New Orleans’ usual upside-down weather can’t overshadow a recent – and welcome – burst of unmistakable signs of spring. Tulips bloom in City Park, the scent of jasmine wafts through the neighborhoods, and I dress for three to four seasons throughout most days. The change of season brings the return of in-person versions of many beloved local design events and openings.

Blooming art is back

This year’s edition of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s annual event is dubbed “Art in Bloom 2022: In Full Bloom Presented by First Horizon,” signaling a much-needed sense of hope and renewal. From March 24 to 27, discover the floral installations of designers, creatives and gardening clubs. The installations run the gamut from demanding beauty and comic glee to overt excess. (Visitors will also be able to see the new “Egypt of Queen Nefertari” exhibit.) The Patrons and Previews Festival will take place on March 23. While touring the exhibits, attendees can bid for the silent auction, sip cocktails, sample light cuisine. and enjoy live music. Get additional details and tickets at

Revealing works

On March 26, “Au Naturel: The Art of the Female Form” by MS Rau opens and continues through May 28. This free exhibition is described as exploring “this ever-engaging subject through over four hundred years of art. See the nude through the eyes and brushes of masters such as Jan Brueghel the Younger, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederick Carl Frieseke and René Magritte. It is organized from the collection of MS Rau.

In the Mirror by Frederick Carl Frieseke

design women

Longue Vue House and Gardens announced the 2022 lineup for its annual design symposium in April. The symposium, which has been held for more than 30 years, attracts design industry insiders and aficionados from across the United States. This year, guests will hear presentations from New York-based Edwina von Gal and Texas-based interior designer Cathy Kincaid.

Edwina Von Gal

Edwina von Gal

Author and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, which “promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet,” von Gal’s work focuses on simple, natural landscapes using native species and employing sustainable designs and can be seen in private and public spaces all over the world. She has been recognized by the Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts and has received both the Green Design Award from the New York School of Interior Design and the Isamu Noguchi Award.

Kincaid creates traditional interiors and is a recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Texas Chapter’s John Staub Award for Residential Interiors in recognition of his work restoring old homes. She was featured in Veranda, Beautiful house, South House, Southern Accents and countless other publications, both in America and abroad.

Cathy Kincade

Cathy Kincade

The Design Symposium takes place from April 7 to 9. On April 7, mix, mix and stroll on the Longue Vue estate with cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the patronal evening. Presentations by Edwina von Gal and Cathy Kincaid will take place on April 8 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic in Longue Vue Gardens at noon. On April 9, attend the Perfect Earth Project Free Community Roundtable with Edwina von Gal at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public. Get more information here. For more details and tickets for the April 8 Patron’s Night and Presentations, visit the Longue Vue website.

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