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    Flora in Winter

    Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27

    Leave the winter cold outside and treat yourself to color and fragrance during WAM's annual floral extravaganza — when the entire Museum blooms with flower arrangements inspired by works of art. The region's top floral designers interpret paintings, sculpture, and other works with imaginative arrangements that both dazzle and delight! Demonstrations, lectures, guided tours, and activities for children also take place throughout Flora in Winter.

    Flora in Winter 2019 Chairs: Kim Cutler, Kathy Michie, and Sarah Ribeiro

    Flora in Winter is funded in part by The Spear Fund for Public Programs.

    Sponsored by:
    United Bank Foundation Massachusetts logo


    Members enjoy free admission to all four days of Flora in Winter, except for the Flora/Monet Opening Party – special rates apply (see below).

    Nonmembers: Adults $22, youth $6 during exhibition hours.

    To become a Member or renew, call 508-793-4300 or purchase online.

    Please note: discounts and coupons may not be used during Flora in Winter.

    Hours and Parking

    Museum Galleries & Shop

    Thursday, January 24: 10am-4pm
    Friday, January 25: 10am-4pm;
    The Museum and Shop reopen from
    5:30-8pm for Flora/Monet Opening Party
    Saturday, January 26: 10am-5pm
    Sunday, January 27: 10am-5pm

    The Museum Café

    Thursday, January 24: 11am-3pm
    Friday, January 25: 11am-3pm
    Saturday, January 26: 11am-3pm
    Sunday, January 27: 11am-3pm
    For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508.793.4357.

    Museum Library

    Thursday, January 24: 10am-4pm
    Friday, January 25: 10am-4pm
    Saturday, January 26: 10am-4pm
    Sunday, January 27: closed


    Valet parking ($5 per car) will be available at the Lancaster Street entrance on Friday from 5:30 – 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.


    OPENING PARTY: Water Lilies to Waterloo: An Evening of Monet and Flowers

    Friday, January 25, 5:30-8pm
    Early purchase (by January 15th) Members $20, Nonmembers $30, Students $15, Youth $8
    After January 15 and at the door: Members $25, Nonmembers $37, Students $20, Youth $10. Salisbury Members have two free admissions to the Opening Party.

    Join us for a sumptuous celebration of both Flora in Winter and the opening of the exhibition, Monet's Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process, with a fusion of color, light, flowers, and art. The festivities include music by the Paul Buono jazz quartet, hearty hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. Valet available at the Lancaster Street entrance for $5 per car. Buy tickets at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com

    Monet Preview and Chairman's Tour of Flora ~ Salisbury Society Members Only

    Friday, January 25, 2019
    Tours: 3:30 and 4:00pm.
    Private Reception: 5-6:30pm.
    To join the Salisbury Society, call 508.793.4325 or email nancyjeppson@worcesterart.org

    Please note this year's Flora in Winter opening event takes place on Friday, rather than Thursday.

    Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration

    Thursday, January 24, 2:00-3:30pm
    Renaissance Court
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited.
    Three different floral designer create flower arrangements from scratch inspired by a mosaic, using identical containers and materials. The finished designs will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on, Sunday, January 27th.

    Living Art: Terrarium Workshop with Sally Jablonski

    Thursday, January 24, 5-7:00pm
    Conference Room
    $50 Members and Nonmembers
    Create a one-of-a-kind succulent-filled terrarium, guided by master florist Sally Jablonski. Learn about balancing this mini-ecosystem and take home your creation. Materials included. Cash bar.

    Register online at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com.

    Live Interpretation in the Gallery: Battle of Blossoms

    Friday, January 25, 8:30-10am
    European Galleries
    Members $20, Nonmembers $35, Students $20 (includes Flora admission). Limited to 30 people.
    This event taps the expertise of floral designers Susan Dewey and Thelma Shoneman. Enter the Museum before hours and enjoy coffee and pastry in the Café before watching Susan and Thelma as they create arrangements inspired by two suits of armor in the European Galleries.

    Register online at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com.

    Lecture: Behind the Scenes of Flora with Kim Cutler

    Friday, January 25, 10:30-11:30am
    Conference Room
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited
    Every frosty January, the Worcester Art Museum is transformed into a floral wonderland. This illustrated talk by Kim Cutler, who has co-chaired Flora in Winter for 17 years, explores the creative energy and teamwork that goes into making it a signature event—and the unique challenges talented designers face when planning their arrangements and working in a museum setting.

    Drop-in Activity: Paper Flower Corsages

    Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27,
    11am-1pm and 1:30-3:30pm

    Stephen Salisbury Hall
    Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.
    WAM educators show how to make paper flowers in this drop-in activity in Salisbury Hall. Wear your flower or bring it home.

    Floral Demonstration and Tour: Floral Design with a French Flair

    Saturday, January 26, 10-11:30am (demonstration); 11:30am-12:30pm (tour).
    Conference Room
    Members $22, Nonmembers $35, Students $20, Youth $15 (includes Flora admission)
    Jeff French of Worcester's French Bouquet Florist shows how to make flower arrangements that would be at home in a Parisian salon. Rich color, lush texture, and unusual blooms characterize his design style. Enjoy a beverage and pastry during the demonstration. Immediately following will be a special docent led tour of Flora in Winter.

    Register online at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com.

    Lecture: Worcester's Monets: Two Brilliant Acquisitions with Jim Welu

    Sunday, January 27, 1pm
    Conference Room
    $10 (Flora admission not included).
    Pre-registration required. Seating is limited.
    In 1910, the Worcester Art Museum purchased two paintings by Claude Monet, including one of his paintings of water lilies, the first to be acquired by an art museum. Join WAM's Director Emeritus Jim Welu, as he tells the fascinating story about these two acquisitions and America's long love affair with French Impressionism.

    Register online at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com.

    Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble

    Sunday, January 27, 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.


    Experience Flora Tours
    Free with Flora admission.
    Docents with identifying Flora badges are available in the galleries with Flora's interpreted pieces between 10:30am and 2:30pm, Friday through Sunday. Meet up with them at your convenience, or if you prefer, join a docent for an hour-long guided visit to Flora selections on tours leaving from Salisbury Hall at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm, Friday through Sunday.

    Private Group Tours
    Arrange a private, guided tour for groups of 10 or more by calling Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338. Two weeks advance notice is requested.