MUNCIE, Ind. — A spring tradition continues at the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) with Art in Bloom, a free, public floral exhibition on display Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, with extended museum hours of noon-5 p.m. both days.
Available activities range from floral demonstrations to live music, docent-led tours at the Ball State University museum, and hands-on crafts. Parking on Campus Drive on the Old Quad circle is free over the weekend.
Art in Bloom celebrates DOMA through innovative floral interpretations created by the region’s top designers — who this year hail from Muncie, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis — and inspired by significant works from the museum’s collection.
“Art in Bloom is always a wonderful occasion to celebrate springtime in Muncie through the intersection of floral design with artwork from around the world,” said Robert La France, DOMA’s director. He also noted that the tradition, and museum, are “big-city perks that anyone can enjoy in America’s Middletown.”
The Art in Bloom weekend also presents an opportunity to view the special exhibition “Body Language: The Art of Larry Day,” which closes its DOMA run on May 21.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can view the floral interpretations of six of the museum’s favorite works of art and then vote for their favorite arrangement to win the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on Monday, May 16.
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Presented by sponsors — including this year’s Major Sponsor, Ada Rose Design — this annual event serves as a fundraiser for DOMA. Proceeds from Art in Bloom support the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art and the Ball State University Foundation in their mission to fund the museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and programs, according to a release.
In addition to viewing the featured floral arrangements, visitors can enjoy a variety of performances and activities both days.
DOMA is in the Fine Arts Building on the northern side of Ball State University’s Quad. Information: bsu.edu/doma
Grant to help Cornerstone rehab historic Masonic Temple
MUNCIE — Cornerstone Center for the Arts is will receive a $50,000 grant for masonry rehabilitation for its building, the historic former Masonic Temple.
The downtown Muncie arts center is one of 15 recipients of federal Historic Preservation Fund grants totaling more than $575,000, awarded by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology for historic preservation and archaeology projects around the state.
Cornerstone’s six-story Gothic building was completed in 1926 and was the largest Masonic lodge in the state. Brick and limestone masonry on the weather-exposed west side of the building shows brick deterioration, several vertical running cracks, and missing mortar that have contributed to water infiltration and damage to interior plaster finishes, according to a release from DNR.
A previous grant assisted with the masonry rehabilitation of the third story section of the west elevation, roughly the upper third of this wall. This project will conduct masonry rehabilitation and repointing on the second floor and second mezzanine levels.
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