Rockford Art Museum (RAM) presents Art in Bloom for the fourth year with an imaginative display of live florals and other organic material based on the museum’s feature exhibition Chance Encounter: Julie Heffernan + Shelly Mosman. Art in Bloom will on view to the public June 25, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and June 26–27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Admission is free with RAM admission; regular rates apply all week ($7/adults, $3/seniors and students, free for children under 12 and museum members).
The three-day event kicks off with the ticketed Art in Bloom Preview Party (Monday, June 24, 6–8 p.m., $40, tickets at rockfordartmuseum.org), with a first look at this year’s designs, a chance to meet the designers, and hors d’oeuvres from Abreo Restaurant.
Art in Bloom features designs by Anderson Japanese Gardens (Tim Gruner, Katie Weston); Broadway Florist (Christina Kot); Jordan Calgaro; Event Floral (Kim Dazey, Diane Didier-Adolphson, Erin Stoffregen, Nancy Zimmerman); Flower Fan-a-See (Gwen Lowe); GreenFire (Mauricio Grisales, Shendet Ismajlaj); Kishwaukee College Floral Design Program (Janet Gallagher AIFD CFD); Klehm Arboretum + Botanic Garden (Sam Burbach, Maddie Smith); The Landscape Connection (Michelle Cox, Tina Peterson); Leaf River Landscaping (Mark Ellena); London Avenue Designs (Kaya Obee); Nicholas Conservatory + Gardens (Leslie Campos-Crow); O’Fallon’s Fine Flowers (Amy Caruana, Kathy Caruana); Petals + Pickin’s Floral (Melody Layng); Stems Floral Design (Jane Nolting); Toni’s of Winnebago (Anvar Ojeda, Michelle Princer); Courtney Turner AIFD CFD ICPF; Pattie Wallander ICPF CFD Designs; and John Windisch AIFD CFD.
Related events include the ticketed Fashion in Bloom: Cocktails + Living Couture (Thursday, June 27, doors open 5:30 p.m., $60–$75, tickets at rockfordartmuseum.org). Visit the Rockford Art Museum Facebook page for the latest information throughout the week on live demonstrations, a gallery walk with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson and floral designer Jordan Calgaro (June 25, 11 a.m.), and more.
Chaired by David Boccignone, Art in Bloom is sponsored by Sharyn + Joe Castrogiovanni, Gail + Hugh Funderburg, Joan Stonecipher; Anne + David Boccignone, Scandroli Construction, Karen + Dave Diamond; Bischoff Dentistry, Judy Boccignone, CoyleKiley Insurance, Sara + Dave Deutsch, Cherri + Phil Eaton, Sherry + Greg Harlan, Lisa + Mark Lindman, Patty + Jeff Smith, Wolfe Landscaping, Tina + Gary Kaatz, Lulu + Greg Watt.
About Rockford Art Museum: Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to help make life in Rockford better for people of all ages through a permanent art collection, frequent art exhibitions, and lifelong art education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org.