Fine Art & Flowers

April 28 – 30, 2023

Thank you for supporting the Wadsworth during the 40th annual Fine Art & Flowers fundraiser. Scroll down to see the 2023 People’s Choice winners. Click on the images to zoom in for a closer look.

2023 People’s Choice

First Place
Kirsten Havelevitch, Persimmon Petals Flowers (YWCA Social Enterprise)

Artwork: Max Ernst, The Kiss in the Night, 1927

Second Place
Annette Peck, Persimmon Petals Flowers (YWCA Social Enterprise)

Artworks: Joseph Albers, Homage to the Square: Yellow Echo, 1957 and John McLaughlin, #17, 1965

Third Place
Mary Lynn McRee + Shonah Drakos, Stonington Garden Club

Artwork: Florine Stettheimer, Beauty Contest: To the Memory of P. T. Barnum, 1924

Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth during our 40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers. Grow your perspective on the collection by delighting in floral arrangements by florists, garden clubs, and interior designers, shown alongside the works of art that inspired them. Fine Art & Flowers is presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All event proceeds support exhibitions and educational programs.


Please note: The prices below reflect a $5 fundraising surcharge added to all museum admissions during Fine Art & Flowers. Thank you for your support!

Members: $5
Hartford Residents: $5
Adults: $20
Seniors: $17
Students: $10
Youth (age 17 & under): $5

The Wadsworth usually waives admission fees from 4–5pm. Please note that guests visiting the museum at these times during the Fine Art & Flowers fundraiser will be charged $5 for their admission.

Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit, call (860) 838-4046 or email

More to See and Do during Fine Art & Flowers

Fundraising admissions apply unless otherwise specified.

Artisan Boutique

Friday–Sunday, April 28–30, noon–5pm
Shop a variety of creative goods all weekend long!
Local vendors include: Alison Designs, LLC; The Flowered Press, LLC; JBJ Fiber Art; Silver Street Glass, LLC; Bloom Worthy Floral Design; Mill Court Ceramics; The Quintessential Quill; Dondero Orchards, LLC; Connecticut Valley Baskets; Nora Luxe Studios; Blessed Creek; Tucan Hats by Carole Amper; Bowtie Bully, Ayisha Miller; Moonfaerie Designs

Friday, April 28

11am: Member Morning
1pm: From The White House to Your House with Ruth Loiseau, a nationally recognized Master Floral Designer renowned for her lifelong expertise in floral design. She has created magnificent floral designs for White House events and is sure to entertain and educate! Click here for tickets.

$45 Adults, $42 Seniors, $35 College Students, $25 Members & Wadsworth Welcome. Includes admission to Fine Art & Flowers and raffle entry to win one of Ruth’s arrangements.

3pm: Mary Di Paola, piano

Saturday, April 29

10:30am–noon: Succulent Arrangements with sola wood florist Jennifer Angle. Click here for tickets.

Tickets are limited, registration required. $50; $35 members. Includes light refreshments and admission to Fine Art & Flowers. 

1–1:30pm: Designer’s Challenge
1:30–2:30pm: Meet the Designer
2pm: CT Virtuosi Players, quartet
3pm: Sweetest Key, acapella

Sunday, April 30

11am: Docent Tour for Members keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.
1pm: Wheeler-Worley Duo, flute/cello
2pm: CT Virtuosi Players, quartet
2–3pm: Tea Moment with Semilla Café
3pm: Argyle Sax, quartet


Cam Panczak & Katie Blint; Al and Barbara Zakarian; Sue and Jim McCandless; Friends of the Wadsworth: Carolyn McGrattan, Elissa Breiling, Kate Deasy, Mary King, Shirley Randazzo, Alyce Rawlins, Karen Brown, Melissa Erdman, Susan Blair, Sherry Harriman, Susan Lincoln, Cheri Bertus,  Bernadette Mayer, Ginny Schneider, Linda Ruby, Hope Vath, Katie Blint, MJ Dunn; Green Bay Tree Garden Club; Susan and Joel Rottner; Linus Deasy, Coldwell Banker Realty; Kaoud Oriental Rugs; DJ Horn & Carol Gale, Sun Do Wellness; Integrated Physical Therapy and Counseling; Karen and Tim Brown; McElory, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP; Pauline & Barry Dickstein; June Schaffer & Melissa and Joe Erdman; Northwest Community Bank; The Blair Family; Woodland Gardens; Homer, Jelly & Felix; Highland Park Market, Inc.; Fox Holl School of Music, Vernon CT; Cam Panczak & ConnLUG; Stop and Shop, West Hartford; Persimmons Petals; In celebration of the Mori family and Setsugekka teahouse, NYC  – from Victoria Schmidt-Scheuber and Mariusz Mikulec; In celebration of EunYoung and Tom Sebazco with Kinka Art + Food + Plants, NYC  – from Victoria Schmidt-Scheuber and Mariusz Mikulec