Hundreds of flowers will be on display alongside classical artwork during the yearly “In Bloom” event at the Telfair Museums.
Telfair in Bloom 2018, from March 22-24, promises to be a welcome jubilee of art and flowers, making the museum come alive with spring flora and fauna. Floral designers will interpret a painting or sculpture by creating original arrangements that will remain on display during the entire three-day festival.
The paintings used for inspiration this year will be from the Telfair's permanent collection as well as the paintings of “Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection” which closes March 25 at the Telfair Academy.
“Savannah is enchanting in the spring and it is the perfect opportunity to bring nature into our museum," says Austin Wright, Telfair Museums' special events manager. "This year we have 22 local floral designers. Some of them are florists, some are designers and others are just garden enthusiasts and they are all creating floral arrangements inspired by our 'Scenic Impressions' exhibition and collection."
Wright adds that all proceeds will help fund improvements to the Jepson Center Sculpture Terrace. Especially exciting is the opening night party, which features a fashion show alongside the floral works and other artwork.
“'Burst into Bloom' is the opening party and an assault to our senses," Wright says. "During opening night, you get to enjoy an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, all while browsing the floral arrangements that will be on display.
"All the while, runway models walk the runway. This year, over 50 fashion looks, all floral inspired and styled by fashion designer Kathi Rich, as well as a few looks from some of the winners of Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show, will be on display during opening night. Kathi Rich, a Savannah native, has been styling and dressing women all over the world from her boutique in Historic Savannah for 16 years. We will also have a few flower fairies that will bring whimsy to our event on that evening.”
The three-day festival continues March 23 with Southern floral artist Sybil Brooke Sylvester, the owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham, Ala. She is known for her stunning floral creations and for orchestrating events. As a writer, she has contributed to Southern Accents and Flower magazine and is the author of the recently published Fresh.
“Sybil is an amazing and creative floral designer and guests will learn how to create amazing arrangements in a laid-back atmosphere," Wright says. "All levels are encouraged to take part of the lecture. The event includes a grab-and-go lunch from Totally Baked and we encourage guests to grab your lunch and enjoy the outdoors, weather permitting.”
The event closes March 24 with a floral workshop led by Audrey Wagner King. King’s background is in design for the theater and she holds an MFA in fibers, excelling at working with a variety of materials and design.
“If you have ever wondered how to make a table centerpiece or if you’ve ever found yourself 30 minutes before guests arrive scrambling for a beautiful flower arrangement, this might be your chance to learn from the pros. King will focus on easy and creative ways to make flower arrangements while trusting your own creative process and vision," Wright says.