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Fine Art & Flowers

35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers
April 29 – May 1, 2016

Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers! Florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England create floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by masterworks from the permanent collection to display during this museum fundraiser. This year’s program will feature more than 60 exceptional floral designs showcased throughout the museum galleries. Events throughout the weekend include performances by Connecticut Lyric Opera, floral demonstrations, an Artisan Boutique with local vendors, and an elegant Floral Tea.

Hours & Admission

Friday, April 29: 11 am5 pm
Saturday, April 30: 10 am5 pm
Sunday, May 1: 10 am – 5 pm

Please note: The prices below reflect a $3 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admission prices during Fine Art & Flowers.

Members: $3
Adults: $18
Seniors: $15
Students: $8
Youth (age 17 & under): $3

The Wadsworth Atheneum usually waives admission fees every Wednesday–Sunday from 4–5 pm. Please note that guests visiting the museum at these times during the Fine Art & Flowers fundraiser will be charged $3 for their admission.

Are you visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum for the first time, or returning after some time away?
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Special events

Friday, April 29 | noon
CT Lyric Opera performance in Avery Court. Free with admission.

Saturday, April 30 | noon
CT Lyric Opera performance in Avery Court. Free with admission.

Saturday, April 30 | 2pm
Floral Demonstrations in Avery Court
Learn the art of floral arranging from four local professionals. Free with admission.

Sunday, May 1 | 12:30pm
Sold Out! Floral Tea
Celebrate spring with an elegant Floral Tea! Tickets include admission to the museum during Fine Art & Flowers, gourmet sweet and savory tea time treats, a selection of premium teas from The Green Teahouse of West Hartford, choice of one mimosa or bellini, NoRA Cupcakes, performances by CT Lyric Opera, and a special gift from the museum. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $75/$65 for museum members, and are available online only. All sales are final.

Sunday, May 1 | 1pm
Meet the Arrangers in the Galleries
Meet and engage with select floral professionals, who created some of the arrangements on display. Free with admission.

Artisan Boutique

Fine Art & Flowers features an Artisan Boutique of local vendors and their wares throughout the weekend. This year, explore handmade goods from Wood By Forest, Iade Dah Jewelry, Liena Dieck Art Couture, The Bag Lady, Blessed Creek, Debbye Rosen Pottery, Dancing Bear Tassels, and Laurie Lynne’s Jewelry.

Sponsor a Pedestal

Support Fine Art & Flowers and have your Garden Club and/or company’s name displayed on a flower pedestal for the entire weekend. Download a Pedestal Sponsor Packet here.

2016 Pedestal Sponsors:

  • Marlene Adkins, Lisa Bresling, Mark King, Kathy Lamy, Alyce Rawlins
  • Sally Alubicki Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Member
  • The Blair Family
  • Don Brooks & Associates, Inc.
  • Marlene and Thomas Clarke
  • Consulting Ophthalmologists, P.C.
  • Crook’s Garage
  • Friend of the Wadsworth
  • Dr. and Mrs. James C. Collias
  • Stuart and Judi Cooper
  • Flavia H. Cote
  • Pauline & Barry Dickstein
  • Lynn B. Horne and Ron DiVicino
  • Dolores P. Dworak, Patricia Lee, Valerie Orefice, Ann Parkhurst, June Roy, Sally Summer
  • Katherine M. Papathanasis
  • Donna and David Wadstrup
  • Donna S. Wadstrup and Joan T. Wojciehowski
  • Barbara G. Ward
  • Wethersfield Shopping Center Merchants Association
  • Windsor Shopping Center Merchants Association
  • Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum -Kate Deasy, Judy Gunning, Sherry Harriman, Shirley Randazzo
  • Al and Barbara Zakarian

Past Fine Art & Flowers Installations

The 35th Annual Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. All event proceeds fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.

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