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Art in Bloom

Mar 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - Apr 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


The North Carolina Museum of Art hosts its third Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of art and flowers, March 30−April 2. The event features more than 50 floral masterpieces inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection and created by world-class floral designers from North Carolina and beyond. During Art in Bloom, the NCMA also features master classes, presentations, family activities, an opening reception, Museum Store trunk shows, and other related events (schedule below).

This year’s special guest is Belgian-born and Portland-based Françoise Weeks, who specializes in textural woodlands and botanical haute couture pieces. She has taught floral design in China, Australia, England, Mexico, and around the United States. During Art in Bloom, she will lead presentations on woodland design and botanical couture as well as a master class focused on botanical couture headpieces.

Other featured presenters and workshop hosts include floral jewelry designer Anahit Hakobyan of Viva la Flora Designs, Steve Taras of Raleigh’s Watered Garden Florist, Carolyn Hassett of Escentuelle Signature Fragrances, the American Institute of Floral Designers, and the Triangle Bonsai Society.

In preparation for Art in Bloom, the Museum’s West Building (including the permanent collection galleries, Iris restaurant, and Museum Store) will be closed on Wednesday, March 29. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open for visitors.

During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets will be required for admission to the permanent collection in the Museum’s West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors.

Proceeds from Art in Bloom support Museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation.

Art in Bloom

March 30−April 2

North Carolina Museum of Art


$13 Museum members

$18 Nonmembers

Free for children 6 and under

All events are ticketed separately. Additional fees are charged for select workshops, presentations, and other events (schedule below).

Visitors who purchase tickets to Art in Bloom will receive a $2 voucher to use toward a ticket to special exhibitions Ansel Adams: Masterworks and Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470–1520 (ticketed together).


Thursday, March 30, 9 am–5 pm

Friday, March 31, 9 am–9 pm

Saturday, April 1, 9 am–5 pm

Sunday, April 2, 9 am–5 pm

During the four days of Art in Bloom, the Museum’s West Building will open at 9 am, an hour earlier than usual. The Box Office in East Building will open at 9 am, and East Building galleries will open at 10 am.

Schedule of Events

The NCMA hosts a series of special events in conjunction with Art in Bloom, including an opening reception, presentations, master classes, workshops, and family activities. Visitors can register for events online at ncartmuseum.org/artinbloom or by calling the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.


Mar 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Apr 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm