Art in Bloom returns to Grand Rapids Art Museum

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The biannual Art in Bloom celebration and competition will return to the Grand Rapids Art Museum this weekend.

“The Grand Rapids Art Museum is thrilled to kick off the spring season with Art in Bloom,” said Elizabeth Payne, GRAM communications manager. “We look forward to welcoming guests to GRAM’s galleries and encourage everyone to participate in a weekend of floral-inspired fun through our in-person and virtual experiences.”

The three-day event, starting Friday, will showcase arrangements from 15 floral designers that will be placed alongside 15 works of interpretation from the museum’s collection, which includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media and design.

The floral arrangements coupled with the artworks will be in GRAM’s level 3 galleries, where guests can cast their votes for their favorite floral arrangement for the selection of the public vote winner.

Art in Bloom entries also will be eligible for the juried award. A panel of floral and art experts from the Grand Rapids community will select the juried award winner, which will be announced at 2 p.m. Friday.

The exhibition and competition include a floral-focused schedule of in-person and virtual offerings.

Weekend schedule

Friday

  • Public hours: Noon-6 p.m., Level 3 galleries
  • Juried winner announcements: 2 p.m., virtual via Facebook Live

Saturday

  • Member hours: 10 a.m.-noon, Level 3
  • Public hours: Noon-6 p.m., Level 3
  • Floral-themed gallery chats: 1-3 p.m., Level 2
  • Drop-in studio: Flower Making: noon-6 p.m., Cook Auditorium
  • Floral design demonstration with Fleurology Designs: 4:30-5 p.m., virtual via Facebook Live

Sunday

  • Member hours: 10 a.m.-noon, Level 3
  • Public hours: Noon-6 p.m., Level 3
  • Public voting closes: 1:30 p.m.
  • Public vote winner announcement: 2 p.m., virtual via Facebook Live

Participating floral designers:

  • Douglas Bates, Designs by Vogt’s
  • Renae Buning, Alice Hatch Floral
  • Heather Delong, Allegan Floral + Gifts
  • Monique Garcia, Mitten Floral
  • Maggie Hartman, Maggie’s Flowers
  • Amy Hill, Afloral Concept
  • Geniene Hourigan Culp, New Design Floral
  • Hayley Hungerford, Hyssop Floral
  • Nikki Ludema, Veritas Event Design
  • Skeeter Parkhouse, Wasserman’s Flowers + Gifts
  • Marisa Rakowski, Eastern Floral
  • Amanda Smith, Ball Park Floral & Gifts
  • Brennan Smith, Overgrowth Floral
  • Melissa Snoeyer, Dahlia Acres Farms
  • Esme M. Zabawa, Daylily Floral

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