Art in Bloom honors its founders


The Art in Bloom flower and art event in Black Mountain June 9-11 is 10 years old this year and will once again pair the visual arts with floral designs.

This year’s event began in early May when artwork was selected from regional galleries specifically for Art in Bloom. The works are on display in the art center’s Upper Gallery through Wednesday, June 8. Viewing is free.

The event gains momentum on the morning of June 9 when 20 floral designers, some of whom are members of the Ikebana Society, create flower designs that interpret the art that was chosen for the event.

The freshly installed floral designs are the highlight of the Gala Preview Dinner Party (6 p.m. June 9, $50). The buffet dinner includes grilled salmon and side dishes, wine and beer, and the special flavors of Ultimate Ice Cream and brownies for dessert. Honorary chairs are the three women who spearheaded the event 10 years ago - Judy Fore, Terri Todd and Sally Robinson.

June 10 and 11 offers guests options to view the floral designs (for $5) and explore Black Mountain with a local Cottage Garden Tour (10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, $20, with restaurant discounts included). The floral designs won’t be viewable after June 11.

The gardens on the tour will have plein air painters working to capture the gardens’ beauty on canvas. On June 14, the paintings will be on display in the gallery. The exhibition will be up through July 8.

On the days of the garden tours, participants should come to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts to pick up a map (maps are not available prior to the event).

Art in Bloom involves more than 100 volunteers and helps support the programing, events, classes and activities hosted year-round at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. The center is at 225 W. State St.

For tickets and information, call 669-0930 or visit