Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) in Blowing Rock, NC, will celebrate its 5th birthday by offering free admission to all their events and exhibits the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016. The list of events offers something for all ages and a broad range of interests.
When BRAHM opened the doors of its new building on Oct. 1, 2011, it was the culmination of more than a decade of effort put forth by a dedicated group of supporters determined to make the project a success. The Museum was organized in 1999 in response to a Charlotte art collector’s desire to find a permanent home for his collection of works by North Carolina native and seasonal Blowing Rock resident Elliott Daingerfield, who was a significant American artist at the turn of the 20th century.
Five years later the Museum has grown its permanent collection to encompass art from American contemporaries of Elliott Daingerfield as well as other regional artists and artisans. BRAHM has hosted well-received exhibitions highlighting local history and culture as well as critically-acclaimed artists and photographers.
The museum invites the community to visit, tour our exhibitions and participate in the events — all of which are offered without charge. More information can be found at the Museum’s website (www.BlowingRockMuseum.org) or by calling 828/295-9099.
Free Birthday Week Events:
BRAHM’s Birthday Week kicks off Sunday, Oct. 2, with the Alexander Arts Lecture at 4pm. The lecture features Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Stuhlman will present a talk, “John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism”, inspired by the Mint Museum’s recent acquisition of Breck’s 1888 painting “Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing”. This talk will explore Breck’s work within the context of both European and American Impressionism, considering the work of Monet as well as that of John Singer Sargent, Dennis Miller Bunker, Lila Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson, Philip Leslie Hale, and others.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, features Afternoon Art Club for Kids Ages 6 to 10 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. In this special Birthday Week edition children will be making a large scale cooperative work to be hung in the Education Center.
Connie Regan-Blake will captivate hearts and imaginations in her powerful live storytelling performance, “Finding Your Way Home: Stories of True-Life Adventures and Mountain Roots”, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7-8pm. Regan-Blake will tell stories from all over the world — from the mountains of North Carolina to Uganda and New Zealand. With engaging humor and southern charm, she will take the audience on a journey as she weaves traditional folktales of Appalachia with true life adventures for a unique and entertaining performance. In addition to the evening performance for adults on Wednesday, BRAHM will be hosting a private school-day performance for Watauga County 7th and 8th graders on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6, in which Connie Regan-Blake will present the middle schoolers with spellbinding stories — from hair-raising chillers to stories about humorous mountain characters.
Preschool-aged children and a parent/guardian are invited to Doodlebug Club, a fun educational art program focused on basic art skills. The class is Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30-11:30am and again at 1-2pm.
Birthday Week concludes with Scholars and Scones, Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11am. The presentation features archaeologist Melissa Timo, MA, RPA, who will discuss “Blue Ridge Conquistadors: The Story of the Berry Site and the Exploring Joara Foundation”. It might be hard to believe, but the southern Appalachians became the linchpin for the future of Spanish colonialism in what is now known as the United States. This talk will explore why Juan Pardo’s 1567 mission was so important and how archaeologists are now able to tell the tale. Find out ways that you can become a vital part of the story.
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections. General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military, EBT cardholders, and children under 4 years of age. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, NC, the Museum is open 10am-5pm, Tue.-Wed., 10am-7pm. Thur., and 10am-5pm, Fri.-Sat. The Museum is open 1-5pm, Sundays, June – October.
For more information, please call 828/295-9099 or visit (www.blowingrockmuseum.org).