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Art in Bloom at the Saint Louis Art Museum

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 29, 2019—Art in Bloom, the annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers, returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. Tickets for the festival’s special programs—including a lecture and demonstration by master florist Remco van Vliet—are now on sale.

Floral designers and garden club members will create imaginative displays celebrating works of art in the galleries during one of the museum’s most popular programs. Art in Bloom, presented this year by Wells Fargo Advisors, is open to the public every day of the festival at 10 a.m. Museum members can come early at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

It is free to tour the galleries and see floral installations, but tickets are required for some programs, including a featured presentation by van Vliet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s decorator for in-house events and the creator of the stunning colossal arrangements and bouquets in the Met’s Great Hall. Van Vliet will speak in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Friday, March 1 at 11 am. Tickets to the lecture are $15.

Also on Friday, Rebecca Bodicky, of Alice Blue Collective, will talk about how she started a small, urban farm to provide educational opportunities and build community. Bodicky also will create three arrangements that can be replicated or adapted at home. The demonstration in the Farrell Auditorium begins at 2:30 pm; tickets are $10.

Auditorium lectures and demonstrations continue on Saturday, March 2. Ariella Chezar—an acclaimed floral designer, farmer, author and teacher—will discuss her 2019 book “Seasonal Flower Arranging” and demonstrate how to incorporate what is available at your farmer’s market, local shops, or backyard into your own home. The lecture begins at 11 am, and a book signing will follow. Tickets to the lecture are $15.

Also on Saturday, the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Mitch Leachman will discuss how native plants can be used to create attractive, interesting and functional replicas of natural habitats. Leachman will talk about naturescaping and its benefits, and he will offer examples for how to create those habitat elements in residential spaces. The lecture begins at 2:30 pm; tickets are $10.

Sunday, March 3 is Art in Bloom Family Day, and all children’s activities that day are free. From noon to 4 pm, children can create their own flower-inspired art and take a self-guided scavenger hunt through the galleries. Family Sundays are supported by U.S. Bank.

Visitors can enjoy live music and refreshments from a cash bar in Sculpture Hall on Friday from 3 pm to 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. On each day of the festival, Panorama will offer a lunch buffet of soups, sandwiches and salads until 2 pm. Reservations are highly recommended and available at 314-655-5490 or online at OpenTable.com.

The Art in Bloom Preview Party on Thursday, Feb. 28 is the official kickoff to the festival weekend. To purchase tickets to the Preview Party, call 314-655-5335.

Museum members can enjoy exclusive early morning entry to Art in Bloom on Friday and Saturday from 8 to 10 am, as well as discounts on all ticketed programs. Tickets for Art in Bloom programs may be purchased at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee. A complete list of programs and ticket prices can be found at slam.org/bloom.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to recognize Wells Fargo Advisors as presenting sponsor of Art in Bloom. Wells Fargo Advisors is a longtime supporter of the Saint Louis Art Museum, investing annual support in programs that bring the museum’s patrons closer to the arts and to each other. The company’s valuable partnership allows the museum to advance its mission of promoting artistic excellence, education and discovery, and the elevation of the human spirit.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org

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