WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Leading floral designers in North and South Carolina will gather in Wrightsville Beach to showcase their floral creations inspired by fine art, Jan. 7-9, 2022.

The three-day Art & The Bloom exhibition and competition includes expert demonstrations and workshops in floral design, floral collage and culinary art, jewelry fashion shows, gallery art sales by the Wilmington Art Assoc., and nationally renowned vendors.

The New Hanover Garden Club, Harbor Island Garden Club and the Blockade Runner Beach Resort are committed to keeping everyone safe during our event. We will be following the Governor’s guidelines for the prevention of the spread of Covid 19. Should the event need to be canceled due to increased Covid restrictions beyond our control, tickets will be refundable.

Now entering its fifth year, the New Hanover/ Harbor Island Garden Club’s Art & The Bloom has become a highly anticipated event. This year’s artwork will come from private collections and juried artists across the state. Floral designers receive their art assignment from a blind draw weeks before the event.

Judging this year is National Garden Club Judge and Flower Show School Instructor Judy Binns as well as NC award-winning event planner and instructor Bill Hamilton. Floral design winners receive a beautiful ribbon, a cash award, and bragging rights. The judges will be presenting floral design demonstrations and workshops.

Lois Watson, a locally acclaimed Architectural Illustrator who is a member of the Wilmington Art Association, will be conducting a workshop on creating florals by collage watercolor technique. Attendees will be taking home an original piece of creative art.

Judy Binns will conduct a floral demonstration on how to create many different design types using the same flowers. Judy is a NGC master flower show judge, past president of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and recipient of the NGC Member Award of Honor for the South Atlantic region.

Bill Hamilton, an award-winning wedding and event planner and instructor, will be conducting a floral design demonstration on creating beautiful arrangements for your home on a budget. Bill has won numerous awards including the 2015 EPIC Tabletop Award, Best Themed Décor Award, and the Best Team Event Award.

An afternoon tea and fashion show of jewels will be offered featuring Mariann Bauer, The Pearl Girl, and her beautiful line of fashion forward jewelry.

New Hanover Garden Club and the Harbor Island Garden Club, the organizers of Art & The Bloom, are federated through the National Garden Club and Garden Clubs of North Carolina. The event’s proceeds will benefit gardening projects and scholarships for nonprofit organizations. All activities will be held at the host hotel, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

2022 Art & The Bloom Itinerary:
Exhibition General Admission, January 8th– 9th, 2022

January 8th-9th, 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday, January 7th, 2022, Special Event:
Meet the Designers Preview Party 5:00 – 7:00 PMEnjoy meeting and greeting the designers, heavy hors d’oeuvres by EAST, music by Duke Ladd, harpist Julie Rehder and a stroll through the exhibit prior to the public opening on Saturday.Saturday, January 8th, 2022, Special Sessions:
Many Design Types, Same Flowers Demonstration 9:30 – 11:30 AM 
Award winning Master designer and instructor Judy Binns will demonstrate the creation of many design types using the same flowers. Includes entry to the exhibition.Floral Design on a Budget 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Award winning designer and event planner Bill Hamilton will demonstrate how you can create beautiful floral designs for your home on a budget. Includes entry to the exhibition.Afternoon Tea 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea served in two courses, all the while being entertained by a fashion show of jewels by the Pearl Girl Mariann Bauer; includes entry to the exhibition.Sunday, January 9th, 2022, Special Sessions:Creating Florals by Collage Watercolor Workshop by Lois Watson 9:30 – 11:30AM WAA artist and instructor Lois Watson will conduct a workshop on creating a beautiful collage using a watercolor technique (includes all supplies) includes entry to the exhibition.Sugared Edible Flowers Workshop by Carla Wiechman 1:00 3:00 PM
Pastry chef Carla Wiechman will guide you in the art of sugaring edible flowers. You will also learn how to pipe flowers and decorate your own personal cupcake! (includes all supplies) includes entry to the exhibition.Afternoon Tea 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea served in two courses, all the while being entertained by a fashion show of jewels by the Pearl Girl Mariann Bauer; includes entry to the exhibition.The Wilmington Art Association will be hosting a sales gallery all weekend.
The Vendors Gallery will be open all weekend for your shopping pleasure.

For information see NewHanoverGardenClub.org. For ticket sales beginning mid-November go to https://artandthebloom2022.eventbrite.com.

Contact: Barb Bittler, Chair, Art & The Bloom



Source: Co-Chair Publicity Art and the Bloom

New Hanover Garden Club 

2018 People’s Choice Award by Suzanne Tarry, Apex, NC – Courtesy Scott Bittler
Design by Peggy Vineyard and Helene Pasin – 2020 1st place