For the last 15 years, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA), 225 West State St., has been celebrating Art in Bloom, a flower-filled event that lasts for two months and is BMCA’s most anticipated fundraiser. This year fundraising is especially important as the pandemic forced the organization to modify more than half of what it offers the community in terms of classes and events, concerts and theater.

“We have modified this year’s ‘Art in Bloom’ slightly,” said BMCA Executive Director Lori Cozzi. “We pushed the event into July, changed the preview party from a gala to an outdoor party, lowered ticket prices, shifted the times of certain elements, added workshops and moved ticketing online.”

BMCA’s upper level has been filled with art from regional galleries, including Blue Spiral 1, Bender Gallery, Mark Bettis Studio, Seven Sisters, The Red House, Grovewood Gallery, New Morning Gallery, and Arrowhead and Ariel Gallery. The artwork was chosen with inspiration in mind.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until July 5.

Admission is free.

On Thursday, July 8, 20 talented and highly respected floral designers from the Ikebana traditions and western flower arranging professions will interpret the artwork in flowers. The results are sure to be spectacular.

Later that evening (July 8) from 5 to 7 p.m., a preview party will take place outside, offering ticket holders a first look at the awe-inspiring floral arrangements.

Award-winning Celtic harpist Sue Richards will accompany the observers. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and guest of honor Libba Tracy will be celebrated for her contributions over the last 20 years to both the event and to the Arts Center.

Tickets are priced at $35 per person.

On July 9 and 10, rom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will expand with a tour of six gardens in Black Mountain.

In addition to the beauty of the gardens, each stop will include artists creating art in the open (en plein air). The price of a garden tour ticket ($25) includes access to view the floral arrangements in the Upper Gallery until 4 p.m., and local restaurant discounts will be available. There is a ticket option ($5) for those who only want to view the floral arrangements in the gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who want to experience it all, there is an everything ticket ($50) that offers access to all events.

Following the garden tour, an exhibit of the artwork created during the weekend will be on display from July 16-30. The artists work in a wide variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, illustration, photography, and pastel to represent their unique vision of the gardens on the tour.

Throughout July there will be flower-themed workshops focused on creating clay flower pots, nature journaling, flower painting and mosaic pot making. There is something for everyone to enjoy at “Art in Bloom,” and much to celebrate, including being together and supporting the arts.

“Art in Bloom” at BMCA includes a regional gallery art exhibit, 20 floral designers interpreting works of art on the entire upper level of the historic building, a preview party outside on the Arts Center’s three decks, a six-garden garden tour, a variety of artists creating en plein air at each of the gardens, four flower-themed workshops and finally a gallery show of the plein air work.

Tickets for Art in Bloom’s various events and workshops can be purchased at blackmountainarts.org/ArtinBloom. For questions, call 828-669-0930.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at .

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