President’s Letter


My mindset switches to spring at the onset of March, which usually brings climbing temperatures and budding trees. March also launches the count-down for Art in Bloom at Mia, the beloved annual rite of spring that attracts thousands of visitors.

 The first-ever virtual Art in Bloom will become a reality April 28 – May 2 with what promises to be an engaging and beautiful website.

Another first is my mustering up the courage to enter an arrangement that interprets the Aztec goddess Chalchiutlicue. I figured that this year I had the luxury to make several attempts and take many, many pictures to come up with a floral display that would suit the occasion. 

Chalchiuhtlicue, c. 1200-1521, Aztec

The myths associated with Chalchiutlicue appeal to my imagination. According to some, she once ate the sun and the moon. She also built a bridge linking heaven and earth that only those in her good graces could cross; the others were turned into fish. Nonetheless, the goddess was thought to be usually kind and generous, providing life-giving water and seeds. She was the personification of nature, who brought fertility and spring. In her reign, maize was first used for food.

The dahlia, native to Mexico, was a source of food and medicine in Aztec times. In 1963 it was named the official flower of Mexico. Now I’m faced with the challenge of trying to find dahlias for my interpretation of Chalchiutlicue, or maybe I’ll just stick to yellow daisies and corn.

Please tune in to Art in Bloom 2021—the April edition of Friends newsletter will provide all the details of this unique and important event, and the Art in Bloom webpage will soon have the schedule and registration information.

Most of all, I hope you’re well and in line for a vaccine!