Rockford Art Museum is in full bloom during three-day event Art in Bloom (Tuesday, June 27–Thursday, June 29, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.), as works of art from the RAM Collection are creatively interpreted through flowers and other organic material. Experience imaginative installations by talented local designers, as well as unique demonstrations, workshops and programs throughout the event.  

Admission is free with regular museum admission, except for the ticketed Art in Bloom Preview Party (Monday, June 26, 6–8 p.m., $40) and related programming at RAM and partner sites. For preview party tickets click here or call RAM at (815) 968-2787.

Participating designers include representatives of Abreo (Karen and Paul Sletten), Anderson Japanese Gardens (Tim Gruner, Katherine Marsh, Katie Weston, Tyler Ziegert), Barr’s Flowers and Greenhouse (Debbie Clanin, Tara McClenthen), Broadway Florist (Michelle Joley), Event Floral (Erin Stoffregen, Jordan Calgaro, Kim Dazey, Diane Didier-Adolphson, Megan Smith, Charlotte Schlossmann, Annie Von Arx, Hailey Holder), Garden Arts (Shirley Crawford, Char Hendrickson, Pamela Smith), Shirley Grace Floral Design (Beth Edwards), GreenFire (Shendet Ismajlaj), Kishwaukee College Floral Design (Janet Gallagher), Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden (Jim Wojtowicz), London Avenue Designs (Lori Eickhoff), Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens (Clayton Guler), O’Fallon’s Fine Flowers (Amy and Kathy Caruana), Toni’s of Winnebago (Michelle Princer), and Pattie Wallander Designs (Pattie Wallander).  

Art in Bloom is presented by Rockford Art Museum in partnership with Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, a facility of Rockford Park District, and Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sponsors include Anne and David Boccignone, Karen and David Diamond, Cherri and Phil Eaton, John and Lisa Stankey Rakus; Cheryl and Rick Bischoff, Judy Boccignone, Sharyn and Joe Castrogiovanni, CoyleKiley Insurance Agency, Sara and Dave Deutsch, Sherry and Greg Harlan, Shelley and Kevin Peifer, Robin and Douglas Roegner, and Savant Capital Management. Contributors include Wolfe Landscaping, and Lulu and Greg Watt. This event is chaired by David Boccignone.  

ART IN BLOOM ON DISPLAY
JUN 27–JUN 29, 10 AM–8 PM  
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 968-2787 
FREE WITH RAM ADMISSION ($7/adults, $3/seniors and students, free for children under 12 and Rockford Art Museum members; Free Day every Tuesday 10 am–5 pm, regular rates apply 5–8 pm)


ART IN BLOOM PREVIEW PARTY
MON, JUN 26, 6–8 PM, $40
INCLUDES WINE + HORS D'OEUVRES BY ABREO
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
For preview party tickets click here or call RAM, (815) 968-2787.

RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 
Learn more at rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom.


“THE ART OF THE FLOWER” GALLERY WALK
TUE, JUN 27, 11 AM
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 968-2787
$10 ADMISSION ($7 for members of partnering organizations) 
RAM Curator Carrie Johnson and Kishwaukee College horticulture instructor Janet Gallagher give an intimate look at the importance and meaning of flowers in art and design.

FLORAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
TUE, JUN 27, 2 PM
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 968-2787
$10 ADMISSION ($7 for members of partnering organizations)
David Seigel of Camera Craft offers tips and techniques that enable participants to capture creative images of arrangements on display. Bring your own camera. No flash equipment allowed. Space limited. TO REGISTER CALL (815) 968-2787.

“BLOOMS + BASKETS” WORKSHOP
WED, JUN 28, 11 AM
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 968-2787
$55 ADMISSION ($52 for members of partnering organizations)
Led by Event Floral designers, participants will create a stylized basket arrangement of seasonal fresh floral and natural focal accents and take home their creations. All materials included. Space limited. TO REGISTER CALL (815) 968-2787.

“SUMMER SUCCULENT CENTERPIECE” WORKSHOP
THU, JUN 29, 11 AM
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 968-2787
$30 ADMISSION ($27 for members of partnering organizations)
Led by Lori Eickhoff of London Avenue Designs, participants will create a stunning centerpiece made with summer succulents and take home their creations. All materials included. Space limited. TO REGISTER CALL (815) 968-2787.

FOREST CITY QUEEN CRUISES
JUN 27–29, DEPARTS 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM
RIVERFRONT MUSEUM PARK BOAT DOCK
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 987-1689
RATES START AT $6 FOR ADULTS
Space limited, reservations suggested. TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS CALL NICHOLAS CONSERVATORY & GARDENS, (815) 987-1689.

CREATE AN ART IN BLOOM-INSPIRED ITINERARY
Learn how to book guided tours with partnering organizations on their respective websites.

‘BRUCE MUNRO: LIGHT’ EXHIBIT
AT NICHOLAS CONSERVATORY & GARDENS
JUN 27–29, 9 AM–11 PM
1354 N 2ND ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 987-1689
RATES START AT $6 FOR ADULTS
Innovative light-based installation artist Bruce Munro uses Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as a stunning backdrop for his first exhibit in the Chicago region. Extended hours to see the luminescent works, including signature large-scale sculptures – two of which debut here. Best viewed at dusk or later. Full list of rates, activities and more at nicholasconservatory.com.

‘FROZEN IN GLASS’ EXHIBIT
AT KLEHM ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN
JUN 27–29, 9 AM–4 PM
2715 S MAIN ST, ROCKFORD, (815) 965-8146
FREE WITH KLEHM ADMISSION
This indoor exhibit surveys floral motifs in paperweights created from circa 1840 through today. Learn more at klehm.org. Klehm admission: $6/adults, $3/seniors and students, $3/children 3–17, free for children under 2 and Klehm members.

JAPANESE SCROLLS + IKEBANA EXHIBIT
AT ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS
JUN 27–28, 9 AM–6 PM + JUN 29, 9 AM–8 PM
318 SPRING CREEK RD, ROCKFORD, (815) 229-9390
FREE ADMISSION (GARDENS ADMISSION SEPARATE)
This indoor exhibit of authentic Japanese scrolls and ikebana arrangements is free and open to the public during regular hours (excludes Tuesday Evening in the Gardens concert series). Gardens admission: $9.50/adults, $8.50/seniors, $7.50/children, free for children under 5 and AJG members.

TUESDAY EVENING IN THE GARDENS CONCERT
AT ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS
TUE, JUN 27, PERFORMANCE BEGINS 5:45 PM
318 SPRING CREEK RD, ROCKFORD, (815) 229-9390
GARDENS ADMISSION RATES APPLY
Learn more at andersonjapanesegardens.org. Gardens admission: $9.50/adults, $8.50/seniors, $7.50/children, free for children under 5 and AJG members.

FRESCO AT THE GARDENS RESTAURANT
AT ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS
JUN 27–28, 8 AM–2 PM + JUN 29, 8 AM–7 PM
318 SPRING CREEK RD, ROCKFORD, (815) 316-2256
Menus and more at frescorockford.com.

For help planning a trip to the Rockford region, visit gorockford.com. For more about Art in Bloom go to rockfordartmuseum.org/art-in-bloom

Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum is a non-profit organization that exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibition and education. Regular admission: $7 adults, $3 students/seniors, free for children younger than age 12 and RAM members; Free Day every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (regular rates apply after 5 p.m.). Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day. For more information call (815) 968-2787 or go to rockfordartmuseum.org.

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