Art in Bloom

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This year marks the 15th Annual Art in Bloom, our most anticipated fundraiser of the year. This multi-faceted event celebrating nature and art combines two gallery exhibits, live floral arrangements, local garden tours featuring working artists, and floral-inspired workshops. Whether you join us for one event or all of them, you are playing an important role in supporting the arts in our community.

Art in Bloom 2021

Schedule of Events

June 23 - July 7 • 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday • Regional Galleries Exhibit

In the weeks leading up to Art in Bloom, our gallery will feature selected pieces from regional galleries. The works featured will be inspiration for the arrangements created by our floral designers.

July 8 • 5-7pm • Art in Bloom Preview Party

Be among the first to see the floral interpretations at their freshest and meet the floral designers. After visiting the show, join us outside for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

July 9 & 10 • 10am-4pm • Tour the Gallery & Floral Arrangements

Visit the gallery to experience the stunning creativity of our Ikebana and Western floral designers who have created arrangements inspired by the artworks in the show.  The flowers will only be on display for 2 days, so don't miss your chance to see nature imitating art!

July 9 & 10 • 10am-2pm • Local Garden Tour & Plein Air Artists

Our self-guided garden tour features a diverse array of inspiring local gardens. Look for plein air artists creating in each garden!  Your Garden Tour Ticket includes a map and directions to each garden and access to our main gallery for the Art in Bloom exhibit.

July 16 - 30 • 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday • Art from the Garden Exhibit

Return to BMCA after Art in Bloom to view the works created during the Garden Tour by the plein air artists.  This beautiful show is free and open to the public.

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Art in Bloom is a unique exhibition that also serves as a fundraiser for the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Every ticket you purchase supports local artists, programming, and creative opportunities in Western North Carolina.

Art in Bloom Gallery Exhibit - $5

Garden Tour & Gallery Exhibit  -$25

Preview Party (includes Gallery Exhibit, drinks and hor’d’oeuvres) - $35

Art in Bloom Everything Pass (includes Preview party, Garden Tour, and Exhibit) - $50


Featured Art in Bloom Workshops

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Nature Journaling Workshop Series with Stephanie Sipp • $35 per class, $90 for all 3

** FULL ** Wednesday, July 7th 10:00 – 12:30 - Dandelions

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** FULL ** Wednesday, July 14th 10:00 – 12:30 - Purple Cone Flowers & Butterfly

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** FULL ** Wednesday, July 21st 10:00 – 12:30 - Zinnias & Butterfly

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Enjoy learning drawing techniques while creating a nature journal of the beautiful and diverse local flowers in the Black Mountain area. Drawing and coloring will sharpen your observation skills, provide opportunities to explore and broaden your knowledge of the nature in this area. Stephanie’s enthusiasm for learning creates a fun and informative educational experience. All levels are welcome to join.


During each class you will create a journal page of the flower. Stephanie will guide you through step-by-step drawing and coloring techniques. There will be the flowers and a handout for visual references. Each flower will be observed closely to learn more about their parts and unique characteristics. Supplies not included - registered students will receive a supply list.

Fun and Functional Wheel Thrown Planters with Gwen Ottinger

$45 per student

Friday, July 9, 2-3:30, or 4-5:30

Gwen will share her techniques and design ideas for making a wheel thrown planter with an attached saucer and incorporated drainage. Once the form is mastered, the possibilities are endless!


Note: This workshop is for intermediate and advanced potters.  Participants must be able to independently throw on the wheel.


Gwen is a potter and teacher with 25 years experience. She uses her love of plants to inspire her ceramic designs, creating planters and tableware in her own distinctive style. She currently works from her home studio in Frederick Md, where she cares for her child, stepchildren, multiple pets and way too many houseplants.



Mosaic Pots with Michelle Bettencourt • $55 per student

Saturday, July 10, 10am-1pm & Sunday, July 11, 4pm-5:30pm

Whether you have dabbled in mosaics before or are completely new, this class will introduce you to the ancient art form of mosaics through the creation of your own, unique flower pot. In the first session, you will learn the basics of mosaic design, select and cut/break your ceramic pieces and adhere them to your pot. In the second session, you will learn how to grout your pot with a number of colors of grout to choose from. After just two sessions you will leave with a wonderful pot and the knowledge to make more!

"Paint for the Cause" with David Nelson Collins • $45 per student, both workshops for $80

Sunday, July 11

10:30-1:30 Poppies

2:30-5:30 Wild Flowers, Real Wild Flowers

Join artist David Collins as he guides you through the creation of your own acrylic painting.  David has led hundreds of paint-along classes and thousands of participants just like you have walked away with a lovely piece of art.  You might think you can’t paint, but with David’s guidance you can!  We will be offering two opportunities to “Paint for a Cause” allowing you to choose to paint “Poppies” or “Wild Flowers, Real Wild Flowers” (or both!).  David is generously donating all proceeds from these workshops to us, so join us on July 11 to learn, paint, meet others, and support BMCA!


Guest of Honor

Libba Tracy has been making her unique contributions since the Arts Center was just a twinkle in our founders’ eyes. From board membership and fundraising to spearheading three successful awareness events, the west wall mural inception, and opening her home to countless gatherings, Libba has bestowed her positive influence and boundless energy to BMCA for more than 20 years.

Art in Bloom SPonsors

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a registered non-profit with a mission to “bring arts to the people and people to the arts”. Now in its 15th year, Art in Bloom is a highly anticipated and beloved community event. Sponsoring Art in Bloom allows your business to be associated with a highly respected community arts organization and to distribute your business name and logo across WNC.


To set up a sponsorship please contact us at: 828-669-0930 or

Click on the logos below to learn more about this years's generous sponsors!

Event Sponsors


Gallery Sponsors

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Garden Sponsors

Kay Rouse

Julie Wilcox

The Cutting Crew, Black Mountain


Can't make it in person?

In an effort to include all of our supporters not able to make it into the gallery in July, we will put as much of the event online as we can! Art in Bloom is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and your support means we can continue to offer enriching programming and events in the future. Consider making a donation if you're able, and we hope to see you in person next year!

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