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    flora in winter 2017 at the worcester art museum

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    January 26-29, 2017

    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.

    2017 Flora in Winter Chairs: Kim Cutler, Kathy Michie, and Sarah Ribeiro

    Sponsored by:

    Media partner:

    people's united bank unum wicn


    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 26: 11am-5pm;
    The Museum and Shop reopen from
    5:30-8pm for Flora Opening Party
    Friday, January 27: 11am-8pm
    Saturday, January 28: 10am-8pm
    Sunday, January 29: 11am-5pm

    The Museum Café

    Thursday, January 26: 11am-3pm
    Friday, January 27: 11am-3pm
    Saturday, January 28: 11am-3pm
    Sunday, January 29: 11am-3pm
    For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508-793-4358.

    Museum Library

    Thursday, January 26: 11am-5pm
    Friday, January 27: 11am-5pm
    Saturday, January 28: 10am-5pm
    For questions, please contact the
    Library at 508-793-4382.


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


    Preview and Chairman’s Tour of Flora - Salisbury Society Members Only
    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Tours 3:30 and 4pm (galleries)
    Reception: 5-6pm
    Event includes tours of Flora in Winter with the event Chairs, and a private reception.
    To join the Salisbury Society, contact 508.793.4325 or nancyjeppson@worcesterart.org

    Flora Opening Party

    KAHBAHBLOOOM: An Explosion of Color!
    Thursday, January 26, 5:30-8pm
    (Snow date: Friday, January 27)
    Reserve early by January 18 for discount: $30 WAM Members; $50 nonmembers;
    After January 18 or at the door: $35 WAM Members; $55 nonmembers
    $5 Member youth; $6 nonmember youth; $30 Student

    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: KAHBAHBLOOOM: An Explosion of Color!

    Valet available at both Lancaster Street and Salisbury Street Entrances for $5 per car.

    Subjective Flora, Flora Live Interpretation in the Gallery (Members Only)
    Friday, January 27, 9-10am conference, 10am-11am European galleries
    Members only event; $35. Limited to 30 people only!
    This special member’s only event will tap the expertise of floral designer Sally Jablonski and Flora in Winter Chair Kim Cutler. While you enjoy coffee and pastry, view an illustrated talk, “Subjective Flora”. Then watch the creation of a floral design live in the European galleries (Cornelis van Haarlem’s “Paris and Oenone.”)

    Event Sold Out!

    Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration: The Judges Challenge
    Friday, January 27, 3:30-5:00pm
    Lancaster Lobby
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required.
    See how 3 different Floral Design Judges create flower arrangements from scratch inspired by Rotante dal Foro Centrale by Arnaldo Pomodoro, located in the Stoddard Garden Courtyard. The finished designs will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on Sunday, January 29.

    Origami Flower Scavenger Hunt
    Saturday, January 28, 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Sunday, January 29, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Throughout Museum Galleries
    Free with museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Join museum educators in an interactive drop-in origami-making scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Can you find all three? Leave with a bouquet of handmade flowers!

    The Craft of Modern Floral Design: Floral Demonstration, Lunch, and Tour
    Saturday, January 28, 10:30am-12 noon
    Members $35, Nonmembers $45, Students $15 (includes museum admission);
    At the Door: Members $40, Nonmembers $50
    Join MaryEllen O’Brien as she explores the craft of modern floral design. The demonstration will present an easy way to create exciting contemporary designs for novice designers and enthusiasts’ using combinations of easily sourced materials from the grocery store to the hardware store. Immediately following will be a buffet-style lunch and then a special docent led tour of Flora in Winter!

    Event Sold Out!

    A Conversation with Todd Oldham
    Saturday, January 28, 2:00 PM
    Conference Room
    Members, Students: $5; Nonmembers $15.
    Museum admission not included.
    Join designer Todd Oldham as he discusses the exhibition KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley. Oldham is designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion lines, interior designs, books and by appearing in television shows. Discussion is moderated by artist and exhibition curator Caleb Neelon.

    Following the discussion, buy a book ("Ed Emberley" or any of Emberley's picture books) and visit with the speakers! A one-of-its-kind experience that is not to be missed.

    To purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006, or use the link below.

    Activity for Kids of All Ages: Thumbprint Flowers
    Sunday, January 29, 10:30am-12:30pm
    HEW Studio 100
    Free with Museum admission, NO RSVP required; Space is limited and is first-come, first-served.
    Use your thumbprints and inspiration for the KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley to create your own thumbprint flowers.

    Lecture: The Role of Flowers in Mythology and Art with Antonella Doucette
    Sunday, January 29, 1pm
    Conference Room
    Free with museum admission, no RSVP required, first come-first served, seating is limited.
    Join Antonella Doucette, beloved WAM faculty member, as she discusses the role of flowers in mythology and art.

    Concert: Oskar Stenmark & Piatruba
    Sunday, January 29, 2:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Museum admission, no RSVP required.
    Piatruba plays traditional folk melodies inherited from Oskar’s ancestors in Dalecarlia, Sweden. Mixed with improvisation and contemporary sounds, the trio tells stories about old traditions and forgotten melodies. Based in Sweden, Piatruba has been touring all over Scandinavia, this is the first time Piatruba performs in the US!


    Public Drop-In Tours
    Free with Museum admission. Join any tour loop at any time during the hours below.

    Friday, January 27


    Saturday, January 28


    Sunday, January 29


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


    Download the Flora in Winter 2017 Press Release


    Relive the magic of Flora 2016 by browsing our Flickr photo galleries.

    images from Flora 2016