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Art in Bloom

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This year marks the 16th 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 2022
Schedule of Events

June 15 - July 6 • 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 7 • 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.

July 8 & 9 • 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 8 & 9 • 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 14 - 29 • 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  -$30

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

Art in Bloom Everything Pass (includes Preview party, Garden Tour, and Exhibit) - $60

Tickets available for purchase at BMCA on Friday July 8th and Saturday July 9th.


Guest of Honor

Rita Vermillion

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Rita was the Program Coordinator here at BMCA the year that Art in Bloom started. Together with director Gale Jackson and a large committee of dedicated volunteers, Rita helped shepherd Art in Bloom until her retirement in 2013. She created a solid foundation for a fundraiser that has evolved over the years, but remained one of the town's most cherished events. Her work on Art in Bloom continued past her employment with stints as co-chair of the committee and active participation on a wide variety of levels.


Prior to her tenure at BMCA she spent many years working as a librarian in University settings. She moved to Black Mountain with her daughter Amy Vermillion (of Dripolator fame) and sister Barbara Gibson. She opened Catawba Sunrise Gallery where she represented scores of artists in all kinds of genres. She closed the gallery and in 2005 became BMCA’s Program Coordinator.

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

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Shane Peters

Realtor | Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty

(c) 828.691.9267

(o) 828.707.9556 

Gallery Sponsors

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BMCA Board         |         Jay and Susan Moynahan

Garden Sponsors


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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