April 2022

President’s Letter

Dear Members,

1820, Porcelain, enamel and gilt
Bequest of Alfred Duane Pell 25.417.91a.b.

Astronomical spring arrived in the northern hemisphere on Sunday, March 20, at 10:33 a.m. CST, known as the vernal equinox. With spring come flowers. Expressions of flowers in art are found throughout Mia. One of my favorites, pictured at right and found in G333, is an exquisite porcelain cup covered with violets.

Spring and flowers also bring Art in Bloom. I invite you to join me in greeting spring at Mia during our 38th annual celebration of Art in Bloom, April 28 through May 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to view stunning, sometimes surprising, floral displays made by community participants.

Additionally, special events have been planned throughout Art in Bloom. Tickets are available for the preview party, lecture, floral demonstration and public tours. Tickets are not needed for Family Day on May 1. The AIB schedule and ticketing details are found in this Newsletter.

This year Friends are also celebrating 100 years of volunteering, learning, supporting Mia, and making cherished friendships. We look forward to seeing many of you at our celebratory luncheon on April 14. 

In 2022 we have many reasons to embrace spring and celebrate the beauty of art and flowers. Mia’s doors are open, you are heartily welcome, and I look forward to seeing you.

Warmest regards,




Art in Bloom is Back in Bloom

Art in Bloom is Back in Bloom April 28 – May 1, 2022!

Free and open to the public, Art in Bloom exhibits imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from Mia’s permanent collection, created by more than 150 individual and commercial florists.

We hope you will be able to join us for this four day festival! Highlights of the weekend are listed below:

Free daily public tours at 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, and 2:15 PM *This year, tickets are required! Click here to register now!

Daily virtual tours at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Preview Party (RSVP by April 18)

Thursday, April 28, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Flower Power: Floral Themes in Art with Lisa Michaux, PhD

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Live & In Bloom: Floral Demonstrations by Bachman’s

Sunday, May 1, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Art in Bloom Family Event

Tickets are now available for all Art in Bloom programming. Call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot!



Creating Memories

Volunteerism has always been such an integral part of Friends. But to assure an active assembly of volunteers, an organization must continually maintain its relevance, strength, and mission.

In 1925, Friends hosted the “Vanishing Luncheon”, boosting membership numbers as well as fundraising. Bernice Dalrymple, head of the Friends Finance Committee, hosted the first luncheon to acquaint sixteen friends with the newly organized Friends. One dollar was contributed by each guest, with each guest then agreeing to host her own luncheon for eight additional women. Subsequent luncheons were organized by these eight women, then by four friends, and finally luncheons were hosted for two women. What so wonderfully resulted was $2,000 raised and an even more importantly, an awareness of what Friends brings to the community.

New members are essential to any organization. They bring new ideas, new friendships, and vitality to Friends. Everyone knows someone who may lend all these qualities to our organization. Make the effort to invite them to the next lecture or other Friends events. Introduce them to all the wonderful volunteer opportunities coming up this year as we celebrate Friends centennial.

 With Art in Bloom coming soon, what a terrific time to engage new Friends as volunteers! Also, check this column monthly as we detail upcoming centennial events requiring volunteer time and talents. Friends has maintained its force and popularity because we enjoy each other’s company, and at the same time, lend assistance in the programs we promote.

Speaking of Art in Bloom, our committee came across the program from the first Art in Bloom held in 1984. How fun to include in this column an excerpt from the program discussing seasonal fashion from 1984. Keep these fashion statements in mind as you plan your wardrobe for Art in Bloom this year!

Enjoy these excerpts from the 1984 Art in Bloom program:

 “Fashion for spring thru summer is delightfully free and uncomplicated—reminiscent of simpler times, and a joy to wear…Clean simplicity—free of frills and embellishments, is the single most important feature of this season’s designs.”

 “The best news in fashion is borrowed from the boys…Beautifully softened man-style silhouette…but how serious can they be when they are as soft as the woman within…Look for roomy, oversized blazers with deep lapels…Short sleeved jackets with the comfort and ease of a shirt…Longer skirts that wrap, tie or drape in crinkled or textured fabrics.”

 “Dresses are subtly controlled…The year of the chemise…Dresses focus on the back…Lengths are getting longer…short getting shorter…seriously sexy…Flirtatious layers, sensuous draping in leg-baring chemise length or long, body skimming silhouettes…beads…sequins…bare shoulders.”

 “Fashion is…looking your best always…”

Composed by: Marilyn Sundberg, Art in Bloom Fashion Show Chairman

 Spring brings warmth, longer days, and wonderful opportunities to experience friendships. Friends provides these experiences; you bring your style, smile and your friends!

 Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland

Linda Goldenberg

Mary Merrick

Suzanne Payne

Connie Sommers

Friends Lecture

April 14, 2022 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Patrick Noon, retired Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Please join us for our April Friends Lecture: “Artist in Bloom: Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums,” with Patrick Noon.

A familiar face in the corridors and galleries of Mia for 22 years, Patrick Noon was the senior curator of paintings. He joined the museum in 1997, retiring in early 2020. He previously served for 20 years on the curatorial staff at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and was the founding curator of its prints, drawings and rare books area.

Noon is a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century French and British art. His acquisitions brought considerable depth to the holdings at Mia with the addition of some 200 paintings, including the first he bought for the museum, “Pastoral Landscapes” by French artist Claude Lorraine, or “the Claude.” That turned out to be one of the most important “Old Masters” the museum has acquired in decades, and also one of the most expensive. 

Then there is the larger-than-life portrait of a nobleman reading in his garden, Nicolas Largilliere’s “Portrait of Charles-Leonor Aubry, Marquis de Castelnau” from 1701, one of Noon’s most recent purchases. A companion painting of the Marquis’ wife, “Portrait of Catherine Coustard,” is part of the Art Adventure program that brings children on field trips to the museum. Someone had separated the portraits in the mid-19th century but now they are ‘remarried’ and hang together at Mia.

Noon has published and lectured extensively on French and British art. His research resulted in prominent exhibitions including The English Miniature in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum; Richard Parkes Bonington with the Musee du Petit Palais, Paris; Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism with Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum; and most recently Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art with the National Gallery of London. Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh was shown at Mia in 2015 during the museum’s 100th birthday year.

The Friends of the Institute purchased Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia to commemorate the Friends 100-year anniversary this year. Noon will share the fascinating story behind this still life, which was in a private collection and never before in the public eye until coming to Mia.

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Friends Events

April 5, 2022 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Olive Trees (1889), Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas, The William Hood Dunwoody Foundation.

Please join us Tuesday, April 5, at 11 AM on Zoom, where we will be joined by Mia Guide Sara Wagner, who is a graduate of Mia’s Docent class of 2015.

Topic: INSPIRATIONS of Vincent Van Gogh: Who are some of the artists who inspired him, and who did he inspire?

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves we will focus on Van Gogh’s art: How did his art evolve? Who did he look to for inspiration? We’ll also honor his legacy by exploring the art of those whose art was influenced by him.

Please RSVP by April 4 to friends@artsmia.org or call: 612-870-3045. 

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

Friends Book Club

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 15 at 10 am for a lively discussion at Friends Book Club followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour.  We will be discussing the book in the café in the Mia Lobby.

April’s showers bring us back into Mia and a live Friends book discussion and tour with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The novel is about the adventures of Liesel Meminger in Germany during a time of war. By personifying “Death” as a tangible thing, the novel narrates a unique perspective into the world of the victims of the war. Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up by  at friends@artsmia.org or 612-870-3045.

This event is a Friends Only Event.  Looking forward to seeing you in April!