A Q & A with Art in Bloom Chair Barb Champ
Is Art in Bloom happening this year? Yes! We’re putting on our first-ever virtual Art in Bloom from April 28- May 2.
How’s that going to work? Mia is building a website where you’ll be able to see photos of over 100 fresh and imaginative floral arrangements and the Mia artwork that inspired them. You’ll also be able to watch a few time-lapse videos of arrangements being created, a slideshow of the history of Art in Bloom, and video testimonials from a few of our stalwart participants.
That sounds nice but I’ll miss smelling the flowers. Can you fix that? Scent transmission via the internet hasn’t been invented yet but there will be a Zoom workshop with a kit that includes fresh flowers. You just register for the event and pick up the kit at any Bachman’s location.
Will there be anything that the public can see live and in-person? Yes, we have approximately ten Commercial Floral Artists creating floral arrangements they’ll display at their place of business. People can visit the various locations and see the arrangements in person—it’s really a gift to the community from these wonderful Commercial Floral Artists.
How about lectures? We have two! Former FBI agent Deborah Strebel Pierce will be talking about stolen floral art on Saturday and Thursday we’ll have a dynamic panel discussion with signature piece artist Holly Young. Also joining the discussion is Graci Horne. Both Holly and Graci are Dakota artists. The panel will be facilitated by Mia curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe.
Tours? Of course. Our talented docents will lead daily Zoom tours. Saturday and Sunday tours will be especially suited for both children and adults.
I always enjoy the Art in Bloom cocktail when I visit the event. Do I have to do without? Heavens, no. Norseman Distillery is cooking up a signature cocktail and we’ll offer the recipe on the website. You can sip it while you view the floral arrangements or take a tour!
Why not just skip the event this year since we can’t do it in person? We discussed that but, to be frank, Art in Bloom is the Friends biggest fundraiser, and this past year has been tough on the museum. Mia needs our support more than ever so we decided to go for it and try and deliver the best event we could given our current restrictions. Friends are friends through good times and bad!
What can I do to help? We have the best members who have always come out for Art in Bloom as volunteers, attendees, and donors. While there aren’t any volunteer opportunities this year we do ask that you “attend” the event and, if you’re able, make a donation here.
If this event is a big success will you keep doing it virtually? Absolutely not! We plan to be back in person in 2022 with the smells, sounds, and companionship that have always made Art in Bloom great.