Fantastic floral designs and beautiful blooms filled the newly renovated Lapis Center for the Arts for a five-day “Art in Bloom 2021 | Home Grown” presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon. The programming offered both virtual and in-person experiences with proceeds benefiting both educational projects and exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art and community projects of the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. This year’s theme celebrated the creativity and resilience of our city and showcased the floral designs of more than 75 exhibitors and creative talents from across New Orleans.
The entire program took place May 5-9, with floral displays were on view for all museum visitors to enjoy starting on the sixth. The events began with the lecture series on Thursday, May 6, with limited capacity for in-person attendees with additional virtual access to the lectures available. Featured speakers included Margot Shaw, founder and editor of Flower Magazine and author of Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers, and Richard Keith Langham, renowned interior designer and author of About Decorating: The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham.
In lieu of the annual Parton and Preview Party, NOMA hosted a one-hour Patron Preview & Wine Tours on the evenings of May 5 and May 6. On Thursday, May 6, to-go lunches by Café NOMA were available to enjoy at home or to picnic in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
For the first time, NOMA offered a virtual package for those who wished to experience “Art in Bloom” from home. The virtual package featured three pre-recorded creative instructional videos, including a baking demonstration by renowned Pastry Chef Beth Biundo, floral design by Margaret Ludwig of Giverny Design and a container gardening demonstration by landscape architect and horticulturalist Karl Becnel. Additionally, virtual ticket holders had access to livestreams of both lectures and a virtual tour of the floral displays throughout NOMA’s galleries hosted by stage and screen star Bryan Batt.
Kim Roddy of the NOMA Volunteer Committee and Brett Lapeyre of The Garden Study Club Co-Chaired this year’s event.
Event At A Glance
What: “Art in Bloom 2021 | Home Grown” presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon, benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club
When: May 5-9
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art’s Lapis Center for the Arts and Virtual
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