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Newfields’ Art in Bloom to return this month

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Newfields’ third annual Spring celebration returns to the IMA Galleries and the Lilly House March 23-26.

Presented by Fifth Third Private Bank, Art in Bloom features floral arrangements crafted by 38 local artists and regional florists as well as live music, floral demonstrations, master classes and a display by Newfields’ Greenhouse team.

Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Director of The Garden and Fairbanks Park, said Newfields will welcome guests to come in and explore the “abundance of bloom” throughout IMA Galleries, The Lilly House and The Garden at Newfields.

“We are incredibly excited to once again see and share the creativity and floral artistry of these inspiring, local and regional designers,” Wright said in a statement. “Art in Bloom is the most beautiful way to kick off the spring season.”

Kicking off the weekend, “Blooming Now: Art in Bloom Opening Recption” begins March 22 from 7-9 p.m. Guests will be the first to see the blooming floral displays while enjoying Newfields’ signature hors d’oeuvres and drinks and mingling with the designers.

The Art in Bloom Speaker Series will premier March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The Toby. The series will feature a discussion of the state of Black artists and their experiences in the floral industry with Teresa J. Speight, author of “Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Famers + Florists,” and John Caleb Pendleton of Plants & Pistils floral studio in Chicago.

Nancy Martin, managing director of Fifth Third Private Bank, said she’s thrilled to partner with Newfields for Art in Bloom as it’s a “cornerstone arts organization.”

“Art in Bloom is a great example of their dedication to bringing art to life and making it accessible throughout any season,” Martin said. “We’re looking forward to an incredible weekend filled with flowers as far as the eye can see!”

On March 24, Newfields will host a Meet The Designers Happy Hour in the IMA Galleries from 5:30-7:30 p.m. where guests will be able to meet the 2023 Art in Bloom florists and ask about their creative process for their display.

Lastly, rounding out the weekend, in partnership with Indy Pride, Newfields will host the Art in Bloom Drag Brunch March 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Randolph +H. Deer Special Events Pavilion. During the event, guests can enjoy live music and performances, florals and a brunch hosted by emcee Halle Pino.

Art in Bloom takes place during regular museum hours March 23-26 at Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road. Tickets are $29 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. For more information about membership pricing and, visit discovernewfields.org.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848 or chloegm@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.

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