Conscious Party: Floral fest fundraiser

Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Center for the Arts

WHAT: Art in Bloom

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, through Saturday, June 20

WHERE: 225 W. State St., Black Mountain

WHY: The Black Mountain Center for the Arts hosts this ninth annual fundraiser, which features a variety of artwork specially cultivated from regional galleries for display in its Upper Gallery. “This is a dynamic party, a great opportunity to be a part of the spirit and energy of the arts,” says BMCA program coordinator Jessica Klarp.

On Thursday, guests can attend a gala preview party to celebrate designers and their works and give ticket holders a first glimpse of the designs on display. The party will feature a buffet dinner catered by Black Mountain Ale House chef Travis Everhart and a gallery display of ikebana and Western floral arrangements designed to accompany and capture what floral designers “see as the essence of the artwork they are interpreting,” according to a press release. The party starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $40. Floral designs will be on display for the remainder of the event for $5.

From 2-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, attendees may embark on a self-guided two-day cottage tour of six Black Mountain cottage gardens. Each garden will feature plein-air painters working on pieces that will be on display and available for purchase at the gallery through July 17.

Garden tour tickets are $20 and include complimentary gallery access. Concluding the event on Saturday at 3 p.m., former North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell will read from his book, Spring Garden, in the center’s theater space. This reading is free.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and will be used to enhance its programs. For more information, call 669-0930 or visit


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