For 20 years the nonprofit Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) has been a vital part of the cultural fabric of this thriving town. For 13 of those years, BMCA has held Art in Bloom which has evolved into a two month community-wide event celebrating flowers and beauty.
Planning for this year's 14th annual event began last June and the organizing committee was in the process of finalizing details when the virus hit.
Creativity is the cornerstone of what The Black Mountain Center of the Arts does and it was not willing to let the 14th year of this special event fade away amid the challenge of social distancing. Given that six dedicated gardeners spent months preparing their beautiful gardens for an in-person tour that was not to be, we wanted to share the results of their efforts. So we got creative and adapted the best we could. We went virtual.
Volunteer photographers Joye Ardyn Durham, Lynette Miller and Shane Peters all gave their time to photograph the varied gardens. BMCA Program Coordinator Marylee Rorick put together the online tour and filmed garden owner Ruth Pittard while she discussed her experience with this year’s theme: drainage. The garden owners don’t let a little run-off stand in the way of beautiful solutions to the deluge.
Art in Bloom 2020 is available online through the BMCA website. Included in the online event are a virtual tour of all six of this year’s gardens and a presentation of last year’s awe-inspiring floral designs, usually only available in person or in book form.
Art in Bloom 2020 is now available online by visit BlackMountainArts.org/Art in Bloom. This event is free, but we need your support now more than ever and hope you will consider donating to support the Arts Center.
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information call 828-669-0930 or visit blackmountainarts.org.