Renowned floral designer and artist to visit Gadsden County – Gadsden Arts Center & Museum to host floral designer John Grady Burns and painter Natalia Andreeva

Locals will be able to meet renowned floral designer John Grady Burns when he comes to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum from Natchez, Mississippi as part of the Afternoon with the Arts on Wednesday, January 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

During his visit to the Quincy center for arts, Burns will demonstrate his acclaimed floral design techniques.

Visitors to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will also meet award-winning artist Natalia Andreeva, who will demonstrate her mastery of expressive painting by creating a still-life painting of John Grady’s arrangement as it is created. 

The Afternoon with the Arts starts with an elegant seated luncheon in the Sara May Love Gallery, followed by simultaneous demonstrations by Burns and Andreeva.

John Grady Burns

These will be followed by coffee and mimosas, a book signing with Burns, and a preview of the Collect Select Exhibition & Silent Auction, which will include five of Andreeva’s paintings.

A graduate of Mississippi State University with a BS in Retail Floral Management, John Grady Burns studied under Professor Emeritus Ralph Null.

Upon graduating he was invited to Washington, DC to help create floral designs for the White House, Blair House, and numerous ambassadors and foreign and domestic dignitaries.

In the mid 1980’s John Grady moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he successfully pursued a career in both retail and special events, and a 16 year career at Kennesaw State University teaching students the art of floral design.

Natalia Andreeva is a professional artist whose work is influenced by the fusion of Eastern and European schools of art, and by philosophies capturing spontaneous expressions and classical realism.

Originally from Siberia, Andreeva completed her postgraduate degree in Moscow and has attended numerous workshops throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States.

She teaches workshops and is a featured artist in plein air events across the United States, and is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

Natalia Andreeva

Andreeva’s works have been distinguished with honors and fellowships and are featured in multiple public and private collections. 

Seating is limited! Reserve a table with friends, or make individual reservations for this exciting Afternoon with the Arts at

The Afternoon with the Arts is part of the Week with the Arts, a fundraiser to support the programs of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum.

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Exhibition admission is free for all children, museum members, and children’s Field Trip participants.

The ArtZone is also free, open every Saturday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Admission for nonmember adults ranges from $3 for students to $10 for major exhibitions.

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