Art in Bloom 2017

My favorite event of the year is a springtime celebration of fresh flowers and art spread throughout the galleries of a killer Minneapolis museum.  2017 marks the 34th year of Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and each year is spectacular.  

How does it work?  Folks- average Joes, Ikebana students, garden club members, floral designers- who love flowers (aka, me) choose a piece of art in the museum and create a fresh floral interpretation of it, which is then displayed alongside the original art piece.  So simple, so stunning.  And, it's FREE!  (For you.  It wasn't free for me, because I had to buy my materials.  But, participants get a swag bag from the museum and sponsors as a thank you.)  On top of that, event florists bring in large-scale floral installations for the commons areas, and the museum hosts lectures, dinners and classy shindigs- like fresh floral fashion show- to make it a full-blown celebration.  This was my 9th year participating.  

I chose this:

Three black and white pots by artist Paula Estevan were the inspiration for my floral arrangement

Three black and white pots by artist Paula Estevan were the inspiration for my floral arrangement

I wrote this:

Repetition, repetition, repetition. It makes the slightest form intentional, brings a detail into focus, and helps us appreciate the nuances of nature. In isolation and repetition, we see the flora’s versatility, its personality- we see its beauty through a new lens.
— Cana Potter, written for the Art in Bloom 2017 program

I created this:

Woven bear grass, white chrysanthemums, red gerberas, black and white mum poms, and eucalyptus pods.

Woven bear grass, white chrysanthemums, red gerberas, black and white mum poms, and eucalyptus pods.

 

"Art in Bloom raises funds to support Mia projects of Friends of the Institute, including education and transportation for school children, exhibitions, art acquisition, education, and programs throughout the community."

 
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