OCEAN CITY, MD — May 3, 2015 — The theme for May at the Ocean City Center for the Arts is “Art in Bloom,” and the month is filled with exhibits, classes and demonstrations relating to flowers.

The featured exhibition for the month is the “Art in Bloom” group show by the Art League of Ocean City featuring flower-themed paintings, drawings and other 2D artwork. The show runs through May 30 with free admission to the galleries.

Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, is Art in Bloom weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Local florists will compete in a floral competition where they create floral arrangements inspired by the artwork from the art exhibit. The arrangements will be on display all weekend, and the public is invited to view them at no cost.

Participating floral designers include Ocean City Florist, Ocean Greenery, Encore Events by Angie Gillis, Little Miss Lovely, Bleached Butterfly, and Flourish Floral Artistry and Design. Floral designer Alison Carmody, owner of Flowers by Alison, will judge the entries.

Visitors can participate in the weekend’s free art activities including watercolor painting, pottery, and a floral demonstration. On Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., they can make a one-of-a-kind ceramic flower. Visitors can watch watercolor demonstrations at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and drop in throughout the day to paint along with studio artist Jan Bain. All levels are welcome. More experienced painters are invited to sketch from life and paint the floral arrangements on display.

On Sunday, May 17, at noon, Alison Carmody will demonstrate her unique approach to floral arrangements.

Debbi Dean-Colley will teach two classes this May beginning with “Plant a Living Picture” on Thursday May 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. She will demonstrate how to arrange cuttings of assorted succulents to create living tapestries ready for the wall. The cost is $30 for Art League members and $40 for non-members.

Indoor herb gardens are the subject of Dean-Colley’s second class on Thursday, May 21, from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Attendees will create a living herb garden that can be used in the kitchen, planted in one-of-a-kind containers created with recycled materials. The cost is $30 for Art League members and $40 for non-members.

Joan Lok will conduct a three-day Sumi-e East Asian brush painting workshop — where every stroke becomes a petal — on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 18, 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $220 for Art League members and $284 for non-members.

Flower pots are the theme during “Sip and Ceramics,” led by Erik Hertz on Wednesday, May 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a snack and an adult beverage for a fun, stress-free evening of step-by-step pottery. No experience is necessary. The cost is $35 for Art League members and $40 non-members.

For reservations to any of these events, please call the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 410-524-9433 or e-mail katie@artleagueofoceancity.org.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the home of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Ocean City area through education, exhibits, scholarships, programs and community art events. The arts center is supported by memberships, corporate and civic funding, donations and sales of art. More information is available at artleagueofoceancity.org.