N.C. Arboretum kicks off Covered in Color summer celebration

Press release from the N.C. Arboretum:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2019) – The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located minutes from downtown Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, will transform into a canvas full of color and creativity as part of its 2019 Covered in Color summer celebration. From May 25 – September 2, visitors will experience the broad spectrum of color found in flowers and foliage while learning about color theory and design through floral displays, art, creative landscapes, guided programs and more. Inside the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center, renowned Asheville-based artist Leo Monahan will display his new exhibit, Compositions of Color, which showcases the complex composition of art and music through various representations of paper-made guitars and other images. In the Arboretum’s Exhibit Greenhouse, color-themed plantings will accompany a special student photography exhibit, Nature’s Palette, which will feature images of colors found in nature captured by K-8 students participating in the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE citizen-science program.

“From plants to animals to the sky, color plays a significant role in our natural environment,” said George Briggs, executive director of The North Carolina Arboretum. “Through our Covered in Color celebration, we hope to educate visitors about the power of color in the landscape and how it impacts the way we see, experience and enjoy nature.”

As part of the Covered in Color celebration, the Arboretum has partnered with Leap Frog Tours and WAXON Studios of West Asheville to offer a special Colorful Asheville tour package. Available Thursdays and Saturdays, June through August, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests will enjoy an inside look into the many colorful creations that make Asheville so unique. The tour package includes a guided color-themed tour of the Arboretum, lunch at Bent Creek Bistro and a personalized dye workshop at WAXON Studios in West Asheville. Tickets for this customized half-day experience are $125 per person and can be purchased online at www.leapfrogtours.com.

“Western North Carolina and the Asheville area are known for their vibrancy through dramatic landscapes and creative arts scene,” continued Briggs. “Residents and visitors will see first-hand how color affects our everyday lives and natural world. It is an experience not to be missed!”

The North Carolina Arboretum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., April through October. The Arboretum’s two indoor art exhibits, Compositions of Color and Nature’s Palette, will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 25 – September 2. For more information on the Arboretum’s Covered in Color celebration and additional summer programming, please visit ncarboretum.org.

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