This Saturday, April 30th will kick off the 35th annual Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts Boson. As in the previous years the event will feature all things bloom including bouquets inspired from various masterpieces within the collection, which according to the museum will be drawn from “Cassatt and Sargent, to Homer and Copley, in addition to iconic works from Ancient Egypt, Asia, and Europe.” I have to admit, this is one of my favorite art installations of the series.
Dale Chihuly will also be represented in the Gund Gallery. The museum boasts that his, “42 foot green icicle tower and a neon wall-mounted piece, will be on display in the Shapiro Family Courtyard in addition to colorful ―Cat Tails‖ on view outside the Courtyard, visible through the soaring glass walls.”
Additionally Nancy Clarke, who has been the head White floral designer for every president since Carter, will lecturing on A Floral History of Six First Laides.
The museum states that there will be, “a Members’ Night on Sunday, May 1; a free evening Open House on Monday, May 2; and hands-on demonstrations, lectures, master classes, and guided tours throughout the three-day festival.”
ART IN BLOOM HOURS & ACTIVITIES
Art in Bloom takes place at the MFA daily from Saturday, April 30 through Monday, May 2:
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sunday: Regular hours 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. with extended hours from 6-8 p.m. exclusively for
Monday: Regular hours 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. with the addition of a free Open House from 5-9 p.m.
FAMILY DAY—Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Art-oriented activities for families, including chalk sidewalk drawing with Sidewalk Sam; additional special
programs are featured throughout the galleries. Children 17 and under are admitted free.
MEMBERS’ NIGHT—Sunday, May 1, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LECTURE AND MASTER CLASS WITH NANCY CLARKE—Monday, May 2
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Lecture and Floral Demonstration. A Floral History of Six First Ladies. –
$35 –– SOLD OUT
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Master Class: Hands-on class to design arrangements suitable for a White House
State Dinner – $200 –– SOLD OUT
Nancy Clarke served as the chief floral designer in the White House through six presidencies and three
decades, arranging beautiful creations according to the tastes of the Presidents and First Ladies, from the
Carters to the Obamas, before recently stepping down.
FREE EVENING OPEN HOUSE—Monday, May 2, 5–9 p.m.
The Museum’s evening Open House is from 5 to 9 p.m., when admission is free to the public. Visitors are
invited to enjoy a special evening viewing of the beautiful floral arrangements throughout the MFA’s
galleries. The New American Café and the Bravo restaurant are open for dinner. Performances include:
Second Wind (a women’s a cappella singing group)
Gian Carlo Buscaglia (Latin singer/guitarist)
Jazmen (a trio of Jazz musicians)
ELEGANT TEA––Saturday and Sunday, April 30–May 1
2 and 4 p.m.
Koch Gallery for European Masters
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children. Reservations required; call 617-369-4204.
The MFA hosts an elegant Art in Bloom tea, accompanied by live music, in the dramatic Koch Gallery, hung with European masterpiece paintings.
Outdoor Walking Tour – Sunday, May 1
Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center
Garden lovers will enjoy a new outdoor walking tour of the MFA’s tranquil Japanese Garden, the neighboring
Back Bay Fens, plus a fascinating look at the architecture and outdoor artwork of the MFA. The tour leaves
from the Sharf Visitor Center and is free with Museum admission.
DAILY, ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Saturday, April 30 through Monday, May 2
Art in Bloom at Home
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., FREE
Free flower arranging workshops are offered for visitors to learn how to design their own inspired creations.
Gallery Spotlight Tours
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (also from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday during Members’ Night, and from 5–9 p.m. on Monday
during the Open House), FREE
Ongoing throughout the galleries
A guided look at the floral arrangements and the works of art that inspired them.
1 – 4 p.m.
Huntington and Fenway Entrances
Carts offering small plants and spring flowers for sale, outside the entrances.
GIVE THE ARTS A CHANCE
A special feature of Art in Bloom is the Give the Arts a Chance benefit drawing—proceeds from which fund
programs at the Museum, such as the annual Memorial Day Open House and scholarships to students at the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as those that enhance the visitor experience. This year’s drawing
includes the grand prize of a three-night stay at the elegant Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa in Bermuda; dinners
for 2 at a gourmet Boston’s restaurant; Red Sox tickets; a luxury stay on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
TICKETING AND INFORMATION
Art in Bloom is free with general admission, which includes two visits within a 10-day period:
Museum members FREE, with a special Members-only night on Monday
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
www.mfa.org, or by visiting or calling the MFA’s Remis Auditorium box office at (800-440-6975). For
specific questions concerning events, as well as the purchase of lecture and master class tickets, please call
the Art in Bloom hotline at 617.369.3169.
I so wish I could be there!!!
Britt : )