The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will celebrate the return of spring with a virtual edition of its 45th annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit. The festival, to take place from Friday, April 30, to Monday, May 3, will pair art with floral interpretations created by 27 New England-area garden clubs.
This year’s show is themed around artworks that tell the stories of women across the museum’s collection, from images of mothers and motherhood through the ages to works by great women artists such as Mary Cassatt and Helen Frankenthaler.
In addition to a selection of recorded guided tours (available to watch on mfa.org and livestreamed private interactive tours conducted via Zoom), program highlights include free instructional videos from local floral and event designer Jimmy Guzman on mastering arrangements at home.
An expanded “Art in Bloom” webpage on mfa.org will feature two free how-to videos produced by Guzman, who will share his insights on mastering floral arrangements at home using materials available at local grocery stores.
To complement online offerings this year, Guzman will create a floral extravaganza on site at the MFA’s Huntington Entrance to delight visitors and passersby.
Three additional arrangements by floral designers will be on display at the museum during the festival weekend. Other free offerings on mfa.org include a slide show presenting favorite arrangements from past “Art in Bloom” festivals, chosen by and featuring reflections from New England-area garden club members and MFA Associates, a group of volunteers who lead gallery tours and create flower arrangements throughout the year.
Three recorded guided tours will invite online visitors to experience “Art in Bloom” on their own schedule during the festival weekend. Free for members – and available for purchase individually for non-members at $10 each – these 45-minute videos feature nine works from the MFA’s collection alongside the floral arrangements inspired by the art.
Tickets will be released on April 15 at 10 a.m., and tours will be available to view on mfa.org from April 30 through May 3.