Art in Bloom 2019

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

Preview Party Kicks Off Art in Bloom 2019!

April 10, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Second Floor Corridor

Ticket Price: $200 (Patron $300 and up)

Reserve your ticket today to get a first look at the flowers, pop-up boutique, live music, food and fun at Preview Party 2019.

Winter is finally over and it’s time to jump start your enjoyment of spring at the Preview Party, held the Wednesday evening before Art in Bloom opens to the general public. 

Art in Bloom Preview Party

You’ll be among the first to view the amazing floral arrangements at their freshest. Enjoy live music, docent-led tours, shopping, sign up for a Great Gathering and see a painting of the event being created, while you delight in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and our signature cocktail. 

What a special night to enjoy with your friends as you support the mission of the Friends. Tickets start at $200 and are going fast!

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

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

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Great Gatherings

Sign up for a curated selection of private parties, special tours and more. Each gathering promises a priceless experience and an opportunity to gather with friends old and new. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Institute including bus transportation and education programs for kids, and art for Mia’s collection.

Each Great Gathering is $100 per person. To sign up and purchase, call the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

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

Keynote Speaker is “the floral artist of his generation”

April 11, 2019 12:00 am

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Lecture: Into the Light

April 11, 2019 10:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: $35

 

Join us in welcoming floral artist Joseph Massie 

Please join us in welcoming Joseph Massie, one of Europe’s top botanical artists, to Mia as Art in Bloom’s Formal Lecturer. We are thrilled to have him delight us by sharing his interest in blossoms and buds.  A native of Liverpool England, and often referred to as “the floral artist of his generation,”  Massie’s interest in flowers began at age 14. From there  he went on to develop his business, taking on projects and artistic endeavors centered around botanical couture, sculptures, and installations. In 2016, he created a show-stopping exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show for Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.    

Massie also uses his time and talent to support organizations like the British Homeopathic Association and the Homeopathy Action Trust, which raise awareness for homeopathic therapies.  As part of these efforts, Massie created a living dress worn by Arlene Phillips (the television star from  Great Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing) at the National Television Awards. Living flowers such as clematis, roses, and hydrangea used for homeopathic remedies were sewn into the dress, creating  floral couture that was elegant, light, and reflective of Joseph’s signature style within the world of botanicals.  

After the lecture, participate in Massie’s Floral Master Class, The Art of Dinner Tablescapes.  The workshop will feature practical, hands on learning, underpinned with technical knowledge.  Come craft contemporary designs with an English twist focused on technique. Creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements both classic to contemporary will be demonstrated.  

Floral Master Class:  Joseph Massie, The Art of Dinner Tablescapes
April 11, 2019 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Classrooms 112 and 113
Ticket Price: SOLD OUT

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to spend time with Joseph Massie, one of Europe’s top botanical artists and five-time winner of the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   

Generously sponsored by Martha Head.

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

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

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Flowers After Hours—Music, Mixology & Floral Couture

April 11, 2019 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Museum-Wide, Mia

Ticket Price: Free

Flowers After Hours promises Thursday night fun with music, cocktails and Bachman’s floral couture.

Photo courtesy of Bre McGee

Join us for an evening of fun with music, cash bar—featuring our signature Sunken Cities Sunrise cocktail—and fabulous Floral Couture by Bachman’s!

Flowers After Hours offers museum guests the opportunity to stroll the galleries transformed by over 160 floral arrangements inspired by Mia’s world class collection. Floral artists will be on hand to share ideas and chat about their creations.

At 6PM and 7PM, Bachman’s creativity shines when models present amazing floral fashion—wearable art created with buds and blooms.  Floral fashion shows take place in the Pillsbury Auditorium with WCCO’s Jason DeRusha returning to emcee for the third year. After the shows, take photos with Jason in front of a beautiful backdrop created exclusively for Art in Bloom and with the models next to the artwork that inspired their runway design.

Flowers After Hours is free and everyone is welcome.  Come discover Mia as you’ve never seen it before!

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

2019 Fashion Show and Luncheon

April 12, 2019 12:00 am

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Target Reception Hall

April 12, 2019 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Target Wing, Mia

Ticket Price: $95 to $150

 

Chairpeople Emily Hjelm, Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande invite you to a stylish spring kickoff.

35th annual Art in Bloom; Thursday 26 April – Sunday 29 April 2018; View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them; presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; museum-wide; Fashion Show and Formal Luncheon presented by Galleria Edina


We are excited to announce that the third annual 2019 Art in Bloom Fashion Show & Luncheon is just around the corner. Every year, we focus on bringing a more exciting and heightened event, and this year will be spectacular!

Featuring fashion from spring and summer’s 2019 trends, this year’s show will take place in Mia’s Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries. The new location promises an elevated experience—the unique opportunity to enjoy glamorous fashion alongside Mia’s stunning contemporary art collection.

The fashion show and luncheon will be held Friday, April 12 10:30AM-2PM, and will start with champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the  first floor atrium of the Target Wing. Then, at 11:15AM, general admittance to the fashion show will begin. The spring-inspired luncheon will follow immediately after in the Reception Hall. This year, the show is sponsored by the Galleria Edina, and produced by internationally renowned stylist and personality Grant Whittaker.

General tickets start at $85 ($35 tax-deductible), and will go up to $95 ($45 tax-deductible) after March 29. General tickets include one drink ticket for champagne or a non-alcoholic beverage during the cocktail event, general seating for the fashion show, and lunch (gluten free and vegetarian options available) with wine. A champagne cash bar will also be available.

VIP tickets are available for $150 ($100 tax-deductible). VIP tickets include a swag bag, two drink tickets for the cocktail portion, front row seats and 11AM early admittance for the fashion show, and priority seating at the luncheon. VIP tickets are limited, and will go quickly!

After you have purchased your ticket, you can also email Heidi Ault (heidiholland_2000@yahoo.com) to confirm luncheon seating requests.

We hope you’ll join us for this special day at Mia!

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

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

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Make and Take Worshops—Kokedama with Orchid

April 12, 2019 5:30 pm

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Wells Fargo Community Room (5:30PM and 7:30PM)

Ticket Price: $40


Kokedama, Art in Bloom

This years workshops focus on the ancient Japanese planting style of kokedama.  Join Jenn Hovland, CPFD and owner/designer of Fleur de Louise Flower Studio in Stillwater, to learn about  this ancient Japanese garden art.

The word kokedama translates literally as “koke”, moss and “dama”, ball.   Centuries old, and related to bonsai, kokedama is a unique way to present and display plants. The moss ball is the focal and supporting point for a sculpted tree or plant which is then displayed on a platform or suspended from string with the plant growing out from the sphere.

Class includes a brief history and description, demonstration including planting, care and display ideas, plus guided work time.

Participants will take home a finished kokedama with a phalaenopsis orchid.

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

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

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