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Celebrate the Convergence of Fine Art and Flowers at Art in Bloom 2006

Celebrate the arrival of summer with the return of the much anticipated benefit event, Art in Bloom, organized by the Utah Museum of Fine Art’s Advisory Board. The centerpiece of the Art in Bloom weekend is an exhibition of 40 floral designs fashioned by Utah’s top floral designers. Each designer chooses a work of art from the museum’s galleries, and using flowers, greenery, custom-made containers, and their own artistic vision, creates a unique floral arrangement for exhibition. The exhibition opens to the public Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4 with free admission for museum members.

The Art in Bloom Gala on Friday, June 2 treats guests to an exhibition preview, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, an elegant dinner, live auction, and a small canvas painting sale of works by over 50 Utah artists. Guest artist Michael Workman will attend and offer a selection of his latest work for sale.

Saturday morning, Art in Bloom continues with a lively lecture and demonstration by internationally-acclaimed floral design master and author, René van Rems. Following this event, visitors can enjoy a delicious lunch, and later attend the UMFA’s first-ever live floral design competition. Emceed by the dynamic van Rems, three floral designers will use the same assortment of greens, flowers and containers to create original works in response to audience challenges. On Sunday morning, novice and experienced floral designers alike will have the opportunity to test and develop their skills at a hands-on floral design class led by van Rems.

Art in Bloom is a unique occasion to enjoy the convergence of fine art and flowers while supporting the museum’s exemplary education and public outreach programs. Proceeds from Art in Bloom are critical to ensuring the continuation of family programs such as Third Saturdays and Family Backpacks, as well as outreach programs designed to enhance visual arts education in Utah schools, such as pARTners and Art-in-a-Box. To ensure the sustained reach of these programs the Advisory Board has set a fundraising goal of $80,000. Don’t miss the return of this long anticipated event!

René van Rems

René van Rems is an internationally recognized ambassador of the floral industry. Though Dutch-born and originally from Amsterdam, René has called San Diego home for over 20 years. Currently a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and the Professional Floral Commentators International (PFCI), van Rems designs are truly European in concept. Having presented at the country’s leading art museums, van Rems has also been highlighted in national publications including California Florists, Sunset, Florist magazine and Flower News.

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Michael Workman

Workman, his wife Laurel and their five children live in the small town of Spring City, Utah. Urban sprawl in Utah Valley inspired their "move to the country" a decade ago. Born and raised on a small farm in Highland, Utah, Workman still loves the mountain desert, and admits that most subjects finding their way into his paintings are rural things he grew up with. Workman describes himself as a "contemporary traditionalist" because he hopes to keep up-to-date and still honor tradition, working to bring the two together in a beautiful way.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah’s Passport to the World, is located on the University of Utah campus at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA’s mission is to engage visitors in discovering meaningful connections with the artistic expressions of the world’s cultures. General admission is $4 adults, $2 seniors and youth ages 6-18, children 5 and under free, UMFA Members free. Museum hours are Tuesday Friday: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. 8 p.m.; Weekends, 11 a.m. 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For more information on programs and exhibitions, call (801) 581-7332 or visit http://www.umfa.utah.edu.