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Flowers will fill the Black Mountain Center for the Arts June 14-16 for the 12th annual Art in Bloom.

A pleasant antidote for the spring rains, the event begins with a gallery full of flower arrangements created by local floral designers in response to artwork curated from regional galleries. There will be 21 works of painting, photography, pottery and glass, each with a complementary floral arrangement, all arranged around the upper floor of the arts center.

“To honor and celebrate these floral creations and the artwork that inspired it, we throw a wonderful gala dinner party to offer guests an opportunity to view the works at their freshest,” Gale Jackson, Black Mountain Center for the Arts executive director, said. The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner that includes freshly grilled salmon, a wide range of sides, veggies, salads, craft brews and wine and specially designed flavors of Ultimate ice cream for dessert. Tickets to the gala are $50.

Some of the floral designers, such as Nancy Shoch and Lynn Powell Forbes who help organize the floral design portion of the event, have been participating in the event since its inception. They and other participants bring years of experience to bear on their approach.

Good friends and co-workers Roland Metivier and Krista Crouch first participated in Art in Bloom three years ago. For the past 14 years, Metivier has been responsible for the floral arrangements that adorn New Morning Gallery in Asheville. Crouch occasionally helps, and also participates in flower arranging competitions for garden clubs and flower shows. 

“We love the challenge” of Art in Bloom, Crouch said. “And we work well together.”

“It’s fun to imagine an arrangement,” Metivier said. They typically talk through the design, making sketches if necessary, then create the floral design at Metivier's house, “where he just bosses me around,” Crouch said.

         Relative newcomer Freida Probst is one of 11 designers representing the Ikebana style of Japanese flower arranging. For the past five years Probst has been studying in the Ichiyo school, which encourages imagination. “I find the whole event so inspiring,” Probst said. “It offers a combination of what makes life interesting.”

The floral designs can be viewed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15-16 for a $5 entry fee or as part of the Cottage Garden tour ($20). For more or tickets, visit BlackMountainArts.org or 669-0930.

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