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For Immediate Release: January 31, 2006

Media Contacts: Tammy Pleshek, Press and P.R. Specialist, (612) 870-3171, Lynette Nyman, Press and P.R. Manager, (612) 870-3173, Anne-Marie Wagener, Director of External Affairs, (612) 870-3280


APRIL 27 – 30, 2006

Minneapolis, MN– Now in its twenty-third year, the Friends of the Institute’s annual Art in Bloom benefit celebrates the arrival of spring in Minnesota. This year’s event will feature more than one hundred floral displays on view throughout The Minneapolis Institute of Art. Created by individual and garden-club artists, the arrangements will be shown alongside master works of art in the Institute’s permanent collection from which the designers took their inspiration. Art in Bloom will be open to the public from Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30, during museum hours. Several special events are also planned including a preview party, lectures, and family activities.

Admission to Art in Bloom and the Institute will be free during museum hours. Tickets are required to attend most events. Detailed daily schedules and event reservations are available at or by calling (612) 870-6323. For more information, call the Friends’ office at (612) 870-3279. The current schedule of lectures and demonstrations is as follows:

Wednesday, April 26: A Gala Preview Party “In the Pink: A British Celebration” will kick-off this year’s celebration. $125

Thursday, April 27 : 10 A.M.: David Howard, head gardener for His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will discuss Highgrove Gardens. $25

1:30 P.M.: Julie Moir Messervy, landscape artist and noted author, will discuss her latest book Outside the Not So Big House. $25

5–8 P.M.: The Friends present “Flowers After Hours,” a free party with live music, refreshments for purchase, and floral demonstrations. Free

Friday, April 28: 10 A.M.: Bachman’s award-winning floral artists Dan Kotecki and Dan Seefelt will simultaneously create spectacular floral arrangements. $25

1:30 P.M. David Howard’s second lecture for Art in Bloom will discuss organic gardening techniques. $25

Saturday, April 29: 10:30 A.M.: Debbie Bradley and Vicky Greer, designers from Nature’s Harvest, will demonstrate how to create artistic window boxes. $10

1–4 P.M.: Special activities for children are featured throughout the museum, including a craft project inspired by Doreen Cronin’s book Diary of a Worm. Illustrator Harry Bliss will participate. Free with reservations. Space is limited.

About The Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses approximately 100,000 works of art representing more than 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt van Rijn, Nicolas Poussin, and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as internationally significant collections of Asian art, decorative arts, Modernism, photographs, and African and Native American art. General admission is always free. Some special exhibitions have a nominal admission fee. Museum Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m-5p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m-9 p.m.; Closed Monday. For additional information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit