Art in Bloom is a biennial celebration of floral designs inspired by the art in MAM’s galleries.

The 10th Anniversary celebration kicks off with the Joie de Vivre Lecture & Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 starting at 11 a.m. Discover how to develop the je ne sais quoi that makes a dinner party terrific, from inspired informal to extravagantly elegant. Take a trip around the globe to be inspired by a rustic Roman-inspired alfresco gathering and a Parisian sophisticated soirée. Local entertaining talents will give insight and share secrets on the elements behind splendid cuisine, wine, flowers, and décor … and relaxed, convivial hosts! Guests will also be treated to a private viewing of the floral design exhibition and raffle spectacular. The Luncheon honors Deborah Hirsch and is chaired by Betty Murphy and Amy South. Tickets start at $200.

For the special 10th Anniversary of Art in Bloom, the Montclair Art Museum is adding Life in Bloom: Garden to Table, a community event that takes the theme of Art in Bloom from the garden to the table with a focus on local food, home gardens, and healthy eating choices. This event will follow the Luncheon on May 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. Learn to grow it, source it, and cook it from an interactive panel including master gardener, beekeeper, and local chef Kwame Williams of Vital Dining. Discover resources in our community with a dynamic fair featuring partners that specialize in habits for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle—from slow food to sustainable agriculture, CSAs to composting, and foraging to fermenting. The Museum will also be collecting food donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry, especially cereal, pasta, peanut butter, and jelly. Galleries will be open late from 2 to 9 p.m. for visitors to also enjoy the floral exhibition. The program is included with standard Museum admission and free to MAM members. Life in Bloom: Garden to Table is sponsored by Partners for Health Foundation produced by artist and Montclair Food Co-op & CSA manager Gwen Charles.

The capstone of the Art in Bloom week is the Museum’s annual gala, Under a Painted Sky on May 19, starting at 6 p.m. The elegant affair is the Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year. The evening includes a private viewing of the floral design exhibition, cocktails in the galleries, a silent auction, a fabulous dinner, and a live auction presented by Charles Antin. Late night fun continues until midnight with dancing, a Scotch tasting and cigar bar on the lawn, and premier photo opportunities such as the Dark Room Truck. The Gala is chaired by Joanne Langbein and Lyn Reiter and honors Rose Cali, Dr. Susan Cole, and Kay WalkingStick. Tickets start at $500.

  • JOIE DE VIVRE LUNCHEON & LECTURE: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • UNDER A PAINTED SKY GALA: Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • FLORAL DESIGN EXHIBITION: May 16–20, 2018

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