Get Creative for Art in Bloom

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 4, 2019

Do you know a professional or amateur florist whose creativity knows no bounds? The call for interpreters for Art in Bloom 2019 is officially open. This is an amazing opportunity to fuel your passion over the winter months—spring is just around the corner!

Art in Bloom 2019 takes place April 11-14 at the WAG and centers around a lush exhibit of over 70 floral designs presented alongside the art that inspires them. The community-organized event blossoms once every two years, inviting professional and amateur floral designers to use flowers to interpret artworks from the WAG collection. While the call for floral interpreters has been open exclusively to participants of the last Art in Bloom in 2017, this fun and fulfilling experience is now open to the public at large (individuals or groups), on a first-come, first-served basis. As a participant, you purchase your own flowers to interpret the artwork of your choice, with no additional fee involved, and will be profiled during the show.

In addition, we’re looking for a collaboration of individuals to build a massive living wall of Norval Morrisseau’s painting, Androgyny, from the collection of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, with flowers provided by the event’s lead sponsor, Petals West.

In 2017, interpreters ranged from local celebrities, artists, architects, and florists to school teams and a group of newcomers to Canada. Through your floral interpretation of visual art, you will inspire the community to connect with art and flowers—and each other—in new, creative ways!

A listing of available artworks along with living wall panels may be obtained from the Art in Bloom Interpretation Subcommittee, Eleni Wener and Hazel Borys, or by visiting the Art in Bloom Facebook Page.

All funds raised at Art in Bloom go to support wellness initiatives at the WAG, with donations accepted at wag.ca/donate. This playful take on some of Winnipeg’s greatest art treasures is accompanied by live music, art talks, floral workshops, and design demonstrations, along with pop-up shops for local food, potters, and flowers.

For the latest Art in Bloom updates and programming, including information on the ticketed Preview Party on April 11, watch the webpage at wag.ca/aib.

Pictured: Luke Iksiktaaryuk. Bird Shaman, c. 1974, interpreted by Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, for Art in Bloom 2017. Photo: Jason Halstead Photography.

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