WAG Welcomes Spring with Fresh Flowers for Art in Bloom

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 12, 2019: Today the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) launched the 2019 edition of Art in Bloom. This biannual festival of art and wellness runs April 12 to 14. Professional and non-professional florists have taken over the Gallery with fresh floral interpretations of artworks from the WAG collection. The public is invited to experience Art in Bloom's lush exhibit of floral designs and the art that inspires them in a feast for the senses.

Quick Facts:
• Art in Bloom features 102 interpreter teams with over 200 professional and non-professional florists highlighting 78 pieces from the WAG collection.
• The centrepiece for this year's event is a massive living wall of Norval Morrisseau’s painting Androgyny. A collective floral interpretation in 24 panels by individuals and community organizations greets attendees in Eckhardt Hall on the main level.
• The Gallery is open April 12 from 11am-9pm and April 13-14, from 11am-5pm. Entry is included in Gallery admission: Adults $12, Seniors/Students $10, FREE for kids under 6 and WAG members. Gorgeous Art in Bloom souvenir programs are available for $5.
• Workshops on the topics of Whimsical Garden Arrangements, Flower and Foliage Manipulation, Garden Markers, and Aromatic Eucalyptus Wreaths, as well as Family Drop-in: Paper Calla Lilies allow participants to get hands-on with nature. Advance registration is encouraged.
• Every day of Art in Bloom features talks on art, flowers, and the power of nature. This year’s speakers include Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO; Dr. Vadivambal Rajagopal; Hazel Borys and Hennie Corrin, Art in Bloom 2019 Co-Chairs; and Dawn Ormiston of Petals West, Art in Bloom 2019 Master Partner. Entry is FREE with Gallery admission and for WAG members.
• All weekend, the main level is abuzz with a Fresh Flower Shop, pop-up eats by Chocolatier Constance Popp, Chew/Store Next Door, Freshii, Melt Chocolate Co., and a Joy of Coffee kiosk. An ATM is available on site.
• Proceeds from Art in Bloom support expanded health and wellness programming at the WAG for all to enjoy.
• After the event, local volunteer organization Floral Philanthropy will distribute all flowers to hospitals and personal care homes, spreading Art in Bloom throughout the city.
Memoirs, a Jill Brooks solo exhibition of flower paintings at Gallery Shop opens with a reception and cash bar on Friday, April 12 (6-9pm) as part of Art in Bloom. All works are available for purchase through the temporary ship on the 3rd Level of the WAG.
• The Art in Bloom Preview Party took place last night to a sold-out crowd celebrating the 2019 Art in Bloom floral interpreters.

Quotes:
Held every two years, there is really nothing like Art in Bloom at the WAG or in Winnipeg–seeing literally thousands of the floral blooms gracing the gallery spaces in stunning arrangements. A huge thank you and congratulations to the 2019 Art in Bloom co-chairs, Hazel Borys and Hennie Corrin, who along with the organizing committee of volunteers and staff, worked tirelessly to bring this floral extravaganza to life. Thanks to them and this year’s generous sponsors and donors, we can all enjoy this amazing sensory experience and see both art and flowers in a new light.
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Thank you to all who participate in Art in Bloom. This event is about our community‘s volunteers. How lucky are we to be surrounded by such passion! With heartfelt gratitude to our committee and the WAG team—you make Art in Bloom flourish, and all in support of expanded health and wellness programs at the WAG.
—Hennie Corrin & Hazel Borys, Co-Chairs of the Art in Bloom Organizing Committee

Our bodies, minds and souls all require nourishment. We believe flowers are food for the soul. Petals West is proud to be Master Partner and has enjoyed working with the WAG. Art in Bloom offers visitors a floral feast of the senses.
—Dawn Ormiston, Petals West Inc.

Supporters:
Master Partner - Petals West. Variety Partners - Florist Supply, The Riley Fellowship in Canadian History at the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Kenneth Murray Medical Corporation, and Jean Carter and Richard Riess. Complimentary Partners – Cholakis Dental Group, Johnston Group, Barbara and Gerry Price, Barry and Carol McArton, CariLyn Buller, the Chipman Family Foundation Fund, Freshii, Mrs. Judy & Dr. Ken Murray
Murray, and Percy Goldberg. Blooming Donors - 3 Seasons Landscaping Inc., Aynsley and Grant Cockshott, Barbara Goldberg, Barbara and Blain King, Bruce and Joyce Berry, CoreNICHE Consulting Inc., Diane Biehl, Ellie Kives, Gail Asper O.C., O.M., LL.D. & Michael Paterson, Ginny Devine and Gary Doer, Harriet and Alex Zimmer, Heidi Balciunas, John Maguire, José Koes, Kim Enright, Margaret Morse, Maxa and Cliff Chisick,  Sandi and Ron Mielitz, Susan Feldman, and Susan Knox.

Associated Links:
Winnipeg Art Gallery – Art in Bloom
Petals West Inc.
Floral Philanthropy

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:


Catherine Maksymiuk
Head, Engagement & Advancement
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
publicrelations@wag.ca

About the Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making.

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