Medford's affair with art and flowers

The 2013 Art in Bloom festival is bigger and better than ever
A young girl tries her hand at chalk art at the 2012 Art in Bloom.Photo courtesy of Pixy Prints Ph

Colorful flowers, original art, cold glasses of lemonade, giveaways, crafts for kids, wine tasting, live entertainment, shopping and the promise of blue skies — what's not to love about Art in Bloom?

The 13th annual spring festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in downtown Medford.

Live Entertainment

Main and Front

streets stage

Saturday, May 11

11 a.m. — Scenic Middle School guitar ensemble

11:30 a.m. — Hayley Hoffman

Noon - Dance Energy ballroom performance

1:30 p.m. — Chapter II Band

3 p.m. — Second Best Band

4:15 p.m. — Billy Lund & Whiskey Weekend

Sunday, May 12

11 a.m. — Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre

Noon — "Bloom's Technicolor Runway" fashion show by Spirit House

12:30 p.m. — Fashion show by Vault Denim

1 p.m. — Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre

2:30 p.m. — Diamonds & Denim Band

Bartlett Street stage

Saturday, May 11

10 a.m. — Ann Horton & Friends

11:15 a.m. — Stellar by Starlight

12:30 p.m. — Brian Swan Band

1:45 p.m. — The Rogue Valley German Band

3 p.m. — Ring of Trees

4:15 p.m. — Dance Arts Academy

Sunday, May 12

11 a.m. — Blue Lightning

12:15 p.m. — David Pinsky & His Rhythm Kings

1:30 p.m. — Pete Herzog

2:45 p.m. — The After Burners


Saturday, May 11

10 a.m. — Precision Cheer

11 a.m. — Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy

Noon — America's Best Kids (gymnastics and dance)

2 p.m. — Dance Energy

3 p.m. — Dancing People Co.

3:45 p.m. — Annie the Clown

Sunday, May 12

Noon — Pole Dancing Fitness (Zumba, hip-hop and line dancing)

1 p.m. — Annie the Clown

1:30 p.m. — Spartan Boxing

3 p.m. — Dancing People Co.

More than 150 artists and horticulturists were selected to display their handiwork in clean white tents and neat booths along Main and Bartlett streets and Central Avenue.

Eugene seamstress Anna Lawrence will showcase her colorful line of aprons. Attendees also will find lavender plants, products and spices by Double P Lavender Farm; flower baskets, "fancy" annuals and vegetable starts by Busy Fingers Farm; sinamay summer hats by Ohmama; handcrafted birdhouses by Cierra's Birdhouses; floral watercolor paintings by Linda Corbet; demonstrations by members of Art du Jour; graffiti by teen artists from Phil Ortega's LIFE Art program; and 150 artworks by students from local schools.

Find more artist profiles on Art in Bloom's Facebook page.

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Crater Lake Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects will exhibit projects designed by local architects in the building at 217 E. Main St., formerly Hot Pots. Visitors can vote for their favorite design, and children can participate in drawing and building activities.

Grants Pass artist Jaime Bryn will be back this year to create a large-scale, Mother's Day-themed, chalk-art masterpiece on Central Avenue.

Children can purchase small plots of pavement and some chalk and make their own mark on downtown or get creative in the craft tent, where they can choose from seven crafts and plant a flower for mom.

This year, in honor of Mother's Day, Art in Bloom will debut Ladies Biz Lane on Sixth Street, where businesses can display items for women, such as scented candles, lotions, makeup and spa treatments.

"It's a street designed to pamper moms on Mother's Day," says Amy Rose, event coordinator. "Each vendor will give samples or hand massages or something to make the moms feel special. Women can get a passport at the beginning of the street, visit each booth and get entered to win a $500 giveaway of items from each vendor."

A wine and beer tent, hosted by Pallet Wine Co. and Havana Republic, will offer beverages by the glass, with some available for tasting. For $10, adults can get a commemorative wine glass and three taste tickets.

Seven young entrepreneurs have designed lemonade stands and will serve watermelon, pink, peach and other fun varieties for $1 a glass at various locations throughout downtown Medford.

"One little boy made $145 last year selling lemonade for two days," says Rose.

Athletic demonstrations by America's Best Kids, Dancing People Co., Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy and others will be held both days on Central Avenue. Other live entertainment will be available on two stages: one on Bartlett Street in the PremierWest parking lot and the other at the corner of Main and Front streets.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center will offer free art projects for the whole family in its studio and garden, as well as an art scavenger hunt in the main gallery. Over the weekend, festival-goers can vote for their favorite piece in the gallery's current exhibit, "Glass Act: Art in Bloom Invitational."

Find information about Sunday's fashion shows, the "Summer Fun Street," the Nature Joe's reptile zoo and other Art in Bloom offerings, as well as maps and schedules, at

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