Art in Bloom


March 20 – 22, 2015

14139547325_00c58c92b2_kVote for People’s Choice Award Winner; voting open Friday at 3:00 pm – Saturday at 5:00 pm

Art in Bloom is an annual weekend exhibition that celebrates the combined beauty of art and floral design. This wonderful and unique event showcases floral arrangements inspired by works of art from the Museum’s collection, created by a selection of the region’s most talented floral designers. The weekend is filled with fun and amazing activities; register for family and adult studio programs, floral demonstrations and the Art in Bloom Cocktail Reception. Bid in the silent auction on paintings by talented West Michigan artists, and most importantly—remember to vote for your favorite floral designer.

Creativity Uncorked
Friday 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Grab a glass of wine and experience a lively and unforgettable night at the museum! After GRAM shuts the doors to the public, we invite you and your friends to socialize and create at this engaging new program. No experience is necessary – just an open mind and a willingness to try something new.
*Due to the “intoxicating” nature of the fun, participation is limited to 21+

Floral Demonstration - orangeFloral Demonstration with Laura Parker
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30 pm
A Flourish of Flowers by Laura Parker
The impact of flowers on the human experience is no secret. The fragrances, the colors, the textures, and the temporal nature of the delicate blooms have the power to capture our attention and touch the human spirit in a unique way. Professional floral designer, Laura L. Parker AIFD, CF, CFD, will take you on a journey that explores this inspiring phenomenon through floral design. She will share beautiful floral designs that range from simple concepts that can easily be recreated at home, to intricately detailed works of floral art that will stretch your imagination.

Benefit - b & wFête de le Fleur:
Children’s Education Benefit & Art in Bloom Awards Celebration

Saturday, March 21, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Fête de le Fleur is a sensational event! Guests enjoy live jazz and mingle with featured Floral Designers. A reading from students of the Language Artists program, whose curriculum is supported by the benefit’s proceeds, will be presented followed by awards announcements for Art in Bloom floral design winners of the Juried Design Award category and the People’s Choice Award category.

2014 Awards

Juried Design Award:

Barry Jeter, Procedo Events
Work of art assignment:
Elizabeth Brandt
BodyMap, 2012
Level III, East Gallery

People’s Choice Award:

Jim Ackerman, freelance designer
Work of art assignment:
Dwight Tryon
Evening, Autumn, 1914
Level III, Gallery 3

Art in Bloom 2014 Arrangements

View more photos by Brian Spangenberg here

Sponsored by:
Patricia and Karl Betz
Rajene and Gregg Betz
Kimberly and David Moorhead
Porter Foundation
Kurt and Madelon Hassberger
Elizabeth and Rob Koenen
Tim and Kathleen Gietzen
Jane and John Meilner
Pat and Chuck Bloom
Anonymous (1)

Nordlie, Inc.
Schuil Coffee Co.

Thank you to:
The California Cut Flower Commission
California Flower Farmers