NC Museum of Art delights with Raleigh Floral Festival

Art in Bloom

By Dasha Morgan- The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh—the state art museum—has a delightful public project this year. Local floral designers have installed 17 Flower Can Bouquets in the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh area.

Floral bouquet at Raleigh’s Union Station

What a surprise to suddenly be walking down the street and discover a giant trash can filled with a huge bouquet of flowers on the corner— not filled with the usual debris but a spring bouquet.

This year larger-than-life bouquets celebrate the annual flower festival Art in Bloom, presented by PNC Bank, through temporary public art installations in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. “Art in Bloom encourages visitors to view art through a new lens,” said Museum Director Valerie Hillings, PH.D. “We hope the trash can bouquets also offer a moment of pause and delight ahead of our annual festival of flowers. We are grateful to PNC for their tremendous support to bring these installations to more locations in the Triangle.”

Two bouquets have already popped up at Chapel Hill’s Peace and Justice Plaza and the Chapel Hill Public Library, with three more at Franklin Street locations planned through Sunday, March 10. The Town of Chapel Hill helped coordinate locations ahead of the town’s Second Friday Art Walk and Saturday’s UNC–Chapel Hill versus Duke University basketball rematch in Chapel Hill. Floral designer Amy J. Wurster of Knots ‘N Such in Chapel Hill designed each of the bouquets.

In Durham, local floral designers, Pine State Flowers and Jennifer Wood arranged and designed a total of five cans at Central Park and the American Tobacco campus. In Raleigh the blooming trash cans could be found at Union Station and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Gardens. E.W. Fulcher and Pam Reynolds of Bloom Works and Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist Studios arranged the large, colorful bouquets. The City of Raleigh Arts Commission and City of Durham Public Art Program helped place and manage these installations.
Art in Bloom Pairs Works of Art with Floral Bouquets

The Fifth Annual Festival of Flowers featured new floral designers, workshops, and trunk shows between March 21–24. More than 50 floral designers from around the country put their creativity to the test to design floral installations based on works in the NCMA’s collection. The stunning arrangements are scattered throughout the galleries and often reflect the colors and lines of the art. The Museum’s 2018 fundraiser was the most successful to date, with more than 18,700 people attending the four days of floral exhibitions and sold-out events.

In addition in the West Building, trunk shows was held daily from 11:30 – 2:30 pm. Susan Devine, a jewelry artist made from found materials curated from world travels; Terry McManus, a confectioner for That Damn Toffee; Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, a beekeeper of Bee Downtown in Durham; and Monica Linares, a floral and landscape painter from Cary, will all be there on separate days with their items on display and for sale.

In addition each day there were related floral demonstrations, painting workshops, a macramé hanging planter workshop, and many fascinating lectures to attend, all given by well known and recognized floral designers and artists.

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