Living Artworks Blossom for Art in Bloom

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 21, 2017: Spring has sprung at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with a lush exhibit of floral arrangements inspired by the WAG collection. A group of over 70 professional florists and local enthusiasts each designed a living masterpiece lining the walls of the WAG. The centerpiece for the event is a massive floral installation created by 20 of Winnipeg’s top florists. Art in Bloom kicked off last night with a sold-old Preview Party and runs until April 23. Entry is included with Gallery admission.

Quick Facts

  • After a 20-year hiatus, Art in Bloom takes place at the WAG Friday, April 21 (on now until 9:00pm), and Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 (11:00am-5:00pm).
  • Art in Bloom at the WAG is modelled after long-running events at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
  • This year’s event features a 44 ft. wide, 16 ft. tall floral art installation created by 20 Winnipeg florists in collaboration with visiting guru Holly Heider Chapple, named a top florist by Martha Stewart.
  • Local designers of the 59 floral arrangements that make up the main Art in Bloom exhibit include a diverse group of individuals and teams, ranging from local celebrities, artists, architects, and florists to youth groups, school teams, and nuns. Just a few of the familiar names who have volunteered to interpret a piece of art include: Kal Barteski, Stephen Borys, Ace Burpee, Aganetha Dyck, and Art City.
  • Art in Bloom also includes a pop-up Fresh Flower Shop with single stems and bouquets available for purchase, plus handmade vases and floral-themed works by Manitoba ceramic and glass artists, and a selection of books for the gardener, plant lover, and budding florist/floral artist.
  • Art in Bloom is a community-driven event led by Co-Chairs Hazel Borys and Hennie Corrin with dozens more volunteers on the organizing committee.
  • Following the event, thousands of stems will be repurposed and donated to various community organizations, seniors, and patients in care through Floral Philanthropy.


  • Entry to Art in Bloom is included with Gallery admission: Adult $12, Senior/Student $8, Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18) $28, Children 5 and under/WAG member free.

“Art in Bloom is a celebration of spring, art, and Winnipeg’s creativity community, delivering a beautiful sensory experience for all to enjoy. This community-driven event is a perfect example of what amazing things can happen when enthusiastic volunteers come together for a great cause. We are very grateful to the long list of sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make Art in Bloom possible.
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

“Art in Bloom is a chance to join two powerful forces – the feeling of awe and nature - while celebrating springtime together. Thanks to dozens of floral interpreters who’ve stepped up to the vase. Funds raised from this event go toward the WAG’s programming that supports and enhances the health and wellness benefits of art and flowers.”
—Hazel Borys and Hennie Corrin, Co-Chairs, Art in Bloom 2017

Sponsors and Donors: Petals West (Master Partner), Arlan Group (Speaker Series Partner), Florist Supply (Flower Shop Partner), Winnipeg Free Press (Media Sponsor), Payworks and Coreniche Consulting (Partners); James W. Burns Family Fund, Jean P. Carter and Richard Riess, Brian and Ruth Hastings, Dr. Kenneth Murray Medical Corp. (Variety Donors); Barry and Carol McArton, Chipman Family Foundation, Lisa and Andrew Paterson, Gerry and Barb Price, Ross and Allana Robinson (Complementary Donors); Robert and Nancy Adkins, Gaylene Chesnut, Barbara Goldberg, Dr. Percy Goldberg, Catherine Murray, Johanna Murray, John Murray, Dr. Brian Postl, Lesley Powell, Francis F. W. Lee Medical Corporation, Dr. Singh Plastic Surgery Medical Corp. (Blooming Donors).

Organizing Committee
Hazel Borys and 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, Dawn Stewart, Jason Syvixay, Shelley Tadman, Eleni Wener, Deb Woloshyn, Adele Wortzman, Richard Yaffe. WAG Staff: Stephen Borys, Bill Elliott, Terry Gallagher, Andrew Kear, Catherine Maksymiuk, Ellen Plouffe, Radovan Radulovic, Doren Roberts, Sherri Van Went, Elizabeth Wiens.

Associated Links
Winnipeg Art Gallery

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & 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 a forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative and accessible place for learning, discovery and inspiration through art, with a particular focus on Inuit art and culture.



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