Art in Bloom is always a welcome breath of spring air, but especially this past weekend after its two-year absence. The event shines a spotlight on talented local florists and puts them to work bringing pieces from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s abundant collection to life. And people must have missed the annual event because tickets were sold out before it even started its four-day run on Thursday.
This year’s collection of floral arrangements was nothing short of spectacular. The dangling white flowers used to re-create Cornelia Parker’s Edge of England was an immediate showstopper giving the look that they were almost frozen in time before falling – just like the white rocks in the original work. Pablo Picasso’s The Cook of the Liberation took new life as a towering structural arrangement from The Red Petal with orchids, thistle cornflowers and more.
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The exhibit was as beautiful as it was fragrant. “I could smell the lilies from the other room,” one spectator joked to her friend while looking at Bonnie White Flower Design’s interpretation of Marc Chagall’s The Horseman. The arrangement also featured roses, carnations and sprigs of eucalyptus. Another attendee studied Micheal Alt’s take on Decoys – a folk art piece that includes wooden ducks. She said she comes to the show every year to get ideas for arrangements in her own home – and that the cattails were a nice touch.
Check out the photos below to see more from Art in Bloom 2022.