Images from Art in Bloom 2017


Think of it as ‘art with an expiration date.’ Art in Bloom presents the artful pairing of colorful, fresh blooms with sculpture and canvases to create a new experience for art lovers. It’s a visual conversation that’s amplified through the inherent transience of the experience.

In a celebration of ephemeral beauty, The Gallery at Flat Rock is pairing twenty professional floral designers with an equal number of artists to present imaginative interpretations of juried works of art for its third annual Art in Bloom exhibit, May 25 through May 28, 2018.

Here’s how it works: professional floral designers study the artwork and then create fresh floral interpretations based on what they experience. These floral pieces are exhibited in tandem with the artwork that inspired the designer, creating a dynamic visual display. ‘Art in Bloom’ originated in 1976 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Twenty artists will be jury-selected to participate, based on submissions.  This year's judges are William Henry Price, Betsy Edwards and Cherington Love Shucker.

Artists may submit original 2D or 3D artwork in any medium; one work will be displayed for each accepted artist. All artwork is available for sale. Floral designers invited to participate are comprised of members of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society as well as professional “free form” floral designers.

A Preview Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25 will launch Art in Bloom. The reception is $25 to attend and proceeds form the evening will benefit the Henderson County public school art programs.