Art in Bloom will bloom at the David Owsley Museum of Art this weekend

MUNCIE, Ind. – A springtime tradition continues at the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) with Art in Bloom, a free public floral display on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15, with extended museum hours from noon to 5 p.m. two days.

Available activities range from floral displays to live music, docent-led tours of the Ball State University museum, and crafts. Parking on Campus Drive on the Old Quad Circle is free on weekends.

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 important works from the museum’s collection.

“Art in Bloom is always a wonderful opportunity to celebrate spring in Muncie through the intersection of floral design with artwork from around the world,” said Robert La France, Director of DOMA. He also noted that tradition and museum are “big city perks that everyone can enjoy in America’s Middletown.”

The Art in Bloom weekend also offers the opportunity to see the special exhibit “Body Language: The Art of Larry Day,” which closes its DOMA run on May 21.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can view floral renditions of six of the museum’s favorite works of art, 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 main 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 museum acquisitions, exhibitions and programs, according to a statement.

In addition to seeing the flower arrangements on display, visitors can enjoy a variety of shows and activities on both days.

DOMA is in the Fine Arts Building on the north side of Ball State University’s quad. Information: bsu.edu/doma

Grant to help Cornerstone rehabilitate historic Masonic Temple

MUNCIE – Cornerstone Center for the Arts will receive a $50,000 grant for the rehabilitation of the masonry of its building, the historic former Masonic Temple.

The Downtown Muncie Arts Center is one of 15 recipients of Federal Fund for Historic Preservation grants totaling more than $575,000, awarded by the Historic Preservation and Archeology Division of the Department of Resources of Indiana for historic preservation and archeology projects throughout the state.

Cornerstone’s six-story Gothic building was completed in 1926 and was the largest Masonic lodge in the state. The brick and limestone masonry on the weather-exposed west side of the building shows brick deterioration, several vertical cracks and missing mortar that contributed to water infiltration and damage to interior plaster finishes, according to a press release from the MNR.

A previous grant assisted in the rehabilitation of the masonry of the third floor section of the west elevation, roughly the upper third of this wall. This project will include the rehabilitation and repointing of the masonry on the second floor and the second mezzanine.

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