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  • Flora in Winter 2018

    January 25-28, 2018

    The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present the 16th annual Flora in Winter four-day celebration. Flora is one of the most highly anticipated events at the Museum — a premier floral design event that includes captivating and imaginative interpretations inspired by works of art. Around every corner visitors will discover beautiful and imaginative floral designs by arrangers from across the region. It's a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter!

    2018 Flora in Winter Chairs: Kim Cutler, Kathy Michie, and Sarah Ribeiro

    Sponsored by: Media partner:
    People's United Bank logo Imperial logo WBUR logo


    Members: Free during exhibition hours. Members enjoy free admission for all four days except for Flora Preview Reception (see below).
    Nonmembers: Adults $22, youth $6 during exhibition hours.
    To become a member, call 508-793-4300 or purchase online.

    Flora Preview Reception: Swept Away

    Thursday, January 25, 5:30-8pm
    Early purchase (by January 15th) Members $20, nonmembers $30, student $10, youth $5.
    At the door: Members $25, nonmembers $35, student $15, youth $6.
    Join us at our new, reimagined Flora preview reception. Be among the first to see the fresh interpretive arrangements throughout museum galleries, and see how our commercial arrangers interpreted this year's theme: "Swept Away", inspired by Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England. Meet Flora in Winter arrangers, enjoy distinctive entertainment, listen to live music in the Museum's renowned Renaissance Court, and pause for artisanal sweets and a cash bar.

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

    Register online at florapreviewreception.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

    Hours + Parking

    Museum Galleries + Shop

    Thursday, January 25: 10am-5pm;
    The Museum and Shop reopens from
    5:30-8pm for the Flora Preview Reception
    Friday, January 26: 10am-8pm
    Saturday, January 27: 10am-4pm
    Sunday, January 28: 10am-4pm

    The Museum Café

    Thursday, January 25: 11am-3pm
    Friday, January 26: 11am-3pm
    Saturday, January 27: 11am-3pm
    Sunday, January 28: 11am-3pm
    For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508.793.4330.

    Museum Library

    Thursday, January 25: 10am-4pm
    Friday, January 26: 10am-4pm
    Saturday, January 27: 10am-4pm
    Sunday, January 28: closed


    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 25, 2018, 3:30 and 4:30pm (tours); 5-6:30pm (reception)
    To join the Salisbury Society, contact 508.793.4325 or nancyjeppson@worcesterart.org

    Flora Live Interpretation in the Gallery (Members Only)

    Friday, January 26, 8:30-10am
    Members-only event; $32. Limited to 30 people only!
    This special Members-only event will tap the expertise of floral designer Julie Lapham. Enter the Museum before hours and enjoy coffee and pastry before you head to the galleries. Watch Julie as she creates a floral interpretation of Mr. and Mrs. James Dunlop by Thomas Lawrence live in the European galleries.

    Register online at floralive.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

    Lecture: Flora Contained

    Friday, January 26, 10:30am
    Conference Room
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited.
    Some floral designers make their containers an important part of their design and while others let the flowers do the talking. This illustrated talk by Flora co-chair Kim Cutler will focus on the container-crazy designers and the creative ways they build, integrate, and use containers to enhance their interpretive designs. Made in-house, custom-built by professionals, repurposed, or found at the local dump, these containers play a starring role in Flora in Winter.

    Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration: The Judges Challenge

    Friday, January 26, 3:00-4:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited.
    See how 3 different Floral Design Judges create flower arrangements from scratch inspired by “A Winged Genius” (Assyrian, 883-859 BC), located in the Renaissance Court. The finished designs will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on, Sunday, January 28, to guests who have purchased or renewed their membership during Flora.

    Plant Nite

    Friday, January 26, 5:30-7:00pm
    The Museum Café
    Plant Nite is coming to WAM! Create a succulent-filled terrarium that you can take home, visit the cash bar, and enjoy Flora while the galleries are less crowded. Materials and gallery admission included.

    Register online at www.plantnite.com/events/-10032628

    Origami Flower Corsages

    Saturday, January 27th, 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Sunday, January 28th, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm
    Throughout Museum Galleries
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.
    Join WAM educators in this interactive drop-in origami-making activity throughout the Museum.

    Flora Designing at Home – Floral Demonstration and Tour

    Saturday, January 27, 10:00am-11:30am (demo); 11:30am-12noon (tour)
    Members $22, Nonmembers $27, Students $6 (includes museum admission)
    At the Door: Members $25, Nonmembers $35
    While you enjoy coffee and pastry watch floral designer Mary Huntoon as she demonstrates various floral designs for your home. These will be easy designs to liven up your house and have everyone wondering how you did it. Any secrets will be shared! Immediately following will be a special docent led tour of Flora in Winter.

    Register online at florademotour.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

    Lecture: The Lost Salisbury Gardens and Greenhouses with Jim Welu

    Sunday, January 28, 1pm
    Conference Room
    Pre-registration required, free with Flora admission, seating is limited. Join Director Emeritus Jim Welu, as he discusses the lost Salisbury Gardens and Greenhouses.

    Register online at lostgreenhouses.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

    Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble

    Sunday, January 28, 2:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.
    Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble's roots were formed in November 2010 at First Unitarian Church of Worcester. Individually, the Seele Musicale musicians are teachers, music directors, orchestra members, church soloists, and chamber music enthusiasts. Their common bond is the intense love of the music they choose. Much of their interest gravitates around music of the 17th and 18th centuries.


    Public Drop-In Tours
    Free with Museum admission. Flora in Winter tours operate on a “looping” system; traveling continually through all of Flora's interpreted objects. Join any tour loop at any time during the hours below; simply show up at any time at your convenience. Look for a docent in the loop tour area with the identifying Flora badge.

    Private Tours
    Arrange a private tour for groups of 10 or more by calling Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338.
    Please submit your group tour request by January 15.