Powell Gardens, Nelson-Atkins Museum team up for first Bloom Fest


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Powell Gardens will host its first ever floral art installation festival beginning this week.

Bloom Fest: Play Outside is a new spring art festival that was created in partnership with the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art.

Bloom Fest features an immersive conservatory display inspired by a painting by Florine Stettheimer called “Birthday Bouquet.” The event will also feature outdoor displays from six regional artists as well as additional pieces from the museum’s collection.

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“The installation is my interpretation of the emotions in the painting,” said artist John Rufenacht. “Selecting a moment in time of the painter’s birthday celebration in her garden among her family and friends. Florine was a lady of divine individuality and total self-confidence. Her views and setting them in motion made her the celebrated personality of her peers. It’s a glorious, colorful, imaginative celebration in the garden.” 

Bloom Fest runs Thursdays through Sundays beginning April 15 and ending May 9.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Admission is free for children under age 4 and there are discounts for seniors and active duty military members.

You can learn more about the festival and purchase tickets here.

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