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.   

Sold-Out Alert!: 2017 Art In Bloom

Whoops! Yesterday it was reported that no “Sold Outs” had been announced for the spring fundraising season following spring break. Today word arrived that that status had changed.

2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love”*

Not only is the 2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love” hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art League and chaired by Sarah Jo Hardin sold out, but organizers have added an opportunity for those who missed out on the Monday, March 27th event.

Sure, the Art In Bloom guests will get a sneak peak of the “Live Blooming Art Exhibit,” but DMA visitors will be able to check the floral designs “created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection” from Tuesday, March 28, thru Wednesday, March 29, on the DMA’s Level Two.

And how about some name dropping? Well, Art In Bloom can provide ‘em. The exhibition will include the talents of Judy Blackman of Blumengarten, Metka Terselich of Metka Floral Designs, Caroline Hansen of Forestwood Florals, Dan Pierce of Wild about Flowers, Doan Do of Cebolla Fine Flowers, Sarah Hobbs of Park Cities Petals, Juan Gomar of Apples to Zinnias, Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora and David Kimmel of David Kimmel Design.

So, don’t boo-hoo that you can’t attend the presentation by floral industry ambassador René van Rems and lunch on Monday at the DMA. You can still check out “Live Blooming Art Exhibit” Tuesday and Wednesday!

Art In Bloom proceeds will benefit the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, as well as the DMA’s exhibition and education programs.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art League

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.

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!”

Art In Bloom Blossoms With Chagall Colors And Tales Thanks To Dallas Museum Of Art League And Bella

Bella Meyer

Bella Meyer

Usually the Dallas Museum of Art is dark on Mondays. But on March 25, hundreds of ladies filled the place for Art in Bloom. It’s a perfect bringing together of art lovers and flower children. In addition to the reception, luncheon, fashions show and live auction, there’s a talk by an expert in the area of art — both natural and manmade.

This year’s speaker was the perfect pick. Since the Chagall: Beyond Color was on display, Marc Chagall’s granddaughter floral artist Bella Meyer was on stage. But more about that later.

Sauterne floral sculpture by Jessica Jesse

Sauterne floral sculpture by Jessica Jesse

10 a.m. — While some of the gals posed with floral sculptures by Jessica Jesse, others like Dee Wyly, Patty Jo Turner, Dyan Skelton and Faye Briggs checked out the silent auction items up for bid. Ellen Winspear, who has been low-profiling it since her son’s North Carolina wedding during the holidays, explained that it was due to husband Don. Seems that the day after the wedding, Don wasn’t feeling well. So much so that he was taken to the hospital, where it was learned that he had been struck by a virus resulting in his being paralyzed from the waist down. Since that time Ellen has been very well educated in the ways of rehab. For instance? It takes three months to have a motorized wheelchair built. They’ve been using one that was made for a much larger person in the meantime. But Ellen admitted that she was relieved that all her sons were safe and healthy and that Don would eventually be walking. She laughed when she thought about the North Carolina hospital in which Don received his initial diagnosis — Cape Fear.

10:37 a.m. — The auditorium was jammed and the ladies kept coming. Less than a handful of men were in the crowd. Note: When it’s a nighttime event, guests generally come two-to-a-car. But if it’s a ladies luncheon, it’s more likely to be a solo occupant. Translation: Luncheons tend to be marathon parking jamborees.

Judy Birchfield

Judy Birchfield

10:45 a.m. — Lights dimmed and the chatting in the audience ended. Emcee Jocelyn White reported that the luncheon was Dallas Museum of Art League’s only fundraiser. League President Judy Birchfield and Event Chair Renée Querbes Farren  told of the day’s activities and the people involved in making it happen. One of those was Kate Juett, who handbeaded 425 napkins rings for the luncheon.

Another person mentioned was DMA headman Maxwell Anderson, who was to be co-auctioneer at the luncheon’s live auction. Oh. Interesting. According to one gal, that was sort of a relief. Last year’s auctioneer was remembered as being a little too heavy-handed. Maxwell is always charming.

Valentina by Jessica Jesse

Valentina by Jessica Jesse

Another money maker was that collection of Jessica’s floral sculptures along the Concourse. They were available for purchase with 20% of the price going to the League. The price tags ranged from $12,000 to $15,000.

Editor’s Note: Love hats. They accentuate the face and can save a bad hair day. However, there is a time and place for them. In the theater, there was at least one that would definitely have kept the wearer safe from a sunburn, but the guest sitting behind the chapeau would have benefited from the use of a periscope to see the stage.

Speaking of hats, there was a tip of the hat to Margaret McDermott for creating a fund years ago that would ensure the museum would always have flowers.

But the day’s real honors go to Honorary Chairs Harriet Gibbs and Diane Sealy for “being two incredible women, fast friends, drawn together by their mutual love of the arts, the beauty of flowers and gardening.” Both gals are master gardeners.

11 a.m. — Jocelyn returned to the podium to introduce Bella, who believes “cut flowers have no other purpose but to be given.” In fact, she daily places a bucket of flowers in front of her NYC studio with the request that individuals take one each.

Jocelyn White and Bella Meyer

Jocelyn White and Bella Meyer

Bell and Jocelyn took their places on stage between two of Bella’s floral interpretations of her grandfather’s artwork. Perhaps it was because English is not Bella’s primary language, she relied heavily on notes during the conversation with Jocelyn. But her exuberance and candor were so refreshing, who cared?

Surprising some, she told how her true inspiration was her mother, who taught her about creativity and “excelling at all that you do.”

As for her grandfather, “I adored him.” Even as a child, Bella recognized that he was always the center of attention, “so I guess I was taught to adore him. . . He was always at his studio unless he was eating or sleeping.”

Bella recalled that whenever they would visit Chagall, her mother would buy flowers to take to him. Which would end up being a new subject for his painting.

In recalling Chagall’s tales of his childhood, Bella told of his being reared in a Jewish Orthodox household with seven sisters and adoring his mother.

11:30 a.m. — Jocelyn advised Bella that they were “running long,” and needed to discuss her floral arrangements on stage. Bella didn’t let this notice deter her. She simply talked faster, telling how, over the years, flowers transitioned from accessories in Chagall’s paintings to a dominating subject.

11:40 a.m. — Jocelyn gave another “time is waning” signal, but Bella kept clicking slides on the big screen and recalling gems of her childhood relationship with the great painter. According to Bella, her grandfather would ask them if they had found their ideal and love. She apologized for her accent and the audience applauded. She quickly added, “I haven’t finished yet.”

The Bride with Two Faces

The Bride with Two Faces

She then described her two floral arrangements — one like a huge bridal bouquet; the other very structural and lean.

11:45 a.m.  — Jocelyn asked the audience, “Have we had fun today?” The answer was more applause. Jocelyn followed that with another question, “Did this make you happy?” Still more applause.

Fabric flowers

Fabric flowers

Guests now made their way to the luncheon in the Hamon Atrium, which was draped with huge swatches of blue and green fabric hanging from along the stairway. On the floor around the runway were foot-long blue and green flowers that were not stationery. One gal’s heel caught on a flower and it briefly slid along with her.

Paulette Martsolf

Paulette Martsolf

12:15 p.m. — Before the fashion show began with Allie-Coosh fashions, A-C owner Paulette Martsolf gave an emotional intro about her involvement in the event. Then the show was underway with models like Barbara Bigham

Barbara Bigham

Barbara Bigham

and Pat Holder. Seated at tables near the catwalk were Jocelyn with Max across the way from Barbara Hunt Crow, Bella and Renee. At other tables were Pebbles McKenzie, Sharon Ballew, Carmaleta Whiteley, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Doris Jacobs and Teffy Jacobs, the Margarets (Crow and McDermott), Barbara Daseke, Kay Hammond, Donna Arp Weitzman, Linda Ivy, Cindy Brinker and Markita Thompson.

Luncheon (vichyssoise and Scottish salmon Coulibiac, pomme a’la huille, celeriac remoulde and dill crème fraiche) was held until the fashion show was over. The first plates were seen around 12:58.

Unfortunately, not all could stay for the chilled lemon soufflé and fresh raspberries and live auction. They were having to run along.