FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield, MO. (April 16, 2018) – The Springfield Art Museum and members of Art Mosaic One, a Museum support group, are proud to announce the first annual Art In Bloom event on April 27, 28, and 29. Began at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1976, Art In Bloom is a unique event celebrating fine art and fantastic floral displays. Replicated in museums across the country, Art In Bloom recognizes the artistic efforts of florists and floral designers through juried prizes.
The Museum’s inaugural event will feature 27 designers, creating 33 arrangements inspired by works on view in the Museum’s galleries, including Dale Chihuly’s Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier, Anne Lindberg’s tilted sky, work by Rose O’Neill, and selections from the Museum’s Asian and American Art collections. The Museum’s Curator, Sarah Buhr, 417 Magazine’s Heather Kane, and Friends of the Garden’s Lisa Bakerink will judge the entries, awarding $2,000 in prize money.
Event Chair Trish Hedrick notes, “We are thrilled with the talent that this event has attracted, from floral hobbyists to the few AIFD certified designers in the area. We hope that our event gives the public a new way to engage with the art on view.” Proceeds from Art In Bloom benefit the Museum’s Art Acquisition Fund, strengthening the Museum’s ability to attract audiences through the addition of significant works to its collection.
It is free to tour the galleries and see floral installations, but tickets are required for some events, including the opening night Preview Party featuring a nature-inspired runway show with original creations from Fashion Designers Society members Jennifer Vaughn and Joseph Pyatt, a Floral Arranging Workshop taught by Kim Hardin of Mears Floral Products, and a Floral Mixed Media Collage Workshop. Visitors can enjoy pop-up live music performances throughout the weekend in the Museum’s Lobby and Courtyard Gallery.
Tickets for paid events range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at www.sgfmuseum.org, or by visiting the Museum at 1111 East Brookside Drive. General admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit www.sgfmuseum.org