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Rites of an Appalachian Spring

Art in Bloom sprouts fresh events, including a cottage garden tour

by Walker Nishiwaki Suzuki, from Art in Bloom 2011


The term “multimedia” has grown a bit slack, seemingly meaning any artist who takes up more than one kind of implement. But the annual Art in Bloom event benefiting Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a true blend of efforts, a coming together of disciplines that yields memorable results.


Honorary Chairs for 2012 are Doug Orr, President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College and founder of the Swannanoa Gathering, and his wife Darcy, an artist and musician. (The Orrs are currently working on a book about the connection between Appalachian music and Scots/Scots-Irish heritage.)


A gala preview party, a concert, and various exhibits are all part of the three-day event, happening June 14-16 in Black Mountain.


Sheltered under the theme “Simple Gifts: An Appalachian Spring,” fine artists from around the region and around the world will pair up with equally esteemed floral designers – traditional, contemporary and Ikebana – to stage complementary high-style tableaus.


The same theme carries over to Art in Bloom’s cottage garden tour, where en plein air painters will energize the scene, working in the moment.  Art is not life, then – it is live.


www.blackmountainarts.org (828) 669-0930


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