Art in Bloom 2024

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Spring is arriving early at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts with the fragrant Art in Bloom fundraiser.

This year marks the 20th year for the colorful event that challenges designers to create a floral display inspired by a painting or sculpture in the museum’s collection. This year’s Art in Bloom is organized in collaboration with the Town and Country Garden Club.

Art in Bloom kicks off Friday, March 15, 2024, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Preview Party when the floral displays are at their freshest. Cost is $50 per person. Advance registration is required by contacting Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727 or drastelli@wcmfa.org. Or purchase tickets below.

The event continues with extended hours Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, noon to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge for Saturday and Sunday, but donations to support the museum are gratefully appreciated.

On Saturday, In Full Bloom Flower Farm, Clear Spring, will sell flowers starting at 10 a.m. until sold out. 

A special free demonstration will take place in the museum’s Kaylor Atrium Saturday at 1 p.m. Karen Conley Kallmyer of Frederick, Maryland, who recently retired from her business Kallmyer’s Custom Florals. will demonstrate floral arranging techniques. Kallmyer served the Washington, D.C., area for more than 35 years. Most notably, she was a designer in the flower shop at the White House during three administrations. Today, she spends her time freelancing and giving presentations and workshops in floriculture.

Last month, participating designers chose a painting or sculpture from an assortment of pre-selected objects to interpret. Creativity is encouraged, but the designers are required to use only fresh or dried flowers and foliage to create their displays

For the anniversary event, there are 50 designers participating to create 30 arrangements. Of those participating, there are 11 clubs, six businesses and 15 individuals.

Garden Clubs participating are Carroll Garden Club of Taneytown, Maryland; Clear Spring (Maryland) Garden Club; Crossroads Garden Club, Hagerstown;  District VI Designer’s Guild; Foxglove Garden Club, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; Green Walled Garden Club, Frederick, Maryland; Howard County Garden Club, Columbia, Maryland; Ikebana International, Baltimore Chapter; Mt. Airy (Maryland) Garden Club; Potomac Garden Club, Williamsport, Maryland; and Town and Country Garden Club, Boonsboro, Maryland.

Businesspersons participating are Lindsay Jo Crenshaw of Hagerstown, with Perky Flower Farm; Jeni Peterson of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with WestVirjeni; Angela Rabena of Ashburn, Virgina, of Blooms2U; Misha Van Mecl of Shepherdstown, of Windward by LAH & Windward Blooms; Ory Webster of New Market, Maryland; Ory Custom Florals; and Kelly White of Knoxville, Maryland with Rustbucket Gardens, and Sage Chandler of Lovetesville Sage C Studio.

Individual designers are Scott Bowen, Darryl Clopper, Al Martin, and Nick Mohar-Schurz of Hagerstown, aka The Blooming Idiots; Naomi Byler of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; Peggy Connor and Judy D’Agostino of Thurmont, Maryland; Peg Hardinge of Hagerstown; Hana Malone of Hagerstown; Marilyn Potter of Mt. Airy, Maryland; Teresa Roberts and Pam Gouker of Hagerstown;  Pat Stine and Ginnie Singdahlsen of Shepherdstown, and Amy Marsh of Frederick.

And Brandy Merchant is designing on behalf of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown.

Art in Bloom is graciously sponsored by David and Louisa McCain; Younger Toyota; Dr. Robert and Marjorie Hobbs; Wantz Distributors; Constance Lenhart; Mrs. Theron Rinehart; Tracie Felker and Oliver Tessier; Doug Mills and Beth Beckner-Mills; Ameri; Antietam Tree and Turf; Town and Country Garden Club; Dr. Thomas Tarpley and Dotti Burhans; AmeriServ Bank; Taskers Chance Garden Club; Karen Spessard; Blooms2u; Washington County Arts Council; Crossroads Garden Club, James McConnell; and Alfred and Laura Bendell, and Michael and Pamela Gouker.

For more information about Art in Bloom, go to https://wcmfa.org/art-in-bloom/.



Art in Bloom Preview Party