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Change in ticket process for Art in Bloom reception causes confusion

March 11, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com
  • In this March 31, 2012, file photo, Sylvia Deck, a National Garden Club-accredited judge, gives a floral demonstration at the 10th annual Art in Bloom at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY — The hosts of an annual event, which invites participants to display floral arrangements crafted to depict pieces of artwork, worry that this year’s audience might be smaller than anticipated.

Over the past decade, the Hagerstown Garden Club has hosted an Art in Bloom weekend at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, featuring a preview reception limited to 350 guests.

This year, at the request of the museum, the garden club changed the way spots to the preview reception can be reserved, and has seen a decreased interest believed to be caused by confusion, garden club President Maureen Sasse said Monday.

“Apparently people aren’t getting the word that all they have to do is make a reservation,” Sasse said.

The club has traditionally sold tickets to the event, but this year, the museum requested that interested parties reserve a $30 spot by calling 301-739-5727.

The preview reception for the 11th annual Art in Bloom will be Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum in City Park. The deadline to make a reservation for the reception, catered by LJ’s & the Kat Lounge, is Friday.

About 250 spots are available for the reception, which showcases the floral interpretations before the display opens to the public, Sasse said Monday.

Proceeds benefit art programs and free-admission events at the museum.

This year’s Art in Bloom will feature 26 arrangements, designed by garden clubs, students and organizations from across the region, in addition to the works of two youth groups, Sasse said.

Participants supply their own flowers to design their arrangements in keeping with the club’s criteria, which includes height and width requirements.

“It always amazes me how incredibly talented people are,” Sasse said. “It’s really phenomenal.”

Following the preview reception on March 22, the museum will open Art in Bloom to the public for free on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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