Join the Friends for a kickoff party for Art in Bloom 2018 on March 12.
Join the Friends at Fulton Brewery Taproom in the North Loop of Downtown Minneapolis for a Pint & Paint night! Break out your formal flannel and your beret to dance to the gypsy jazz sound of Café Accordion Orchestra, and dabble at painting your very own masterpiece with art instruction from Melanie Mozingo. Guaranteed to be an evening of music, fun, and frivolity, tickets are limited to 75 people and went on sale February 1.
Ticket price includes canvas, paints, professional instruction, beer and light nibbles. $75 per person until March 1 after which tickets are $100 until sold out.
Meet Nikki Lewis, Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair and longtime Friend of Mia!
Nicolai (or Nikki) Lewis is not a stranger to the halls of Mia. She started volunteering at Mia with the Decorative Arts Council in 1992. Since then she has served on the Friends Board in multiple capacities, including Program Chair and Treasurer. Nikki has also chaired several Art in Bloom committees and in 2010 was Art in Bloom Co-Chair. Besides art, she has developed a passion for choral music, specifically Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence and has served on the VocalEssence board and related committees.
Nikki also enjoyed a 37-year career with Xcel Energy where she achieved the level of managing director, Corporate Risk Management.
What first intrigued Nikki about becoming an Art in Bloom Honorary Chair — not surprisingly — was her love of art. Nikki became fascinated with renowned French artist Eugene Delacroix during Mia’s Delacroix exhibition in 2015. The exhibition lectures and a tour by Patrick Noon, Mia’s Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of Paintings, succeeded in making Nikki a Delacroix fan. She was excited to learn that the 35th annual Art in Bloom signature piece is an oil painting by Delacroix titled Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums.
As Honorary Chair, Nikki will be instrumental in bringing this beautiful masterpiece to the museum and thus to the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities and all visitors to Mia. To that we say, “Merci beaucoup!”
Now’s the time to purchase a dedication in honor or in memory of a friend or family member to be posted on a floral interpretation during Art in Bloom 2018.
If you are interested in purchasing a dedication in honor or in memory of a friend or family member to be posted on a floral interpretation during Art in Bloom 2018, you may do so right now through the beginning of April.
Dedications are available for $150, $100, and $50. Those who contribute $150 or $100 have the opportunity to select a specific piece that the dedication may appear on, or you may allow us to choose a work on your behalf. At the $50 level, we will select the work for the contributor. No matter which level you select, we will inform you via email of the chosen work for your dedication prior to the start of Art in Bloom, and at all levels, your dedication will be listed within the official Art in Bloom program.
Pick up a form in the Friends Office or print one by clicking here. Thank you so much for supporting the Friends and Art in Bloom 2018!