Art in Bloom got off to a great start at Black Mountain Center for the Arts tonight with the Gala Preview Party.
This is the fourth year I have participated as a designer, and for the first time I was on the planning committee.
The theme this year for Art in Bloom was “Cultivate Your Passion” and events over the four day period included the Gala Opening, garden tours, a tea, a panel discussion and luncheon, a live auction of the art created during the garden tour, and of course the exhibit hall with our twenty pieces of art and floral designs complimenting each piece of art.
John Cram owner of Blue Spiral 1
Gallery, New Morning Gallery and Bellagio was the honorary chairman this year. John always loans a number of works of art from his galleries for Art in Bloom.
A month prior to the event the floral designer looks at the art and rates their preferences. My choice this year was “Sticks” by Miya Brown. When I select the art I am always thinking about what floral materials I have available in the Gardens & Greenhouse of the WhiteGate Inn. This year I used Black Bamboo, Hardy Begonia leaves, Kousa Dogwood branches, Globe Thistle, and a Passion Vine flower.
It is always inspirational to see how the various floral designers, many with Ikebana training, interpret the art.
Art in bloom is held in various cities across the country and representatives of the Black Mountain group have coordinated with designers in Charleston, SC to begin Art in Bloom there next year.
Every Art in Bloom is different and this year was particularly impressive. I am already looking forward to next year’s show.