As we await the arrival of a good, solid stretch of spring weather, Milwaukee Art Museum is opening this year’s installment of the 12th annual Art in Bloom, which runs Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14.
Forty floral installations inspired by works of art in the MAM collection will be on display throughout the art museum galleries during the long weekend event. The displays are created by floral and landscape designers and gardeners from around the reason.
"The fantastic and colorful floral installations inspired by works of art in our Collection are a highlight of spring in Milwaukee," said MAM's Director of Special Events Krista Renfrew. "Visitors appreciate the fresh and fragrant perspectives these floral experts bring to the galleries."
Programming tied to the event includes the Beauty in Bloom floral fashion show, Saturday night at 7 p.m., in beautiful Windhover Hall, featuring a runway show inspired by the "Bouguereau & America" exhibition, hors d’oeuvres, valet parking and a cash bar.
On Saturday morning at 11, the museum’s Garden Club hosts the "Pruned" floral design competition in which four designers wow you with their inventive, rapid-fire pruning skills.
Complete details of Art in Bloom events can be found below.
Art is Bloom is included in regular Art Museum admission, which is $24 ($19 in advance) for adults, $22 for seniors and students, $5 for members of the museum and Educators Credit Union, and free for children 12 and under.
Guests who sign up for or renew a museum membership at the door during Art in Bloom get free admission for two, and those joining or renewing at the Family/Dual level or above also get a $10 Milaeger’s gift card.
A complete list of Art in Bloom-related programming is here.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.