Art in Bloom 2018 was a Blooming Year!

Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863, Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums (detail), c. 1835, oil on canvas, Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister   

A message of thanks from Art in Bloom Co-Chairs Barbara Proeschel and Lezlie Pinske.

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Lezlie Pinske, left,  and Barbara Proeschel, co-chairs for Art in Bloom 2018.

Art in Bloom 2018 was a fabulously fun event with record breaking attendance of 52,401 visitors. Thanks to our very hard working Committee Chairs, Mia staff and all Art in Bloom volunteers for executing this spectacular community celebration of spring with savoir faire.
Congratulations to the outstanding Commercial Florists and Pedestal Florists for bringing the beauty of spring to all those thousands of visitors. Many thanks go to
Nikki Lewis, our Honorary Chair, Lead Sponsors Bachman’s and Thymes, and all our generous sponsors and patrons.
IMG_0103Our kick off event in March was the successful Pint & Paint night when we all became Delacroix. Then came the amazing Preview Gala and Delacroix masterpiece unveiling where guests saw our signature artwork debuted to the public. This was followed by dining amongst the art accompanied by live music. In addition, the doors opened to the creatively arranged and enticing Art in Bloom Shop.
Thursday and Friday morning lecturers were a hit. We learned that French formal gardens are not stodgy, and how to entertain with panache.

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The arrangements coming out of the Thursday afternoon master floral class were stunning. Well-attended Flowers After Hours saw two Bachman’s fleur couture shows in Pillsbury Auditorium as well as a gallery stroll with the models. Our ticketed Thursday night event, the Mixology workshop, was entertaining and educational with guests mixing and enjoying the spirit of spirits.
IMG_0030The Fashion Show and Formal Luncheon were glorious, sold out events celebrating this year’s spring and summer trends. Guests arrived to sparkling rosé and hors d’oeuvres. The fashion show, sponsored by the Galleria and produced by Grant Whitaker provided style inspiration based on the Delacroix painting. A French-inspired luncheon followed.
IMG_0080On Friday evening, the Parisian wreath making workshops led by Jenn Hovland of Fleur de Louise were filled to capacity while on the 3rd floor operatic notes rang out to enthralled guests a couple of times during the evening.

IMG_0002 2On Saturday, Mia was filled with an estimated 1300 – 1400 people enjoying our family event while sprouting antlers and fresh flowers on their headband creations, inspired by a reading of author David Small’s book, Imogene’s Antlers.

Sunday found standing room only at the celebration and announcement of the Pedestal Floral Artist (PFA) awards.

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Last but not least, Monday was take-down day. The AfterBloom committee made 500 floral arrangements to provide cheer to recipients in area hospitals, hospices, senior living buildings and to clients of our newest partner, Meals on Wheels Minnesota.

IMG-4530Many thanks to our Art in Bloom Shop, a complete success in every way. Our customers loved the merchandise assortment and customer service that lead to a record breaking year in sales, driving a 12% increase in sales over last year! The record breaking success of the shop was due to the incredible volunteers working in the shop and at the checkout area. Their smiles, can-do attitude, strong product knowledge, friendliness, and efficient service was a key element of the overall success.  
Please thank all our Art in Bloom Committee Chairs for a job well done:
Pre-AIB Prep: Chris Salmen, Secretary: Patty McCullough, Finance Committee: Dawn Dexter (Treasurer), Marty Weicht, Nancy Withers and Ellen Archibald; AfterBloom: Jenn Hovland; AIB Shop: Barb Champ, Hal Proskey, Kirby Marquardt, and Connie Sanville; Commercial Florists: Mickey O’Kane and Carol Pagac; Dedications: Molly Van Metre; Docent Tours: Arna Yetter and Diane Skrien; Family Event: Julie Holland and Chris Vickery; Fashion Show & Formal Luncheon: Heidi Ault, Elizabeth (Gummy) Grande and Emily Carlson; Advisor (Lunches): Mary Bachhuber; Floral Demonstrators: Judith Benton and Lisa Flynn; Flowers After Hours: Maria Reamer and Mary Rossi; Friday Evening Workshops: Sharon Secor and Judith Ericksen; Friends Newsletter Liaison: Sharon Secor and Teresa Luterbach; Great Gatherings: Nancy Gunderson and Aretha Green-Rupert; Hospitality: JeanMarie Burtness and Maggie Rosine; Liaison to Bachman’s: Pauline Altermatt; March Kick-Off Event: Michele Byfield-Angell and Mary Merrick; Morning Coffee: Susan Arndt; Patron Letters: Linda Boelter, Carolyn Dahl and Katie Searl; Pedestal Floral Artists: Theresa Blaine, Terry Carter and Donna Krska; Preview Party: Kris King, Marilyn Sundberg and Mara Milne; Program Sales: Kathleen Steiger and Margie Stemple; Advertising Sales: Linda Tell; Speaker Travel Logistics: Carrie Kilberg, Ellie Noyes and Lori Raduenz; Sponsorships: Robin Keyworth, Connie Sommers and Betsey Whitbeck; Volunteers: Holly Hernandez and Julie Hillmyer.