The LaGrange Art Museum will once again usher in spring with Art N’ Bloom, a benefit luncheon that combines fresh floral arrangements and the fine art that inspired the arrangements.
This year’s event, a floral interpretation of the museum’s permanent collection and luncheon will take place at Bisham Manor on May Day, May 1, at 11 a.m. Luncheon tickets are $50 each; tables of eight or 10 may be reserved by calling the art museum at 112 Lafayette Parkway, 706-882-3267. Raffle tickets also are available by advance purchase.
Bisham Manor will provide the perfect backdrop for this May Day celebration which gives a nod to PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” the Golden Globe- and Primetime Emmy Award-winning British period drama television series set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, which depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.
“The immaculately kept gardens and lawns of the magnificent Bisham estate will make an idyllic setting and lend the flavor of an English Tudor castle to the event,” said museum Executive Director Karen Briggs. “It will provide a unique and enchanting setting for May Day fetes as garden club members transform the castle with garlands, maypole ribbons and chains, drapes and swages in a floral celebration of spring.”
Committee co-chairs Liz Greer, Mary Higgins and Betty Lester hope guests will feel as sophisticated and poised as the women of Downton and will want to dress in Edwardian period attire with gloves and hats as they enjoy a lunch menu inspired by recipes from the “Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.” They anticipate that recipes such as Lady Mary’s Crab Canapés and Crawley’s Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches will take guests back to the splendors of another era as they dine accompanied by period appropriate music.
Guests are sure to be inspired by the museum’s permanent collection interpreted in three-dimensional arrangements inspired by the color, texture and symmetry of a two-dimensional painting.
The museum relies on support from individual donors for nearly 25 percent of its annual budget, according to Briggs.
“Our fundraisers allow us to provide meaningful cultural programs and stimulating exhibitions throughout the year,” she said, securing the museum’s vitality for future generations.
Art N’ Bloom is a fundraising approach that enables patrons to support the museum financially while enjoying a museum program that particularly appeals to them.
“We’re very excited about this event,” said Board President Bobby Cammon. “The response so far has been tremendous. We are thrilled that this is now an annual event.”
The LaGrange Art Museum is a not-for-profit art museum dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through the quality of its collections, exhibits, education programs, and community outreach initiatives. It is committed to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of the community it serves.
Located on the highly visible gateway corner of Lafayette Parkway and Morgan Street, the LaGrange Art Museum is the first building obvious to visitors as they enter the city of LaGrange. Chamber of Commerce tourism surveys indicate it is a key partner in tourism and economic development, and it’s educational and outreach programs fill needs of a wide range.
Known as one of Georgia’s best regional museums, the LaGrange Art Museum collects and presents contemporary art by emerging and established artists. The Museum’s permanent collection holds works by artists such as Benny Andrews, Beverly Buchanan, Howard Finster, Lamar Dodd, Mildred Thompson and Andy Warhol. Housed in a former jail dating to 1892, the Museum is committed to connecting community with creativity and the role that the arts can play in our wider society. The Museum’s educational programs develop the creativity of thousands of people each year from all backgrounds and ages.
The Center for Creative Learning (CCL), which sits immediately adjacent to the 50 year old beloved Museum, is currently part of a downtown re-development “Creative Place Making” project – funded through city and foundation funds – that will bring together the local community, multiple arts agencies and residents through the re-design and adaptive re-use and rehabilitation of a former 1890s feed and seed into a vibrant, three-part, mixed-use, multi-art space.
When complete, the CCL will encompass a parking area featuring an artist designed and installed exterior mural, a catering kitchen, bike racks, artists’ studios, fire-rated kiln, potters wheels, sinks, a box office and a full wall of glass garage doors, which will roll open and provide light into this environmentally efficient space that will be used by large groups of pre-school, and in-school children, adults and seniors, by community art and civic groups, and the youth symphony orchestra.
The CCL will become a center where learning takes on a truly creative and colorful tone. As local and regional school systems continue to cut funding to arts and music programs, the Art Museum, and the renovated Center for Creative Living will help to fill the void in arts education.