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Art Blossoms brings flower power to the Columbia Museum of Art

Inaugural exhibition fundraiser blooms over four dazzling days

Columbia, S.C. – Spring has sprung, and the Columbia Museum of Art announces the launch of Art Blossoms, a brand-new exhibition experience and museum fundraiser on view Thursday, April 15, through Sunday, April 18, with a packed schedule of events including an opening celebration on Wednesday, April 14. Over four dazzling days of flowers and fine art, garden clubs and designers from across the greater Columbia area enliven the CMA and Boyd Plaza with floral creations that bring new interpretations to world-class works of art beloved by visitors.

Participating designers include Something Special Florist & Gifts, Steven Ford Interiors, Woodley Garden Center (Northeast), and Xpressions Floral & Event Design. Participating garden clubs include Bay Blossom Garden Club, Blythewood Garden Club, Columbia Garden Club of Columbia, Hunting Creek Garden Club of Hopkins, Ikebana Columbia Chapter, Iris Garden Club of Columbia, Lexington Garden Club, Mimosa Garden Club of Columbia, Quail Hollow Garden Club of West Columbia, Spring Valley Garden Club, The Palmetto Garden Club of SC, Wildewood Garden Club, and Wisteria Garden Club.

Spanning a variety of mediums, styles, time periods, and artists, the 18 works of art interpreted in florals include Dale Chihuly’s Untitled (Chandelier), Elizabeth Catlett’s Reclining Nude, Steven Naifeh’s Saida X: Chrome, and Osamu Kobayashi’s Frozen Ghosts, Black Hole, among others.

Visitors are invited to marvel at these living art arrangements and to participate in a full schedule of dynamic events, including the opening celebration, talks, workshops, and tours. Sunday’s brunch on Boyd Plaza features special guest Brinton Fox, owner and operator of Columbia’s own Boone Fox Farm.

Beginning in 2022, Art Blossoms will be held annually on Mother’s Day weekend.

Art Blossoms is a unique exhibition that also serves as a fundraiser for the Columbia Museum of Art. Every ticket purchased for the exhibition and its related events supports the CMA’s award-winning arts education and programming and helps to ensure a thriving creative community in the Midlands.

Art Blossoms Events

Art Blossoms General Museum Admission: $15 / $5 for members.

Art Blossoms Opening Celebration
Wednesday, April 14 | VIP 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | General Admission 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for this exclusive preview to kick off Art Blossoms, the all-new exhibition experience at the Columbia Museum of Art! Enjoy floral-inspired food and drink with live music by Rod Foster & Company in the open air of the great outdoors on Boyd Plaza. Mingle — physically distanced — inside the museum and see 18 arrangements that interpret works of art in beautiful florals throughout the CMA galleries and public spaces. Become a part of the art yourself with a flower bar — express your style with a single bloom to accent your outfit or make a statement.

VIP ticketholders get the very first look at Art Blossoms at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with the creators of the stunning floral arrangements and enjoy exclusive hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails. Doors open for general admission at 7:00 p.m. $85 VIP / $60 general admission.

Roses and Rosé
Thursday, April 15 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Take a floral-focused tour of art through the galleries and Art Blossoms arrangements. Along the way, learn about the significance of various types of flowers across time periods and cultures. Enjoy wine expertly paired with Art Blossoms arrangements and explained by Danielle Robinson of Advintage Distributing. Registration required. 2-person tables: $80 / 4-person tables: $160 / 6-person tables: $240

Art Class: Resin Wearables
Friday, April 16 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In this class, students encase real dried flowers and leaves in resin to create a wearable work of art. Taught by CMA staffer Dana Witkoski. Ages15 and up. All materials and equipment provided. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. $60.

Friday Night HortiCULTURE
Friday, April 16 | 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Galleries open 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a vibrant outdoor evening of culture and horticulture on Boyd Plaza. At sunset, take in a screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (2017), the award-winning documentary about the revolutionary Dutch garden designer. Prior to the screening, the CMA welcomes Historic Columbia’s director of grounds and horticulturalist Keith Mearns and landscape designer, artist, and horticulturalist Dave Robbins for a botanically driven conversation. Discover what it takes to create your own backyard paradise just like Piet Odolf or your own floral designs just like our wonderful Art Blossoms artists, and get a sense for what the Columbia plant scene has to offer by asking these green guys your plant questions. Conversation begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by the film screening at sundown. 1h 16min. Ticket includes admission to the CMA galleries during the event. $35.

Art Class: Floral Watercolors
Saturday, April 17 | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
This plein air watercolor painting class covers brush technique, composition, and drawing skills while using floral exhibition Art Blossoms as our inspiration. The class is designed to be fun and inspirational and focuses on how to relax and enjoy the process of painting. All materials and equipment provided. Taught by professional watercolorist Constance Manley, a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. Ages 15 and up. All materials and equipment provided. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing; face coverings are required. $60.

Art Class: Flowery Candles and Wax Sachets
Saturday, April 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Make your own scented soy candles and wax sachets! Students learn candle making basics and create one eight-ounce soy candle in a tin and a wax sachet made with dried flowers. All supplies and equipment provided. Taught by local candle maker and Soak & Soy founder Melissa McGuckin. Ages 15 and up. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. $50.

Making It Grow with the CMA
Saturday, April 17 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | Vimeo Live
SCETV’s weekly gardening show comes to the CMA! Host Amanda McNulty receives a tour of the collection galleries from CMA Curator of Education Glenna Barlow and then heads back to the studio to create an art-inspired flower arrangement in celebration of Art Blossoms. Follow along to build your own floral arrangement using items from your house and garden, or with materials provided by the CMA that can be purchased as an add-on when you register for this event. Event registration includes advance viewing of this episode segment of Making It Grow and an exclusive live Q&A with McNulty. Arrangement add-on includes materials needed to get your arrangement started: vessel liner, wet floral foam, and Spanish moss. $20 for virtual event / $15 for arrangement add-on materials. Please register by April 1 to have arrangement kit available for pickup at the CMA between April 14 and 16.

Art Class: Hand-Building Botanical Pottery
Saturday, April 17 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
In this workshop, students use slabs to make a vessel and create decorative floral elements by adding or subtracting clay. Taught by local artist and educator Jane Schwantes. All supplies and equipment provided. Ages 15 and up. Capacity limited to 10 participants to allow for physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. $80.

Art Class: Floral Watercolors
Saturday, April 17 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This plein air watercolor painting class covers brush technique, composition, and drawing skills while using floral exhibition Art Blossoms as our inspiration. The class is designed to be fun and inspirational and focuses on how to relax and enjoy the process of painting. All materials and equipment provided. Taught by professional watercolorist Constance Manley, a member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. Ages 15 and up. All materials and equipment provided. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing; face coverings are required. $60.

Art Class: Flowery Candles and Wax Sachets
Sunday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Make your own scented soy candles and wax sachets! Students learn candle making basics and create one eight-ounce soy candle in a tin and a wax sachet made with dried flowers. All supplies and equipment provided. Taught by local candle maker and Soak & Soy founder Melissa McGuckin. Ages 15 and up. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. $50.

Art Blossoms Brunch
Sunday, April 18 | Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Have brunch on beautiful Boyd Plaza and enjoy live music by Hot Club Noir, special guest Brinton Fox of Boone Fox Farm, a signature cocktail featuring her flowers by mixologist Henry Thomas, a springtime menu by Honey River Catering, and live plein-air painting by About Face during this creative and unique dining experience. Don’t miss this chance to gather with your friends in the springtime air. Ticket includes access to the CMA galleries to see 18 arrangements interpreting works of art in beautiful florals. $70 per person.

Art Blossoms is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Magnolia sponsors: Joyce and George Hill; Hannah and Ron Rogers. Dogwood Boyd Plaza sponsor: The Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Foundation, Inc. Hydrangea sponsors: Leslie and Jeffrey Archie; Jamie and Dick Harpootlian; Sam and Sandy McGuckin; Kit and Joel A. Smith; and Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Orchid Brunch sponsor: Honey River Catering. Azalea sponsors: Kay Bachmann; Mary and Clinch Belser; Joseph Bruce; Mr. and Mrs. Kirkman Finlay, III; Tom and Pat Fortson; Mrs. Dorothy A. Poston; ReNewell, Inc. Fine Art Conservation; Julianne and Dave Sojourner; Marjorie Russ Trifon. Daffodil sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Allen J. Coles, III; Jamie and Iris Griffin; Toni and Jeff Hubbell; Doni and David Jordan; Middleton Bartending; Sara and Bob Peckham; Nancy Piester; Jerome and Brandolyn Pinkston; Pence Scurry (Oldfields Advisors in Fine and Decorative Art); Brenda and Rick Wheeler.

The CMA has implemented cleaning and physical distancing practices to safeguard staff and visitors. Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of two. Learn more about what to expect during your visit here.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, and an entrance on Main Street. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

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