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Veteran crafter Donna Dowell has been producing these beautiful works of art for almost 10 years.

Here at the Western Montana Fair, flower sculptures are becoming a prime attraction in today’s horticulture scene.

Sculptures of intertwining ribbons, metals, colored glass, as well as the beautiful blossoms, are taking center stage as one of the fair’s growing attractions.

Veteran crafter Donna Dowell has been producing these beautiful works of art for almost 10 years, and had quite the insight as to what goes into producing the incredibly unique creations.

Working mainly with allium, a large bulbous flower, Dowell fabricates pieces that have deep connections with the natural world. Her main sculpture this year, appropriately named The Iditarod, weaves white-painted allium with ribbon that leaves the mind yearning for the snow and ice of the Alaskan tundra.

She may say “that’s just a piece of twisted plastic,” but in all reality, they are living tales of people’s imaginations.

Taking a mininum of one hour to create, show pieces can consist of any variety of materials or dried goods in their attempt to display three-dimensional stories.

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“For the designers, it’s a learning experience,” judge Darlene Skari explained Wednesday. “You don’t just come and do it.”

If you wish to have your senses energized by visual depictions of very individual stories, step into the world of the horticulture building.

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