Art in Bloom blossoms at New Orleans Museum of Art
The art, of course, is always the draw at theNew Orleans Museum of Art, but for five days (March 18-21), the visuals get a floral boost during "Art in Bloom," presented by IberiaBank.
The preview party Wednesday night kicked off the floral festivities, as more than 800 people filled the museum to admire the approximately 100 floral displays coordinated with the art. Some pairings are divine -- for example, theMake It Right Foundation design (courtesy of Rebecca Schultz and Shelley Freed) with a painting of St. Sebastian as a backdrop, while others, such as the area garden clubs, created more direct interpretations, and on the third floor, ikebana arrangements added elegance. Local schools also got into the act, minus the actual flowers, and on the second floor their projects brightened up the passageway. Entertainment included theTreme Brass Band, which did a second line throughout the museum, and local restaurants brought their culinary A-game to the forefront (a favorite was the truffled grilled cheese by Brennan's chef Slade Rushing.) A silent auction offered works by artists Hunt Slonem, Richard Sexton, Stephanie Huger, Beth Lambert, Garth Swanson and Sahlia Staib, among other artists.
The event is a benefit for NOMA and the Garden Study Club and supporters and fans included AIB co-chairs Catherine Favrot and Betsy Laborde (both pretty in hot pink), NOMA director Susan Taylor, Suzanne and Michael Brown, Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert, Sara Ruffin Costello, Chris Fransen, Anne Redd, Garden Study Club president Marilee Hovet with Andrew Hovet, NOMA Volunteer Chair Joni Diaz and Tommy Diaz, Beth Biundo, Julie George, Elinor Bright, Leslie and Dr. Brad Gottsegen, Marti Dalton, Susan Wormser, Tommy Westervelt, Cece Colhoun, Margaret Villere, Grace Kaynor, Jennifer Rowland, Margaret Jones and Davie Isginitis, Caroline and Murray Calhoun, Margaret Zainey Roux, Taylor Morgan, Kate and John Werner, Tim Bright and Susan Boyd, Cathy and Rivie Cary, Susu and Andrew Stall, Kia and Christian Brown, Joey and Buzzy Brown, as well asLouisette Brown with George Dunbar, C.C. and Bill Langenstein, Vesta Fort, and Gwathmey and Fritz Gomila, to name just a few of the many who attended.
While the soiree is over, the activities continue Thursday (March 19), with a lecture featuring Sara Ruffin Costello, Lee Ledbetter, Neil Odenwald and Markham Roberts talking about design and gardens, followed by a lecture by event planning guru Bronson van Wyck, then a luncheon and fashion show produced by Saks Fifth Avenue. The floral displays are on view through Sunday.