Art In Bloom Goes Virtual Again

The Minneapolis Institute of Art found a pandemic workaround

The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is nigh, but we’ve got a few more virtual events to go before life returns to normal-ish.

One such event is the annual Art in Bloom showcase at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, running from April 28 through May 2. This year’s lineup includes virtual talks and tours, floral design workshops with Bachman’s, a floral cocktail recipe from Norseman Distillery, floral installations at partner locations like Ergo Floral and Tangletown Gardens, and dozens of art-inspired arrangements showcased digitally for the second year in a row.

Scroll on to see a few of our favorites and head to the museum’s virtual gallery to learn more.

🌼 “Blue speaks to my heart,” says Deborah Follese, whose arrangement includes hydrangeas, freesias, cremona mum, ranunculus, lisanthus, and sago palm and was inspired by a 14th-century porcelain dish from Jingdezhen, China. “Blue signifies the spiritual healing power of God. I knew this artwork was for me after showing my husband. He replied, ‘Don’t we have that in the cupboard?’”

🌼 Amy Mattson used poppy, ranunculus, ming fern, grass, and oak leaf in her interpretation of Jack Whitten’s Transitional Space 9. “I loved the energy and depth in this painting, which felt to me like a woodland scene in the spring,” she says. “I incorporated an oak leaf as a nod to this, and played up the orange to mimic the frenetic energy.”

🌼 Diane Enge used reindeer moss, trachelium, anthurium, cymbidium orchid, beehive ginger, and freesia in her arrangement, which was inspired by Winifred Dickson’s Sedona Red Rock watercolor.

🌼 “I was inspired by the elegant balance of intricately carved jadeite and rosewood,” says Noni Threinen of the 18th-century jadeite Pleasure Boat from China. “Calla lilies and pussy willow branches create a dynamic boat shape, while orchids and variegated leaves represent birds and waves.”

🌼 Lisa Berg teamed up with Studio Brynne’s Brynne Macosko Paguyo on this interpretation of photographer Cara Romero’s Kaa. The artful arrangement uses calla lily, curly willow, hydrangea, and carnation.