Friends Centennial

Centennial Committee

Creating Memories

Our organization is without accomplishments if a solid core of volunteers is not present. Fortunately, there were so many to thank last month when the centennial committee hosted a salute to these volunteers as well as the Friends’ affiliates from Rochester and St. Cloud. Cake (with the most decadent whipped cream frosting!) and Friends’ personalized cookies were served to all those who stopped by. Decades old Friends’ tea sets were polished and used, so reminiscent of our history of enjoying many cups of tea over the decades. Thank you to all who attended. It was so wonderful to see so many smiling faces!

So as the centennial celebratory year winds down, the Friends now wish to look to the future, our community of children!

Please join us on Sunday, December 11th, for Mia’s “Friends Forever” Family Day focusing on meaningful art created by area youth. Over the past few months, 3rd grade, 5th grade and high school students from St. Paul Music Academy, Minnesota Transition Charter School and North Community High School have toured Mia. They were asked to visualize art speaking to the future of their communities, then to create art projects of their own. These artworks are now on exhibit at Mia. Current topics such as climate change inspired the elementary students to create cardboard and clay models resembling outdoor spaces and futuristic structures. The high schoolers used printmaking to relay their feelings and visions of a more just future.

Friends provided funding for the art instructors as well as the art supplies for these students. Students are encouraged to attend this Family Day event, perhaps having the opportunity to discuss their creations with visitors. Art projects will also be a highlight for children to enjoy. Friends will be providing a treat for children making this an even more special day at the museum.

Friends’ volunteers will be needed to help with various tasks during the day. We would love to see you, so please call the Friends office at 612-870-3045 if you are interested. What a wonderful opportunity to witness the joy of art!

With this being the last column the centennial history publication committee presents, we wish to thank everyone who has so generously supported our year of events. Your presence, your enthusiasm, and your encouragement mirror the one hundred years of Friends joining together fulfilling its mission of bringing the community together, supporting children, and always striving to be the best partner with Mia while achieving mutual goals. We look to embrace the future, excited to witness strength, more friendships formed, and more smiles for everyone involved.

With warmhearted thanks for your support, and wishes for a healthy, safe, and fulfilling holiday season and new year ahead. And of course, to the next one hundred years!


Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

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Summer continued into fall this year bringing us some unusual autumn weather. One such exceptionally warm September day found our centennial committee celebrating the full blossoms of our Friends Centennial dahlia at the home and luscious gardens of Sue and Larry Bagge. The Bagges cultivated this brilliantly pink flower in celebration of the Friends centennial. It is now listed in the Composite Listing of Dahlias, sponsored by the American Dahlia Society! The dahlia has also been successfully judged and admired by many experts. We continue to be grateful for the support the Bagges have shown the Friends over so many years.

With cooler weather arriving, many of us were awed by the funky, colorful, and mixed patterned clothing wonderfully adorning models as they traveled down the Jade Corridor at Mia last month. Get out those chunky shoes, faux fur jackets, and bold styles that may have made their way to the back of your closet! Our generous partner, Galleria, provided the clothing and models necessary for this fashion show. The always entertaining and creative Grant Whittaker produced the event, inspiring many of us to dress up and have fun! Festive beverages and appetizers were offered to guests courtesy of Artful Living. Following the show and reception, guests enjoyed a yummy and hearty lunch. Bachman’s graciously provided spectacular arrangements of pure white flowers to add a festive touch to the event. Friends extends an enormous thanks to Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande, and all their volunteers, for a lively and perfect autumn day!

Speaking of volunteers, Friends cannot function and serve its mission without our many wonderful volunteers. Let’s all gather on November 10th immediately following the Friends lecture in the Wells Fargo Room to salute these valued members and volunteers. We will also celebrate the long and successful history of our affiliates in Rochester and St. Cloud. Delight in meeting new friends, extend a thank you, and have a cup of tea with a homemade specially-designed Friends cookie!

November brings thoughts of the holidays with family and friends gathering. Enjoy these recipes for any holiday meal you may plan. The recipes are from the When Friends Cook publication published in 1992. As our centennial year begins to wind down, how wonderful to peer into our past and bring these memories forward to appreciate and honor today.

Herb Onion Batter Bread

3-1/4 cup Flour
2 packages yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground sage
¼ teaspoon ground thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup warm water
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Sauté onion in butter until golden brown. Add to flour mixture.
Add water and egg. Blend with mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
Spoon into a greased 2-quart casserole. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Cover the bread with foil if it begins to get too brown.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

24 2×2-inch graham crackers, crushed
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1–15-ounce canned pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 quarts French vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream topping for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool the crust.
Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Beat for several minutes. Stir in the softened ice cream. Pour into the crust.
Freeze at least overnight or longer. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

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Mia trustee and very generous Friend Martha Head hosted a delightful garden party at her home on Lake Minnetonka this past July. The gardens were magical, the food was yummy, the weather was picture perfect, and absolutely none of those pesky summer bugs were anywhere to be seen! Martha’s gardener spoke, sharing expertise and encouraging all present to ask questions. All proceeds gained from this much anticipated evening were directed to the support of the Delacroix painting Friends purchased for Mia.

Mia’s wonderful Art in the Park program began in July. The Friends organization has been happy to provide funds for supplies as well as volunteers to work with children and families who attend.

Carla Temple and Faith Hlavac were quick to sign up for the first event on July 21st at Kenny Park in Minneapolis. When asked how the event went, Faith responded, “It was both a joy and an honor to represent Friends of the Institute at the Kenny Park Festival. I had so much fun engaging with the children who visited our booth. Their creativity and imagination were so inspiring. I also loved that we used postcards so their artwork could be shared with a friend or a loved one. Nothing like a fun surprise in the mail! Thanks again for the opportunity to connect with the community. I’m looking forward to the next one!” Carla added, “It was so enjoyable to be part of the Friends family that supported Art in the Park.”

Friends volunteer Lisa Mayotte signed up to assist at Armatage Park exclaimed, “I had a wonderful time working with the fun group from Mia on Saturday afternoon. It was great to get to know the Mia team, and the kids were outstanding. We have fantastic little artists in our community, and they did flock to our table. Mia is doing a great service by bringing art out to the community.”

This program continues through part of September serving several parks throughout the city. A few volunteer openings may still be available. If you are interested, please contact Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Please join us for the Friends’ fashion show and formal luncheon on Friday, October 7th in celebration of the Friends centennial. Guests can look forward to a fun and fabulous day enjoying vibrant fashion of the season, and delicious food and drinks. Reminisce about the 52 years of Friends’ fashion benefits sponsored by Dayton’s and create fresh memories with new friends!

Check-in for the day’s events beginning at 10 am, and enjoy a pre-show pastry and Bellini in the main hall of the Asia galleries. The models hit the runway at 11 am with the Galleria-sponsored fashion show produced by Grant Whittaker, international renowned stylist and fashion personality. A post-show celebration with prosecco and appetizers sponsored by Artful Living follows the fashion show
in the Regis Fountain Court. An Italian-inspired lunch follows in the Target Reception Hall.

Tickets are available for $125 for early registration, and $150 after Friday, September 9th. To purchase tickets and specify seating requests, visit or call 612.870.3000. After tickets have been purchased you may also confirm seating requests by contacting Claire Goulson, Friends Office Coordinator, at Each table accommodates 10 guests.

If your schedule does not permit joining us for these events applauding one hundred years of Friends accomplishments, your donation is always appreciated to assist our ongoing community programming, Mia support, and educational opportunities for our members. We encourage you to click here to guide Friends into its next one hundred years!

Summer may be winding down, daytime temps cooling a bit, but our calendars continue to fill with meaningful activities to experience with Friends. Please join us!

– Article submitted by the Friends History Publication Committee (Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne and Connie Sommers)

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Centennial celebrations kept Friends members very busy in June.

In mid-month, we joined our colleagues from the Hennepin History Museum (HHM) for a perfect summer evening of wine, appetizers and live music at the beautiful building and grounds of the HHM. How wonderful catching up with those not seen in so long and enjoying words from John Crippen, HHM’s executive director. John filled us in on the history of the 1919 building that was originally the home of Friends’ first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. She donated her home to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1956; the HHM purchased and moved into the building the following year.

Friends gathered again at the HHM about a week later for a tour led by John Crippen and Seth Goodspeed, development and membership manager. Despite the heat those two days, we all learned so much about the elegant homes surrounding Fair Oaks Park and the families who lived in them. We heard wonderful tales of the people active in the community around the time Friends began its storied history.

After the walking tours, participants were led to the Cargill Gallery at Mia to enjoy the exhibit featuring the glorious Delacroix painting that the Friends gifted to Mia to celebrate the Friends centennial. Surrounding the painting were art pieces inspiring past Art in Blooms. In a way, a full circle was met by the day’s participants; discovering so much of what Friends has provided to the community.

This summer Friends is involved in sponsoring Mia’s Art in the Park programming. Friends volunteers will greet guests of all ages in community parks, engaging them in conversation as a planned art activity is taught by a visiting artist. What an amazing opportunity for Friends volunteers to share the wonderful connection between Friends, Mia, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Just a few openings are yet to be filled in September. Please call Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Speaking of September, Friends is celebrating its historical 52 years of magnificent fashion shows on September 9th , 2022. The festivities begin at 5:30 until 8:00 at the Goldstein Museum of Design within the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, McNeal Hall. The evening will be an art filled event of textiles, music, and
history. Mannequins will be on display, dressed in couture from the Goldstein’s renowned closets that safely hold over 30,000 valuable items. During the evening the soft jazz sounds of Connie Evingson will entertain guests creating a vibe of yesteryear! Also available for guests to enjoy is the museum’s current exhibit “Plastic Rapt: A History of Designing Forever.” Appetizers and beverages will be
served to complete the evening. Ticket prices are $100 per person.

Tickets are available August 1. You can purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000.

We thank all who have enthusiastically participated in our centennial events so far. Your excitement is contagious, and we know we will see many more of you at our upcoming autumn events.

Happy August to everyone! It has been a hot summer thus far, perhaps reminding us how fortunate we are our fashions have changed considerably from when Friends first began, not to speak of the wonderful invention of air conditioning. But let’s not rush summer heat away too quickly quite yet!

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

Centennial Summer of Festivities


The Friends Centennial Committee will keep the 100th celebration going through the summer (and into the fall). Mark your calendars now! As our founders might say, “Come join us for good conversation, good cheer, and great camaraderie”.

Join us for two collaborative events scheduled in June with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum. 

June 15:  Friends Homecoming: a Centennial Celebration 

Tickets are available now for a reception at the Hennepin History Museum.  The evening will feature wine and appetizers, and live music from the Great American Songbook. Guests will also have a chance to view historical items owned by the Christian family. You can purchase tickets online or call 612.870.6323.

June 23 and 24: Friends and Neighbors of Mia Walking Tours 

See a detailed description and registration information in the accompanying article of this newsletter. 

July 14:  Centennial Garden Party

Please plan to join Martha Head, on July 14, in her garden on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Friends will stroll her charming garden while enjoying wine and light summer fare from 5-7 PM. More information will arrive in mid-June. Tickets will be limited. All proceeds will go to retiring the Friend’s Delacroix commitment. Tickets will be $100. 

September 9:  Goldstein Museum of Design

The Friends are joining forces on September 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 with the nationally renowned Goldstein Museum, for a truly unique evening.  Join us for cocktails and light appetizers at McNeil Hall, St Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.  Ascend a stairway of selected couture from the Goldstein’s historic closets and peruse GMD’s latest exhibit. More information will arrive in August.  Tickets will be $100. 

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Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

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A Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

Plan on attending the “Friends & Neighbors of Mia and Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour” of the Washburn-Fair Oaks Park neighborhood to learn about the area’s history, prominent citizens and architecture, and its ties to Mia and Friends. While on the tour, you’ll also get a glimpse into the period and how people have lived over the last hundred years.

Tours begin at the Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave S, the former home of Friends first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. Guests will receive a bottle of water and a treat.

End the tour at Mia in the Cargill Gallery with its beautiful exhibit highlighting past Art in Bloom art and marvel at Eugene Delacroix’s extraordinary Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums, a gift to Mia from the Friends to honor our Centennial.

Choose a tour date on either June 23 or June 24, with tours at 10-11:15 AM or 1-2:15 PM. Tickets are $12 and are available from the Hennepin History Museum, below. Space is limited but only Friends members can take advantage of early ticketing until 6/8.


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Creating Memories

Creating Memories 

Spring is finally upon us despite a stubborn debut, with many of us beginning to enjoy what so many Minnesotans dream of during those dark and frigid winter months…. being outside! We are fortunate to have an amazing park system in our city; as a matter of fact, a beautiful and historic park sits right across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Known as Washburn Fair Oaks Park, it’s situated in the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District.

Washburn Fair Oaks Park was the original site of United States Senator (1889-1895) William Drew Washburn’s home named “Fair Oaks.” The surrounding residences designed by famous local architects such Ernest Kennedy and William Channing Whitney showcase the architecture trends of the time. Other famous homeowners included the Pillsbury and the Turnblad families. While amassing their fortunes, these prosperous families built magnificent mansions still standing today, many dating back to 1870.

These stately homes occupied this neighborhood located on what was then an outer boundary of the city, yet close enough to its hub of business and entertainment venues to easily become the most prestigious and desirable addresses in Minneapolis.

The streetcar system added to the the area’s growth continuing through about 1930. Included in this development of course is the Minneapolis Institute of Art, originally known as the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, beginning in 1883. The esteemed New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White designed the original building housing the museum that opened its doors to the community in 1915.

Also noteworthy is building housing the Hennepin History Museum  at 2303 Third Avenue South on the east side of the park. This  was originally the home of Carolyn McKnight Christian, first president of the Friends of the Institute, who built it and lived there for almost 40 years. Having many philanthropical interests, Carolyn hosted many fundraisers and musical concerts in the Great Room of her home. In later life, she donated the house as well as her art collection to Mia in 1956. In 1957, Mia sold the home to the Hennepin County Historical Society.

With this home and the surrounding neighborhood being such an integral part of Friends history, the centennial committee is proud to co-host an evening with the Hennepin History Museum on June 15. Save the date for a “Friends Homecoming” evening reception at the Hennepin History Museum will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with remarks at 6:15. See the original rooms of Carolyn McKnight Christian, enjoy displayed photographs and personal artifacts throughout, as well as live music, wine, and appetizers right within the formal reception room where Ms. Christian entertained her guests. Ticket price is $50 or purchase a centennial patron ticket for $100. Watch for your evite soon from the Friends office.

Plan on attending the “Friends & Neighbors of Mia and Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour” of the Washburn Fair Oaks Park neighborhood, focusing on architectural and historic information, as well as ties to Mia and Friends. Get a taste of the period, bringing our minds back to how people lived at this time. Midway through the tour there will be a quick refreshment stop at the Gale Mansion, home of the Minneapolis branch of the American Association of University Women. End the tour at Mia by walking into the Cargill Gallery exhibit highlighting past Art in Bloom and view Eugene Delacroix’s extraordinary Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums. Guests must be able to walk for one hour. Choose tour dates from either June 23 or June 24, with tours at 10-11:15 as well as 1-2:15. Tickets will be available soon. 

Summertime takes us to Martha Head’s home on Lake Minnetonka for the enchanting Friends Centennial Garden Party on July 14 from 5-7:00 pm. Join Friends for a tour, wine, and light summer fare. To allow best viewing of the gardens, space is limited to 50 guests. Attendee tickets are $50 and centennial patron tickets are $100.  All profits support the Friends Delacroix commitment. Watch for your evite this summer from the Friends office.

We hope to see many of you during these events. For any questions about these and other Friends events, please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045. Also, a reminder to pick up your Friends for 100 Years, A Lasting Legacy in the Friends office. Many of you have kindly praised this publication,  which we appreciate.

Since we began this column about spring, let us end it with an update about the exquisite dahlia Sue and Larry Bagge have cultivated for the Friends centennial. As per Sue, “The dahlia has been well received by the public when it was judged last year.” It was successfully judged at the Minnesota State Fair as well as the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Bagges are looking forward to the magnificent blooms again this year.

Vincent van Gogh said it best: “…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne, Connie Sommers

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

Creating Memories

Ticket Price: Free

With the prospect of spring on our doorsteps, the celebration of the Friends centennial continues in full gear. A reminder that the celebratory luncheon originally scheduled in January is rescheduled for April 14. If you purchased a ticket for this event, there is no need to re-register for the luncheon. Great news though…additional tickets are available by calling 612-870-6323 or visiting Mia’s ticketing page. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if guests showed up wearing wonderful spring hats reminiscent of Friends luncheons of decades long ago?

Also, a reminder to head to the Friends office to pick up a copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Our committee is pleased to know that one Friends member has already placed her book on her coffee table! We are beyond honored, but more importantly know that members are learning about the remarkable past this organization possesses.

Looking ahead to upcoming centennial events brings us to the Cargill Gallery exhibition that Mia curator Tom Rassieur is planning for a mid-April opening. It will highlight previous Art In Bloom exhibitions and is another opportunity to experience the astounding Delacroix painting Friends has gifted to Mia to mark our centennial. No doubt the Delacroix will assume a place of honor in this intimate gallery.

Hennepin History Museum, once the home of first Friends President Carolyn Christian.

Mark your calendars for a unique and exciting partnership with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum: June 15 brings a lively “Homecoming” evening reception at HHM.

Reception Room at Hennepin History Museum

Enjoy lively music of the 1920s and view personal artifacts and photos in the rooms of Carolyn Christian’s (first Friends president) home. Hennepin History Museum Director John Crippen and Friends President Julie Holland will deliver welcoming remarks.

Further imagine life around the neighborhood with a historical and architectural walking tour focusing on the homes of residents who lived around the park and the locations of HHM and Mia. The tour offers a taste of the period and lives of the early patrons of the community, especially those connected to Friends and Mia. Each tour will begin at HHM with a view of the Reception Room there before the walking tour begins. A cookie and water break is scheduled at the Gale Mansion, today’s home of the American Association-University Women. The tour ends at Mia with an opportunity to view the Friends exhibit in the Cargill Gallery. Each tour participant will receive a tour booklet published by HHM. Ticketed tours are scheduled for June 23 and 24 at 10 am and 1 pm.

There is so much to look forward to as warm weather arrives, and we say farewell to winter!

– The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

Creating Memories

Creating Memories is the new name for the centennial-focused column, Stepping Back in Time.

Over five years ago, when this committee started planning for the Friends centennial celebration, 2022 seemed so far away.

And as so many know, time has a way of flying by. This year is the beginning of creating memories for the next 100 years of the Friends. Plenty of activities are planned for members throughout the year.

What everyone enjoys, and is everlasting, is a photo of Friends together. We all call ourselves photographers these days, so please take the time to capture moments when we are together at Friends events. Send your photos to Claire Goulson at with pertinent information. We will look forward to sharing many of these photos in upcoming newsletter editions, but more importantly, to having a record going forth. Here is your opportunity to create memories and history. A huge thank you in advance!

Looking back at last month, we recall the beautiful display created by Friends member Chris Vickery. Visitors to the Friends office were greeted by the entrancing arrangement of the beloved Friends angels in needlepoint surrounding the 2015 Art in Bloom poster.

Twenty-five years ago, talented Friends members created 75 such stockings to commemorate the Friends 75th anniversary. Visitors to the holiday tree installed near Mia’s 24th Street entrance have been delighted to find these pieces proudly displayed in past years.



Also, in December the public had the opportunity to enjoy Mia’s artfully decorated lions flanking this same 24th Street entrance. These grand lions were a generous gift from former Friends president Ella Crosby (1960-62) dedicated to the memory of her husband, Tom, in honor of the Friends 75th anniversary in 1997. How wonderful to have the Friends Plants and Flowers committee involved in providing this holiday splendor for the community to enjoy.

April brings the exciting exhibition curated by Tom Rassieur, the John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition will highlight past Art in Bloom images and the brilliant Eugene Delacroix painting, “Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums.”

Everyone knows Friends members love to be involved with the organization. With so many events on the calendar this year, volunteer opportunities are abundant. Please contact Claire Goulson at friends@artsmia or 612-870-3045 with your name and we will do our best to find a spot for you to show your talents. Being together, meeting new Friends is such an integral part of why you are a member of the Friends.

Stay warm, stay safe! We look forward to seeing you all at the Friends centennial celebrations!

Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers