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Fundraiser blossoms at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

March 23, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The Woodland Garden Club created a floral arrangement inspired by a piece called "Girl on Rock" by Regina DeLuise for the annual Art in Bloom event Friday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art organized with the Hagerstown Garden Club.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

The annual Art in Bloom fundraiser at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is blossoming into a huge success.

Maureen Sasse, president of the Hagerstown Garden Club, said the purpose of the event is to not only raise money for the museum, but also to bring in people who otherwise might not be exposed to all the gallery has to offer.

“It’s such a good cause,” Sasse said. “This museum is a wonderful gem.”

Sasse said the event features floral arrangements that were created by a few dozen garden clubs in the Tri-State region. The participants were given a work of art that already was on display, then told to interpret it through a floral arrangement.

The interpretations ranged from a bowl of fruit to a cross-section of the human anatomy.

Julie Wills was one of several hundred people who turned out Friday night.

“We were here a number of years ago, and it was lovely,” Wills said. “The museum really is a Washington County treasure. (Art in Bloom) highlights the exhibits. It’s a great way to celebrate spring.”

Sasse said about 400 people paid the $30 entry fee or gave larger contributions to attend the event, which included a variety of wines and hors d’oevres.

Art in Bloom raised $13,000 for the museum in 2012, Sasse said. But she wasn’t so sure that figure would be reached this year.

“We’re optimistic,” she said.

Jennifer Smith, the museum’s collections and exhibitions manager, said Art in Bloom unofficially started in early February, when museum officials selected the works of arts for interpretation. Shortly thereafter, the garden clubs were assigned a painting at random, and given about a month to design and build an arrangement.

She said Art in Bloom is not a contest.

“There isn’t a winner. It’s all for fun,” Smith said.

Rosanna Gonzalez, Art in Bloom co-chair, said the Hagerstown Garden Club couldn’t have coordinated the event without the help of local sponsors, such as AC&T, Gordon Grocery and Wantz Distributors, who donated soft drinks, wine and beer.

Gonzalez said Art in Bloom will continue Saturday at the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you go ...

What: Art in Bloom.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts at Hagerstown City Park.

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