About the Owner

I am Tracey Flanigan- mom to two amazing sons who were both raised in Brighton, MI, an artist/art educator, a floral designer and owner of Art In Bloom.

In the summer of 2010, I merged my passion for floral design and my absolute love of fine art into a business I aptly named, Art In Bloom. With over fifteen years of experience in the floral industry, a fine arts degree, and a background in art education with Brighton Area Schools, I wanted to formulate a floral business that would reflect my skills and talents, as well as give me a creative outlet. A location on Main St. in downtown Brighton has been the perfect fit.

Art In Bloom is a full service floral studio servicing the Livingston County area. As a resident of the county myself, I love that many of my customers are friends, neighbors, former teaching colleagues and particularly, former students. It’s so much fun to recognize the faces of the many, many students from my twelve years of teaching when they enter the studio. It is especially inspiring to be able to design wedding work for a bride who knew me as her elementary school art teacher!

The business is now off and running and I am extremely excited to see what the future holds. As I continue to learn more about the floral industry, I now feel compelled to solely source American grown flowers and use more local resources. My home garden will also serve as inspiration as I begin to create some cutting gardens in the spring of 2017. I love the control over the quality of the flowers and the fact that I am using products that have not been grown with pesticides. Additionally, I am pledging to go “foam free” in 2017 in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this page and I hope to talk with you soon- on the phone or in the studio.

All In A Row

Pastels on sanded board.

Roses1

Oil on canvas with palette knife.

23 Comments

  1. kim

    yes, here it goes…. I believe in you!!

  2. kim

    what an exciting time!!

  3. Jilly from Switzerland

    I have always admired your strength and courage, Missy. I know it will be a success. Will be popping in here for more from far but close.

  4. Julie

    Congratulations on your new adventure. I wish you the very best of luck. Can’t wait to look over the list of classes with Alex in the Fall!

  5. Congratulations Mrs. Flanigan! How wonderful for you to take on this new venture. My children, Lauren, Tommy & Rachel were prior students of yours and really enjoyed your classes. You may recall, I wrote a children’s book, which is about flowers which may be a great addition to your store. It sold quite well at Lucky Duck Toys in the past. The illustrations are very lively and vibrant. Check out my website if you are interested. In any event, my family and I wish you great success and I am sure we will be shopping at your store. Best of luck to you!

  6. Wendy

    I love being able to watch things unfold through this blog. And how nice that you got to spend time in the space yesterday, allowing your thoughts and dreams to take shape.

  7. Dick flanigan

    I just looked at the pictures of the store and I think it is perfect for what you intend to do with it. I am very proud of you and I know you will be successful. It is definitely the right time for this to happen.

    Love, Dad

  8. Tani B

    Trace, I am so excited for you! I love the whole idea of it all–flowers, art, teaching, showcasing artists, showcasing yourself 😉 I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this site and getting reconnected with your amazing work. I am so proud of you and am positive that you are boldly and gracefully travelling down the exact right path. xox.

  9. Brian Flanigan

    Tracey,
    I went by the store this weekend……..WOW. This location is going to be incredible, I can’t wait to drive by on weekends to see what you do with that display window!!!!!!!!!!! Your mind must be going 1000mph. Best of luck, your going to do great things with this I can see it…………. (:

  10. Gail Bohner

    Tracey,
    I am so proud of you….it seems SO long ago that you were my student teacher! Now we’re both on to new adventures! I am so very excited about your new business and KNOW, from knowing you, that it will be a great success! Will be seeing you soon!! Love, Gail

  11. Maureen

    Yea!!!! Looks soooo good!!! I am truly happy for you.
    Hey, my daughter is getting married next May and I could use your expertise and suggestions. How convenient to have your store so close.
    Whoo-hoo have a blast girl!!!! xxxooo
    See you later today and tomorrow at 12:00.

  12. Brian Walker

    Way to go, Tracey!!! Good luck to you.

  13. Best of luck with your new business. Brighton needs a good art venue (flowers, too). Looking forward to seeing some nice art on your walls.

    Dennis Bruce Spencer

  14. Marilyn Grinnell

    Your shop is lovely. It’s a wonderful fit for downtown Brighton. I am honored that you’ve included my work. I look forward to your class at the Hamburg Township Library on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

  15. Marilyn Grinnell

    Date change… Tracey will be conducting a lovely spring floral arrangement class and will provide great decorating tips at the Hamburg Township Library, our Lunch & Learn Series, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:00am-1:00pm. She will not be coming to the library in May, as originally planned. You are encouraged to bring a lunch. At one of our Lunch & Learn series, a thoughtful patron invited her best friend who was having a birthday. She packed a picnic basket of delicious food and the 2 of them had a lovely time celebrating the special day, enjoying each other’s company and learning an interesting craft, iris paper folding.

    1. Marilyn…I’m looking forward to conducting this course and being a part of Hamburg Library’s Lunch & Learn Series. Thanks for inviting me! More info to come after the first of the year.

  16. Beautiful shop and posts. I am so excited that the store is going well, Ill get down there one of these days soon to visit. Congrats:)

  17. Karen Weber

    Tracey, It was so nice to see you and your store last night – the children and I enjoyed it. You have been an important part of their art world in their early years, and I am happy that you are extending your talents and creativity to the community at large. It is a wonderful addition to the downtown scape. We wish you the best of luck and will be popping in often to see you. I love your site!

  18. Cheryl

    Thank you Tracey for working with me on my order. My mom is thrilled with her arrangement for her 85th birthday.

    1. Cheryl…Thank you for letting me use my creativity in designing your mom’s arrangement. I’m so happy to hear that she liked it!

  19. Hello Tracey,
    It was nice speaking with you yesterday. I look forward to meeting you in person, exploring your wonderful place, and working with you to see which of my artwork compliments your style!

  20. Cheers and Good Luck… may we both find success in our business ventures! Memories from high school tells me that we talked about dreaming of being our own boss… and here we both are… where we were then… you in art and me in child care… how awesome is this?

    PS… I loved the funky version of “Love Her Madly” on your valentine’s smilebox… memories of us dancing around my cottage 🙂

    PPSS… I will get to your shop sometime soon… I promise… my mom and sister both say it is a beautiful place.

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