New Year, New Bloom of WAG Events

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 11, 2017: While Winnipeggers ring in the New Year, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is reflecting on the past year and looking forward to more of a fresh new initiative, Art in Bloom.

From April 20 to 23, this festival celebrating spring, art, and creative community, will line the walls of the WAG with a lush exhibit of floral designs inspired by 15th to 21st-century artworks.

“Artists continue to be inspired by nature,” states WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. “With Art in Bloom, we’re focusing on the reverse through floral interpretations of the WAG collection. Professional and non-professional florists are invited to create designs based on select artworks, resulting in a beautiful experience for the public to enjoy this spring.”

In 2016, two speaker series were held with nearly 200 guests in attendance, building the buzz in advance of the main event. International keynote speaker Gair Maxwell spoke to reinvention as commodity, while WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys outlined nature and the still-life in European paintings and beyond.

“Modelled after long-running events at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Art in Bloom provides a unique opportunity to gather Winnipeg’s artistic treasures and floral talent,” say Hennie Corrin and Hazel Borys, co-chairs of Art in Bloom 2017. “Leading up to the festival is a bouquet of thought-provoking talks, workshops with international floral designer Holly Chapple, and creative activations for the public.”

New Bloom of Activities Planned for 2017

Speaker Series
Whether it is the interpretation of a floral arrangement or the inspiration of an engaging speaker, the Art in Bloom Speaker Series creates an experience worth sharing. Join us for evenings of real-life stories and ideas that will lead you on a journey to self-discovery, exploring what living a full life means to you. These events are your chance to sign up to interpret an artwork for Art in Bloom 2017. Tickets are $20, $10 for WAG member/seniors at, and free for students.

● January 25 (7:00pm): President of PlaceMakers Hazel Borys on bio-electromagnetics and nature’s healing ways.
● February 22 (7:00pm): Horticulturalist Ken Beattie on growing a healthy lifestyle through gardening.
● March 15 (7:00pm): Musician Heather Bishop on her journey towards living in an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just world.

Festival Weekend
• Preview Party, April 20 (7:00pm): The official kick off for Art in Bloom features the first look at the floral masterpieces amongst the art. Enjoy cocktails and light bites while celebrating with acclaimed international florist Holly Chapple and the 2017 Art in Bloom designers.  Tickets are $75 at

• Workshops with Holly Chapple, April 20 & 21: Named a top floral designer by Martha Stewart, Virginia-based Holly Chapple is coming to Winnipeg for Art in Bloom! Professional florists are invited to the Springtide Master Class (April 20, 8:00am to 5:00pm), which will teach new skills and dress the WAG up in a spectacular display for Art in Bloom. Registration is $300 per person. In addition, Chapple will demonstrate floral design for non-professionals in the Art in Bloom Floral Workshop (April 21, 9:00am to 12:00pm) before leading students to create their own take-home creation. Registration is $200 per person. Space is limited – sign up at

• Art in Bloom, April 21 to 23 (11:00am to 5:00pm): Art in Bloom culminates in a glorious exhibit of floral interpretations by professionals and non-professionals, presented alongside the artwork muses from the WAG collection. Entry is included in Gallery admission. 

The WAG is grateful for the following support: Master Partner Petals West Inc.; Speaker Series Sponsor Arlan Group.

Art in Bloom 2017 Committee: Hazel Borys, Hennie Corrin (Co-Chairs); Leanne Akman, Jan Bailey, Mary Blankstein, Charlene Brown, Kaili Brown, Janice Chance, Ginny Devine, Shirley Diner, Mary Dixon, Rob Everitt, Betty Ann Hershfield, Judy Kaprowy, Serena Keshavjee, Christina Kowalec, Alana Langelotz, Kristen Lourie, Sherry MacDonald, Susan Millican, Lin Milne, Tannis Mindell, Judy Murray, Gail Nep, Diane Ramsey, Gloria Sawatsky, Esme Scarlett, Cheryl Sharfe, Pam Simmons, John Statham, Jason Syvixay, Shelley Tadman, Eleni Wener, Deb Woloshyn, Adele Wortzman, Richard Yaffe.


For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #WAGinBloom

For more information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Jason Syvixay
Chair of Marketing
Art in Bloom 2017
204.944.9907, ext 295

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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