AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will host its fourth annual “Art in Bloom” exhibition from Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 4, in a three-day event featuring art-inspired floral designs. “Art in Bloom” will be open to the public during regular museum hours beginning April 2 at 10 a.m.
The exhibition will showcase floral designers and garden club representatives from the community and across the Southeast with their interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection. Lectures and demonstrations from experts on floral design will enhance the exhibition of paired floral arrangements and artwork.
Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elaine Jo will demonstrate ikebana, a particular form of Japanese flower arrangement. An Asian-inspired luncheon in the museum’s Grand Gallery will follow the demonstration. An ikebana master, Jo is art director of Washi Accents and an executive master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. She lived in Japan for 25 years and now conducts certified ikebana courses. Tickets for this event are $40 and seating is limited.
Friday, April 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tommy Chase will present “Aesthetics of Asian Art, Bonsai and Suiseski,” followed by an Asian-themed cocktail reception with live music. Chase, a long-time resident of Auburn, has been a student of bonsai and viewing stones for more than 35 years. His extensive collection of bonsai, including specimens more than 40 years old, will be on display at the museum during the cocktail reception. Tickets for this event are $75.
Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dorothy McDaniel of Birmingham will give a demonstration titled “Simply Beautiful Flowers, But Oh So Simple to Design” followed by a luncheon in the Grand Gallery. McDaniel has been a floral designer for more than 29 years, as well as an author and spokesperson on the topics of flowers and floral arranging. For more information on McDaniel, go to www.dorothymcdaniel.com. Tickets for this event are $75 and seating is limited.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission rates apply for “Art in Bloom.” Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for all Auburn University faculty and staff and for all regional students.
For more information about “Art in Bloom” or the museum, go www.jcsm.auburn.edu. To purchase tickets for the events, call (334) 844-3085.
(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)