Enjoy the Cincinnati Art Museum in full bloom. From November 7 – 10, 2013, Art in Bloom displays over 60 floral exhibits created by amateur and professional designers throughout the museum interpreting various works of art from the permanent collection.
Special events include a Japanese-inspired luncheon with traditional art Ikebana demonstrations, floral arranging demonstrations, conversations with the arrangers, a garden party, group tours, projects for kids, family flower fun and jazz in bloom featuring music and light fare. Some events require reservations and payment. Valet parking is available for the opening night celebration on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All these events enhance the visitor experience.
To become an arranger, visit http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/aibarrangers. Arrangers will create a floral exhibit that matches a renowned piece of art. The flowers will be placed near the art so visitors can see the relationship between the floral display and the art. Conversations with the arrangers will take place from Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In her fifth year, Priscilla Dunn of Hyde Park enjoys the process of creating a floral design matching a work of art, provided from a list. “It’s a wonderful experience to try to create a design that expresses how you see and feel about a specific painting.” While the show is held every other year, it always attracts designers of several categories: professional florists, cultural artists, garden club arrangers and church group amateurs. Priscilla has a strong floral background: she chaired Christ Church Cathedral’s flower guild for five years honing her craft with her peers as well as from experts at the Washington National Cathedral. She learned how to arrange large scale flowers, using elements of design including texture, complementary colors and harmony.
Designers pay for their own flowers, acquired from select wholesalers, containers and time. It is, indeed, a labor of love that many visitors enjoy. As Priscilla notes, Art in Bloom (a non-juried show) showcases the Art Museum as well as the individual contributors. A program available to attendees lists arrangements, designers and names of flowers. For more information, visit http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artinbloom.
“It’s a positive event for the City of Cincinnati,” notes Priscilla.