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Museum Announces Art in Bloom Award Winners


Posted on April 3rd, 2009

Milwaukee, WI, April 9, 2009—Over 11,500 people visited the visited the Milwaukee Art Museum during the Second Annual Art in Bloom exhibition, April 2-5, 2009. Presented by the Museum’s Garden Club and sponsored by the Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Art in Bloom also included lectures and workshops with celebrity floral designers and master gardeners, book signings, plein air painters, a multi-vendor indoor marketplace, a garden sculpture sale, and floral-inspired dining in the Café Calatrava Garden Room.

The Museum is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s professionally judged Art in Bloom Awards, along with the popular-vote People’s Choice Awards.

Art in Bloom Awards


First Place:
Denise Gehrke, AIFD, Waukesha Floral and Greenhouse
Inspired by Northwood III, Kenneth D. Snelson

Second Place:
Miki Herman, Moss Floral Design School and Studio
Inspired by Field Armor, Michel Witz the Younger (workshop of)

Third Place:
Pam Borgardt, Milaeger’s
Inspired by Boating on the Yerres [Périssoires sur l’Yerres], Gustave Caillebotte

Honorable Mention:
Alka Bhargava, Helen Surridge, Ikebana International Chapter #22
Inspired by St. Dionysus, Kehinde Wiley

The Art in Bloom Awards were judged by a three-person panel:

Laurie Winters
Director of Exhibitions
Milwaukee  Art Museum

Kitty Larkin
Past president of the National Garden Club Federation, 2004-06
Accredited Flower Show Judge
Menomenee Falls, WI                                               

Elaine Burke
Accredited Flower Show Judge, Garden Clubs of America
Hartland, WI

People’s Choice Awards


Thursday/Friday

Best Interpretation
Pam Borgardt, Milaeger’s
Inspired by Boating on the Yerres [Périssoires sur l’Yerres], Gustave Caillebotte

Best Traditional Design
Julio Cesar Bryand, Nicholas Konzal, Amber Sol, event flower design LLC
Inspired by The Triumph of Galatea, Corrado Giaquinto

Best Contemporary Design
Christopher Dobs, Urban Sense
Inspired by Poppies, Georgia O’Keeffe

Best in Show
Pam Borgardt, Milaeger’s
Inspired by Boating on the Yerres [Périssoires sur l’Yerres], Gustave Caillebotte

Saturday

Best Interpretation
Matheau Recht, Luxe Events
Inspired by The Rivals (Little Kittens), Mihály Munkácsy

Best Traditional Design
Rochelle Zimmerman, The Wreath Factory
Inspired by Untitled, Jasper Johns

Best Contemporary Design
Christopher Dobs, Urban Sense
Inspired by Poppies, Georgia O’Keeffe

Best in Show
Pam Borgardt, Milaeger’s
Inspired by Boating on the Yerres [Périssoires sur l’Yerres], Gustave Caillebotte

Sunday

Best Interpretation
Debrah Bathurst, RJ Tornoe, Petaluna Flowers & Gifts
Inspired by Madonna and Child, Nardo di Cione

Best Traditional Design
Mari Trific, Whole Foods Market, Milwaukee
Inspired by Flowers in Terra-cotta Vase, Jan van Os

Best Contemporary Design
Christopher Dobs, Urban Sense
Inspired by Poppies, Georgia O’Keeffe

Best in Show
Debrah Bathurst, RJ Tornoe, Petaluna Flowers & Gifts
Inspired by Madonna and Child, Nardo di Cione

The Second Annual Art in Bloom was on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum April 2 through 5, 2009.

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