada (Zwada Home), Arthur Williams CFD (Babylon Floral Designs), Demi Wu, Don Zwaryk (Zwada Home) and, of course,  Hitomi Gilliam AIFD.

 

 

 

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