Art in Bloom features floral designs to complement art works at Museum of Fine Arts

Barbara Kirkconnell shows off a partly completed arrangement she is designing to complement British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner’s Barnard Castle watercolor (circa 1835). Like the poet Keats, Turner’s art is framed in 19th century romanticism.

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times

Barbara Kirkconnell shows off a partly completed arrangement she is designing to complement British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner’s Barnard Castle watercolor (circa 1835). Like the poet Keats, Turner’s art is framed in 19th century romanticism.

“If beauty is truth, truth beauty," the noted romantic poet John Keats observed in his 1819 poem Ode to a Grecian Urn. Those 19th century words challenge many scholars, but it's certainly clear that we continue to explore the aesthetics and philosophy of art. • More than 50 floral interpretations and responses will do just that at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in Art in Bloom 2011, the museum's annual floral ode to art. The designs now being crafted will respond to works, galleries and spaces in the museum. It all begins with a preview party Saturday night at the museum and the official opening March 20-23. A luncheon on March 23 features speaker Sylvia Anne Bird, a medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and part of the design team at the second inaugural of President George W. Bush. • Floral arrangements, designed by professionals and hobbyists, will be refreshed during the event. Many of the designers are members of local garden clubs. Jan Stoffels is chairwoman of the installation, sponsored by the MFA and the Stuart Society, which raises funds for art acquisitions, educational programs and building renovations. Times staff writer

. IF YOU GO

Art in Bloom

• Preview party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE. Tickets are $85.

• Viewings at the museum are noon to 5 p.m. March 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21-23. Museum admission is required to view Art in Bloom. Admission is $17; $15 for ages 65 and older; $10 students 7 and older and college students with ID. Children under 7 and members are free.

• A "Conversation with the Designers" is 2 to 4 p.m. March 20.

• The Art in Bloom luncheon with speaker Sylvia Anne Bird is at

11:30 a.m. March 23 at the Vinoy Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Tickets are $65.

• For tickets and further information: (727) 896-2667; fine-arts.org.

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