2018 Art In Bloom Featured Speaker/Artist Michael “The Flower Guy” De Feo Is Donating Two Works Of Art For Fundraiser

Despite the New Year’s chill, 2018 Art In Bloom Chair Dyann Skelton is providing a breath of spring beauty. The featured speaker for the Dallas Museum of Art’s fundraiser on Monday, March 26, at the DMA will be NYC-based artist Michael De Feo, “known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy.”

As part of his presentation, Michael has donated two of his works of art to be part of the fundraising effort.

“Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016)”*

“Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017)”*

“Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016), 2016,” will go to the highest bidder in the event’s live auction.

“Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017), 2017,” will be raffled off.

Chance tickets are going for $25 per/five for $100 and are available now.

BTW, Art in Bloom tickets are available with perks for patron ticker holders including a patron party.

* Graphic provided by 2018 Art In Bloom

JUST IN: Art In Bloom 2018 Plans Revealed

Despite North Texas being in fundraising overdrive for 2017, plans are already being revealed for 2018. The annual Art In Bloom (AIB) is already set at the Dallas Museum of Art for Monday, March 26, thanks to AIB Chair Dyann Skelton.

Dyann Skelton (File photo)

Barbara and Steve Durham (File photo)

She’s already got Barbara and Steve Durham on board as the honorary co-chairs and the theme — Power Of Flowers.

Michael De Feo*

In addition to a reception, seated luncheon, fashion show and live auction, Dyann has arranged for NYC-based street artist Michael De Feo to be the featured speaker. Over the past 25 years, Michael’s work has been displayed in more than 60 cities around the world. His “most recent investigations are a re-working of fashion imagery from magazine ads to bus-stop shelter advertisements by painting cascades of multi-colored petals onto the printed images.”

According to Dyann, “We are thrilled to have Michael De Feo as our featured speaker for the 2018 Art in Bloom. Perhaps best known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy, we are thrilled that he is joining us here in Dallas and will entertain us with his floral interpretations, while sharing his path to success.  As an extra treat for attendees, he will create an original work to be auctioned off at the event.”

And the timing is just perfect for guests to check out Flowers — An Exhibition that will be making an encore with a “unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection” in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries.

Funds from the Dallas Museum of Art League’s event will benefit the DMA’s education programs First Tuesdays and Teen Tours and the League’s Flora Endowment Fund.

It’s never too soon to sign up for sponsorships. So get the info about opportunities here.

* Photo provided by Dallas Museum of Art League

Philanthropist Sherwood Wagner Turned Her Preston Hollow East Mansion Into A Floral Delight For The Art In Bloom Patrons

Sherwood Wagner does nothing on a mini-scale level. So, the Art in Bloom patron guests had quite a flora experience at her Preston Hollow East home-sweet-home on Saturday, March 25. Just a hint were the floral petals creating a carpet of dazzling colors leading to Patron Party Co-Chair Sherwood’s chateau. But once inside and squeezed through the throng, the 100 guests discovered the banister to the second floor and overlooking the downstairs was covered in a blanket of flowers. Why, even the statues held bouquets of roses!

Sherwood Wagner, René van Rems and Barbara Averitt

Surrounded in the dining room was Art in Bloom speaker René van Rems. If the word “flirtation” ever need a visual definition, René could fit the male version and Sherwood the female.

But Dutch-born René was more than just cute. He was set to demonstrate various works of floral art at the Dallas Museum of Art the following Monday, thanks to Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin and Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg.

Jill Goldberg and Sarah Jo Hardin

Capera Ryan

Also on hand at the Wagner mansion were Barbara Bigham, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Capera Ryan and Patron Party Co-chair Barbara Averitt. Alas, Patron Party Co-Chair and Sherwood’s buddy Marena Gault was out of town.   

2017 Art In Bloom Is Going Dutch With Ambassador Of The Floral Industry René Van Rems In March

The Dallas Museum of Art is having a sizzling summer. First the announcement came out that Ann Hobson would be chairing the 2017 Art Ball. Then it was revealed that Museo Nacional de Arte Director Agustín Arteaga had been tapped to be the Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA.

Jill Goldberg*

Jill Goldberg*

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Now the Dallas Museum of Art League has just sent word that its annual Art in Bloom is right in place with Sarah Hardin serving as chair. She’s already arranged for Jill Goldberg to serve as honorary chair.

The fundraiser floral symposium and luncheon will be held at the DMA on Monday, March 27, starting with the symposium at 9:30 a.m.

René van Rems*

René van Rems*

As for the guest speaker, it will be René Van Rems, who is regarded as the “world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry.” While he has called San Diego his home “ever since he landed there as an exchange student” 20 years ago, he was born in Amsterdam and “formally educated in the entire spectrum of Floriculture/Horticulture through his studies at Rijsmiddelbare Tuinbouwschool (just try to pronounce that) at Aalsmeer” and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, as well as London.

Being right at home at the podium or in front of television cameras, René has been featured in a number of national publications (Sunset Magazine, Flowers And Magazine, Floral Management, etc.).

In the awards category, he was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Francis Jones Poetker Award in 1995 and was recognized in 2009 with the American Institute of Floral Designers’ Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry. Why, the Los Angeles Flower Market even made him the recipient of the first annual René van Rems Award for excellence in design education.

After you get your reservation, you might want to check out one of Rene’s books.

Art In Bloom Had Tables Topped To The Hilt And To Impress Dr. Todd Langstaffe-Gowan

Breaking from the past of having fashions at the Art in Bloom luncheon, this year’s Chair Barbara Daseke decided it might be more fun to have guests compete with table decorations following the presentation by British landscape historian Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan on Monday, March 21, at the Dallas Museum of Art. Wise move because the guests really got into it. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke and Linda Ivy*

Barbara Daseke and Linda Ivy*

Luncheon chairman Barbara Daseke, with honorary chairman Linda Ivy and honoree Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Senior Curator of European and American Art and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the DMA, were joined by over 260 guests at the seventeenth annual Art in Bloom, on Monday, March 21, 2016. Hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art League, proceeds from the event will benefit the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

The festivities began with a reception in the Hamon Atrium with an opportunity to bid on amazing items in the silent auction, such as a complimentary DMA League upgraded Art Patron membership; a private tour for six with the new Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art, Nicole R. Myers, with lunch at Lark on the Park; a special three-course dinner for two with the host of Emmy Award-winning Bravo series “Top Chef,” Padma Lakshmi, in the DMA Founders Room, inspired by her favorite recipes; includes a hardcover copy of Laksmi’s book, “Love, Loss and What We Ate” and a DMA Fast Track pass; VIP access to upcoming 2016 DMA Opening Exhibition Celebrations for “Irving Penn” in April, “Concentration 60 and 61” in September, “Devine Felines” in October and more.

At the appointed time, attendees were directed to the Horchow Auditorium for remarks from this year’s featured speaker, landscape architect and landscape historian Dr.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan*

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan*

, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom. Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan entertained the crowd as he shared images and experiences from some of his recent projects, including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace Gardens and The Crown Estate, as well as the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens, the eleven-acre pleasure ground around the palace, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Afterward, patrons returned to the Museum’s Atrium for a seated lunch featuring tables dressed with beautiful linens and tabletops courtesy of POSH Couture Rentals, this year’s luxury rental sponsor, with floral centerpieces from David Kimmel Design.

Faye C. Brigg's table*

Faye C. Brigg’s table*

Barbara Daseke's table*

Barbara Daseke’s table*

Art in Bloom tabletop*

Art in Bloom tabletop*

Mami Driscoll*

Mami Driscoll at Jewel Williams’ table*

Six tables featured original tablescapes as part of the inaugural table design competition, using the theme “International” as their inspiration. Table design competitors included Barbara Bigham, Faye Briggs, Barbara Daseke, Dr Delphinium, POSH Couture Rentals and Jewel Williams.  Judged by Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan, Jewel Williams’ tablescape, designed by floral designer Mami Driscoll with collaboration from Stephen Frels with Stella Fine Flowers, was selected as the winning design with a prize of a three-day spree for two in London, complete with exceptional accommodations, a lunch at Clarke’s Restaurant and a private tour with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan of Kensington Palace and other historic Palace Gardens.

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch of butter lettuce salad with sherry vinaigrette and thyme blossoms for their first course, followed by an entrée of crispy Cornish hen with truffle spring pea puree, pea tendrils and garnished with nasturtiums.  As dessert of white and dark chocolate mousse tart with hazelnut brittle was served, the live auction, with Heritage Auctions auctioneer Kristen Schultz, began featuring items such as a Judith Leiber jeweled egg-shaped minaudières, a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the DMA’s Painting Conservation Studio with chief conservator Mark Leonard, dinner at Lark on the Park, reserved seating for two at the DMA Arts & Letters Live presentation of “Dutch Masters & Deceit” and more; and an extravagant night on the town for two including a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille and a box at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with transportation proved by United Limo.

Diann Contestabile and Margot Perot*

Diann Contestabile and Margot Perot*

Jennifer Houser and Suzanne Palmlund*

Jennifer Houser and Suzanne Palmlund*

As lunch came to an end, guests lined up to meet Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan as he signed his recent book, “The London Square.”

Art in Bloom International attendees included Honorary Chair Linda Ivy, Dallas Museum of Art League President Jewel Williams, Underwriting Chair Barbara Durham, Auction Chair Cecelia Otiniano-Moore, Barbara Bigham, Margaret McDermott, Margot Perot, Charlene Marsh, Holly Huffines, Robin Carreker, Sheila Durante, Jennifer Houser, Connie Carreker, Mary McDermott Cook, Beverly Freeman, Susan Fisk, Jill Goldberg, Faye Briggs, Libby Swindle, Betsy Waggoner and Ann Dyer.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Mother Nature Blessed The Art In Bloom Patrons With Perfect Weather And The Perfect Place To Party

To say the weather on Wednesday, March 16, was spectacular is an understatement. It was so absolutely perfect that Art In Bloom Chair Barbara Daseke must have negotiated quite a deal with Mother Nature. She also arranged for the Art in Bloom Patron Party to take place at Suzanne and David Palmlund’s Swiss Avenue mansion. And that’s exactly what happened. Here’s a report from the field:

Linda and Steve Ivy and Barbara Daseke*

Linda and Steve Ivy and Barbara Daseke*

Art in Bloom Chair Barbara Daseke, with Honorary Chair Linda Ivy, welcomed sponsors to the Art in Bloom International Patron Party on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Held at the beautiful Swiss Avenue home of Suzanne and David Palmlund, partygoers mingled while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Conversation soon turned to the Dallas Museum of Art League’s Art in Bloom on Monday, March 21, which will feature landscape architect and landscape historian Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom.

The event will begin with a reception and silent auction followed by Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan in the Horchow Auditorium as he shares his experiences as the gardens advisor to historic royal palaces including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace Gardens and The Crown Estate, as well as recent projects such as the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens, the eleven-acre pleasure ground around the palace, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Cecilia Moore, Jewel Williams, Barbara Bigham and Katherine Phillips*

Cecilia Moore, Jewel Williams, Barbara Bigham and Katherine Phillips*

Following, guests will convene in the Hamon Atrium for a seated lunch followed by a live auction. Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan will also serve as the judge of the inaugural table design competition with entries from Barbara Bigham, Faye Briggs, Barbara Daseke, Dr. Delphinium, Posh Couture Rentals and Jewel Williams.  The lucky winner of the competition will receive a three-day spree for two in London, complete with exceptional accommodations, a lunch at Clarke’s Restaurant and a private tour with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan of Kensington Palace and other historic Palace Gardens  (airfare is not included).

Proceeds from the 17th annual event support the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund. 2016 sponsors are:

Beverly and Don Freeman*

Beverly and Don Freeman*

Frank and Sheila Durante*

Frank and Sheila Durante*

  • $20,000 – $10,000Luxury Rental Sponsor: Posh Couture Rentals and Media Sponsor: PaperCity;
  • Globetrotter ($10,000) – Barbara Daseke, Linda Ivy and The Eugene McDermott Foundation/Margaret McDermott;
  • $9,999 – $5,000 – Auction Sponsor: Heritage Auction and Centerpiece Sponsor: David Kimmel Design;
  • Explorer ($5,000) – Faye C. Briggs, Beverly Freeman, Jill Goldberg, Margot Perot and Charlene Marsh;
  • ($4,999 – $1,000) – Announcement Party Sponsor: Avant Garden, Master Class Sponsor: Dr. Delphinium and Patron Party Sponsor: Suzanne Palmlund;
  • Explorer ($3,000) – Genie Bentley, Robin Francis Carreker, Sheila Durante and Laurel Brewster, Blake R. Lively, Angela D. Paulos, Linda Rayes, Catherine M. Rose, Livvy Swindle and Betsy Morton and Jewel Williams;
  • Director and Speaker Sponsor ($1,000) – Melissa Fetter and Peggy Sewell.

Art in Bloom Patron Party attendees included, hosts Suzanne and David Palmlund, chair Barbara Daseke, honorary chair Linda Ivy and Steve Ivy, Dallas Museum of Art League President Jewel Williams, Beverly and Don Freeman, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Ile Greene, Sheila and Frank Durante, Katherine Phillips, Cecilia Moore and Anita Lester.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

MySweet2016Goals: Barbara Daseke

According to Art in Bloom International 2016 Event Chair Barbara Daseke,

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

“My goal in 2016 is for the community to join honorary chair Linda Ivy and myself at Art in Bloom International, the annual floral symposium and luncheon presented by the Dallas Museum of Art League, on Monday, March 21, 2016.

“This year’s event, which supports the DMA’s exhibition and education programs as well as the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, will feature landscape architect and landscape historian Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces. We are also delighted to honor Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affair and Senior Curator of European and American Art at the DMA.

“Art in Bloom will include a reception and symposium with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan, followed by a seated lunch and live auction. New this year — the inaugural table design competition, where any level of underwriter, using the theme ‘International’ as their inspiration, can choose to create a tablescape for an additional $500 entry fee. Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan will also serve as the judge of the competition with the lucky winner receiving a three-day spree for two in London, complete with exceptional accommodations, a lunch at Clarke’s Restaurant and a private tour with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan of Kensington Palace and other historic Palace Gardens (airfare is not included).

“Sponsorships begin at $750 and individual tickets are $175 each and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call Shelby Pearlman at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214.922.1364, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at dma.org.

“Please join me on March 21 for what promises to be a wonderful day benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art!”

Round Robin October 14: Art In Bloom International Announcement Party And Celebrating Women Patron Party

When did Wednesday become the new Thursday? That was the question being bounced around as the evening of Wednesday, October 14, was buzzing with activities.

Art In Bloom International Announcement Party

Avant Garden blossoms

Avant Garden blossoms

Just above Bistro 31 and to the right in Highland Park Village is Avant Garden. As soon as the door opened, the fragrance of roses and hydrangeas welcomed guests for the Art in Bloom announcement party.

Oliver Meslay and Barbara Daseke

Oliver Meslay and Barbara Daseke

One of the first announcements made by AIB Chair Barbara Daseke was this year’s Dallas Museum of Art fundraiser will be “Art In Bloom International.” The reason is because the presentation will be made by Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, who is both a gardener and historian with “projects in Britain and abroad, many with a conservation slant.”

Second announcement was the table design competition for guests that will be judged by Todd with first prize being “a trip to London with a private tour of gardens at Kensington Palace Gardens.”

The honoree of this year’s luncheon will be the DMA’s Oliver Meslay. Barbara also revealed that Linda Ivy (she was out of town) would be the honorary chair for the Monday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art. Barbara Durham has taken on the underwriting duties and tickets are available for purchase now!

Celebrating Women Patron Party

Just blocks away in University Park’s Volk Estates, the soccer kids and moms were jamming the streets around Goar Park. Just beyond the kids playing, Ola and Randall Fojtasek’s marvelous home was creating its own traffic jam as guests arrived for the Celebrating Women patron party on the eve of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Celebrating Women Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

It’s amazing how narrow ordinary streets can become when there are two SUV’s parked on both sides of the street.

Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Nancy Carter and Joel Allison

Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Nancy Carter and Joel Allison

Claude and Emilynn Wilson

Claude and Emilynn Wilson

Nancy Carter and Robin Robinson

Nancy Carter and Robin Robinson

Nevertheless, guests kept coming like Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter, Underwriting Co-Chairs Beth Layton and Vicky Lattner, Baylor Health Care System/Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Joel Allison, Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson, Tiffany Divis, Jerry Joyner, Lindayln Adams, Susan McSherry and Emilynn and Claude Wilson, who were heading to the Tyler Rose Festival for the weekend.

Fojasek’s gardens

Fojasek’s gardens

Dining table

Dining table

Despite the 90-degree temperatures, the Fojasek’s beautifully landscaped grounds with its over-sized fountain and pool were just too wonderful. Of course, the musicians on the elevated terrace with vine-covered pergola and the nearby outdoor bar provided a great reason to stroll outside.

For those inside, the entry was brimming with guests and the dining room table was filled with bite-able goodies courtesy of Cassandra’s Fine Catering.

Luncheon speaker Joan Lunden arrived halfway through the reception after being picked up at the airport. As a thank you, each guest discovered a copy of Joan’s latest book, “Had I Known” in their cars thanks to Gretchen Minyard Williams.

Round Robin October 21: Art In Bloom Patron Party And Junior League Of Dallas Past Presidents/Ball Chairs Reception

As a Mercedes convertible scooted along Hillcrest past SMU as the crowds gathered for the Willis Tate Lecture Series on Monday, October 21, fundraising types were headed to events like the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show Kick-Off party at Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village and others like:

Art in Bloom Patron Party

Ann Hobson was doing solo host duties when the doors to her fabulous Highland Park house of perfection opened for the Art in Bloom patron party. Well, that wasn’t exactly true. Atticus, the black Lab, was making the rounds appropriately wagging his tail and leaning against knees enough to let the 60 guests like Jacqueline Anderson, Beverly and Don Freeman, Marilyn Willems, Carol Placido, Claire Dewar, Jennifer and Doug Houser, Susan Fisk, Carol and Mike Resnick and Nancy and Nuel Cates, know they were indeed welcome.

Maxwell Anderson, Barbara and Steve Durham

Maxwell Anderson, Barbara and Steve Durham

Dallas Museum of Art Eugene McDermott Director Max Anderson was immediately greeted by Art in Bloom Chair Barbara Durham and her husband Steve.

"The Arrangement" by Angelo DeFlippo

“The Arrangement” by Angelo DeFlippo

As “The Arrangement” by Angelo DeFilippo and an untitled ceramic by Lucretia Waggoner were on display in the dining room, Barbara D apologized to Ann for having ordered red wine, which Ann had nixed. Laughing, Ann explained to Barbara and she had avoided red wine after she herself “christened” the house when she spilled red wine on the white rug in the solarium.

Barbara Bigham and Ann Hobson

Barbara Bigham and Ann Hobson

At 7 p.m. the group gathered in the solarium where Max thanked all including DMA League President Emily Maduro, Barbara D and Honorary Chair Barbara Bingham.

Next up was the Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art Heather McDonald, who had co-curated the “Bouquets: French Still-Life Paintings from Chardin to Matisse.” Art in Bloom was timed beautifully to take place on Monday, October 27, the day after “Bouquets” opens for its run through Sunday, February 8.

Barbara D then thank the Hobsons (man-of-the-house Lee had arrived a half hour into the party), Danielle Rollins, who would be conducting the Art in Bloom floral symposium, and Honorary Chair Barbara Bigham.

The diminutive Barbara B. had something she wanted to say, so she took over the mic and said that she had learned something this year. When she was the DMA League president, she worked so hard. Then when she chaired Art in Bloom, she once again worked so hard. But when she discovered how great it was to be the “honorary” chair, she said she would have agreed to do it sooner.

Junior League of Dallas Past President/Ball Chair party

Lydia Novakov and Linda Gibbons

Lydia Novakov and Linda Gibbons

Just across Preston Road on the other side of the Dallas Country Club, Lydia Novakov hosted a party for the past presidents and ball chairs of the Junior League of Dallas.

Sponsored by Community Trust Bank, more than 70 guests including Connie O’Neill, Christie Carter, Nikki Webb, Clare Cunningham, Linda Gibbons, D’Andra Simmons Lock, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Susan Wells Jenevein, Louise Griffeth, Susan McSherry, Lyda Hill, Meredith Mosely and Community Trust Bank VP of Business Development Holly Reed attended the event for an update on the 2015 ball.

Connie O'Neill and Lynn McBee

Connie O’Neill and Lynn McBee

According to Ball Chair Beverly Cahill and Honorary Chair Lynn McBee, the ball’s theme, “The Magnolia Ball,” “embodies an idyllic elegance and brings to mind a sense of reverie that is both romantic and sophisticated, while creating an atmosphere immersed in love, gratitude and aspiration for the future.”

Julie Bagley, Christie Carter and D'Andra Simmons

Julie Bagley, Christie Carter and D’Andra Simmons

Keeping the remarks brief, JLD President Julie Bagley said, “I look around the room and know that the success we achieve today is possible because we stand on the shoulders of giants. We thank you for not only the accomplishments in the past, but for what you continue you to do for the League through your service as advisors and your generous financial support.”

Author Danielle Rollins To Be Featured Speaker At Art In Bloom

Barbara Durham is chairing October 27th’s Art in Bloom at the Dallas Museum of Art. The floral symposium and luncheon nicely follows the night-before premiere of “Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse.”

Danielle Rollins*

Danielle Rollins*

Barb just revealed the speaker for AiB will be Danielle Rollins, whose byline is seen in Veranda, Southern Living and Lifestyle. She’s also the author of “Soiree: Entertaining With Style.”

Another Barbara will serve as honorary chair — Barbara Bigham.

According to Chair Barbara, “We are so thrilled to have Danielle Rollins as our featured speaker for this year’s Art in Bloom. Danielle is not only a wonderful writer, but also an expert on the art of entertaining, including the importance of floral décor. Her great sense of style and humor, along with her approachable, how-to advice will be a wonderful addition to this year’s fundraiser.”

Following the talk in the Horchow Auditorium, guests will have lunch in the Hamon Atrium and be entertained by a fashion show provided by Hadleigh’s.

Don’t bother trying to get a ticket, though. They don’t go on sale until September 1. However, sponsorships starting at $750 are available now, don’t you know!

* Photo provided by Art In Bloom