Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Art in Bloom

All proceeds raised from this three-day convergence of fine art and flowers supports the UMFA’s educational outreach programs in the state of Utah.

Shelbey Peterson and Pam March visit Studio 5 to talk about this unique event.

The centerpiece of the Art in Bloom weekend is an exhibition of more than 30 interpretive arrangements fashioned by Utah’s top floral designers. Each artist will enliven the Museum’s galleries by selecting an object from the UMFA’s collection and, using flowers, greenery, custom-made containers, and their own artistic vision, create a unique floral arrangement for display. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 by paid admission.

Art in Bloom will debut with “Flowers After Hours,” a fabulous fête featuring a preview of Art in Bloom at its freshest.

Saturday morning, Art in Bloom opens to the public with a lively lecture and demonstration by internationally acclaimed floral design master and author, Alisa de Jong-Stout. Visitors can enjoy a delicious spring luncheon in the Great Hall and later attend an inspiring lecture by art historian and author Hannah Sigur.

Sunday morning, novice and experienced floral designers alike will have the opportunity to test and develop their skills in hands-on floral design classes by Alisa de Jong-Stout. Adding to Sunday’s exciting itinerary is a container gardening workshop from the floral experts at Cactus and Tropicals.

Art in Bloom is a unique opportunity to delight in artistic creativity and floral design while supporting visual arts education in Utah. Proceeds from Art in Bloom are critical to ensuring the continuation of the UMFA’s exemplary public programs, such as Third Saturdays and Family Backpacks. In addition, funds raised support cross-curricular arts education and outreach programs, all specifically designed for Utah students and educators, such as pARTners and Art-in-a-Box. Without these programs, many Utah children would have no access to visual arts education.

For more information, call the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at 801-585-9880 or visit umfa.utah.edu.

Art in Bloom Schedule of Events

Friday, May 15

Flowers After Hours – Art in Bloom Opening Celebration

6 pm • $150 per person

Join us for a festive evening prior to the public opening with special guest, Mark Eaton.

Saturday, May 16

Art in Bloom Exhibition

9:30 am – 5:30 pm • Adults $10, Youth (6-18) and Seniors (65+) $8

Celebrate the convergence of fine art and flowers in the much-anticipated exhibition, Art in Bloom.

Lessons from Nature in the Art of Floral Design

10 am • $35 per person

Lecture, Demonstration and Book Signing by Alisa de Jong-Stout

Spring Luncheon

12 pm • $25 per person

Celebrate the season with friends old and new at this delicious spring luncheon, with time to visit, or revisit, the floral creations in the UMFA’s galleries.

The Influence of Japanese Art on Design

2 pm • $15 per person

Lecture and Book Signing by Hannah Sigur

Sunday, May 17

Art in Bloom Exhibition

9:30 am – 5:30 pm • Adults $10, Youth and Seniors $8, Children under 6 $5

Celebrate the convergence of fine art and flowers in the much-anticipated exhibition, Art in Bloom.

Hands-On Floral Design Apprentice Class

10 am • $100 per person

Gain first-hand floral design experience with expert Alisa de Jong-Stout.

Cactus & Tropicals Container Garden Demonstration

12 pm • $35 per person

Watch the Cactus and Tropicals experts as they create drama or tranquility in container gardens for indoor or outdoor use.

Hands-on Floral Design Master Class

2 pm • $100 per person

A perfect class for the ambitious floral designer. Advance your skills in this special workshop by Alisa de Jong-Stout.

**Reservations are required for all events except the exhibition. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Tickets will be held in Will Call at the UMFA for pickup on the day of the event only.

Underwriting for Art in Bloom 2009 has been generously provided by Cactus & Tropicals and Marriott University Park.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building on the University of Utah campus at 410 Campus Center Drive. General admission is Adults $7, Youth and Seniors $5, UMFA Members, Children under 6 and U of U Students/Staff/Faculty free. Art in Bloom admission is Adults $10, Youth and Seniors $8, UMFA Members suggested donation of $5. Museum hours are Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Wed 10 am – 8 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm; closed Mondays and Holidays. Art in Bloom hours are Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9:30 – 5:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit www.umfa.utah.edu.

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