Art In Bloom: Flowers Mimicking Art

Apr 1, 2017

Florida is green pretty much year-round. So, it's difficult, sometimes, to mark the change of seasons. But a sure sign of spring in St. Petersburg is the annual Art in Bloom exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE.

And there’s a chance to talk with the floral designers Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

This year, the special event is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It all began when a St. Pete museum supporter and member of the Stuart Society visited a similar exhibition up north.

“Mary Perry – she encountered Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and she was a flower enthusiast,” said David Connelly, communications director at the St. Pete museum. “And she said, ‘Why don’t we do Art in Bloom at the museum?’”

Now it’s one of the most popular exhibits at the MFA St. Petersburg. But fragility of the flowers means it’s only open for five days. The exhibit is scheduled this weekend through Monday.

“The goal is to connect the flowers to works in the collection,” Connelly said.

The “floral artists” were given a list of artworks and they could pick which one they wanted to interpret in blooms, buds and branches.  

There are more than 40 arrangements from florists, hobbyists, garden clubs and museum members in the 2017 exhibition.