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  • Flora in Winter 2012

    Thursday – Sunday, January 26 – 29, 2012


    Worcester Art Museum comes alive for the 10th Anniversary of Flora in Winter,
    the premier floral design event of the year. Skilled arrangers from across New
    England create clever, provocative interpretations of works from the Museum's
    collection—it's a feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter! In honor of our
    10th Anniversary, we've added exciting evening entertainment for your pleasure.

    We appreciate your loyal support of this major fundraiser for the Museum.

    Generously supported by


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    Flora in Winter Events

    Champagne Preview — Flora Euphoria!
    10th Anniversary Special Opening Celebration

    Thursday, January 26, 5:30-8pm (Snow Date: Friday, January 27, 5:30-8pm)
    Renaissance Court/Galleries
    $30 WAM/THBG Members; $50 nonmembers
    Reservations recommended, space is limited
    Limited tickets available at the door

    Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Flora in Winter when the flowers are at their freshest during this evening soirée. Glass of Champagne included with the price of admission. Festivities will include an array of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, up close and personal interviews with some of the arrangers in the galleries, and a chance to meet our new director Matthias Waschek. You will be transfixed by living art by Ten31 Productions, a unique form of theatrical entertainment performed by skilled artists transformed into fantastical statues and topiaries. Visit with friends, wander the galleries, and be enchanted!


    Floral Lecture, Lunch and Tour:
    WAFA — What We Learned from the International Floral Designers at World Association of Flower Arrangers 10th Flower Show

    Thursday, January 26, noon-2pm (Snow Date: Friday, January 27, noon-2pm)
    Conference Room/Galleries
    $20 WAM Members; $40 nonmembers (includes Museum admission)
    Reservations required, space is limited
    Call 508.799.4406 x3025

    Following a savory boxed lunch, two Flora in Winter arrangers will review design and contemporary trends in flower arranging with commentary throughout a slide show of the 2011 WAFA designs in Boston. Learn more about floral art appreciation, examples of how subjective flower show judging can be, and who the ribbon-winners were. You will then enjoy a docent-guided tour through the galleries to hear and see Flora at its best.


    Demonstration: Interpretive Challenge Class from the Male Perspective!

    Friday, January 27, 3-4:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Museum admission
    No RSVP required

    Watch and be inspired as a select group of male arrangers craft floral designs using the same materials to interpret a beautiful mosaic in the Renaissance Court. The finished arrangements will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on Sunday, January 29th.


    Music and Flowers After Hours!

    Friday, January 27, 5:30-8pm
    Renaissance Court
    $15 WAM Members; $35 nonmembers
    No RSVP required

    Kick off your week-end—come after work to take in the fresh scent of flowers, art in the galleries and music in the Renaissance Court. Listen to an entertaining mix of eclectic
    music by Mimi Rabson and Peter Clemente of tango, jazz and classical numbers on the
    violin and guitar. Savor light refreshments and a cash bar.


    Floral Demonstration, Lunch & Tour: Have Scissors Will Travel

    Saturday, January 28, 12-3pm
    (Snow date: Sunday, January 29, 12-3pm)
    Conference Room/Galleries
    $25 WAM Members; $45 nonmembers (includes Museum admission)
    Reservations required, space is limited
    Call 508.799.4406 x3025

    Lunch, demonstration and tour. A boxed lunch will begin this event, followed by a memorable demonstration. Talented and entertaining Scottish floral designer Ann McDevitt of Flowers from the Heart will take you on a world tour of her floral arrangements, beginning in the British Isles, moving to Asia and back to England, where she designed for Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. This is not to be missed! Join a docent-led tour of the galleries, learning inside details about the art and arrangements at Flora. Come early and stay late—take in the expansive collection and the wonders of Flora.


    Flora Artist Demonstration with Jo Ellen Reinhardt

    Saturday, January 28, 3-6pm
    Lancaster Lobby

    Watch WAM Faculty Member and Fine Artist Jo Ellen Reinhardt as she creates an oil painting from the Flora installation in the museum's Lancaster Lobby.


    Music and Flowers After Hours!

    Saturday, January 28, 5:30-8pm
    Renaissance Court
    $20 WAM Members; $40 nonmembers
    No RSVP required

    Add Flora to your Saturday evening—be captivated by the arrangements in the galleries and jazz in the Renaissance Court. Boogie to the tunes of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar. Dining is available in the Café – last seating at 7pm.


    For Kids of All Ages: Origami Flowers

    Sunday, January 29, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Discovery Gallery
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required

    Join Origami experts (and brothers) Dennis and Dave Brannon and learn the fine art of Origami. Create your own flowers and take a piece of Flora in Winter home with you!


    Flora in Winter Concert

    Sunday, January 29, 2pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required

    The Worcester Men of Song and the Shrewsbury High School Women's Choir under the direction of Michael Lapomardo will fill the Renaissance Court with stirring and delightful sounds for the final afternoon of Flora.


    Raffle: Garden Extravaganza Chance at Flora

    Lancaster Lobby
    Throughout the 4-day event of Flora in Winter, you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win one of three prizes from Gardens by Lisa and Native Landscaping, the premier garden design firms that delight with their garden arrangement in the Lancaster Lobby: an on-site garden consultation ($500 value); a hand carved stone birdbath with installation ($800 value); a fiberglass potted urn with flowers ($250 value). Limited to a thirty mile radius of Museum. All proceeds will benefit the Museum for our 10th Anniversary. Purchase 1 ticket for $5; 3 tickets for $10.


    Important Information

    Museum, Shop and Library Hours

    Thursday, January 26: 11am-5pm; The Museum, Shop and Library
    reopen from 5:30-8pm for Flora Euphoria!
    Friday, January 27: 11am-5pm; The Museum, Shop and Library
    reopen from 5:30-8pm for Music and Flowers After Hours!
    *Saturday, January 28: 10am-5pm; The Museum, Shop and Library
    reopen from 5:30-8pm for Music and Flowers After Hours!
    Sunday, January 29: 11am-5pm


    Members: Free until 5pm / see listings 5:30-8pm
    Nonmembers: $20 until 5pm / see listings 5:30-8pm
    *There will be no free admission at the Worcester Art Museum Saturday morning,
    January 28, except for Museum Members.


    Members enjoy free admission all 4 days of Flora except during
    evening hours. Call 508.799.4406 x3122 or click here to purchase a Membership.

    Public Tours

    Free with Museum admission
    Friday, January 27: 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 5:30, 6:30pm
    Saturday, January 28: 11 & 11:30am, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 5:30, 6:30pm
    Sunday, January 29: 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2pm
    Arrange a private tour for groups of 10 or more by calling 508.799.4406 x3130.

    The Museum Café Hours

    Thursday, January 26: 11am-3pm
    Friday, January 27:
    Saturday, January 28: 11am-7pm
    Sunday, January 29:
    For questions, please contact Café Manager at 508.799.4406 x3068


    Valet parking will be available throughout Flora in Winter at the
    Salisbury Street entrance at a fee of $5 per car.

    Special thanks to the Museum's Flora Chairs: Kim Cutler, Kathy Michie, Sarah Ribeiro and Robin Whitney.

    Images from Flora in Winter 2011

    Interpretive Floral Designs in Galleries
    Professional Floral Designs in Public Spaces

    Past Flora in Winter celebrations

    Flora in Winter 2011
    Flora in Winter 2010
    Flora in Winter 2009
    Flora in Winter 2008
    Flora in Winter 2007
    Flora in Winter 2006
    Flora in Winter 2005