Events

Soul Party set for July 27

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Preparations are underway for a night of great eats, funky pottery, good soul vibes and all your favorite people all in one place.

Party goers interested in a festive and seasonal soiree should mark their calendars for July 27, when BLOOM Collaborative transforms into the hottest spot in the city for the second annual Soul Party. The event that will showcase the unique BLOSSOM’s Clay Studio will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m.

The Soul Party returns following a rousing debut in 2016, when more than 120 guests were able to experience BLOSSOM’s and purchase handmade ceramic items while indulging in soulful food options and seasonal craft cocktails. This year’s version of the event will include many of the same great features in addition to some exciting new attractions. Soul music will once again feature prominently in the night’s revelry.

All proceeds will better the lives of those who need it most in our community. BLOOM Collaborative, a program of Stairways Behavioral Health, has become a leader of transformational change in Erie, as the only mental health healing arts program in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The event is for people ages 21 and older and costs $75 per person.

For more information or to RSVP by phone, please call (814) 878-3688. Online registration and payment is also available by visiting https://squareup.com/store/bloom-collaborative.

13th BLOOM Art Show and Sale hits records

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Even the first blizzard of the season couldn’t dampen the festive spirit surrounding the annual BLOOM Collaborative Holiday Show and Sale.

In fact, the show set new records during its 13th version in early December, as sales hit an all-time high and more than 100 artists sold pieces.

For the second straight year, BLOSSOM’S Clay Studio hosted the show and sale, again serving as an ideal gallery space. BLOSSOM’s, a former Koehler Beer storage facility located on the 25th Street side of BLOOM’s historic campus, has provided a fresh look to the art show by utilizing an open floor plan that is ideal for showcasing hundreds of pieces of art.

A VIP sneak peek event on Dec. 7 kicked off the show, giving more than 100 donors an advance opportunity to peruse and purchase works, meet artists and mingle over refreshments.

On Friday, the largest single-night gallery event in the region debuted to the public, as art lovers browsed the unique paintings, gourds, fused glass and pottery items available for sale by BLOOM and community artists.

As an added bonus, the show featured greater availability because of the snowfall. Due to the weather, BLOSSOM’S kept its doors open all day Friday and parts of the next week to offer customers ample opportunity to shop the inventory.

The sale is an opportunity for clients who have improved health thanks to the healing power of arts to receive greater exposure and a source of income. Stairways clients have earned over $100,000 during the 13-year history of the event.


A funky night: 2016 Soul pARTy

Monday, July 25, 2016

A stifling late July night got a bit cooler at Blossom’s Clay Studio on the campus of BLOOM Collaborative.

Blossom’s cranked out a party for the ages when it played host to the inaugural Soul PARTy, a 70s soul and funk themed gala at the unique ceramics studio.

More than 120 guests in attendance had a chance to peruse the state-of-the-art space and purchase handmade ceramic items while indulging in soulful food options and seasonal craft drinks with fresh garnishments catered by Calimari’s. Artists were also on hand to give tutorials on throwing clay, and DJ Born (right) provided the sounds for the evening by spinning vintage vinyl tracks.

Blossom’s has been holding ceramic clay classes for clients since the facility opened its doors in early 2016. It is the last remaining structure from the original Koehler family brewing dynasty, beginning with patriarch Charles Koehler’s brewery at East 26th and Holland streets.

All proceeds from the Soul PARTy went to BLOOM, a creative wellness campus intended to provide a holistic approach recognizing the healing power of creativity, mindfulness and environment.

To view photos of the event, please click here.

Catch you at the SOUL PARTY at BLOOM Collaborative

Monday, June 20, 2016

Great eats, funky pottery, vinyl soul vibes and your favorite people… all in one place.

You’ll find it at the SOUL PARTY at BLOOM Collaborative on Thursday, July 21 in Erie’s newest and coolest spot for spinning clay, Blossom’s Clay Studio!

Preparations are underway for the event that will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature soul food catered by Calamari’s, craft cocktails and a botanical garnish station. Should the soul and funk tracks that DJ Born spins move you to boogie, feel free to get down on the dance floor. Pottery art will also be available for purchase.

Blossom’s, situated on the BLOOM campus at 138 E. 26th Street, is a state-of-the-art ceramic clay space located in a former Koehler brewing storage building. BLOOM has been holding clay classes in the facility since February.

All proceeds will better the lives of those who need it most in our community. BLOOM Collaborative, a program of Stairways Behavioral Health, has become a leader of transformational change in Erie, as the only mental health healing arts program in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The event is for people ages 21 and older and costs $75 per person.

For more information or to RSVP by phone, please call (814) 878-3688. Online registration and payment is also available by clicking this link (http://bloomcollaborative.org/news/item/102-soul-party).

BLOSSOM'S Clay Studio makes debut at BLOOM Holiday Art Show and Sale

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A previously vacant building on the campus of BLOOM Collaborative has broken the mold.

The unique BLOSSOM’s Clay Studio made its much-anticipated debut to resounding acclaim while hosting the 12th Annual BLOOM Holiday Show and Sale Dec. 10 and 11.

Patrons took in the area’s newest ceramics studio located on BLOOM’s historic grounds during a pair of events that celebrated the arts and the spirit of generosity that helped support the studio’s creation.

A VIP sneak peak event on Thursday unveiled BLOSSOM’s in front of more than 200 donors and guests while helping kick off the Holiday Show. Blossom McBrier (above, middle right), the studio’s namesake and major supporter, christened the space with remarks and a ribbon cutting. Stairways Board members Dr. Kristine Nelson (left) and Laura Schaaf (right), Executive Director Valerie Vicari (middle left) and Bloom director Lee Steadman (middle) also spoke before those in attendance.

Artists were on hand for meeting and demonstrations, while the Steve Trohoske duo added its acoustic sounds to the environment. La bella Restaurant provided the event’s gourmet catering.

Friday saw the studio hold the largest single-night gallery event in the region. Art lovers browsed the unique paintings, gourds, fused glass items, bowls and other works of art for sale by BLOOM and community artists.

The sale is an opportunity for greater exposure for clients who have improved health thanks to the healing power of the arts and socialization that occurs at BLOOM.

Stairways client artists have earned over $100,000 during the 12-year history of the event, which boasted a fresh look as well as historic context this year at the one-of-a-kind ceramics studio.

BLOSSOM’S is the last remaining structure from the original Koehler family brewing dynasty, beginning with patriarch Charles Koehler’s brewery at East 26th and Holland streets. Artists from BLOOM and the community will have the chance to utilize the new and fertile space year-round for the opportunity to use clay as a way to heal, grow and connect with others.

For more event photos, click here.

BLOOM hosts Chamber social event

Thursday, September 17, 2015

About 150 local professionals experienced the urban oasis that is BLOOM Collaborative when the healing arts and wellness campus hosted the September Business After Hours event, a monthly networking and social event put on by the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.

Business After Hours gave BLOOM the opportunity to showcase its beautiful five-acre campus and picturesque Carriage House Studio.

Those in attendance got a chance to preview Blossom’s Clay Studio, BLOOM’s state-of-the-art work space and gallery that is set to open this fall. Blossom’s is located in a former Koehler Brewing Company keg storage facility that will soon house the largest ceramics studio in Erie.

Attendees also took in the former Koehler-Curtze estate grounds by following the Inspiration Trail, a guided tour that encourages mindfulness and meditation.

BLOOM Director Lee Steadman said a few words of welcome to guests and explained the mission of healing arts.

“We have a variety of different languages— arts, yoga, gardening, environment— that could help anyone have a better day,” Steadman said.

The event featured specialty beer from Erie Brewing Company and deluxe pizzas from Valerios. BLOOM also raffled off a Corporate Wellness Retreat.

To see more photos, click here.

To view WJET-TV's coverage of the event, click here


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