Wilmington, NC

The inaugural Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Art of the Bloom weekend will pair the area's finest floral designers in a design challenge to create artistic floral arrangements inspired by Art.

Cameron Art Museum is opening their Vault and traveling 30 works to Blockade Runner Resort.

Designers will interpret CAM's art in a floral arrangement sure inspire - displayed with the art as an exhibition.

You be the judge… by voting for your favorite - all for a good cause – Cameron Art Museum and New Hanover Garden Club - Hands On Community projects.

To purchase 3 day pass ($10 for CAM and NHGC Members - plus tax; $15 for non-members) , call 910-395-5999 or purchase at the Blockade Runner Resort. Separate tickets required for some workshops in addition to the ticketed event.

Preview Party tickets below. (Preview Party tickets include 3 day pass)

Example works

View images taken at NCMA's Art in Bloom.

Preview Party

Opening Reception Gala and Meet the Designers.

The three day event kicks off with a dessert and champagne preview party to open Art Of The Bloom Thursday evening, January 5th, 7-9 pm at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the island of Wrightsville Beach.

Evening of music, hors d'oeuvres and celebration in the Ocean Front EAST Dining Room featuring the legendary Grenoldo Frazier on Piano. Enjoy Sparkling wines and desserts while mingling among the floral designers whose work is on display, our guest lecturers and artists.

Exhibition of floral designs and selected pieces of the CAM's permanent art collection in Lee Ballroom. Get a first look at the beautiful floral interpretations of Art of the Bloom during this opening fund-raiser. Music by Julie Rehder and Carole Bowman Green. Awards will be announced.

Ticket include admission to all three days of the event.
7:00 – 9:00 pm East Ocean Front Dining and Lee Ballroom
$35.00 pp CAM & NHGC Members; $45.00 pp Non-Members

Tickets to the Preview Party can be purchased by calling 910-395-5999,, or in person at the CAM Visitor Services Desk and the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Admission to the Preview Party also covers admission to all three days of the event.

Art Of The Bloom Exhibition

Open to the public:

Friday January 6, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday January 7, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday January 8, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Throughout this inspiring weekend noted speakers and hands on demonstrations in floral design, the arts and party planning.

Be a part of a new Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach tradition. Come be inspired and beat the winter blues at the beach!

Workshops & Demonstrations

Ticketed items below are additional to purchasing an event pass above.

  • Jan. 6, 9 AM - 9 PM - Exhibition hours

  • Jan. 6, 9 AM - 4 PM - Bea Mobile Boutique

    BEA Big Sky Design – Bea Mobile Boutique http://www.bigskymobileboutique.com/
    Blockade Runner Parking Lot

  • Jan. 6, 11 AM- 1:40 PM - Designing Divas: The Sunshine State Salutes our Tar Heel Friends ($45 registration incl. lunch)

    Six accredited floral designers from Florida will demonstrate National Garden Club Standard Designs. Each designer will create an arrangement for the audience, discussing selection process, line, color and structure. Interaction between designers and the audience is encouraged. At the completion of the six floral designs the guest designers will join you for lunch following the program. The individual one on one time will be enlighten and inspire.

    11:00 am – 1: 40 pm, Night Hawk Room, $45.00 pp/ includes lunch with designers.

  • Jan. 6, 2-4 PM - Designing Divas: Leaf Manipulation ($25 registration)

    Designers will show how to cut, twist and wire leaves to give different effects in a floral design in this hands on workshop. Each person participating should bring their own wire cutters, floral clippers or scissors.
    Each Participant will receive bullion wire to use and take home and leave with a wired flower fantasy form with wired fresh lily grass.
    2:00 – 4:00pm, Night Hawk Room, $25.00 pp

  • Jan. 6, 7-8:45 PM - Art Demonstration by Artist Joel Armstrong: Floral Pastel Drawing Artist/Instructor John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. ($10 registration)

    Enjoy the graceful and fluid movements of Joel Armstrong's interpretive techniques using floral inspiration.
    The piece of art created will be available to the general public with all proceeds donated to the CAM and New Hanover Garden Club. The artist will provide an Artist Card for you to keep at the end of his demonstration. For more information about Joel Armstrong please visit http://www.joelarmstrongfineart.com/

    Bio: Joel Armstrong was raised in Corpus Christi, TX, where he grew to love fishing, salt air, humidity and rust. He attended Texas Tech University, and spent over 20 years as both an illustrator and graphic designer. While art director of Group, a magazine for youth ministers, at the age of 39, Joel returned to College to receive his MFA in drawing from Colorado State University (2001). At CSU, Joel began to work in wire, and then became interested in Installation art. He has continued to do wire installation for almost 15 years after graduation. More recently, he has begun working with nickel/silver wire, rust and gold paintings, as well as aluminum public art pieces. He currently teaches drawing and illustration at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He is married to an artist, with 3 adult children. 
  • Jan. 7, 9 AM - 5 PM - Exhibition hours

  • Jan. 7, 10 AM - Demonstration by Erin Weston: Magnolia Magic ($10 registration)

    Weston Farms, Garner, North Carolina
    10:00am, Night Hawk Room, $10.00/person

    Named "The New Face of Gardening," by Carolina Gardener in 2010, Erin Weston is the creative director at Weston Farms. Art, Nature, and Horticulture inform her work and design philosophy . Erin Weston and Matt Butler of Weston Farms will demonstrate the magic of designing with magnolia leaves grown her farm in Garner. Erin has been published in Our State Magazine and most recently on the cover of Traditional Homes and featured in Garden & Gun in December 2016. Additional information about Erin Weston and Weston Farms can be found with this program in the biography section or on her website. https://westonfarms.com/ Sales Gallery: Weston Farms will be in the Florida Room selling their art of the wreath across from the Night Hawk Room.

    Bio: Erin Weston, of Weston Farms, left North Carolina wide-eyed with an art history degree and a dream of making it in the Big Apple. When her plans fell through, she returned to the Triangle to create luxury wreaths that decorate homes across the state — especially at Christmas. Here's a farmer who grew up in suburbia Apex and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in art history. She became schooled in Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, symbolism, postmodernism. Armed with her degree, she moved to Philadelphia, then to New York City, where she cultivated a healthy social life and tried to sow the seeds for a career.

    Here's a farmer who almost landed a plum job with "Martha Stewart Living," that purveyor of all things pretty and pampered. The show recruited her to produce gardening segments, and she recruited her dad, Noel Weston — who served more than 30 years as the city of Raleigh's gardener and horticulturist — for counsel and inspiration. But then the scandal broke. Martha Stewart became entangled in a securities fraud investigation that's when Erin decided to do the unthinkable: move back to North Carolina. And not just to North Carolina, but to Garner, less than 20 miles from her childhood home. In 2002 she took over her late uncle's estate, a 30-acre farm along N.C. Highway 50. An idea, nurtured by her father, took root and grew in the form of that quintessentially Southern tree, magnolia grandiflora — the Southern magnolia. It was Erin's father who suggested making wreaths out of magnolia branches — what better way to capture the natural essence of a Southern Christmas?

    Erin likes to say she's a farmer who "cultivates color." Magnolia is the main ingredient in her wreaths, of course, but she splashes in sprigs of Leyland cypress and Japanese cedar. She grows 4,000 magnolias on her farm, but by next Christmas she expects to be raising 10,000, most of them on additional land her family owns several miles away. Erin grows a special variety of the tree with leaves that are the color of hot chocolate on the bottom, something normally seen in old-growth magnolias. Special thanks to Our State Magazine staff writers for above information from their article "From Manhattan to Magnolia Farm", December 2013. Additional information can be found her website westonfarms.com.

  • Jan. 7, 10 AM-3 PM - Bea Mobile Boutique

    BEA Big Sky Design – Bea Mobile Boutique http://www.bigskymobileboutique.com/
    Blockade Runner Parking Lot

  • Jan. 7, Noon-1:15 PM - Floral Expression Using a Palette Knife: Joanne Geisel art demonstration ($10 registration)

    Joanne Geisel will demonstrate how to create a floral oil painting from the designing stages to the development of a loose, colorful painting using the palette knife as her instrument. http://www.joannegeisel.com/

    "Most of my paintings reflect a moment in time where the immediate impression captures my emotions and sense of design. I assess the composition, the values, the proportions and color, then I paint, all the while trying to maintain the initial feeling that drew me to paint the particular landscape, person or still life." Joanne pursued a degree in Art Education, then followed careers in human services and higher education, and received a Masters in Public Administration. she teaches courses in Wilmington, NC and conducts workshops for many organizations. Her paintings have won numerous awards in juried shows and are held in personal and corporate collections.

  • Jan. 7, 2 PM - Demonstration with Betty Brown, Wilmington Artist: Floral Watercolor Painting ($10 registration)

    Betty Brown is a painter of people and places, attracted by subject matter that invites exploitation of color, shape, and texture. Today she will create a brilliant watercolor still life using florals and fruits based on an arrangement from within this exhibition. She has paintings in the CAM permanent collection, UNCW and exhibits at New Elements Gallery. http://bettybrownartist.com/

    Bio: Betty Brown is a painter of people and places, attracted by subject matter that invites exploitation of color, shape, and texture. She finds inspiration at home or through travels to the Greek Islands, Portugal, France, England, Italy, Scandinavia, New Mexico and Maine.  A native of Greenville, South Carolina, she has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, since 1965. Brown began painting in 1975, studying under nationally recognized teachers including watercolor with Charles Reid, Burton Silverman, Marbury Hill Brown, Jeanne Dobie and Alex Powers; pastels with Wolf Kahn; oil with Charles Reid, Scott Burdick, Camille Przewodek and Charles Sovek; printmaking and life drawing and painting with instructors from Ringling School of Art and Design at Wildacres, North Carolina; book art with Dan Essig at John C. Campbell Folk School and with Julie Leonard and Susan King at Penland School of Crafts. Betty holds degrees from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a BA with Honors in Art. She is a member of several professional organizations and is a Program Grant recipient. Betty serves on the faculty of the Cameron Art Museum School; teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School; Artists' Week at Pawley's Island, SC; area workshops and privately. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and corporate and private collections.
  • Jan. 8, 9 AM - 4 PM - Exhibition hours

  • Jan. 8, 11 AM - 1:15 PM Demonstration with International Artist (Tatyana Kulida): Floral Oil Painting ($10 registration)

    In this demonstration Tatyana Kulida will paint one of the flower arrangements on site sharing her approach to quickly capturing complex subject matter from life.

    Tatyana is a realist painter classically trained in Florence, Italy, currently living and painting in Wellington, New Zealand where she owns Anthesis Gallery/Atelier hosting her commissioned and personal work as well as teaching classical painting. (http://tatyanakulida.com) Originally from Russia she spend 12 years in North Carolina and still returns every year to teach intensive workshops at the Cameron Museum and paint commissioned work. Tatyana is a prizewinner of the ARC scholarship and the John F. and Ann Lee Stacey Scholarship. Her work is in private collections in the UK, USA, Europe and Australasia as well as the permanent collection of New Britain Museum of Art in Connecticut. Her recent showings include "Chiaroscuro", New York, NY, and "The Royal Society of British Painters Exhibition" where she has received the 'The de László Award for Classical Draughtsmanship'.

  • Jan. 8, 2 PM Camelias: The Heritage Collection (with Brie Arthur) ($10 registration)

    Demonstration by Brie Arthur. Discover the fashions, storied histories and characters behind iconic Camellias from around the world. Brie is promoting and growing living pieces of history to connect a new generation to the past. Learn how camellias shaped history from Ancient Asia, into the Renaissance period of Europe and finally into the new world of America during the Antebellum era. Empires were built and wars were waged while the beauty and utility of the camellia was realized. Brie will offer Heritage Camellias for sale for $10.

Designing Divas

Our first introduction to the Designing Divas was in the in fall of 2016 when the Coastal Garden Club in Shallotte, North Carolina invited them to be their guest speakers. Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration and the humor of these accredited national floral designers/judges from Florida. We have asked them to be our guest floral designers and judges for this event in hopes that more southeastern North Carolina friends can enjoy their talent. We are excited to invite these talented ladies back to North Carolina.

  • Jill Anderson

    Jill Anderson is a National Garden Club Accredited Judge.  Her designs have been published in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Florida Floral Arrangement Calendar and she has exhibited at Disney's Epcot Flower and Garden Show and at Art In Bloom at St. Petersburg's Museum of Arts.  She has also exhibited in flower shows at the State, District and Club levels.

    Jill is a member of the St. Petersburg Garden Club since 2001, Creative Flower Arrangers of America and Floralia VI, a design study group.  She serves on the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Board of Directors and is the Editor of the Florida Flower Arrangement Calendar. Her approach to floral design is to have fun and to inspire others to enjoy working with flowers in a creative way.  She "loves" spray paint!

  • Parke Finold

    Parke Finold is a Nationally Accredited flower show judge, a National Garden Club flower show Instructor, serves on the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Board of Directors and District VIII Judges Council, Vice-Director for the Florida Federated State Judges Council. She is also a Florida flower show instructor, Program Coordinator for the Creative Flower Arrangers of Americas, member of three Floralia groups and a member of the Manatee River Garden Club in Bradenton, FL.

    Nine years ago Parke was asked to accompany a friend to a garden club meeting. Reluctant to go, as she remembered her mother's garden club days of hat and gloves, she went, took several floral design courses and was bitten and smitten! She has been busy.

  • KC Jeronimo

    KC Jeronimo is a National Garden Club Accredited Judge.  Her designs have been published in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Florida Floral Arrangement Calendar and she has exhibited at Disney's Epcot Flower and Garden Show.  She has also exhibited in flower shows at the National, State, District and Club levels.

    KC is a member and has served as president of the Manatee River Garden Club, and has chaired and participated in their shows and floral design.  She is a member of the Creative Flower Arrangers of America and has Co-Chaired the Orlando Kaleidoscope event to include working with the presenters.

  • Carol Lucia

    Carol Lucia is a Nationally Accredited Master flower show judge and floral design instructor.  Her designs have been featured in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Florida Floral Arrangement Calendar; Design Dimensions; as well as in National Garden Club's Designing By Types; and in World Association of Floral Artists books.

    Carol is a charter member of the Creative Flower Arrangers of the Americas, studied under Bob Thomas, and is a 40 year member of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg.  She is a 5 Star Member, Master in Landscape Design, Gardening and Environmental Consultant, serves on the Florida Federated Garden Club State Board and is Florida's District VIII Floral Design Chairman.

  • Lori Richie

    Lori Richie is a Nationally Accredited Life flower show judge. She is also a floral design instructor, exhibited at Disney's Epcot Flower and Garden show and has won many top awards in club shows and also State flower shows.  She serves on the State board as the finance and distribution director of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Florida Floral Arrangement Calendar. She has had her designs published in the calendar for the past five years.

    Lori is also a National Environmental Consultant, and President of her club, Manatee River Garden Club, Bradenton, FL.

  • Bess Treadwell

    Bess Treadwell is a Nationally Accredited Master flower show judge, a Florida floral design instructor and District VIII Judges Council Director for the Florida Federated State Judges Council. Bess has exhibited in flower shows at the Club, District and State levels. She has also exhibited at Disney's Epcot Flower and Garden Show. Her designs have been published in Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Florida Floral Arrangement Calendar.

    Bess is a member of the Coastal Garden Club in Shallotte, NC; Plant City Garden Club in Plant City, FL; and Creative Flower Arrangers of Americas. She is also a National Garden Club Environmental Consultant. Bess got her design foundation from her mother, Ann Evans Shearer, a charter member of the Pine Needles Garden Club in Fayetteville, NC.

The Event Host – known for their gracious and chic hospitality

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

on Wrightsville Beach Island a quick 20 minutes to Wilmington

Out of town Guests

Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hotel on Wrightsville Beach Island - a short 20 minutes drive from Wilmington has graciously offered a block of rooms for ART OF THE BLOOM weekend benefitting Cameron Art Museum & New Hanover Garden Club.

CALL 910.256.2251 ask for CAM ART OF THE BLOOM rate - $99/night

We are grateful to our HOST SPONSOR Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hotel


For more information, email jaymeb@cameronartmuseum.org

Exhibition venue

  • Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
  • (910) 395-5999
  • jaymeb@cameronartmuseum.org