A letter from the Art in Bloom Co-Chairs

Dear Friends,

This year, we have had the great privilege of serving as Co-Chairs of Art in Bloom 2020. We are honored to have followed in the footsteps of Art in Bloom Co-Chairs going back 36 years and had believed, like all the leaders who had gone before us, we would take this event to the finish line. Unfortunately, due to the instability caused by the coronavirus, Art in Bloom, scheduled for April 23 – 26 was canceled.

Throughout late summer and early fall, we assembled a fabulous team of over 50 dedicated volunteers to serve as committee chairs and advisors. We are deeply grateful for the creativity, heart, and over 3,000 hours invested into what we know would have been a stunning Art in Bloom event. 

This spring, we were excited to unveil a new Mia acquisition, Floral Legacy, by Dakota artist Holly Young at our Gala Preview Party. Also, given the commitment of many generous individuals and corporate sponsors we anticipated a very profitable year. We want to acknowledge many individuals and organizations for an investment of time and creativity that will not be fully realized.  A special thank you to  Bachman’s and the Galleria for their commitment to Art in Bloom. Bachman’s team planned beautiful centerpieces for our events, fabulous floral accessories show for Flowers After Hours, in addition to giving a portion of proceeds from the Spring Ideas House to Art in Bloom. The Galleria team met regularly with our fashion show co-chairs, investing creativity and time into making it a spectacular event.

We are  grateful to Friends President Maria Eggemeyer for her unfailingly positive support of our work. We also thank the Friends office team of Jackie, Lizzi, and Sara who served us and AIB committees with professionalism. And, while we can’t name everyone, we would be remiss in not thanking our Mia staff partners, particularly our closest collaborators during the past ten months, the Design and Editing team, the Events Team, the Advancement team, and the Social Marketing team.  

For those of you who have participated in planning an Art in Bloom Event, you know that the dedicated AIB volunteers most deserve our gratitude and recognition— this year especially—since neither the Friends nor the wider community will be able to enjoy the amazing events and activities they had planned. This is the Art in Bloom 2020 team (over a third of the members are new to serving on the AIB Committee):

AIB Advisors:  Robin Keyworth, Connie Sommers, Molly Van Metre

AIB Individual Sponsor Advisors:  Linda Boelter and Katie Searl

AIB Secretary: Barb Mikelson

Accounting: Stephanie Wright and Marty Weicht

AfterBloom and Make&Take Workshop: Jenn Hovland

AIB Shop: Elizabeth Castronovo, Christine Meenan, Diane Morrison and Barb Champ

Bachman’s Liaison: Pam Friedland

Consumer/Print Communications: Nancy McRae

Commercial Florists: Karla Newman and Becky Prentis

Dedications: Nancy Wyatt and Deb Laub

Family Event: Mary Beech and Jill Wisdorf

Fashion Show: Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande

Floral Demonstrator Event: Judith Benton and Mary Merrick

Flowers After Hours: Jeanette Colby and Sheila Folkestad

Friends/Web Communications: Laurie Fontaine Junker and Sharon Secor

Friday Night and Mixology: Lucy and Tom Sullivan, Dan and Tana Yaranno

Great Gatherings: Jeanne Scheiderer and Mary Aamoth

Guided Tours: Arna Yetter and Diane Skrien

Hospitality: Saralee Mogilner, Nancy Withers and Julie Holland

Patron Letter: Carol Stoddart and Mary Olson

Pedestal Floral Artist Chairs: Karmen Nelson and Carol Osweiler

Pre-AIB Mailings: Chris Salmen

Pre-AIB Fundraising Event: Beverly Hauschild-Baron

Preview Party: Chris Vickery and Carol Poulson

Program Ad Sales: Linda Tell

Program Sales: Holly Hernandez

Morning Coffee: Susan Arndt

Speaker Contracts and Arrangements: Liz Short

Volunteer Recruitment: Katherine Hovde and Erica Kelly

Volunteer-at-large: Corinne Zwickey

Typically, this spring Newsletter would have detailed all the exciting events in store for Art in Bloom 2020. In fact, all of those articles were written and ready to go to press. It is bittersweet to sign off as Co-chairs with this message. But, we do so with no regrets, and with a spirit of gratitude.


Therese Blaine and Maria Reamer
Co-Chairs, Art in Bloom 2020