Art in Bloom

Presented by Council of 101 in Partnership with Bloomingdale's


The intent of this fundraiser was to directly benefits the museum’s programs including its Life Long Learning Initiative for the underprivileged. For questions related to Art In Bloom, to make a donation and to learn how you can help, please contact the Council of 101 Office at or at (407).896.4231


March 26-29, 2020 (CANCELED)

Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Friday + Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

GENERAL: $15 Adults / $5 Children (Ages 3-11)

The Council of 101's second annual, springtime fundraiser, Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers, was scheduled to be a museum-wide showcase combining spectacular fresh floral designs inspired by works from the Orlando Museums of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. Carleton Varney, Designer and President/Owner of Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc. and Margot Shaw, Editor-in-Chief of Flower Magazine and author of Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers will join us for this year's show!

General Admission tickets were to include the Museum's current exhibition Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen, permanent collections, Café 101 and free events during Art in Bloom.




Wednesday, March 18
Fashion In Bloom at Bloomingdale's Benefiting the Council of 101 and OMA
9:00am - 12:00pm

Head to Bloomingdale's at the Mall at Millennia to mix and mingle while you enjoy mimosas and music, followed by a runway fashion show. Additional entertainment includes a watercolor artist, DJ and private personal shopping lounge.

Shop among the Antiques Dealers, Blossoms & Blooms, and Pop-up Shops while strolling the galleries spectacular floral designs interpreting individual works of art from the Museum’s current exhibition and permanent collections. 

Thursday, March 26
VIP Patrons Reception + Va Va Bloom Opening Night Preview Party

Be among the first to take a sneak peek into Art in Bloom with friends, patrons and special guests in a private setting or engage in a live fashion sketch experience!  Enjoy an open bar, butlered martinis, and classic hors d’oeuvres, amid the sights and sounds of a Speakeasy.  NO entry without a password!

Shop among the Antiques Dealers, Blossoms & Blooms, and Pop-up Shops while strolling the galleries spectacular floral designs interpreting individual works of art from the Museum’s current exhibition and permanent collections. 


Va Va Bloom Opening Night Preview Party

Enjoy an open bar, butlered martinis, and classic hors d’oeuvres, amid the sounds of a Speakeasy.  Shop among the Antiques Dealers, Blossoms & Blooms, and Pop-up Shops while strolling the galleries spectacular floral designs interpreting individual works of art from the Museum’s current exhibition and permanent collections. 

Friday, March 27
Guest Speakers Margot Shaw & Carleton Varney VIP Event + Presentation + Book Signing

Be one of the lucky guests to meet and mingle with Margot Shaw and Carleton Varney in a private setting before their presentation and book signing.  Enjoy lite bites and libations in the Council of 101 Grand Gallery among the art-inspired Tables in Bloom. 

Guest Speakers Margot Shaw & Carleton Varney Presentation + Book Signing

Our guest speakers come together on one stage! Margot Shaw’s coffee table book Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers is filled with wonderful colors, good decorating ideas and magical photography. Carleton Varney dubbed as “Mr. Color” is one of America’s best-known interior designers and president/owner of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of the oldest continually operating interior design firms in the United States.  Both speakers’ warm personalities and tastemaker expertise will bring flowers and bright colors into your world! 

Art in Bloom Champagne Luncheon Table of 8
12:30 - 2:00pm
$400 Reserved Table of 8

Be one of the lucky Art in Bloom enthusiasts to toast and host your friends at a lovely table reserved just for you in the Museum’s floral-inspired rotunda.  Enjoy champagne, a delicious lunch, table-side service, conversation and a “blooming” good time!

TGIFlowers! Meet the Designers
2:00 - 4:00pm
FREE with General Admission Ticket

Enjoy the opportunity to leisurely stroll through the galleries to meet the Art in Bloom designers and learn about their art-inspired interpretations.

Saturday, March 28
Spring Watercolor Loose Florals Workshop with Kara McKean
10:30am - 2:30pm

Come learn how to paint abstract, expressive flowers from life with Kara McKean! Students will be provided with materials for 2 painted designs. Learn brush, color and layout techniques whilst developing your own style of painting using watercolor. Kara will elaborate on her painting techniques in a way that can be enjoyed by both beginners and those accustomed to painting. All equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own brushes if you'd like to. Please wear clothing you are comfortable painting in.

Mystery Home Tour
Departures: Tour A: 11AM / Tour B:  12PM / Tour C: 1PM / Tour D: 2PM

Hop on board! This popular tour allows guests to be inspired by a stylish home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste at every turn.  The location will remain a mystery until your arrival.

Create a Spring Masterpiece - taught by Eileen Tongson of FarmGal Flowers
2:00 - 4:00pm

Learn to create a lush, garden-style floral centerpiece that highlights locally grown flowers and foliage with FarmGal Flowers! Eileen will demonstrate step-by-step how to make a beautiful Spring centerpiece. Then you will create your very own arrangement in a specially selected vase with beautiful blooms from FarmGal’s flower bar! All materials included but please bring flower snips.

Sunday, March 29
Swing Into Spring Jazz Brunch
11:00am - 2:00pm
Café 101 Menu Pricing
Open to the Public 

Be swept away with the sounds of the Weldon Street Jazz Band while enjoying a Bloody Mary or Mimosa and choosing from an enhanced brunch menu. Sunny smiles and warm Southern hospitality are always ready to welcome you to Café 101.  CAFÉ 101 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

"Cooking with Flowers" by Susan Ytterberg, Executive Chef/Owner Golden Plum Personal Chef Services
12:00 - 1:30pm

Chef Susan Ytterberg, Golden Plum Personal Chef Services will demonstrate how to create flower pantry items including lavender & a cardamom rose sugar, chocolate chile salt and more!  Plus, she will show how to create Dukkah Crunch, a delightful addition to salads and roasted meats.  In the cooking segment of the presentation, you will learn how to make a frittata using Parmesan, cream, nasturtiums (or market-available edible flower) and chervil and how to create cheddar and marigold scones.  Included are recipe packets and a list of online resources for finding edible flowers.  At the conclusion of the class, attendees will receive a gift bag with a lavender thyme shortbread cookie and a bonus recipe.

IKEBANA Floral Workshop, The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging with Irene Gomulka
2:00 - 4:00pm

Irene will teach a traditional Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana class. Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, is a national Japanese treasure, which is over 500 years old. Irene will share the history of Ikebana and show the traditional tools used for creating Ikebana. A plastic flower container, Japanese kenzan (needlepoint holder), floral materials and handouts will be provided. Please bring branch cutters and/or garden clippers, a container/pitcher to hold water, a small plastic bowl to cut the floral materials and a small plastic bag for your trash. 

Backyard Beekeeping 101 with John Rife, Founder/Owner East End Market
1:30 - 2:30pm
FREE with General Admission Ticket

In this presentation John Rife, the founder/owner of East End Market, will share his passion for backyard beekeeping and provide an introduction and “how to get started” in beekeeping workshop.  Caring for his apiary is a family affair and John’s kids are often seen suited up and inspecting hives alongside their father.  A backyard hive is a window into nature, biology, conservation and so many other topics worth exploring together.  Bring the whole family and learn why backyard beekeeping might just be your family’s new favorite hobby. 


Family-Friendly Fun Activities at the Museum
On-going during Show Hours
FREE with General Admission ticket


Family members of all ages will enjoy fun and educational activities throughout the day.  Plan time to also visit the Orlando Science Center or just relax, enjoy a picnic, fly a kite or run off a little energy in Loch Haven Cultural Park!


Friday, Saturday + Sunday, March 27-29
What’s It Worth? Appraisals
$10 Per Item / Verbal Appraisal Only / Reservations begin at 12:00pm
General Admission ticket required

Do you have a family heirloom or interesting “find?”  Antiques expert and Show Manager Charlie Miller will give you a professional appraisal of your treasure.




Antique Dealer + Art In Bloom + Auction Items
Blossoms & Blooms + Café 101 + Pop-up Shops + Tables In Bloom



Art in Bloom is an exciting new spring-time event for the Council of 101. Many ideas and features must come together before a successful conclusion can occur. In the past, ‘Art in Bloom’ has been offered in a smaller capacity. Renowned Central Florida florists have supported the event and participated. They again have joined us this year to inspire visitors with their floral interpretations of the OMA’s art collection.

This year we have a new partner, the Orlando Garden Club, which has been instrumental in engaging other garden clubs and their members in our effort to expand Art in Bloom. Their members’ engagement and enthusiasm have been rewarding. Thank you to all our floral designers who have come together to make the Council of 101’s Art in Bloom a springtime success!



ABT Modern
Mid Century and Danish Modern Furniture, Art, & Decor
DeLand, FL

Barbara Fellman Attitude!
Custom Jewelry Designs
McIntosh, FL

Beach Antiques & Estate Jewelry
18th and 19th Century Accessories, Estate Jewelry & Paintings
South Dennis, MA

The Button Box
Fine Antique Buttons, Small Boxes & Period Accessories
Cedarburg, WI

Evans & Son Fine Jewelers
Estate, Antique, & One-of-a-Kind Jewelry
Daytona Beach, FL

Fahmie Antique Oriental Rugs
Central Florida

Frank Larned Antiques
Sterling Silver, Cut Glass, Furniture & Bric-a-Brac
Port Orange, FL

LaPoma & LaPoma
American Furniture, Victorian Jewelry, Sterling Items, Fossils & Seashells
Franklin, TN

Linda Ketterling Fine Majolica
19th Century English & French Majolica 
Toledo, OH

McDonough Fine Art
18th and 19th Century American and European Prints & Maps
Atlanta, GA 

P & S Antiques
Late 19th to Mid-20th Century Antique, Estate & Diamond Jewelry
Lake Worth, FL

RMS Enterprises
Quality Cultured and Freshwater Pearls
St. Augustine, FL

Sarah Wildeman
Flowers by Sarah Wildeman
Orlando, FL

For more information, please contact the Council of 101 at 407.896.4231, ext. 254 or visit

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