Spring Flowering at the MFA

Sat. April 21 – Tues. April 24

We all have traditions, especially in the spring when we use the word "rebirth" more than the rest of the year. There’s opening day at Fenway, of course. There’s the appearance of the birds who wintered down south. And there’s "Art in Bloom," the annual flower fest at the Museum of Fine Arts. Nearly 70 garden clubs throughout New England and their flower arrangements are spread throughout the museum’s public spaces and galleries. The event, the 31st of its kind, usuallly brings in about 20,000 visitors. You can be one of them. If you’re well-heeled and like parties, you can attend the opening party Saturday April 21 at 7 p.m., drink the "Art in Bloom" signature cocktail and listen to the Blus Cabaret jazz quartet and the Marianne Solivan Quartet. That runs $200. On the flip side, on Monday April 23, there’s an open house from 5 to 9:45 where it’s free to get in. Normally, admission is $15. The floral designs are meant to compliment works of art in the museum, including the restored Marine Mosaic (A.D. 200 – 230) excavated from Antioch, and Claude Monet’s La Japanaise (1876) featuring his wife Camille in Japanese costume. The "star" attraction if you will is Eirene, the collossal Greek statue of the Goddess of Peace (in photo) on loan from Italy. There are various events slated throughout exhibition. Check the website below for details.

465 Huntington Ave. 617-369-3196 mfa.org

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