Our fifth annual Art in Bloom, a fundraiser for the NCMA Foundation, brought over 21,000 visitors into the Museum to see our permanent collection transformed into a fragrant garden. We deeply appreciate the work of the many floral artists who come together during this event to share their talent freely, and we congratulate the winners of the Director's Choice, People's Choice, and inaugural Designers' Choice prizes.
The first-ever Designers' Choice Award went to Joseph Barnes of Petal and Oak, Raleigh, for this arrangement inspired by Gene Davis's Oriole (1966). The primary floral materials used were carnations, roses, bells of Ireland, snapdragons, protea, calla, brassica, and brunia.
Director's Choice was this arrangement by Carol Dowd, AIFD, of Botanicals Fabulous Flowers and Orchids, Southern Pines. She was inspired by Pieter Cornelisz. van Rijck's Still Life with Two Figures (1622). The primary floral materials used were roses, anthurium, heliconia, calla lily, protea, gloriosa lily, orchid, monstera leaf, echeveria, smilax vine, and aspidistra leaf.
Dowd said of her inspiration: "Even though this is a still life, there is so much movement and so many layers, from the people to the vegetables. I wanted to show the movement and layers, not just replicate the painting."
People's Choice—chosen by votes from Art in Bloom attendees—went to Vanessa and Marc Smith of Raleigh, inspired by Aaron Douglas’s Harriet Tubman (1931). The painting is on long-term loan from Bennett College. The primary floral materials used were monstera, dianthus, thistle, mums, calla lily, lily grass, eucalyptus, succulents and cordyline.
The designers wrote: "Douglas moves us from 1619 into a future Tubman hoped and helped to create. MOVEMENT—FROM—THROUGH—TO. We try to pay homage to them and to all that movement."
Congratulations to the winners and to all of the floral designers for a fabulous Art in Bloom, presented by PNC. Our next Art in Bloom is planned for March 19–22, 2020.