Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom is a bi-annual fundraising event hosted by the MacKenzie Gallery Volunteers. The event last took place in May 2014, and would normally be scheduled to take place in May 2016, however, the MacKenzie Gallery Volunteers are taking this year to work on strategic planning related to the event. Check back soon for more details on Art in Bloom 2017!

Art in Bloom 2014

On May 8 and 9, 2014, the MacKenzie Gallery Volunteers (MGV) hosted a particularly enchanting fundraiser featuring a colourful spray of fresh floral arrangements, fashion and fine art. Presented by Sask Power and supported by Harvard Western Insurance, Art In Bloom turned to works of art from the Gallery’s permanent collection to provide inspiration for spectacular floral interpretations on display  and one-of-a-kind fashion over this two day event. The arrangements were a beautiful accompaniment to the corresponding fashion show, organized by our partners at Saskatchewan Fashion Week, as Saskatchewan designers brought these works from the MacKenzie’s collection “to life” through fashion.

This event coincided with the Art In Bloom exhibition showcasing a selection of rarely seen works and recent acquisitions from the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s permanent collection with works by Anthony Thorn, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Agnes Ivan, Janet Jones, Kenneth Lochhead, John Noestheden, Maija Peeples-Bright, Bart Pragnell, Sandy Skoglund, and Tim Whiten. The Art In Bloom Lunch & Fashion Show offered an exceptional dining experience with floral “tablescapes” created by individuals and businesses from the community. Art In Bloom is the principal fundraiser held by the MacKenzie Gallery Volunteers, and takes place on a biennial basis. Funds raised at this sold out event went towards ensuring ongoing support for the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s public programming and exhibitions. The MacKenzie is grateful to our partners, Saskatchewan Fashion Week, along with presenter SaskPower and, of course, our ever-generous supporters. “Art In Bloom raised over $20,000 to support the MacKenzie’s art education programs,” says Lynn Tomkins, MGV President. “We drew on the whole community to volunteer their design talents, and more than 400 volunteer hours were donated in support of the MacKenzie. It was an outstanding event.”

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