Art in Bloom

Bachman’s Spring Idea House Benefits Friends Fundraisers

Take a tour at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House from March 5 – April 5 and support the Friends at this wonderful concept home. Then visit AIB sponsor Edina Galleria to see the Galleria Sugar-Coated Experience by Bachman’s!

Spring is all about starting anew, and Bachman’s Spring Ideas House from March 5 – April 5 is brimming with new and beautiful ways to welcome the season. Stroll through this historic home for a sneak peek at spring’s trendiest decor in an airy pastel color palette. Breathe in the sweet scents of flowering favorites, see green plants and blooming branches brighten every room, and gather endless inspiration for decorating your own home with accents that span all styles — from darling to daring, and everything in between.

Bachman’s remains a treasured supporter of Art in Bloom 2020, and as a sponsor of AIB is donating 20 percent of ticket proceeds to benefit Mia Friends of the Institute!

Where? Bachman’s Historic Family Home, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis 

How? $5 tickets are available on Bachman’s website, or by calling (612) 861-7311.  Same-day tickets may be available, but only at the  Bachman’s on Lyndale gift counter.

Hours: Open seven days a week. Self-guided tour tickets are sold in 30-minute increments on the half hour during the following times:  Monday – Wednesday, 10:30AM – 2:30PM , Thursday – Friday, 10:30AM – 5:30PM, Saturday – Sunday, 10:30AM– 4PM

Bachman’s, along with Fashion Show sponsor, Galleria Edina, is also hosting the Galleria Sugar Coated Floral Experience from March 29- April 12. This free event features a blooming spring extravaganza with an extra sweet setting that would bring even the bees to their knees. It will include a 6-foot-tall gummy bear in a floral forest, and a 13-foot-high ring pop. Don’t forget to look up throughout the experience to spot the charming cotton candy clouds!

Free valet parking is available throughout the Floral Experience at the east entrance, near CōV Restaurant. For more information go to:  https://www.galleriaedina.com/happenings-feed/sugarcoatedfloralexperience

DEDICATE A FLORAL WORK OF ART TO SOMEONE SPECIAL

Honor someone’s memory, friendship, or love with an Art in Bloom dedication placed next to a specific artwork (maximum three dedications per artwork). 
The $50 Friends level includes a plaque placed by the chosen artwork with the recipient’s name, and inclusion on the Dedications insert to the Art in Bloom Program.

The $100 Commemorative level includes a plaque placed by the chosen artwork with the recipient’s name, your name, and inclusion on the Dedications insert to the Art in Bloom Program.  $100 contributions will get priority on artwork.

Go to Art in Bloom Dedications webpage, https://aibflorists.wordpress.com/dedication-artwork/, to view the artwork options and print the dedications form. Artwork will be available for view after Monday, January 27, 2020. 

Your fully tax-deductible donation supports the Friends education programs and busing grants for students to visit the museum.

Please mail the dedication form along with payment on or before Friday, April 3, 2020, to:

Friends of the Institute, Art in Bloom
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

For more information, call (612.870.3045) or e-mail (friends@artsmia.org) the Friends Office.

 

Art In bloom keynote speakers announced

Khéya Wíta Wókaǧe kiŋ: Dakhóta Yuȟáȟa Wakáǧapi; An Art of Turtle Island: Dakota Floral

We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers of this year’s Art in Bloom.  Standing Rock Dakota artist Holly Young, who created Floral Legacy, the signature artwork for this year’s Art in Bloom, along with artist and curator Graci Horne, will participate in a panel discussion about the significance of Dakota floral art historically and in their own lives. Dakota floral art is a unique art form indigenous to this area and is firmly rooted in relationships with place and community. Learn more about the history of an original American art form that continues to inspire, connect, and affirm Dakota values and aesthetics.

 

Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop Needs you!

If you like shopping and helping people then you’ll love volunteering in our Art in Bloom pop-up shop!

Art in Bloom 2016: Spring Fling; Thursday April 28 – Sunday May 1, 2016; The 33rd year of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Art in Bloom pop-up shop will need lots of volunteers to assist customers on the sales floor, check out customer purchases at the registers, and package them up.  If  you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/N2JCUa8Htrg7JQAn6.

In the meantime, stay tuned for a preview of the shop’s merchandise, which will be coming in next month’s newsletter.

 

Art in Bloom keeps the bus wheels turning!

Art in Bloom 2020 to boost fundraising awareness 

Museum Building and environs, including Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 24th Street and Third Avenue entrances, Target Park, and a school tour arriving by bus.

As Friends we know Art in Bloom is an important fundraiser that contributes to our Friends’ Transportation Fund, which has helped bring students to experience Mia’s world class collection for over twenty years. But do the thousands of Art in Bloom visitors know that? 

We believe there is much to be gained by building public awareness that Art in Bloom is a fundraiser that helps fund student bus transportation to the museum.

To that end, we plan to have a fun, school-bus themed floral installation at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance and will also be inviting our Art in Bloom guests to make a donation in the Lucite containers (which will feature a special bus-themed wrapper) located throughout the museum. Anyone who contributes will be given a school bus-themed pin to wear to show their support. Sort of like the “I voted” stickers but in this case, everyone wins!

The Friends’ Transportation Fund was established in 1996 with a substantial contribution from 1997 Art in Bloom Honorary Chair Roberta Mann Benson and since then, a significant portion of funds raised during Art in Bloom have sustained it; there has always been the connection, but this year we plan to boldly drive the message home.

Please help by spreading the word that for 23 years the Friends have played a vital role in giving tens of thousands of children the opportunity to begin a lifelong romance with the arts. It is a proud legacy we all share.

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

Art in Bloom 2019: A Message of Thanks

All the follow-up news from Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs Kris King and Barb Champ on a very successful Art in Bloom!

Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs Barb Champ and Kris King

 Another successful Art in Bloom, another successful year of preparation, and most importantly another year filled with the many, many people who contributed to our success.  It is our pleasure and privilege to attempt to thank everyone for their amazing efforts, and to highlight some of our accomplishments. It takes a village, and in this case a very large village, to create this amazing spring floral event.

First and foremost, a well deserved thank you for the many Art in Bloom committee members who worked tirelessly to make sure our thousands of guests were amazed and thrilled by every detail of Art in Bloom. Producing a fundraiser of this magnitude takes a dedicated, talented, and amazing team of people who volunteer their time and efforts, attend many meetings, and succeed in producing an Art in Bloom that flows seamlessly.

Equally important, and incredibly essential, is the partnership of the Friends of the Institute and Art in Bloom with the Mia staff.  We dream and they fulfill our dreams; we ask questions and push boundaries and they always provide us with guidance and support. Their attention to details is meticulous. And their enthusiasm for Art in Bloom before and during the event inspires the Art in Bloom team and our guests.

What would Art in Bloom be without the “blooms”? Congratulations and thanks to all of the amazing Pedestal Floral Artists and Commercial Florists who dedicate their time, efforts, and boundless numbers of flowers to be sure Art in Bloom is our community’s ode to spring year after year. Their enthusiasm and talent in creating floral interpretations throughout the museum, and providing the magic of installations that delight and inspire while showcasing the stunning art of Mia.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, with a special mention of Bachman’s, our lead sponsor this year and a part of Art in Bloom for many years. We welcome our new sponsors, and cherish those who have contributed to Art in Bloom regularly. They are such a large part of our successful fundraising.

Art in Bloom would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who sold programs, greeted people, worked events as ushers and ticket takers, and did whatever was asked of them every hour of every day. Thank you for your endless enthusiasm, brilliant smiles and willingness to act as our Art in Bloom ambassadors. We couldn’t do this without you.

A few notes about Art in Bloom 2019:

  • Even an April blizzard didn’t dampen the spirits of our team and the thousands of smiling and appreciative guests who came to experience Art in Bloom, where it is always “spring” inside.  We had record attendance Saturday and Sunday, making up for Thursday’s snow day, and icy roads for Wednesday night’s Preview Party. The numbers may have been less than expected, but the hardy people who did show up had a great time!

 

  • Thursday morning’s lecture by Joseph Massie was sold out, but many people weren’t able to attend so we filled the auditorium with our hardy (foolhardy?) guests and everyone had a fun and interactive experience.  Joseph is not only one of Europe’s top botanical artists and five-time gold medal winner of the Royal Horticulture Society Chelsea Flower Show—but also an accomplished comedian who charmed the crowd! His Floral Master Class was filled to overflowing, and the resulting arrangements were stunning.

 

  • Bachman’s Flowers After Hours was, as always, a wonderful evening of fun and flowers. And the floral couture presentations, emceed by Jason DeRucha of WCCO and Karen Bachman Thull of Bachman’s were as wonderful as ever—if you haven’t seen this, you are missing an evening of fun and laughs as the models parade by in outfits made of flowers.

 

  • Friday’s Fashion Show and Formal Luncheon once again hit the ball out of the park. This year the Fashion Show strolled through the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries; imagine models strutting through the galleries filled with amazing works of art!  A big thanks to the Galleria, and to producer Grant Whitaker, for another stunning event that has become a “must-see” each year at Art in Bloom.

 

  • Other notable events included four Mixology Workshops sponsored by Norseman Distillery that were a great success; and floral workshops by our own Jenn Hovland that filled to capacity, with attendees learning how to make an Orchid Kodedama (look that one up!).  New on Friday night were pop-up dance performances by the MN Dance Collaborative.

 

  • Sunday’s Art in Bloom Family Event started out the day with families and children treated to story telling (our book was Dragons Love Tacos), crafts, and more.  As part of Mia’s Family Day this year, with events for children scheduled throughout the day, this kick-off led the charge.  And the crowds!

 

  • And what would Art in Bloom be without our specially curated selection of gifts and merchandise in our famous Art in Bloom Shop? Many thanks to this fabulous team, who selected the merchandise, set up the beautiful shop, worked the registers, and managed all of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who greeted the guests.

Finally,  we want to welcome our new co-chairs, Therese Blaine and Maria Reamer, as they begin planning Art in Bloom 2020.  We wish them all the best and know they’ll do an incredible job!

A Note From Your Co-Chairs

Dear Friends,

As we write this, we are 35 days away from Art in Bloom 2019 and thrilled with the progress we’ve made to meet and exceed your expectations with gorgeous flowers, tours, parties, workshops, and events.

Art in Bloom is early this year, running from April 11-14 but, given the record-breaking cold and snow, we’re confident the community will embrace the opportunity to get out and welcome the transition to spring a bit sooner than usual. Welcome Art in Bloom 2019!

This year’s celebration will be running concurrently with the final weekend of Mia’s blockbuster exhibition. It’s very likely that tickets will sell out, so make your reservations now if you plan to see it during Art in Bloom.

From the food and signature cocktail of the Preview Party, to arrangements by our floral artists, our signature image, The Egyptian Bean, brings a taste of Egypt to Art in Bloom. 

A small army of volunteers and the enthusiasm of the Mia staff will ensure your visit is filled with warmth and hospitality. In addition to floral arrangements, world class art, and a floral themed pop-up shop, our free and ticketed events make for a fun outing with friends, and even lend the opportunity to make friends out of strangers.

More details about all the events can be found in this special edition of the newsletter, on our Friends website and at artsmia.org/art-in-bloom.

Please note that parking may be challenging. Valet parking will be available Thursday through Saturday for a charge. Additionally,  free shuttles from the Wells Fargo parking garage at 28th Street and Fourth Avenue South will be available on Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. For the most hassle-free option, gather with friends and family close to Mia and call a ride service. Door to door convenience and no parking fees!   

We look forward to seeing you at Art in Bloom 2019!

Kris King and Barb Champ
2019 Art in Bloom Co-Chairs

Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs Barb Champ and Kris King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in Bloom 2019 Supporters

Lead Sponsor:

Generous Sponsors: Martha Head, Hirshfield’s, Galleria Edina, Lakewood Cemetery, Norseman Distillery, SeaChange Print Innovations, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, and the Tom and Lynn Schaefer Charitable Trust

Additional Generous Support: Mary Grau, Christine and Robert D. Salmen, Bob and Barbara Scott, the League of Catholic Women, California Closets, Marly Miller and Katie Miller Remole, and THYMES

Media Partner: Artful Living

Family-owned Bachman’s returns as a lead sponsor of Art in Bloom 2019.

Bachman’s has been a lead sponsor of Art in Bloom for many years and a valued partner from the first.  

Sacred Egypt inspired arrangement by Bachman’s

Each year during Art in Bloom Bachman’s provides an amazing array of flowers throughout the galleries, corridors, and entryways of Mia, including the Fountain Court and the 24th Street Entrance.

They also create centerpieces inspired by the signature image for the Preview Party, Fashion Show and Formal Luncheon. These centerpieces are then sold after each event to generate more funds for Art in Bloom.  

Bachman’s Flowers After Hours is one of our most popular events, sponsored and conceived in partnership with Art in Bloom. For years they have produced floral couture “fashion shows,” once including a southern wedding with a bridal party completely clothed in flowers. The dresses weighed up to 50 pounds!

This year Bachman’s will base their floral fashions on selected artworks in the museum. Two shows emceed by WCCO’s Jason DeRusha will take place in the Pillsbury Auditorium, followed by a “meet and greet” in the Fountain Court with Jason and the models. Afterward, they’ll move into the galleries to pose next to the artwork that has inspired their fashion. It will truly be a night to remember.

For the Art in Bloom Family Event (which gets more popular every year) parents and children will gather for an afternoon of free storytelling, activities, and a special craft using flowers donated by— you guessed it—Bachman’s. Each child selects from a wide variety of flowers to create floral headbands, baskets, or whatever is selected for that year.  Once finished, they can wear their creations proudly throughout the galleries for the rest of the day. How can you fail to smile when you see them?

A true partner, Bachman’s commitment to the Friends doesn’t just happen within the museum walls. Each spring Bachman’s Spring Idea House donates 20% of the price of admission to the Friends. In addition, they sponsor a Floral Workshop based on the Art in Bloom signature image, with $5 from each ticket going to the Friends.

What can we say to honor Bachman’s and their wonderful management team and staff?  We are so very thankful for their generosity and enthusiasm for Art in Bloom for so many years.  Working with them each year is like working with family.

Thank you, Bachman’s, for your enduring support of Art in Bloom and the Friends of the Institute.  Here’s to many more years together!

Art in Bloom 2019 Supporters

Lead Sponsor:

Generous Sponsors: Martha Head, Hirshfield’s, Galleria Edina, Lakewood Cemetery, Norseman Distillery, SeaChange Print Innovations, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, and the Tom and Lynn Schaefer Charitable Trust

Additional Generous Support: Mary Grau, Christine and Robert D. Salmen, Bob and Barbara Scott, the League of Catholic Women, California Closets, Marly Miller and Katie Miller Remole, and THYMES

Media Partner: Artful Living

Volunteer at Art in Bloom 2019

Volunteer at Art in Bloom 2019

Art in Bloom would not be possible without the many volunteers who graciously give of their time and talents. Please consider signing up for a shift or two this year.  Each shift is three hours long and most positions require standing Experience volunteering in the past is a plus, but not required, so please encourage fellow Friends, friends, and family to join us.

Click here to see what the needs are and sign-up and don’t forget to click “submit and sign up” to secure your spot.

Volunteer training will be held Saturday, April 6, 10-11:30AM.  The training is optional, except for those handling sales of any kind. The training will be held in the Friends Community Room.

Art in Bloom 2019 Supporters

Lead Sponsor:

Generous Sponsors: Martha Head, Hirshfield’s, Galleria Edina, Lakewood Cemetery, Norseman Distillery, SeaChange Print Innovations, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, and the Tom and Lynn Schaefer Charitable Trust

Additional Generous Support: Mary Grau, Christine and Robert D. Salmen, Bob and Barbara Scott, the League of Catholic Women, California Closets, Marly Miller and Katie Miller Remole, and THYMES

Media Partner: Artful Living