Flora in Winter — Leave the winter cold outside and treat yourself to color and fragrance during Worchester Art Museum‘s “Flora in Winter,” when the museum blooms with flower arrangements inspired by works of art. Floral designers interpret paintings, sculpture, and other artworks with imaginative arrangements that dazzle and delight! Demonstrations, lectures, guided tours, and activities for children also take place throughout “Flora in Winter.” January 24-27.
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process features nine stellar versions of Claude Monet’s well-known series of paintings depicting London’s Waterloo Bridge, revealing the artist’s exploration of color, light, and density—qualities he found inherent in the fog-bound landscape of the River Thames. The exhibition opens to the public on January 25. Flora in Winter admission prices apply through January 27.
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Opening party for “Water Lilies to Waterloo: An Evening of Monet and Flowers” is January 25.
The festivities include music by the Paul Buono jazz quartet, hearty hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Valet available at the Lancaster Street entrance for $5 per car. Tickets. 5:30-8 p.m.
Flora in Winter Programs
Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration. January 24.
Three floral designers create flower arrangements from scratch inspired by a mosaic, using identical containers and materials. Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required, seating is limited. In Renaissance Court, 2-3:30 p.m.
Living Art: Terrarium Workshop with Sally Jablonski. January 24.
Create a one-of-a-kind succulent-filled terrarium, guided by master florist Sally Jablonski. Learn about balancing this mini-ecosystem and take home your creation. Materials included. Cash bar. Register. Conference Room. $50. 5-7 p.m.
Live Interpretation in the Gallery: Battle of Blossoms. Friday, January 25
Featuring floral designers Susan Dewey and Thelma Shoneman. Enter the Museum before hours and enjoy coffee and pastry in the Café before watching Dewey and Shoneman create arrangements inspired by two suits of armor in the European Galleries. Register. European Galleries, $20-$35. 8:30-10 a.m.
Drop-in Activity: Paper Flower Corsages. January 25 -27.
WAM educators show how to make paper flowers in this drop-in activity in Salisbury Hall. Wear your flower or bring it home. Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required. Stephen Salisbury Hall. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Floral Demonstration and Tour: Floral Design with a French Flair. January 26.
Jeff French of Worcester’s French Bouquet Florist shows how to make flower arrangements that would be at home in a Parisian salon. Rich color, lush texture, and unusual blooms characterize his design style. Enjoy a beverage and pastry during the demonstration. Immediately following will be a special docent led tour of Flora in Winter. Conference Room. $15-$35. 10-11:30 a.m. (demonstration); 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (tour).
Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble. January 27.
Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble’s roots were formed in November. Much of their interest gravitates around music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Free with Flora admission, no RSVP required. Renaissance Court. 2:30 p.m.
Admission — Adults, $22; youth, $6 during exhibition hours.
Hours — Museum Galleries & Shop open Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; open until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum Cafe open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Parking — Valet parking ($5 per car) will be available at the Lancaster Street entrance on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.