More than 2,500 Visitors to Art in Bloom

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 25, 2017: The grass was greener on the inside of the Winnipeg Art Gallery as thousands took in the sights and scents at Art in Bloom last weekend. After a 20-year hiatus, Art in Bloom blossomed just in time for spring, inviting a group of 20 professional florists to install a 44 ft. wide living wall; and 70 floral enthusiasts ranging from local celebrities and artists to architects and youth groups to design 60 floral arrangements inspired by 15th to 21st century artwork. A total of 2,500 participants attended Art in Bloom 2017. The biennial event will return to the WAG in spring 2019.

While every floral arrangement served as visual stimulation for Art in Bloom festival-goers, the following were given special accolades by the Art in Bloom Jury:

  • Best in Show – OTR Consultants: Tony Scherman, Bowl of Fruit
  • People’s Choice – Britney Fache, Fache Florals: Morris & Co., Draught Screen
  • Directors Choice – Sharlene Nielsen, Front Door Stories: Frederick Horsman Varley, View from the Artist’s Bedroom Window, Jericho Beach
  • Best Creative Design – Charlene Brown, Clayhaus: Eli Inukpaluk, Spirit
  • Best Traditional Design – Pam Simmons, Coreniche Consulting: Marc Chagall, Flower Still Life
  • Honourable Mention – Bernice Klassen, Sunshine Greenhouse Floral Department: Ivan Eyre, Woman and Interior

Quick Facts

  • This year’s event featured 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. Check out a time lapse video of the making of the living wall here.
  • Local designers of the 60 floral arrangements that made up the main Art in Bloom exhibit included 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 volunteered to interpret a piece of art include: Kal Barteski, Stephen Borys, Ace Burpee, Aganetha Dyck, and Art City.
  • The event was filled with the music of flutes, maramba, and clarinets, thanks to members of the Brandon University Clarinet Choir and the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, and flautists Yooseon Jang and Angelina Zhai.
  • Art in Bloom also featured a pop-up Fresh Flower Shop with bouquets available for purchase, plus handmade vases and floral-themed works by Manitoba ceramic and glass artists.
    • Art in Bloom 2017 was 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 were repurposed and donated to various community organizations, seniors, and patients in care through Floral Philanthropy.

“We are thrilled by the turn out to Art in Bloom 2017, which welcomed many visitors to the WAG for the first time. Each designer showed incredible creativity in their floral arrangements, inviting viewers to look at the art from new perspectives and leaving all of us inspired. We are grateful to the dedicated volunteers for making the event such a big success.”
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

“The energy inside the WAG for Art in Bloom 2017 was amazing! We thank everyone who helped make Art in Bloom possible, including our team of over 110 volunteers who worked with WAG staff, our event sponsors and donors, and all who attended. Together we are supporting WAG programs that promote 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
Time lapse of the Art in Bloom living wall

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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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