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Chris Giftos, Former Director of Special Events and Master Floral Designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Announced as the Art in Bloom Luncheon and Symposium Guest of Honor at the Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art League has announced Chris Giftos, the former Director of Special Events and Master Floral Designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the guest of honor at the annual Art in Bloom Luncheon and Symposium 2012 scheduled for Monday, March 26. Giftos has graciously agreed to be the guest of honor and keynote speaker after the untimely passing of Nancy Clarke, who had previously been announced as the honoree.

Mr. Giftos’ announcement was made by Art in Bloom co-chairs, Susan Fisk and Emily Maduro. On February 24, the League will hold an official announcement party at Cebolla Fine Flowers, the Floral Sponsor for Art in Bloom, which will also celebrate the events’ honorary chairs, mother and daughter, Deborah Ryan and Capera Ryan.

The event will take place at Cebolla’s new 15,000 square foot floral design facility located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Inwood Lane. At the event, details will also be unveiled about the one-of-a-kind Master Class to be held at Cebolla on Wednesday, March 21.

“We are grateful that Chris Giftos has arranged his schedule to join us at the Dallas Museum of Art League’s Art in Bloom events,” said Susan Fisk, co-chair.

“As the League’s sole fundraiser, Chris Giftos’ presence will assist us greatly in raising funds for our work at the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Emily Maduro, co-chair.

Giftos will share his stories and demonstrate his favorite floral arrangements at the Art in Bloom Luncheon and Symposium. This signature event, held annually, will be attended by more than 300 people. Art in Bloom Luncheon and Symposium draws on the League’s history of creating and displaying fresh floral arrangements throughout the Museum for visitors to enjoy.

A live and silent auction conducted by Christie’s will be a highlight of the luncheon. The live auction will feature 6 travel and luxury packages including two live auction floral displays created by Mr. Giftos and Cebolla Fine Flowers. The silent auction will feature ten to fifteen floral arrangements by leading North Texas floral designers inspired by works of art in the Dallas Museum of Art.

As the master floral designer for the Metroplitan Museum of Art, Giftos has worked intimately with many high-profile names such as Princess Diana and Oprah Winfrey. One of his annual events was the legendary Costume Institute Gala where he worked directly with Pat Buckley, Liz Tilberis (former editor of Harper’s Bazaar), Jackie Onassis and Vogue Editors Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour to create an event noticed world-wide for its atmosphere, glamour and extravagant floral arrangements.

The Dallas Museum of Art League founded in 1938 provides critical support to the Museum through volunteer work and contributions to key endowment funds and special educational programs and exhibitions. During its more than 70 years of civic support, the League has helped the Museum acquire more than 100 works of art and provide countless education and programming to the community.

A patron party will be hosted on Saturday, March 24 at the home of Bob and Beth Holland for sponsors and underwriters. To underwrite or purchase tickets to Art in Bloom, please call the League Office at 214-922-1249 or e-mail

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum welcomes approximately 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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