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Art in Bloom

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This year marks the 17th Annual Art in Bloom, our most anticipated fundraiser of the year. This multifaceted event, celebrating nature and art, combines two gallery exhibits, live floral arrangements, and a local garden tour featuring working artists. 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 2023
Schedule of Events

May 26 - June 14 • 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday • Regional Artists Gallery Exhibit

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

June 15 • 5-7pm • Art in Bloom Preview Party

We know how to throw a party! Be among the first to see the floral interpretations at their freshest and meet the floral designers. We'll kick off Art in Bloom with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. This is a night you won't want to miss.

June 16 & 17 • 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!

June 16 & 17 • 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.

June 23 • 5-6:30pm • Art from the Garden Opening Reception

Return to BMCA after Art in Bloom to view the works created during the Garden Tour by the plein air artists.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments and mingle with the artists during the last leg of Art in Bloom's festivities.

June 26 - July 14 • 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday • Art from the Garden Exhibit

Can't make it to the opening? Stop by during this time to visit the Art from the Garden. 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  -$30

Preview Party (includes Gallery Exhibit, drinks and hor’d’oeuvres) - $45

Art in Bloom Everything Pass (includes Preview party, Garden Tour, and Exhibit) - $65

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Ceramic Vase Auction

New this year to our Art in Bloom lineup of fundraising activities is our first ever online auction.  The talented potters working in the BMCA Ceramics Studio have created and donated 15 fabulous ceramic vessels available only through this auction.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to obtain a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind vase AND support your Art Center at the same time.  These vases are even more beautiful in person, so please stop by to see them in our lobby. 

To enter the auction please use button link below

and register using the “register” tab at the top of the page. 


This auction will run for two short weeks- Wednesday, June 7th - Wednesday, June 21 @ 11:59pm.  ​

Thank you for your support!

Art in Bloom Workshops

Further the celebration of art and flowers with some nature-themed workshops offered by local artists! Click below for the full lineup and to register!


Guest of Honor

Gale Jackson

Gale Jackson was the Executive Director of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts from its opening in September of 2000 until her retirement in the spring of 2019. She spent her almost two-decade tenure implementing beloved programs, performances, events, and more. With the help of many committee members, volunteers, staff, and board, she saw Art in Bloom through its inception to the celebrated community event we know and love today. 

Prior to her time at BMCA, Gale spent years as the Executive Director of Indiana’s Jasper Community Arts Commission. She moved to Black Mountain with her husband, Dennis Jackson, after a nation-wide search to fill the BMCA position. We hope you’ll help us in celebrating Gale and her many accomplishments at the arts center!


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

Please support the businesses and organizations that support the arts in WNC!

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Event Partner

Event Sponsor

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Gallery Sponsors

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Jay & Susan Moynahan

Garden Sponsors


Jack & Mary Ann Heinen

Can't make it in person?

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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