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March 13, 2009

"Brunnier in Bloom" ushers in spring

by Paula Van Brocklin

The Brunnier Art Museum is embracing spring with its inaugural "Brunnier in Bloom" exhibition, March 27-29.

The event will showcase floral arrangements by approximately 25 local amateur and professional florists. The arrangements, however, will not be ordinary sprays in vases; the designers must replicate with flowers a piece of artwork on display at the museum this month. Current exhibits include textile sculptures; contemporary studio glass; and Japanese prints, festival dolls and kimonos.

"The idea for this event came from my previous work at the St. Louis Art Museum," said Nancy Gebhart, educator of visual literacy and learning, university museums. "[That museum], like many other museums around the country, annually holds a similar event."

Gebhart expects the florists to bring distinct perspectives to their pieces.

"Some will interpret very literally and others will choose a more abstract approach," Gebhart said. "In the end, each design will be extremely unique."

Floral arrangements that best illustrate the chosen art piece will receive cash prizes. Awards will be given to one Best in Show and two honorable mentions at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. Judges for the event are John Cunnally, associate professor of art history; Teresa McLaughlin, director of Reiman Gardens; and Renee Payne, executive director of the Octagon Center for the Arts. The public is invited to attend from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The public also may vote on the People's Choice award Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 (1-4 p.m.). The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Sunday. Attendees also may view free flower arranging demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"Brunnier in Bloom" is free and open to the public.


Brunnier in Bloom

March 27-29

Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman