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Art in Bloom Returns as a Celebration of New Orleans Creativity

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans announce Art in Bloom 2021 | Home Grown presented by IBERIABANKFirst HorizonOne of the most anticipated spring events in New Orleans, Art in Bloom returns to showcase spectacular floral designs created by garden clubs, floral designers and creative talents from across New Orleans.

With the current protocols in mind, 2021’s theme Home Grown will bring together exhibitors and speakers primarily from our city and region to celebrate the beauty that you can create at home. Taking place from May 5–9, Art in Bloom will feature both virtual and in-person patron experiences while adhering to safety measures that will ensure the well-being of visitors, patrons and staff.

Kim Roddy of the NOMA Volunteer Committee and Brett Lapeyre of The Garden Study Club co-chair this year’s event. “We are delighted to bring back Art in Bloom this year,” said Roddy. “The in-person and virtual offerings create a new element of engagement and programming which we know New Orleans audiences will love. Our theme, Home Grown, is a true celebration of the creativity and resilience of our beloved city.”

In collaboration with The Garden Study Club, this five-day event showcases more than 75 exhibitors of spectacular floral designs. Proceeds benefit educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA, and community projects of the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Recipients of Garden Study Club grants include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Long Vue House and Gardens, the historic parterre garden at the Beauregard-Keyes House, rain gardens at New Orleans City Park, and NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Schedule of Events

In lieu of the annual Patron and Preview Party, NOMA will host 1-hour Patron Preview & Wine Tours on the evenings of Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6 from 4-9 p.m. Advance reservations are required.

Taking place in NOMA’s newly renovated Lapis Center for the Arts, the Art in Bloom lecture series is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, with limited capacity for in-person attendees. Reservations are required and are on a first come, first served basis. Virtual access to the lectures will be available. Featured speakers include Margot Shaw, founder and editor of Flower Magazine and author of Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers, and Richard Keith Langham, renowned interior designer and author of About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham.

For the first time, NOMA will offer a virtual package for those who would like to experience Art in Bloom from home. The virtual package features three pre-recorded creative instructional videos, including a baking demonstration by renowned pastry chef Beth Biundo, floral design by Margaret Ludwig of Giverny Design, and a container gardening demonstration by landscape architect and horticulturalist Karl Becnel. Additionally, virtual ticket holders will have access to livestreams of both lectures, and a virtual tour of the Art in Bloom floral displays in NOMA’s galleries, hosted by stage and screen star Bryan Batt.

Floral displays will be on view for all museum visitors to enjoy from Thursday, May 6, through Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at noma.org/art-in-bloom-2021/. Tickets are on sale through May 4.

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