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A message from Barbara Scott and Carrie Kilberg

Art in Bloom co-chairs Barbara Scott and Carrie Kilberg are grateful for the multitude of volunteers who made Art in Bloom a blooming success in its 33rd year.  They are grateful for the months of work by the Art in Bloom committee, and for the beautiful and creative contributions of both the commercial and pedestal floral artists.
Barbara and Carrie also send special thanks to Connie Sommers, Friends President; Kate Smith, Friends office administrator; Claire Goulson and Samantha Hammett, Friends office interns, all of whom were tireless–and remarkably cheerful–in responding to the needs of this amazing and complex event.
Carrie and Barbara send endless thanks for the total support of Mia’s entire staff for the 4 days of Art in Bloom.  It couldn’t happen without them.
And of course, none of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are truly honored to have them contribute to our organization and to this gift of celebration for our whole community.
Lead Sponsor:
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Honorary Chair: Linda Boelter
Major Sponsor: Kraus-Anderson Companies
Generous support provided by Martha Head, Lakewood Cemetery, Bob and Barbara Scott, Lakes Area Realty, Michael Birt and friends and family of Ann Birt, Lucille Amis, Mary Olson, Tom and Lynn Schaefer, and SpartanNash.
Additional support provided by David and Margene Fox, Sam and Patty McCullough, Mary Grau, Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Olson Law Firm, Len Busch Roses, Caldrea, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, and Acendas.
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Art in Bloom does flowers with aplomb, but it does so much more.  This year’s Art in Bloom Preview Party raised more than $20,000 for scholarships for metro area children to attend Mia’s summer studio camps.  So much more than paint on paper, these day camps provide art projects of all kinds and an opportunity for children to learn more about their world.  Children may express their creativity in physical and intellectual ways while engaging in projects they wouldn’t experience anywhere else.
The Friends of the Institute wanted to enable Mia to offer more scholarships for children otherwise unable to attend these camps. Guests attending the Preview Party dinner responded to this special opportunity of support with great generosity.  It was the perfect launch to the annual rite of spring that is Art in Bloom.
Co-chairs Barbara Scott and Carrie Kilberg send a special thank you to all who gave generously making this year’s Fund-A-Need an enormous success.


It was the faux wedding of the year!  Mia’s 24th Street entrance opened for the season and the Fountain Court and Rotunda were ablaze in flowers.  Live harp music filled the air. The bride wore white and pink blooms of roses, mokara orchids, dendrobium orchids and peonies.  FAH
The father of the bride, Pedestal Floral Artist Richard Raiche, was festooned with a botanical lei and a bow tie made of roses and dusty miller.  The bridesmaid’s dress was so heavy with flowers it weighed more than 40 pounds. FAH Cake The cake was not edible but was a multilayer, colorful floral creation. Such were the festivities at Flowers After Hours 5:30 – 9:00 on Thursday, April 28, the first day of Art in Bloom.  Many Pedestal Floral Artists were on hand to mingle with guests in the galleries and talk about their floral creations. The 9-person wedding party processed down the grand staircase to a receiving line in the Fountain Court.  Describing the wedding characters and floral fashions were emcees Todd Walker (Fox 9 Entertainment Reporter and Columnist for Mpls/St Paul Magazine and St. Paul Pioneer Press) and Karen Bachman Thull from Bachman’s.  Our special thanks to Bachman’s for putting on a fabulously floral southern wedding.
Flowers After Hours Lead Sponsor:
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Additional support provided by Tom and Lynn Schaefer


By Pamela Friedland, Janet Karas, Mary Merrick; Commercial Florist Committee, AIB 2016

Cindie & Camrose Hill
Many commercial florists spend countless hours planning, creating, and installing their fanciful floral displays for Art in Bloom. We especially want to recognize and express our gratitude to Acanthus Floral Art, Arts & Flowers Design Studio, Bachman’s, Best Wishes Floral, Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry, Martha’s Gardens, Minneapolis Institute of Flower Design, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Richfield Floral and Garden, Richfield Flowers and Events, SpartanNash, Tonkadale Greenhouse Minnetonka, Weber’s Westdale, and Wisteria Design.
This year the Friends would like to spotlight one of our many loyal florists and nurseries by providing a bit of the inside view of the personal side of a business full of compassion, artful expression, and in this case years and years of making a vision come true.
Cindie Sinclair, proprietor of Camrose Hill Flower Farm and Studio in Stillwater, feels everything she does and has in her life has to have meaning and purpose. Relatively new to meditation, her mantra “love is all there is” guides her floral creations. Her self-expression and dreams are evident in all of her whimsical, romantic, and lush displays.
Cindie participated in the very first AIB 33 years ago and has only missed a few. Many of her props are repurposed, yielding themselves to express the light mood of her creations. Every flower represented is at its best, ensuring the awe of nature is properly represented and appreciated.
Closeness to nature has been the impetus for Cindie’s work for decades as well as a vision for living the country life. Her aspirations led to the purchase of a beautiful 1880’s dairy farm in Stillwater. At the time, her beloved Golden Retriever, Camrose, became the inspiration for naming her new dream and life’s work. Located on a hill, abandoned farm fields were transformed into sumptuous gardens, and old barns into workshops.
Cindie states, “My designs mirror my ties to the earth with their natural, elegant, garden fresh style.” Imagine walking outside your door on a quiet summer morning, with containers in hand to pick the freshest and most elegant flowers and vines nature can produce! Cindie quietly explains, “I let the materials be my guide and let my work speak of nature. I feel fortunate to live my life through following my heart and nature’s beautiful inspiration.”
Camrose Hill currently has a charming shop in downtown Stillwater as well as the Farm that hosts over 40 weddings each spring through fall. Cindie herself oversees each bridal bouquet, vine-covered gazebo and all the flowers that are so much a part of celebrating that perfect pairing for those in love.
Not to be forgotten is Rose, Cindie’s Jack Russell Terrier. Most certainly Rose now roams the farmstead and steals the show at many an occasion, second only to the flowers and true meaning Cindie brings to each design and event.


An extravaganza featuring 4 days, 3 lectures, 2 box lunches, a Preview Party, a Fashion Show and Luncheon, Flowers After Hours, Family Day and an Art in Bloom Shop–all of it run by two co-chairs, one committee and hundreds of volunteers:  that’s Art In Bloom.
Once again, the Friends of the Institute have shown what volunteers can do. A typical volunteer, Kathi, enjoyed her 5th year working in the shop.  “I’ve done all the jobs,” she laughingly said, “pricing, set up, sales, wrapper and this year, cashier.  I’ll be back again next year!”
Whether you were a first-time volunteer or a veteran like Kathi, you came and staffed the Art in Bloom Shop, Program Sales, Ticket Takers, Check-in Helpers, Friends Membership table and more, and Friends can’t thank you enough.  If you haven’t experienced the special involvement of volunteering, consider participating next year, and if you are a veteran please come back–we can use your help.


On Monday, May 2nd, a small cadre of women were busy in Mia’s atrium, making floral bouquets the day after another highly successful Friends’  Art in Bloom (AIB). Volunteer pedestal artists and AIB committee members were composing an Art in Bloom postlude: a program aptly named — AfterBloom. In its second year, AfterBloom affords a second life to flowers that held center stage in amazing installations and arrangements during Art in Bloom. “Heartfelt thanks go out to the many AIB pedestal and commercial florists who donated unspent flowers and greens. Their generosity ensured AfterBloom was a great success,” said AIB pedestal florist committee member, Therese Blaine.  Still-beautiful blooms were repurposed into lovely new bouquets and then delivered to people in nursing care facilities, shelters, and to at-home elders, who could not attend Art in Bloom in person. “It was a joy to work with the donated flowers and to create ‘on the spot’ floral designs that could brighten up someone’s day,” said Mickey O’Kane, a pedestal floral artist who gave several hours of her time and many flowers from her AIB design. Bouquets were delivered by over a dozen volunteers, most of whom had already spent days at Mia refreshing their floral arrangements and chatting with museum guests about their floral interpretations. AfterBloom, in its second year, boosted its output by over 100% from its pilot in 2015.  This year, additional promotion by the pedestal and commercial florists committees yielded over fifty donated vases and enough donated flowers to create and deliver 52 bouquets. Certainly, Art in Bloom proves that flowers have the power to capture the imagination of floral artists and museum guests alike.  AfterBloom, keeps that flower magic alive a little bit longer and spreads the spring sunshine a little farther.
IMG_6037 Volunteers Wendy Jo Miller and Mickey O’Kane make floral bouquets with donated AIB blooms. IMG_6042AfterBloom bouquets ready for delivery by volunteers.


The next issue of the Friends Newsletter will arrive August 1st. If you have questions about any up coming Friends events please call the Friends Office at 612-870-3045.

A Collection Awash in Blue

By Michelle Yates

Last year, in one of the Friends’ most compelling lectures, Dr. James Fox, spoke On The Color Blue.  He stated, “For artists, the most beguiling color of all is blue,”  for its history, richness, and associations with the seas and skies, as well as with divinity. That lecture has stayed with me all these months, and so it is no wonder that when I first encountered Wash I and Wash 2 by Helena Hernmarck, I was literally stopped in my tracks and completely enchanted.
Helena Hernmarck’s four 20-foot-long tapestries are stunning for their workmanship, scale, and color. They animate Mia’s Fountain Court and look as if they were made just for that space, with their reference to drifting water. Hernmarck does, in fact, create contemporary tapestries for specific architectural spaces, but Wash I and Wash 2 were created for the lobby of Pitney-Bowes World Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. They were originally two huge 40-foot-long tapestries. When the tapestries came to Mia in 2014, Hernmarck and conservators transformed them into four panels to accommodate the Fountain Court.
Wash I and Wash 2 were based on Hernmarck’s watercolor paintings. Looking at them from a distance you can imagine water running down a stone wall, but you are also aware of the reference to watercolor, the way that wonderful blue color would stain and spread across watercolor paper, and how the layers create luminosity and depth. I am awestruck that Hernmarck has interpreted these effects with yarn. We think of tapestries as being two-dimensional, but as you get closer, the panels reveal how Hernmarck has layered wool of differing densities in certain places to create another dimension.
Hernmarck’s tapestries give us a wonderful comparison point to our collection of medieval tapestries. They parallel each other in scale, and are usually specific commissions. Hernmarck creates tapestries that, just like her medieval counterparts, offer status or warmth in what might be a cold or uninspired space. However, in Wash I and Wash 2, she differs in her very contemporary (but still recognizable and therefore approachable subject matter) and her use of rich, deep blues that are so evocative and mysterious.
Helena Hernmarck was born in Sweden in 1941 and studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, learning artistic theory as well as the technical knowledge of weave construction and looms. Most of her tapestries are owned by corporate clients or museums. She regards corporations as contemporary patrons, much like the princes and nobles who commissioned works of art in the past.
She chose to make tapestries because she wanted to work in large scale, and feels that wool reflects light in its texture. Hernmarck considers herself primarily a colorist. She works in wool and 3,000 pounds in 2,000 shades lines an entire wall of her studio. She is intimately involved in the selection of her wool, preferring to source Swedish yarn specially dyed for her. She even chooses from where on the body of the sheep the fibers come. (Apparently fibers from the sheep’s backs are “longer, stronger and more lustrous and repel dirt better. Tummy yarn is softer and curlier. ) “The wool I like to weave with is itchy and wouldn’t be comfortable to wear, ” says Hernmarck.  She has said that her first consideration is not the client or the type of business it is, but the space. She likes to incorporate timeless themes, and her hope is that her tapestries will last hundreds of years.
We know that our tapestries must be rotated in and out of view in order to prevent damage, so I’m enjoying these as much as I can while they are installed in the Fountain Court, and hope you will too.


At all of our monthly lectures during the 2015–2016 season, guests will enjoy coffee and treats provided through funds donated by the Rochester Friends at both the lecture and overflow sites.  Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.