Annual Art in Bloom in Black Mountain, June 12-14

From a press release:

Annual Art in Bloom in Black Mountain, June 12-14

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts 8th annual Art in Bloom puts the “fun” in fund raising. It takes months of planning and more than a hundred volunteers to make this three-day flower-centric event a success. This year’s Art in Bloom takes place June 12, 13, 14 and includes a Gala Preview Party (June 12 at 6 pm) with seated catered dinner, a gallery display of 22 Ikebana and Western floral designers interpretations of regional art work on loan from a dozen galleries, a two-day Cottage Garden Tour (June 13 and 14 from 10 am-4 pm), and plein air painters in the gardens followed by a display of their works.

It all starts when various regional galleries loan work for the floral designers to interpret. Once the art is hung in the gallery and open to the public on April 22 (from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday until Art in Bloom weekend), the floral designers choose which work they want to interpret. They have a few weeks to plan and gather materials for their designs. This year the designers have been tasked with working with and around the idea of including edible plants in their designs, the heart of the Garden to Gallery theme.

This year’s honorary chairperson is artist and musician Akira Satake who will be toasted at the Gala Preview Party. “Akira has been a part of Art in Bloom since our first year when he was a participant,” said Gale Jackson Black Mountain Center for the Arts Executive Director. “He has shared his artistic and musical talents in many different ways over the years and we are so happy to have the opportunity to honor him in this way.”
Satake, along with all the floral designers and those who purchase tickets to the party, will enjoy a Buffet dinner catered by generous local restaurants. Each year Ultimate Ice Cream creates a signature flavor specifically for Art in Bloom which debuts at the Gala. Tickets for the Gala Preview Party are $40.

The following day Cottage Garden Tour ticket holders come by the Arts Center to pick up a tour map so they can plan their weekend. Included in the $20 ticket price is admission to the floral designs in the Upper Gallery and a 15 percent discount on lunch at select nearby restaurants. This year five gardens located in the heart of Black Mountain and up Hwy 9 are being featured. Each garden will have a guide to share the details of the garden with guests and a plein air painter creating artwork. The result of the plein air artist’s efforts will be displayed for sale in a Special Exhibit from June 16-18 on the main floor of the Arts Center.

Those who may not want to tour gardens or attend the Gala party but are interested in the floral design interpretations in the gallery may purchase access for $5. The Gallery with the floral designs will be open from 10am to 4pm Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. Proceeds from Art in Bloom help fund the exciting, thought provoking arts programming and events that the Arts Center offers to the community. Be sure to contact the Arts Center because organizing committee members always have a little something extra up their sleeves. Be on the look out for more on the 8th annual Art in Bloom. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information call 828-669-0930 or visit

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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