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Events for Thursday, April 26, 2012

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Art in Bloom

Join us for the 29th year of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

This splendid spring celebration and fund-raiser highlights the talents of more than 150 floral artists, whose work will be on view next to the works of art that inspired them. From Thursday through Sunday, you'll experience the floral fragrance throughout the museum, enjoy a lecture or demonstration, attend a party or free docent tour, and browse in the Art in Bloom Shop. more

Lead Sponsor: Abbot Downing (formerly Lowry Hill)

Extraordinary thanks to Margene Fox, our honorary chair, for her kind support.

Generous support provided by Accenture, Bachman's, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Gabberts, General Mills Foundation, Martha Head, Bill Hodder, Lakewood Cemetery, Macy's, Marbrook Foundation, and Mary and Doug Olson.

Additional support provided by Pauline Altermatt, Linda Boelter, Creative Kidstuff, Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Jane Emison, The Bill and Katherine Fox Foundation, Sally Mathieu, Sheila Morgan, Nash Finch Company, Olson Law Firm, and Teresa Pfister.

Media Partner: myTalk 107.1

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Art in Bloom Coffees
Regis Fountain Court

Coffee for Art in Bloom morning lecture attendees.

Thursday's coffee is sponsored by AIB 2011 co-chairs, Pauline Altermatt and Linda Boelter, in honor of AIB 2012 co-chairs, Ann Birt and Betsey Whitbeck. Friday's coffee is sponsored by Teresa Pfister and Sally Mathieu.

10 – 11 a.m.
Art in Bloom Lecture by Gordon Hayward
Pillsbury Auditorium

Gordon Hayward, a nationally recognized garden designer, writer, and lecturer, has been designing gardens for the last 26 years from his home in Vermont. He has written for Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines. Inspired by his new book, Art and the Gardener, his talk will explore the visual language shared by painters and garden designers. Hayward will spend Wednesday viewing the MIA's collection and incorporating references from it into his insightful lecture.

Sponsored by Bill Hodder in memory of his wife, Sue.

Admission: $30

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Art in Bloom Boxed Luncheons
Wells Fargo Community Room

Gourmet on the go! Plan ahead for a quick bite between gallery stops. Seating available both indoors and on the patio (weather permitting).

Sponsored by Nash Finch Company.

Boxed Luncheon: $20

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »

Noon – 1 p.m.
Art in Bloom Formal Luncheon
Reception Hall

Pause for a formal luncheon celebrating Art in Bloom, an elegant way to leave the crowds behind and enjoy an afternoon with friends at the MIA. The luncheon will also feature a spring fashion show by Melly, a boutique in the Galleria.

Sponsored by Jane Emison and Sheila Morgan.

Formal Luncheon: $40

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Art in Bloom Floral Demonstration
Pillsbury Auditorium

"European Floral Art and Design," by René van Rems

California-based Dutch master designer René van Rems, AFID, will take us on a tour of current floral trends, showcasing design styles and techniques, including German hand-tied Biedermeier bouquets, Dutch parallel design, and French Country. The talk will feature flowers, exotic materials, botanicals, and supplies as they relate to the latest trends. Van Rems has presented at Art in Bloom twice before. His arrangements will be auctioned after the program.

Sponsored by Mary and Doug Olson.

Admission: $30

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »