St. Louis Art Museum's Beloved 'Art in Bloom' Returns This Weekend

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

One of the St. Louis Art Museum’s more cherished events returns this weekend after a five-year hiatus. Art in Bloom—the three-day festival that features floral works inspired by great works of art along with performances, demonstrations, lectures and kids activities—begins today and continues through Sunday. The hiatus was caused by construction of the new East Building, but now that it’s completed, the festival is once again in full bloom.

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom Courtesy of SlAM

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom
Courtesy of SLAM

The event is a rare opportunity for 31 teams of floral designers and gardeners from throughout the region to create flower arrangements as literal art in a museum context. To start, each team pulled a number out of a hat which told them which work of art they would base their arrangement on, then the resulting floral arrangement is displayed together with the artwork that inspired the designer. The artists’ interpretations rely most heavily on the colors inherent in their work of art, but some are inspired by structure and emotion as well.

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom Courtesy of SlAM

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom
Courtesy of SLAM

In addition to the floral displays throughout the museum, there are a host of events offered each day of the festival. Headlining the lecture series is film and television set decorator, Judith Farr, who will present “Decorating Downton Abbey” at 10:30am and 6pm on both Friday and Saturday. HGTV star of “Color Splash,” David Bromstad, will speak Friday at 2:30pm on “The Power of Color.” Isabella Kirkland, whose painting “Descendent” is this year’s signature artwork, will give a lecture on Saturday at 2:30pm.

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom Courtesy of SlAM

A floral display from a previous Art in Bloom
Courtesy of SLAM

Kids can have their fun too. On Sunday from 12pm-4pm, a variety of family fun activities will be available, including a scavenger hunt and a free performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” at 1pm by The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company. While the museum and some of the events are free, the lectures and workshops are ticketed events and require purchase.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the St. Louis Art Museum website.

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