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Enjoying Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

minneapolis — The Minneapolis Institute of Art once again celebrated the arrival of spring April 27-30 by pairing timeless art with thousands of flowers at the 2017 Art in Bloom festival-fundraiser. Now in its 34th year, the four-day event showcased 165 fresh floral arrangements inspired by the institute’s art collection and also highlighted a fashion show organized in conjunction with Fashion Week Minnesota.

“Art in Bloom and MIA provide a strong sense of building community,” Diane Enge, designer at Bachman’s and 18-year AIB participant, told The Produce News. “As a pedestal artist, it’s all about honoring the art with flowers.”

Enge won the People’s Choice Personal Favorite award for her floral interpretation of the painting “Springtime of Life” by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

“This painting, set in a misty natural landscape, captures a delicate version of spring,” Enge said in her artist’s statement. “I chose botanicals with subtle colors including protea, limonium, willow, and cascading foliages to create an airy landscape design that reflects the divine feeling of spring.”

KDWFThe Koehler Dramm Institute of Floristry designed a Grand Floral Kaleidoscope for the 2017 Art in Bloom. Visitors were encouraged to ‘peek inside the viewfinder and turn the handle slowly’ to see a kaleidoscope of flowers.Another Bachman’s floral designer, Mayumi Redin, interpreted Paulus Moreelse’s “Portrait of Catharina van Voorst” and won the People’s Choice award for Best Interpretation. “I am impressed by the beautiful dress in this painting,” Redin said in her artist’s statement. “I wanted to challenge myself to interpret the dress details using flowers.”

“Art in Bloom is special because everyone — whether you are a professional designer or not — has the ability to enjoy the art and their interpretations with flowers,” Redin told The Produce News.

New this year at Art in Bloom was an evening event celebrating the often-overlooked carnation. Carnation Appreciation included the history of this misunderstood bloom, a photo booth, and a workshop led by Erin Furey, art director, stylist and former contributor to Martha Stewart Living, on how to make giant paper carnations.

Other featured speakers at the festival were Princess Giorgiana Corsini, an expert on Italian Renaissance gardens and keeper of the nearly 400-year-old Tuscan garden at her family home in Florence, Italy; Livia Cetti, a Bronx, NY-based floral artist and author who is known for her high-style tissue and crepe paper flowers; and Lindsey Taylor, floral stylist and writer from Toronto, , who presented on “The Art of Inspiration: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Works of Art.”

Over 50,000 people visited this year’s Art in Bloom and proceeds from the ticketed lectures, demonstrations and luncheons, as well as sales from the Art in Bloom Shop, provide the Friends of the Institute with funds to bring more than 81,000 school-aged children to the museum each year, and provide nearly 93,000 pre-K through grade 12 students with off-site arts education.

“Art in Bloom is wonderful and it’s such a great fundraiser for a good cause,” Ashley Dimmit, floral manager at Hy-Vee in New Hope, MN, said. “The amount of people that go every year and the amount of people who have stopped here at the store to say they saw our pieces. It’s so neat.”

At the close of the show, as the pedestal florists dismantled their interpretations, volunteers collected unspent flowers and greens and repurposed them into new bouquets that were delivered to metro-area nursing care facilities, shelters and hospices. Now in its third year, AfterBloom kept the museum flower magic alive a little longer by donating around 75 bouquets to grateful recipients.