The Stark Museum of Art will extend its special exhibition Blooms: Floral Art in the Stark Collections, which was previously scheduled to close on June 12, 2010.

Sarah Boehme, Director of the Stark Museum of Art, explained that Blooms will remain on view through much of the summer, “We want to have a special exhibition in Gallery 5 during the summer when people are traveling.   We are preparing for some upgrades to the Museum’s interior which will involve closing galleries, but we want to postpone shutting this gallery.” 

Boehme explained that the exhibition would contain changes after June 12, “We will turn the pages of the botanical publications to new images and rotate different prints into the exhibition for preservation purposes.  Thus visitors who have seen the exhibition will find an array of changed floral images.” 

Blooms focuses on the flower as an inspiration for the visual arts in printed rare books, decorative arts and twentieth-century still life paintings. The exhibition includes an educational area for children and families with interactive learning elements such as a matching game, reading area and flower drawing station.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.  Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit