April 18-25: Columbus Museum's Let There Be Art and Bloom fundraiser

Columbus Museum's Let There Be Art and Bloom fundraiser features guest lecturers – including Ron Morgan, Jill Steenhuis, and James Farmer -- as well as demonstrations, workshops and art and plants for sale. The week-long fundraiser is April 18-25. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 706-748-2562 ext. 544 or visit columbusmuseum.com/lettherebeart!


ART AFTER DARK Premier Party: 7 p.m. Colorful Cocktail Attire. $80 Museum member/$90 Non-member. Art, cocktails and gourmet cuisine by Chef Jamie Keating. Take advantage of the opportunity to preview and purchase art and botanicals before the show opens on April 19. APRIL 19-25 – ART SHOW & SALE celebrating artists from the East Coast, throughout the South, and stretching across to Europe. Free admission. APRIL 19-21 – BOTANICAL TENT indoor and outdoor gardening inspirations and botanicals for sale, artful containers, consultations with Master Gardeners, and how-to demonstrations with local garden and cuisine experts!

April 19-20– Café – More than just a café, come and soak in the one-of-a-kind view while you enjoy terrific speakers and live demonstrations. Drop by for a $12 boxed lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or stop in for a refreshment throughout the day. FRIDAY, APRIL 19– 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

FLORAL FRIDAY with Ron Morgan: Ron Morgan is one of the most sought-after and well-recognized floral designers in the United States. He has dazzled lecture and garden club audiences for over twenty years with his wit, knowledge, and unparalleled creative talents. Through his imaginative use of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and unusual items, he transforms the ordinary into the exquisite, artfully arranging his striking materials into masterpieces.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Art Show & Sale and Botanical Tent Open - FREE

11-11:45 a.m. – Ron Morgan Lecture – “In the Company of Flowers” and live painting with Impressionistic painter Jill Steenhuis ($50 Museum members/$60 Non-members)

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet and book signing with Ron Morgan

12:30-12:50 p.m. – Cooking demonstration with Joni Ressmeyer - FREE

1-2 p.m. – Exclusive VIP Floral Workshop with Ron Morgan($100 Museum members/$110 Non-members) *Limited to 25

2:10-2:30 p.m. – Fresh flower arranging with David Benefield– FREE

2:30-3:15 p.m. – Jill Steenhuis presentation “Art, Soul, and Destiny – An Artist’s Journey” and book signing – FREE

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A JAMES FARMER PARTY James Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook, and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. He brings a unique blend of passion to gardening, entertaining, decorating, and cooking to create the perfect event. James is the author of four Wall Street Journal best-selling garden books, and he will launch his book tour for his latest cookbook A Time to Cook at Let There Be Art and Bloom.As the owner of a landscape design company,James is also a consultant for historic garden restoration.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Art Show & Sale and Botanical Tent Open – FREE

10:30-10:50 a.m. – Culinary art demonstration with Chef Jamie Keating – FREE

11-11:45 a.m. – James Farmer Lecture “A Time to Cook” – Join us as James unveils his latest cookbook A Time to Cook. ($50 Museum members/$60 Non-members)

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet and book signing with James Farmer

1-2 p.m. – Exclusive VIP “Garden to Table” Workshop with James Farmer($100 Museum members/$110 Non-members) *Limited to 25

2:30-2:50 p.m. – Fresh Ideas for the Garden with Tommy Johnston of Grow Landscaping

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 – 12-3 p.m.

SOUTHERN PICNIC with Bluegrass: $22 Adults, $8 Children 4-12; Free 3 and underMake it a family affair with a Southern style picnic overlooking the spectacular art sale or bring your own blanket to dine in the Bradley Olmsted Garden. Throughout the afternoon enjoy live Bluegrass music performances, arts and crafts, a magic show, and scavenger hunt for children, “The Art of Looking” docent tours, and one last opportunity to make a purchase for your garden in the Botanical Tent!

ART IN BOSTON RAFFLE: Sponsored by Columbus Airport. Drawing is April 21 at the Southern Picnic. Winner will enjoy roundtrip airfare for two from Columbus to Boston on Delta Airlines, roundtrip transportation to and from the airport, three nights in a Deluxe Suite at the luxurious XV Beacon Hotel, two R&R massages, passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art, a private VIP tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a half day guided tour of Boston’s best private and public gardens giving you the chance to see hidden spaces in Beacon Hill, the South End, and Back Bay. Second Prize: $500 – Third Prize: $250. Do not have to be present to win. Packages: Price is $155 Museum members/$180 Non-Members

One ticket to Art After Dark

One ticket to In the Company of Flowers Lecture with Ron Morgan

One ticket to A Time to Cook Lecture with James Farmer