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  • Flora in Winter 2016

    January 28-31, 2016

    Come in from the winter cold to the warmth of WAM's annual floral extravaganza, when the Museum blooms with flower arrangements inspired by works of art. This premier floral design event includes captivating and imaginative interpretations of artworks created by skilled arrangers from across the region, displayed in virtually every Museum gallery.

    2016 Flora in Winter Chairs: Kim Cutler, Kathy Michie, and Sarah Ribeiro

    Sponsored by:

    people's united bank unum

    Admission

    Members: Free during exhibition hours
    Nonmembers: Adults $20, youth $6 during exhibition hours
    Opening Party: Separate from admission prices; more info below.

    Members Enjoy Free Admission
    Members enjoy free admission for all four days except for Flora Opening Party. Call 508-793-4300 or click here to purchase your Membership.

    Questions about Flora? Call 508-799-4406.

    Hours + Parking

    Museum Galleries + Shop

    Thursday, January 28: 11am-5pm;
    The Museum and Shop reopen from
    5:30-8pm for Flora Opening Party
    Friday, January 29: 11am-8pm
    Saturday, January 30: 10am-8pm
    Sunday, January 31: 11am-5pm

    The Museum Café

    Thursday, January 28: 11am-3pm
    Friday, January 29: 11am-3pm
    Saturday, January 30: 11am-3pm
    Sunday, January 31: 11am-3pm
    For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508-793-4358.

    Museum Library

    Thursday, January 28: 11am-5pm
    Friday, January 29: 11am-5pm
    Saturday, January 30: 10am-5pm
    For questions, please contact the
    Library at 508-793-4382.

    Parking

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

    Programs

    THURSDAY (January 28)

    Salisbury Society Exclusive Preview Event at Flora in Winter
    Thursday, January 28
    Tours: 3:30pm and 4pm (galleries)
    Reception: 5-6pm (conference room)
    Event includes tours of Flora in Winter with the event Chairs, and a private reception.
    Click here to join the Salisbury Society.
    For more information, call 508-793-4325.

    Flora Opening Party
    Thursday, January 28: 5:30-8pm
    $30 WAM Members; $50 nonmembers; $30 students
    Member youth $4; nonmember youth $6
    This year's Opening Night Party is not to be missed, with hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar. Make sure to dress in our theme: Winter White and Ice Blue.
    Valet available at both Lancaster Street and Salisbury Street Entrances for $5 per car.
    To buy tickets: Call 1-800-838-3006, or buy online:

     
    Buy tickets for the Flora Opening Party

    FRIDAY (January 29)

    Flora Rewind, Flora Live Interpretation in the Gallery (Members Only)
    Friday, January 29, 9:30-10am conference, 10am-11am European galleries
    Members only event; $35. Limited to 30 people only!
    This NEW special member's only event will tap the expertise of two Flora chairs, Kim Cutler and Kathy Michie. While you enjoy coffee and pastry, Kim will present an illustrated talk, "Flora Rewind," which will look at luscious designs from the past and demonstrate that the basic elements of design—line, color, texture, form and composition—are just as important to floral designers and they are to fine artists. Floral designer Kathy will go "live" in the European galleries creating a rich, fresh floral design interpreting Niccolo Pisano's "Altarpiece: The Holy Family and Saints." Shhhhh. Some insider secrets may be revealed!
    To reserve your seat: Call 1-800-838-3006, or buy online:

     
    Buy tickets for the Flora Rewind

    Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration: The Judges Challenge
    Friday, January 29, 3:30-5:00pm
    Lancaster Lobby
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Come and get some insight into how three different experienced floral designers create flower arrangements from scratch starting with all of the same pieces and parts. They know ahead of time that The Samurai Murals in the Lancaster Lobby will be their inspiration but do not know what the plant material or any of the other components that they will be receiving. The finished designs will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on Sunday, January 31st.

    SATURDAY (January 30)

    Origami Flower Scavenger Hunt
    Saturday, January 30, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Throughout Museum Galleries
    Free with museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Join museum educators and docents in an interactive drop-in origami-making scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Can you find all three Art Carts? Leave with a bouquet of three handmade flowers! Create in the presence of masterpieces in this fun interactive activity for all ages.

    Floral Cyanotype Artist Demonstration, Lecture, Lunch, and Tour
    Saturday, January 30, 10:30am-1pm (Higgins Education Wing, Studio 100)
    Members $30, Nonmembers $40, Students $10 (fee includes Museum admission and lunch.)
    Following in the footsteps of 19th-century botanist Anna Atkins, artist Jesseca Ferguson will demonstrate the cyanotype process using plant materials. Ferguson will hand sensitize artists paper and print photograms using ultra-violet light, much as Atkins did when she printed her 1843 book, "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions." A buffet-style lunch and a guided tour of Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period will follow the demonstration.
    To reserve your seat: Call 1-800-838-3006, or buy online:

     
    Buy tickets for the Floral Cyanotype Artist Demonstration

    Fresh Ideas with Fresh Flowers, Floral Demonstration, Lunch, and Tour
    Saturday, January 30, 10:30am-1:30pm
    Members $30, Nonmembers $40, Students $10 (fee includes Museum admission and lunch).
    Join National Garden Club Master Judges Thelma Shoneman and Maureen Christmas as they explore the world of floral design. The demonstration will present exciting combinations of plant materials and new design techniques. The stunning results will be raffled off to the audience. Immediately following will be a buffet-style lunch and a special docent-led tour of Flora in Winter!
    To reserve your seat: Call 1-800-838-3006, or buy online:

     
    Buy tickets for Fresh Ideas with Fresh Flowers

    SUNDAY (January 31)

    Origami Flower Scavenger Hunt
    Sunday, January 31st, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Throughout Museum Galleries
    Free with museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Join museum educators and docents in an interactive drop-in origami-making scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Can you find all three Art Carts? Leave with a bouquet of three handmade flowers! Create in the presence of masterpieces in this fun interactive activity for all ages.

    Activity for Kids of All Ages: Floral Sun Prints
    Sunday, January 31st, 10:30am-12:30pm
    HEW Studio
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Join a WAM faculty member for this interactive drop-in activity. Use Sun Print paper to create your own work of art with real plant material, inspired by the exhibition Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served.

    Lecture: Jim Welu, Tulip mania
    Sunday, January 31st, 1pm
    Conference Room
    Free with museum admission, no RSVP required
    Join Jim Welu, director emeritus, as he chronicles tulip mania, the Dutch 17th-century preoccupation with tulip bulbs, often considered the first recorded speculative bubble.

    Tours

    Public Drop-In Tours
    Free with Museum admission, meet in Salisbury Hall

    Friday, January 29

    11:30am, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 5:30, 6:30pm

    Saturday, January 30

    11, 11:30am, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 4, 5:30, 6:30pm

    Sunday, January 31

    11:30am, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3pm

    Private Tours
    Arrange a private tour for groups of 10 or more by calling Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338

    Press

    Download the Flora in Winter 2016 Press Release

    Images

    Relive the magic of Flora 2015 by browsing our Flickr photo galleries.

    images from Flora 2015