Chartreuse @ Nomel Arts

I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Avalene Musik and Cecelia Beavers’ joint show ‘Chartreuse’ at the new location of Nomel Arts this past Saturday.

I’m lucky enough to consider Ava a close friend and source of inspiration. I’m delighted to find the appreciation is mutual. Here is her remarkable homage, nay, refinement of a recent Hélène arrangement of ours.     


The show will be up until 9/3. Live paintings and accompanying raffles by Ava are being held 8/23, 8/24, and 8/25 and can be attended in-person and via IG livestream with more information on her IG @maybe.its.avalene and at I highly recommend seeing the works of both artists in person. In case attending is not possible, see the image gallery below for a glimpse of the show.

‘Chartreuse’ by Avalene Musik and Cecelia Beavers @ Nomel Arts located at The Food Terminal, 1500 Clinton S Unit 158 Upper, Buffalo, NY 14206.

Say no to (Pampas) Grass!

This is technically not the first blog post I’ve worked on. There’s been a lot of reflection in the meantime on what I wish to portray as a business, and secondly, what I wish to portray as a person. I plan to follow a self-care doctrine all too apt in this case: To not diminish oneself entirely into one’s business (or business persona).  I am privileged to have the opportunity to run a small business––albeit fiscally ruinous––but that doesn’t change the fact that I am much more nuanced than this brand will ever allow me express.

On this note, the blog posts will be pointedly less about my interiority and more about floristry and how we choose to practice it here at bōtan, along with a updates to our schedule of classes, to the catalog, and on any events or pop-ups the future holds. 

On the topic of floristry and how we plan to practice it I have to of course start with some delicious controversy. (After selling or using our remaining stock…) We will no longer be carrying or using Pampas Grass. The uptick in its use thanks to trends in floral design (mostly propagated by Instagram) has had a dramatically detrimental effect on biodiversity. It is an invasive weed, and is even illegal in Australia.  For more bohemian designs, we will substitute in native grasses.