Press release: Art in Bloom returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on March 2-4

By | January 29, 2018

Martha Stewart among featured speakers for annual festival event

Kevin Sharkey and Martha Stewart will speak in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Saturday, March 3.

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 29, 2018—Art in Bloom, the annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers, returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. Tickets for the festival’s special programs—including a lecture by lifestyle expert, Emmy-winning television host and bestselling author Martha Stewart—go on sale Feb. 8 for museum members and Feb. 13 for the general public, subject to availability.

Floral designers and garden club members will create imaginative displays celebrating works of art in the galleries during one of the museum’s most popular programs. Art in Bloom is open to the public every day of the festival at 10 a.m. Museum members can come early at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.

(To download web-sized images from last year’s Art in Bloom, right click on the images below.)

It is free to tour the galleries and see floral installations, but tickets are required for some programs, including a featured presentation by Stewart, who first fell in love with flowers as a child, when she and her father tended her family garden. Art in Bloom is presented by Caleres. The company has sponsored the event since 2005. Sponsorship support is also provided by Wells Fargo Advisors.

Stewart will discuss her new book, Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying, and share advice and lessons on making the most of spectacular blooms. Stewart will be joined by co-author Kevin Sharkey, executive vice president and executive director of design for the Martha Stewart Brand. Stewart and Sharkey will speak in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium on Saturday, March 3 at 12:45 pm, and sign books purchased at the museum immediately following the lecture. Tickets to the lecture are $45, or $35 for museum members. Books can be purchased in the Museum shops prior to the presentation.

On Friday, Art in Bloom visitors can hear expert, flower-related tips on entertaining and enjoying life.

  • Margot Shaw, editor in chief of Flower magazine, will offer advice on al fresco entertaining at the 11 am lecture “The Magic of Outdoor Living.” Tickets are $15, or $10 for museum members.
  • Cat Neville, publisher of Feast, will lead “Buzz-Worthy Botanicals,” a panel discussion on how flowers and herbs increasingly are used in the kitchen and at the bar. Panelists at the 2 pm discussion include Summer Wright, pastry chef at Vicia; Anne Lehman, of Dirty Girl Farms; and Tom Anderson, master distiller at Pinckney Bend Distillery. Tickets are $15, or $10 for museum members.
  • In the 4 pm demonstration “The Way of Tea and Flowers,” visitors will experience traditional Japanese arts with a tea ceremony and ikebana demonstration. Tickets are $25, or $20 for museum members.
  • Master mixologists from the Pinckney Bend Distillery and Panorama Executive Chef Ivy Magruder will discuss handcrafted gins and the perfect foods to pair with them in “Mixology 101: Botanical Beverages.” The 7 pm discussion includes samples of Pinckney Bend spirits. Tickets are $30, or $25 for museum members.
  • Visitors on Friday and Saturday can share on social media their experience at a free, interactive video booth presented by Dr. Scholl’s.

In addition to Stewart’s lecture, Saturday’s Art in Bloom events include “Beyond Flowers: The Art of Cultivation at the Missouri Botanical Garden” at 11 am. Experts from the botanical garden will use live specimens to share a behind-the-scenes look at how they cultivate and curate their living collections. Tickets are $10, or $5 for museum members.

Sunday, March 4 is Art in Bloom Family Day, and all children’s activities that day are free. From noon to 4 pm, children can create their own flower-inspired art and take a self-guided scavenger hunt through the galleries. At 1 pm and 2 pm, children can enjoy nature-inspired tales told by Choctaw storyteller Suzanne White. Family Sundays are supported by U.S. Bank.

Visitors can enjoy live music and refreshments from a cash bar in Sculpture Hall on Friday from 3 pm to 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. On Friday and Sunday of the festival, Panorama will offer a lunch buffet of soups, sandwiches and salads until 3 pm. Reservations are highly recommended and available at 314-655-5490 or online at opentable.com.

The Art in Bloom Preview Party on Thursday, March 1 is the official kickoff to the festival weekend and features cocktails, an elegant seated dinner among the flowers of Sculpture Hall and live music. To purchase tickets to the Preview Party, call 314-655-5335.

Museum members can enjoy exclusive early morning entry to Art in Bloom on Friday and Saturday from 8 to 10 am, as well as discounts on all ticketed programs. Tickets for Art in Bloom programs may be purchased at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee. A complete list of programs and ticket prices can be found at slam.org/bloom.

Art in Bloom is presented by Caleres. Caleres owns over 1,000 Famous Footwear stores and manufactures a portfolio of global brands including Sam Edelman, Allen Edmonds, Vince and Naturalizer. Taking its name from the Latin word calere—meaning to glow with passion or intensity—Caleres has been committed to inspiring people to feel good feet first since 1878.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org