For the Art and Flowers lover! Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), 1897–98. Oil on canvas. Art in Bloom 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Art, Boston’s Art in Bloom is floral extravaganza featuring the work of fifty garden clubs from New England and professional designers who collaborated to merge the museum’s art with florals in a beautiful grand way.

Eleanor by Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862–1951)1907. Oil on canvas. Art in Bloom 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Each of the floral displays were created to interpret specific works of art from the Museum’s collection.  The museum boasts that, “Among the 50 works of art that will be interpreted in flowers are masterpieces that span the ages, from ancient Egyptian sculptures and Impressionist works by Millet and Monet, to 20th-century photographs by Harry Callahan and a mural by contemporary artist Kara Walker.”

Seated bodhisattva, Chinese, Eastern Wei dynasty, about A.D. 530. Carved limestone. Art in Bloom 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Denman Waldo Ross in memory of Okakura Kakuzo. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA, Boston has been celebrating Art in Bloom for 34 years.  Over the next few days more than 20,000 vistors will attend this fantastic event.  In addition to the flowers and art there are ”hands-on demonstrations, lectures, master classes, guided tours” throughout the weekend as well as a free open house on Monday April 26th!

The event’s activities include:

DAILY PROGRAMS—Saturday through Monday, April 24–26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Art in Bloom at Home: Flower arranging workshops are offered in the Sharf Visitor Center for visitors interested in learning how to create their own inspired arrangements.
Free Guided Tours: An in-depth look at the floral arrangements and the works of art that
inspired them is presented during these continuous tours from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., leaving from the Sharf Visitor Center, and Monday evening from 5–8 p.m. during the Open House.
Garden Gallery: Exclusive Art in Bloom products, as well as fine crafts and artwork by New England artists, are available for purchase in the Linde Family Wing.

FAMILY DAY—Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nature-oriented activities for families, art-making projects that include chalk sidewalk drawing with Sidewalk Sam, and additional special tours and programs are featured throughout the galleries. Children 17 and under are admitted free.

April 25— Els Teunissen Floral Demonstration
10:30 a.m.–noon: Flowers in our Life lecture
1:30–3:30 p.m.: Hands-on Instruction with Els Teunissen maste

MEMBERS’ NIGHT—Sunday, April 25, 6–8 p.m.
Museum hours are extended for a special viewing of Art in Bloom for MFA members. No tickets are required. To become a member, call 617.369.3395 or email

Monday, April 26— Olivier Giugni Floral Demonstration
10:30 a.m.–noon: Art as Inspiration lecture
1:30–3:30 p.m.: Hands-on Instruction with Olivier Giugni master class

FREE EVENING OPEN HOUSE—Monday, April 26, 5–9 p.m.
The Museum’s evening Open House is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 26, when admission is free to the public. Visitors are invited to enjoy a special evening viewing of the beautiful floral
arrangements throughout the Museum’s galleries. Bravo restaurant and the Galleria café are open for dinner.

Performances include:
• The Voices of the Renaissance (children from the Renaissance Charter School, Boston)
• Second Wind (an a cappella singing group featuring Peggy Ford)
• Gian Carlo Buscaglia (Latin singer/guitarist)
• The Mather House String Quartet (featuring Jenna White, Elena Helman, Bill Reus, and Heather Hawkes from Harvard University)

Lake George by Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904), 1862. Oil on canvas. Art in Bloom 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of Maxim Karolik. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

During Art in Bloom, the MFA is open daily (Saturday through Monday, April 24 – 26) from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with the addition of a special free evening Open House on Monday, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Bodhisattva on a lotus throne. Chinese, Tang dynasty, second quarter of the 8th century A.D. White marble, originally polychromed and gilt. Art in Bloom 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Japanese Special Fund. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art in Bloom is free with general admission, which includes two visits within a 10-day period:
Museum members FREE
Adults $20
Seniors/Students $18
Youths 17 and younger FREE
(on school days until 3 p.m., $7.50)

Tickets for Art in Bloom special events are available for purchase by visiting the Museum’s website at, or by visiting or calling the MFA’s Remis Auditorium box office at (617.369.3306). For specific questions concerning events, as well as the purchase of master class tickets, please call the Art in Bloom hotline at 617.369.3169.

I would LOVE to go to this event!  It look fantastic!  If  you in or near Boston head over to Art in Bloom.  for further information please visit The Museum of Fine Art, Boston.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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