WORCESTER – “Stunning”. “Fragrant”. “Inspired”.  Just a few of the words used by guests of last night’s Flora Preview Reception for Swept Away at the Worcester Art Museum.

Now in it’s 16th year, Flora in Winter is one of the museums, and the regions, most anticipated events.  This years theme, Flora Reimagined  Swept Away,  is inspired by Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England, currently on display at the museum.  Local arrangers have exquisitely set a mood, and created an emotional environment connecting the theme to the guests to the art.  At every turn you are reminded through color, texture, and the beautifully combined scents of the different flora, that in any setting, flowers have the power to enchant.  Live music in the Renaissance Court added to the elegant garden feel of the evening, which was the perfect kick-off to this four day event.  The perfect peek into a much awaited Spring.

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Flora also provides museum goers with the perfect opportunity to view the Winslow Homer exhibit that is the inspiration for the event.  Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum’s The Gale (1883-93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Hark! The Lark (1882)—the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist’s time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882, and  features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer’s time abroad.

Flora in Winter runs through the weekend, from January 25th-28th, and has something for every art and flower lover to enjoy.  From public tours that need no reservations, creating origami flowers with children and families, a Paint Nite in the Museum Cafe, a workshop for designing arrangements at home, and a concert by the Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, it’s an exciting, inspiring, educational weekend to visit WAM.

Admission to Flora in Winter is FREE for members during exhibition hours.  For non-members the admission fee is $22 for adults and $6 for youth during exhibition hours.  Some events have additional fees.  Please check the museum website for information specific to this event www.worcesterart.org

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Flora In Winter Event Schedule

Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration: The Judges Challenge

Friday, January 26, 3:00-4:30pm

Renaissance Court

Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited.

See how 3 different Floral Design Judges create flower arrangements from scratch inspired by “A Winged Genius” (Assyrian, 883-859 BC), 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 28, to guests who have purchased or renewed their membership during Flora.

Plant Nite

Friday, January 26, 5:30-7:00pm

The Museum Café $50

Plant Nite is coming to WAM! Create a succulent-filled terrarium that you can take home, visit the cash bar, and enjoy Flora while the galleries are less crowded. Materials and gallery admission included.

Register online at www.plantnite.com/events/-10032628

Origami Flower Corsages

Saturday, January 27th, 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Sunday, January 28th, 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Throughout Museum Galleries

Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required.

Join WAM educators in this interactive drop-in origami-making activity throughout the Museum.

Flora Designing at Home – Floral Demonstration and Tour

Saturday, January 27, 10:00am-11:30am (demo); 11:30am-12noon (tour)

Members $22, Nonmembers $27, Students $6 (includes museum admission)

At the Door: Members $25, Nonmembers $35

While you enjoy coffee and pastry watch floral designer Mary Huntoon as she demonstrates various floral designs for your home. These will be easy designs to liven up your house and have everyone wondering how you did it. Any secrets will be shared! Immediately following will be a special docent led tour of Flora in Winter. Register online at florademotour.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.


Lecture: The Lost Salisbury Gardens and Greenhouses with Jim Welu

Sunday, January 28, 1pm

Conference Room

Pre-registration required, free with Flora admission, seating is limited. Join Director Emeritus Jim Welu, as he discusses the lost Salisbury Gardens and Greenhouses. Register online at lostgreenhouses.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, January 28, 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.

Public Drop-In Tours

Free with Museum admission. Flora in Winter tours operate on a “looping” system; traveling continually through all of Flora’s interpreted objects. Join any tour loop at any time during the hours below; simply show up at any time at your convenience. Look for a docent in the loop tour area with the identifying Flora badge.

  • Friday January 26: 10:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday January 27: 10:30am-3:30pm
  • Sunday January 28: 10:30am-3:30pm
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