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elcome to Black Mountain and the surrounding Swannanoa Valley. Regardless of what brings you here, you will be greeted with beautiful scenery, peaceful days, and friendly people. This special publication of the Black Mountain News was created to assist you while you are

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in town. A calendar of events for the spring and summer seasons will help you plan your activities. We encourage you to visit the local businesses that have advertised in this tour guide. They offer one-of-a-kind treasures that are unique to this area. Be sure and visit the Black Mountain -

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Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce while in town, located at 201 East State Street in Black Mountain, (828) 6692300. And for a complete and updated listing of this week’s events and happenings, pick up a copy of the Black Mountain News.






Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Sourwood Festival

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April 27th: Earth Day Eco Flea Market: 8 - 11 a.m. at SunTrust Bank. Sponsored by Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.

May 2nd: Rock the Taste (Taste of Black Mountain): 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. White Horse Black Mountain. Sample great food from local restaurants. Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. (828) 669-2300. 3rd - 5th: Blue to Black Art Weekend boasts the E.A.S.T. Studio Tour - in its seventh season - and the new Blue to Black Art Stroll - the weekend of May 3-5. The weekend kicks-off Friday, May 3, from 5 - 9 p.m. with an artist reception and preview of featured works at the historic Monte Vista Hotel and continues throughout the weekend., (828) 419-0049. 3rd: “Nudes and Naked Truths” Featuring portrait, nude, and abstract works from Western North Carolina artists Nancy Moore, Elinor Bowman and Keith Spencer. AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel Opening Reception: 6 – 8 p.m. 3rd: Monte Vista Hotel hosts...Blue to Black Art Weekend Celebration Kick-off & Artist Reception 5 – 9 p.m. Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W State Street, Black Mountain. Join AnTHM Gallery and the Monte Vista Hotel for an evening kick-off of Blue to Black Art Weekend featuring an artist reception celebrating E.A.S.T Tour participating artists and Blue to Black Art Stroll participating art venues. The Monte Vista Hotel is located at 308 W State Street in Black Mountain, (828) 669-8870. (828) 419-0049 . 3rd: BAR and American Express Small Business present Jeff Milchen, of Bozeman, Mont., executive director of the American Independent Business Alliance, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop - The morning talk and slide show “reviews the economic, civic, and other benefits of community-based business and shows a wide range of successful initiatives from around the country,” using examples from municipalities similar to Black Mountain. These examples include public education materials, group marketing and advertising, facilitating entrepreneurism, and other efforts to help local businesses gain benefit from

Ongoing... Thursday Nights: 7 - 9 p.m. June 20 - August 8: Park Rhythms – Free concerts at Lake Tomahawk. Saturdays: 9 a.m. - noon May - October Black Mountain Tailgate Market. Daily: 8:30 - 9 p.m. June - July: Watch the Evening Primroses bloom at Lake Tomahawk. “First Fridays” of each month February through November 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Art, music, and drink specials at Monte Vista Hotel.

collaborative efforts. Check the BAR Web site for updates and location. 4th: Let It Be Heard!—The Megaphone Project comes to Downtown Black Mountain. In partnership with Blue To Black Art Weekend, LEAF presents The Megaphone Project— sponsored locally by GreyBeard Realty 1 -5 p.m. in downtown Black Mountain, 18 bright red megaphones of different shapes and sizes will transform the central green across from Tyson Furniture on Broadway/9N into a fun audio playground for young and old. Shout, speak, or sing into one of these special instruments and listen to voices mysteriously return via a customdesigned wireless audio network, manipulated through simple acoustics. 4th: Town Square Concert: Family friendly concerts featuring local musicians in the Town Square on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. - Black Mountain Ramblers/ Jackie Moore 9th - 12th: L.E.A.F. Lake Eden Arts Festival at Camp Rockmont. Tickets online in advance at 18th: 8th Annual Garden Sale and Silent Auction: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Monte Vista Hotel. Black Mountain Beautification. (828) 460-7970.

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June 1st - 2nd: Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Juried Show: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Downtown Black Mountain. The Old Depot Association. 1st: Town Square Concert: These will be family friendly concerts featuring local musicians in the Town Square on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. - Hackbirds 13th - 15th: 7th Annual Art in Bloom: Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

July 4th: Montreat Parade: 10 a.m. in Montreat. (828) 669-8002. 4th: Downtown Fireworks: Black Mountain Recreation & Parks. (828) 669-2052. 4th: Annual Fireworks Hike: Swannanoa Valley Museum. Reservations required. 13th: Town Square Concert: These will be family friendly concerts featuring local musicians in the Town Square on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. - The Swayback Sisters

August 3rd: Annual Swannanoa Valley Museum Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.- noon Padgettown Rd & Old US 70. (828) 669-1679. 9th: Sourwood Idol Contest: 7 p.m. Sutton Ave. Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. (828) 669-2300. 10th - 11th: Sourwood Festival: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Downtown Black Mountain. Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. 828) 669-2300. 31st: Town Square Concert: These will be family friendly concerts featuring local musicians in the Town Square on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. –David LaMotte


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Happy Birthday, Uncle Sam! By Dr. Gene Carnell


n 1961, Congress adopted the following resolution: “That the Congress salutes ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson of Troy, N.Y., as the Progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam” … so nicknamed because of his kindly personality. He was a well-liked meat packer during the War of 1812. This year is the 200th anniversary of the initial recognition of this iconic figure who still stands tall in our national folklore. Our local version says: Welcome to all who visit our Valley, and designed this poster. “We love America – it’s our home!” Please join in this commemoration and celebrate freedom every day. Charles Evan Hughes said: “To each generation comes ITS patriotic duty.”


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Congratulations – you have found your way to a great town – Black Mountain! Whether you are here for a day or a week, make the most of your time while you Eat, Sleep, Stay, & Play!


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Put on your walking shoes - because a walk around downtown Black Mountain will deliver an abundance of unique shops –antiques, art, clothing, furniture, unique gifts, an old-fashioned hardware store, and much more. A stroll down Cherry Street, Sutton Avenue, Broadway, and of course, State Street will lead you to shop after shop. Take time to find a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend. And certainly - take time to not only buy a few souvenirs to take home with you, but a few things for yourself as well.

Finding a good meal in the Swannanoa Valley is easy. Unique restaurants line the streets of downtown Black Mountain and some restaurants off the beaten path make a short drive more than worthwhile. Everything from burgers to an elegant meal are options in this town. Stop by the Black Mountain News (111 Richardson Blvd., across from the Black Mountain Post Office) or the Black Mountain – Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce (201 E. State Street) for a copy of Dining Destinations, which includes information and menus from many Accommodations in the area vary local restaurants. If you find yourself in town on May 2, from a secluded cabin tucked away in be sure and check out “Rock the Taste.” Montreat to a room in a cozy bed and breakfast . Once you find a place, relax Formerly known as the Taste of Black and enjoy your stay. Perhaps even a few Mountain, local restaurants gather at a naps might be in order - and where better central location and for one admission price, you can sample their food, along to nap than in one of the relaxing rocking chairs that you see around town. You with beer and wine. This is event is may not realize it – but Black Mountain is sponsored by the Black Mountain – Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce and “The Little Town That Rocks,” and local business owners have sponsored rocking the event is held at the White Horse chairs that are placed throughout Black Black Mountain. Mountain. Sit and enjoy – because in October, these chairs will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Black The number one rule of any vacation – have Mountain Town Square – the future fun! And there are unlimited possibilities for park located in the heart of downtown fun and play in the area. Outdoor activities Black Mountain. such as hiking, swimming, and golf are ideal for this time of the year – take advantage of this black mountain 2013 while you are here! Museums, an art center, a community garden, and greenways also make this a unique spot to enjoy. Learn more about the Valley on a Black Mountain Walking and Ghost Tour. Ghostly tours begin at sunset and daytime walking history tours are also available. Call (828) 273-3838 for reservations. This will no doubt be a unique vacation for you – enjoy – come back soon!



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In this year’s featured exhibits at the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat.

Joyful, Joyful: We Adore Thee exhibit will feature On the Air: The History of Presbyterians in rare psalters and hymnals for the past 500 Broadcasting & Communications exhibit years, audio music samples on touch-screen will present the story of Presbyterians With free admission kiosks, use of hymns in movie clips, and and communications innovations and parking, the PHC offers much more! The exhibit begins with such as: 1910 telephone call-in to interactive kiosks and displays of Martin Luther’s first hymn book listen to sermons; silent screen artifacts, rare books, documents, and published in 1524 which contained & talking film stars, including a rare pictures at its facility located at eight hymns. former U.S. President; the first 318 Georgia Terrace, Montreat, N.C. 28757. More information can be obtained by religious broadcasting station calling (828) 669-6556 or visiting Go Into All The World: and television programming, www, Missions to the Near East exhibit and Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers will feature rare photos and will Neighborhood. During April and May, the PHC is opened document various Presbyterian Fred Rogers was an ordained Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., mission efforts in the Eastern Presbyterian minister who Saturday 1 - 4 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 - 4 p.m. Mediterranean countries, as well developed one of public television’s During June through mid-August, as a display of rare pottery from the most successful children’s shows that the PHC is opened Biblical Holy Land. For young people, continues to air 10 years after his death seven days a week. interactive archaeological digs of replica in 2003. The Fred Rogers Company has Biblical pottery will be available throughout provided the Heritage Center with photos and the summer. videos of the television shows through the decades.


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Arts in Downtown

Black Mountain By Rita Vermillion

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, centered in downtown Black Mountain at 225 W. State Street, is a community arts center open year-round. Stop by to see the Upper Gallery and find out about events.


mong North Carolina towns, Black Mountain stands as an were removed, the former holding cell jail was turned into a visual enclave for the arts. Around the world, that reputation came art classroom, the upper level town library was refurbished into a about largely through Black Mountain College, which existed here gallery, the town council chambers were restored into an acoustic from 1933 to 1956. Within the region that distinction is now due in concert/theater room, the firemen’s sleeping quarters became a part to a local institution, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, reception room/dance classroom, and the city garage was recycled located in the renovated old city hall at 225 W. State Street. into a functional clay studio. The mission of BMCA is “to bring arts to the Today, classes and workshops open to the public are people and people to the arts.” Through theatre, held every weekday in one of the various areas of the concerts, exhibits, festivals, workshops, classes fine arts – music, visual arts, pottery, writing and and outreach, this community arts center offers dance. Arts events including concerts, theater to both visitors and residents opportunities to productions, summer camps, gallery openings and exhibits are scheduled on a regular basis. A participate in and enjoy the arts. Incorporated in 1995, the Center is well into its second garden with sculpture by local artists in the back (828) 669-0930. decade as a non-profit arts institution serving yard is adjacent to the clay studio, which has Executive Director, the eastern part of Buncombe County and the murals installed by nationally recognized artists Gale Jackson communities of Black Mountain, Swannanoa, on both the east and west walls - public art that Montreat, and Ridgecrest. It is not an affiliate of enhances Black Mountain’s downtown. A tile wall county or town governments, but is a stand-alone located in the ground level was part of the original organization responsible for raising its own funds fundraising for the building renovation and includes tiles and promoting its own programs. The residents of our painted by school children who will some day raise their community pull together each year to support the Black Mountain own families in this Valley. Center for the Arts through arts events and fundraisers, class tuition, Each year the Black Mountain Center for the Arts sponsors annual donations, grants, and more. events that bring people in to hear live music, see visual art, view When a group of local residents found that the original city hall, theatrical performances, take home locally produced art, visit local c. 1920s, was to be torn down, they chose to rally around the stately gardens, and meet others in the community. From a Books and brick building at the west end of downtown, to raise money to save Brown Bag series to the annual Art in Bloom flowers and art event and renovate it, and to turn it into a center for community arts that to the Run for Your Art 5k to an art photography exhibit, there is everyone could use with pride and excitement. Once the funds were something for everyone to enjoy at BMCA. raised, the orange shag carpet, pine paneling, and truck entrance


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Spring/Summer Calendar 225 W. State Street, 828/669-0930 Tuesday-Thursday, April 9-11 – 9 am 1 pm: Plein Air Painting Workshop. Cheryl Keefer. Friday, April 12 – Noon – 1 pm. Brown Bag and Books: Poet Tina Barr - Applying for Fellowships, Grants & Awards: a How-To Session for Poets. Saturday, April 13 – 9 am – 5 pm. Stone Landscaping Workshop. Joe Dinwiddie. Saturday, April 13 – 10 am. Opening for “Strings and Threads” Art Quilt Show in the Upper Gallery. Stephanie Wilds. Show closes April 26. Friday, April 19 – 7:30 pm. Jazz Concert Series with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guests Sonny Thornton and Mike Holstein. Saturday, April 27 – 1-4 pm: Creative Brain Workshop. Charles Freeland. Sunday, April 28 – 1-4 pm. Pinhole Camera Workshop. Lynette Miller. Friday, May 10 – Wednesday, June 12: Annual Art in Bloom art exhibit on loan from regional galleries. Friday, May 10, 7:30 pm. Jazz Concert Series with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and vocalist Miles Griffith with Sonny Thornton and Zack Page. Friday, May 31, 12 – 4 pm. Poems on Painting Workshop. Tina Barr. Thursday – Saturday, June 13-15. 7th Annual Art in Bloom exhibit. Gala Preview Party, Cottage Garden Tour, Evening Concert. Various times. Monday – Friday, June 17-21, 10 am – 5 pm. Art in Bloom Plein Air Paintings Exhibit. Monday – Friday, June 24-28, 9 am – noon. Summer Arts Camp for Grades K-3. Friday, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2, noon-1 pm. Brown Bag and Books Summer Series: Jazz and Poetry. Tina Barr and Michael Jefry Stevens. Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19. Adult Clay Camp. Maureen Joyce. Friday, July 19, 7:30 pm. Jazz Concert Series with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guest artist. Thursday, August 22, 7:30 pm. Jazz Concert Series with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guest artist. Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm. Lucky Friday Jazz Concert Series with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guest artist. September Date TBA: Run for Your Art 5k Fun Run

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Art comes alive at the Red House Studios and Gallery I

From Staff Reports

The two large classrooms have ongoing weekly classes plus workshops by n the Beginning...On October 6, 1967, 16 women met at the Monte members and outside artists on a regular basis. Vista Hotel to form the Swannanoa Valley Arts League (SVFAL), They have had several hundred visitors to their lovely Red House this the area’s oldest group of community artists. Author Patricia Cornwell’s past year, including attendance at the receptions held for each new show. mother, Marilyn Pat Daniels, was among the first members, as was Mary They will have a new exhibit every month through the summer. As part McMurray, still an active member of the league. of SVFAL’s outreach, they are a part of BAR (Black Mountain Arts and Membership zoomed to 41 by March 1968. The meetings and shows Restaurants). Through BAR, they are placing artists’ paintings throughout were held at various places - the beautiful new library (March 1968), Black Mountain in participating BAR restaurants. Asheville State Savings and Loan, Swannanoa Community Center. There were Tuesday morning “Paint Togethers” at the Red Coach (State Street and Montreat Road). The league sponsored arts education in local schools. In 1991, the league found a home in the THE RED HOUSE green house behind the medical center on Old The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League U.S. Highway70. Many classes and workshop invites you to visit their Red House have been held there, along with groups of Studios and Gallery, located at artists who met to paint together. 310 State Street next to the Monte Vista Hotel. Coming Full Circle Upcoming gallery exhibits include: Those 16 women who met 46 April: Limited Palette - Unlimited Possibilities years ago to form an art league would May: New Beginnings be delighted to know that SVFAL June: All Creatures Great and Small moved in February 2012 to the Red July: American Snapshots House next to the Monte Vista Hotel, August: Annual Juried Show where it all started. The Red House was September: Still Life-Shape and Form originally known as the Farmhouse, and is the oldest structure on the Monte Vista Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. property, built in 1926. Some know it as Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. the Annex, housing overflow guests from the For more information, Monte Vista. It is on the National Register of call (828) 669-0351 or Historic Places because of its age and association visit with the hotel. First Year in the Red House From fall 2011 to March 2012, the league completed an extensive renovation of their 4,000 sq ft. including a new roof, extensive rewiring, and combining of rooms. Volunteers spent countless hours scraping, caulking, priming, and painting the 16 rooms. The finished product includes a three room gallery space, 2 large workshop spaces, a library, and seven artists’ studios with 16 artists. The grand opening was in April 2012, with a wonderful exhibit titled “Give Us Your Best.” During this past year, membership has ballooned from 88 to 183. The prime reasons for this are the wonderful opportunities for artists to display their work. Three lovely, well-lighted galleries have hosted 11 shows over the past 12 months. The works range from 2D paintings in every medium to 3D including ceramic sculpture and wood creations.


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Art Weekend From Staff Reports


lue to Black Art Weekend boasts the E.A.S.T. Studio Tour - in its seventh season - and the new Blue to Black Art Stroll - the weekend of May 3-5. The weekend kicks-off Friday, May 3, from 5 - 9 p.m. with an artist reception and preview of featured works at the historic Monte Vista Hotel and continues throughout the weekend. On Saturday, May 4, E.A.S.T. Studio Tour hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with extended hours on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., offered per individual artist. Black Mountain art venue/gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. with open house-artist receptions at each participating downtown art venue/gallery from 5 - 7 p.m. Black Mountain art venues/galleries are open on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m, additionally. With the addition of several new members, more than 40 studios/art venues/galleries will open their doors to the public this spring. A variety of media is represented including glass, fiber, clay, metal, photography, painting, woodworking – and more. The route extends from the BLUE Ridge Parkway at Highway 70 to east Asheville, Fairview, Swannanoa on to BLACK Mountain - where the event name “Blue to Black” originated. Large yellow and blue E.A.S.T. signs will easily direct you along the way to

each E.A.S.T. artist studio then on to downtown Black Mountain as far as Ridgecrest. Brochures with detailed maps are available in Black Mountain at AnTHM Gallery, the Monte Vista Hotel, the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber and Visitor Center, Visions of Creation, area local businesses, greater Buncombe County including downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, and at artist studios. “We are proud to continue the strong grassroots tradition of showcasing area artists and their works through E.A.S.T. Studio Tour, founded in 2006,” Cappi Macsherry, director of Blue to Black Art Weekend, said. “And we are especially pleased to offer new for 2013 the integration of downtown Black Mountain art venues and galleries that will not only feature E.A.S.T. artists, but feature their artwork in addition, as part of the Blue to Black Art Stroll all over downtown Black Mountain. “Blue to Black Art Weekend is a terrific opportunity for art lovers and enthusiasts to come out, tour the studios of our E.A.S.T. artists, visit the many art venues and galleries of Black Mountain, while experiencing the beauty of our region and learning more about its rich artistic legacy being carried forward.”

Blue to Black Art Weekend May 3-5 Features: E.A.S.T. Studio Tour - East of Asheville to Black Mountain Blue to Black Art Stroll in Downtown Black Mountain.Blue to Black Art Weekend is a free, open to the public, self-guided art tour and stroll. For more information, visit or contact Cappi Macsherry, event director, at (828) 419-0049


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irdhouses, handmade furniture, custom jewelry, local soap, and fine art are just a few of the crafts offered at Sourwood Festival. For one weekend in August each year, the Sourwood Festival fills downtown Black Mountain with wholesome entertainment for both adults and children. With highlights like authentic arts and crafts; face-painting, bouncy rides and cotton candy for children; musical acts and dancing; fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot-off-the-grill BBQ, there’s something for everyone at the Sourwood Festival presented by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. This year’s 36th annual festival is Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, and features over 200 booths of arts and crafts, food of all kinds, rides and games for children, and musical acts performing every half hour. The non-alcoholic festival attracts over 30,000 each year from all over the country. It wouldn’t be a festival if there weren’t a great selection of food, and the Sourwood has something for everyone - vegetarian dishes, homemade ice cream, funnel cake, handmade jellies, Polish sausage, corn on the cob, and much more. Honey-making and bee demonstrations are a popular attraction. “Owen High School Band’s BBQ fundraiser is always a big hit,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Bob McMurray. You can smell the BBQ smoking from miles away. Now in its tenth year, the Sourwood Idol Contest kicks off the Sourwood Festival on Friday, August 9, at 7 p.m. with regional talent of

solo singing acts competing for the Sourwood Idol title. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Located at 201 E. State Street, the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce may be reached by calling (828) 669-2300 or emailing www.exploreblackmountain. com. For more information on the Sourwood Festival, visit

36th Annual Sourwood Festival August 10 & 11 Downtown Black Mountain

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7th annual art in bloom By Rita Vermillion

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts presents an annual show of art and flowers. Here Robert Tynes’ painting, “Raising Cane,” is interpreted by Elaine Young and Mary Noble Braden.


An invitation is sent to dozens of floral designers in the late hen the 7th Annual Art in Bloom Gala Preview Party of winter. The first 22 to respond get spots, while others are put on a this festive community event opens on June 13 at the waiting list. When the artwork goes on display in early May, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, it will be a wellparticipants come to study it and make a list of their orchestrated event with experienced floral designers choices to interpret. This is another difference that and committee. the BMCA Art in Bloom event offers – in most of Lacking a major collection but blessed with the major museums floral designers are assigned an abundance of local and regional talent, a work of art to interpret. Once the preferences the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Art in Bloom are designated, the designers can return as often located in the original city hall at 225 W. June 13-15 as they choose to familiarize themselves with State Street, adds its own twists to the at Black Mountain Center the work of art and the artist. Over the next six idea. By showing a limited exhibit of 22 for the Arts weeks they spend many hours choosing just the pieces of fine art and craft on loan from the right container, floral materials, drape, etc. prior fabulous regional galleries of Western N.C. 828/669-0930. to the installation on the day of the gala. As this in a concentrated area on one floor, BMCA is a non-profit fundraiser, the floral designers are provides an opportunity to have the same part of a large corps of volunteers who receive no viewing experience in a more intimate setting compensation for their work or materials. They do it along with the chance to meet the floral designers, for the love of flowers and the arts, the camaraderie, and and occasionally, the artists as well. Art in Bloom the visibility. appeals to everyone – obviously flower and garden lovers as This year’s event, scheduled for June 13-15, begins with the well as art lovers, but also students and seniors, families, couples, and Preview Party on Thursday, June 13, just hours after the floral singles.


designers have put the finishing touches on their fresh floral arrangements to ensure the public sees them at their freshest. On Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, in addition to the exhibit being open to the public for a nominal fee of $5, there will be a cottage garden tour of six local gardens with local artists painting en plain air at each site, capturing nature in bloom, and a concert by area musicians on Friday or Saturday evening. The garden owners are also volunteers who spend months in preparation for the event to ensure their gardens are ready to be visited. The theme for the 2013 event is “Friends and Flowers.” Each year an honorary chair is invited to participate; this year the honorary chair is David Holt, Grammy award winning musician, storyteller, historian, television host, and entertainer. Holt hosts UNC-TV’s Folkways, and PRI’s Riverwalk Jazz. The week following Art in Bloom, June 17-21, the plein air paintings from the cottage garden tour will be on display and for sale in the Center’s main floor hall. Along with the Art in Bloom event, both of these events showcase the artistic talents found so plentifully in Western N.C., the Swannanoa Valley and Black Mountain. Tickets for the Preview Party (which features a light dinner buffet), the cottage garden tour (part of which will be a walking neighborhood tour), and the concert will include admission to the Art in Bloom flower and art exhibit. Admission to the Art in Bloom exhibit only is also available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15.

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