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Worcester Art Museum Announces Return of Flora in Winter

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Fora in Winter returns PHOTO: Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum is set to welcome back Flora in Winter.

Flora in Winter will return from January 24 through January 27 at the Museum.

Flora in Winter

For four days, dozens of floral displays transform the Museum into a wonderland awash in color, light, and a profusion of delicate perfumes—the perfect antidote to winter’s icy grip. 

Floral designers interpret works from WAM’s permanent collection and fill the Museum with decorative creations intended to delight and amaze.

This year, Flora in Winter coincides with the opening of the special exhibition, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process.

The event includes a variety of public programs—guided tours, a lecture by Kim Cutler, a demonstration by expert floral designers, and a performance by the Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble—all free with Flora admission.

Flora in Winter 2019 full schedule of events and programs

OPENING PARTY: Waterlilies to Waterloo: An Evening with Monet and Flowers
Friday, January 25, 5:30-8pm

Early purchase (by January 15th) Members $20, Nonmembers $30, Students $15,

Youth $8

After January 15 and at the door: Members $25, Nonmembers $37, Students $20,

Youth $10

This event celebrates both Flora in Winter and the opening of the exhibition, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process, with a fusion of color, light, flowers, and art. The festivities include entertainment, live music, hearty hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Valet available at the Lancaster Street entrance for $5 per car. Buy tickets at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006

Members of the Museum’s Salisbury Society enjoy a Chairman’s tour of the Flora arrangements, private viewing of the exhibition, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, and complimentary admission for the evening. Open to Salisbury Society members only.


Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration

Thursday, January 24, 2:00-3:30pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited.

Three floral designers create their own flower arrangements from scratch inspired by a work of art located in the Renaissance Court. The finished designs will be on view for the duration of Flora and will be raffled off on Sunday, January 27.


Living Art: Terrarium Workshop with Sally Jablonski

Thursday, January 24, 5-7:00pm
$50 Members and Nonmembers

Master florist Sally Jablonski guides this workshop where participants create a one-of-a-kind succulent-filled terrarium to take home. Materials included. Cash bar. Register at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006


Live Interpretation in the Gallery: Battle of Blossoms

Friday, January 25, 8-8:30am coffee and pastries in the Museum Café;

8:30-10am demonstration in the European galleries
Members $20, Nonmembers $35, Students $20. Limited to 30 people

This year’s poplar live interpretation event taps the expertise of floral designers Susan Dewey and Thelma Shoneman, who will create flower arrangements inspired by two suits of armor in the European Galleries. Refreshments provided before the program. Register at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.


Lecture: Behind the Scenes of Flora with Kim Cutler
Friday, January 25, 10:30-11:30am

Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited
Every frosty January, the Worcester Art Museum is transformed into a floral wonderland. This illustrated talk by Kim Cutler, Flora in Winter co-chair for 17 years, explores the creative energy and teamwork that goes into making it a signature event, including the unique challenges talented designers face when planning their arrangements and working in a museum setting.

Drop-in Activity: Paper Flower Corsages

Friday, January 25, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Saturday, January 26, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Sunday, January 27, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.

WAM educators show how to make paper flowers in this drop-in activity in Salisbury Hall. Wear your flower or bring it home.


Floral Demonstration and Tour: Floral Design with a French Flair

Saturday, January 26, 10:00am-11:30am (demonstration); 11:30am-12:30pm (tour)

Members $22, Nonmembers $35, Students $20, Youth $15 (includes Flora admission)

Jeff French of Worcester’s French Bouquet Florist shows how to make flower arrangements that would be at home in a Parisian salon.  Rich color, lush texture, and unusual blooms characterize his design style. The program includes refreshments and a docent-led tour of Flora in Winter.  Register at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006


Lecture: Worcester’s Monets: Two Brilliant Acquisitions

Sunday, January 27, 1pm

$10, pre-registration required, seating is limited. (Flora admission not included)

In 1910, the Worcester Art Museum purchased two paintings by Claude Monet, including one of his paintings of water lilies, the first to be acquired by an art museum.  WAM Director Emeritus Jim Welu tells the fascinating story about these two acquisitions and America’s long love affair with French Impressionism. Register at flora2019.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006


Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, January 27, 2:30pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.

Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble‘s roots were formed in November 2010 at First Unitarian Church of Worcester. Individually, the Seele Musicale musicians are teachers, music directors, orchestra members, church soloists, and chamber music enthusiasts. Their common bond is the intense love of the music they choose. Much of their interest gravitates around music of the 17th and 18th centuries.



Experience Flora Tours

Free with Flora admission.
Docents with identifying Flora badges are available in the galleries with Flora’s interpreted pieces between 10:30am and 2:30pm, Friday through Sunday. Meet up with them at your convenience, or join a docent for an hour-long guided visit to Flora selections on tours leaving from Salisbury Hall at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm, Friday through Sunday.

Private Group Tours

Arrange a private, guided tour for groups of 10 or more by calling Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338. Two weeks advance notice is requested.

Hours and Parking


Museum & Shop
Thursday, January 24: 10am-4pm
Friday, January 25: 10am-4pm. The Museum and Shop re-open from 5:30 – 8pm for the Flora/Monet Opening Party
Saturday, January 26: 10am-5pm
Sunday, January 27: 10am-5pm

The Museum Café (For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508.793.4357)
Thursday, January 24: 11am-3pm
Friday, January 25: 11am-3pm (the last seating on January 25th will be at 2:30pm)
Saturday, January 26: 11am-3pm

Sunday, January 27: 11am-3pm

Museum Library
Thursday, January 24: 10am-4pm
Friday, January 25: 10am-4pm
Saturday, January 26: 10am-4pm
Sunday, January 27: closed

Members enjoy free admission for all four days except for the Flora/Monet Opening Party on January 25. To purchase a membership, call 508.793.4300 or visit portal/worcesterart.org/join/

Valet parking will be available throughout Flora in Winter at the Lancaster Street entrance for a fee of $5 per car.


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