November 25, 2023 The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is proud to announce the unveiling of two thought-provoking exhibitions, “Considering Carbon” by Kathleen Thum, and “Revelation” by Michael O’Neill, both set to open on December 1, 2023, during the Winter Exhibition Celebration.
November 7, 2023 BANNER ELK, N.C.─ Lees-McRae College and the Communication Arts and Design program will host Los-Angeles-based photographer Kaitlynn Redell for the exhibition opening of her photography collection, “not her(e)” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 in King-Shivell Gallery in the Cannon Student Center.
November 7, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — Girls on the Run of the High Country proudly presents the inspiring No Man’s Land Film Festival at the Appalachian Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The film festival has been celebrating and exploring what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film since 2015.Tickets to the film screening are $15, with a $5 discount for Girls on the Run coaches andparticipants. VIP tickets are $50, which include admission to the screening and a 5:30 p.m. pre-film reception with drinks and appetizers. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Purchase tickets at apptheatre.org or at the door.
October 17, 2023 The High Country Adventure Film and Speaker Series returns to Lees-McRae again this fall, kicking off with the Reel Rock climbing films as the first event of the semester on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. That evening, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to gather at the Outdoor Amphitheater on South Campus at Grandfather Home to enjoy three exciting new films from Reel Rock Film Festival that are sure to deliver an adrenaline rush.
September 13, 2023 BOONE — The Blue Ridge Community Theatre is proud to bring American playwright Horton Foote’s time-honored story to the stage. The Trip to Bountiful will be presented on September 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and October 1 at 2 p.m. at 130 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.
July 17, 2023 BLOWING ROCK, NC — Hickory, NC native and longtime Blowing Rock summer resident, Lee Harper, will return as Artist-in-Residence at Edgewood Cottage for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2023. Harper will be at the cottage each day of her residency from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to discuss and sell her work. She will also paint new works while onsite. (www.leeharperfineart.com) This will be Harper’s eighth year as Artist-in-Residence at the cottage, located on Main Street in Blowing Rock, and she will again share the space with fellow artist and friend, Tunde Afolayan Famous, whose talent and work are well-known to the Blowing Rock community (www.tundevisualart.com).
August 10, 2023 Graduating high school in the midst of a global pandemic, Izzy Stoneback navigated their arrival into adulthood through a haze. Uncertainty ran rampant around the world, and many graduates entering college did not know if they would be taking courses in buildings with historic names or in the kitchen while parents prepared dinner. Given the two options, Stoneback elected to stay at home their freshman year rather than be on campus. By Wesley Britt
August 9, 2023 “Visual Fiction”, an exhibition featuring cherished regional artist Noyes Capehart, is now available at the Art Cellar Gallery. This feature solo show will focus on one of the most important values of Noyes’ art: storytelling.
August 6, 2023 Coming to Blowing Rock this week? We sure hope you’ll drop by Edgewood Cottage to enjoy the work of David Nelson Collins, acrylics in studio and en plein air, from August 7 through August 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 4, 2023 Whether it be the plight of Virginia big eared bats, the public perception of Appalachia culture, the role of community cafés, or the history of various sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Dr. Beth Davison seeks to showcase stories through a different lens. By Jan Todd
July 30, 2023 There are lots of reasons to come to Blowing Rock this week, but Edgewood Cottage is a big one. Susan Sharpe, fiber artisan extraordinaire (in our opinion) and our favorite leather artisan, Evenlight Eagles, share the Cottage from July 31 through August 6.
July 24, 2023 Carlton Gallery begins its 41 Mid-Summer Group Exhibition – “Diverse Imaginings in Landscapes” with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 29, 2 – 5 pm. Some of the standing gallery artists plan to attend to greet visitors, and light hors d’oeuvres can be enjoyed.This exhibition features traditional and abstract landscapes by Andrew Braitman, Egidio Antonaccio, and returning gallery artist, Kevin Beck. Local scenery, streams, waterfalls, and native flora fill the gallery with wonderment and color, as each artist paints the landscape in a masterly mode.
July 24, 2023 Coming to Blowing Rock this week? Stop by Edgewood Cottage and visit Kathryn Regel, mixed media and pencil drawing artist, and Waitsel Smith, watercolorist and oils, from today, July 24, through July 30.
July 11, 2023 Since 2015, Watauga County’s own multitalented musician and vocalist John Bryan has been touring the country with the award-winning Nashville-based bluegrass band, The Grascals. And now, he’s coming home again —and bringing his buddies with him, if just for a day. By Sherrie Norris
July 10, 2023 BANNER ELK, N.C.─ Every North Carolinian knows the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright who successfully piloted the first manned heavier-than-air aircraft in history at Kitty Hawk and allowed the state to claim the title of “first in flight.” However, another equally important figure in the story has largely been lost to time. The omission of Katharine Wright from the public consciousness will be rectified this summer when her story takes center stage in the final Lees-McRae Summer Theatre production, “The [W]right Sister.”
June 18, 2023 Coming to Blowing Rock this week? Stop by Edgewood Cottage and visit the artists at Edgewood Cottage.
June 15, 2023 BANNER ELK, N.C. – Banner Elk’s popular Art on the Greene series continues with shows the first weekends of July, August and September. The dates are July 1-2, Aug. 5-6 and Sept. 2-3.The shows fill the area in front of the Historic Banner Elk School with fine art from local and regional artists representing a variety of media, such as ceramics, glass, metal, wood, watercolor, acrylics and oil. Between 50-75 juried artists display their work at each event.
June 14, 2023 Josiah Davis knows beans. He and his wife, Meredith, opened Local Lion roastery and coffee shop in Boone in 2012, and Venture Chocolate and Wine shop on King Street in 2022. By Jan Todd
June 14, 2023 Brooklyn-based bluegrass music trio Damn Tall Buildings returns to the Appalachian Theatre stage on Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
June 6, 2023 As the Art Cellar Gallery prepares for our second feature exhibition of the Summer we reflect on Hatcher, Hayes & Geci, our previous show, for the unique dynamic it provided to our season schedule. A colorful, contemporary, and highly textured exhibition to kick off our season with a bang, it also provided our clients with a different variety of art than they’ve come to expect from the Art Cellar. Now, with our second showing, we present a style and subject matter that starkly contrasts the Hatcher & Glass collection. With these curated shows, we hope to provide a wide range of fine art that lends itself to all of our clients, regardless of personal tastes and styles.
June 5, 2023 BOONE, NC – At 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, The Reggie Buie Group will perform under the tent at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock as the final headliner event during the 2023 High Country Jazz Festival. It is the last of 15 separate events in ten different locations throughout Boone and Blowing Rock that are part of the 2023 festival, which runs from June 9 through 11. The 2023 festival is presented by Mast General Store with additional support from Explore Boone and Hampton Inn & Suites, Boone.
May 30, 2023 BOONE, NC – Internationally acclaimed jazz artist Emmet Cohen and his award-winning trio take to the Appalachian Theatre stage in Boone at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 as a headliner event during the 2023 High Country Jazz Festival. It is one of 14 separate events in ten different locations throughout Boone and Blowing Rock that are part of the 2023 festival, which runs from June 9 through 11. Tickets for The Emmet Cohen Trio are $35 and $42.More than half of the 14 events are free of charge to the general public with tickets on sale for headliner performances via the festival website: www.highcountryjazzfestival.org
May 30, 2023 Skip Sicker, photographer, and ceramic artist Laurin Jennings are sharing the Cottage from Saturday, May 27 through June 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.From his earliest memories, Skip was drawn to nature. While immersed in mountains, forests, streams and oceans, he finds himself more centered, more alive. In this context, Skip presents his photography for your enjoyment and inspiration. You’ve likely seen Skip’s work in CML Magazine (CML) and didn’t know it was his.
May 22, 2023 Blowing Rock, NC – BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art & History Museum) is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Artists Alley: Building a Creative Community in Blowing Rock, which explores the rich history and artistic output of the legendary Blowing Rock artists’ enclave of the same name. Artists Alley opens to the public on Friday, May 26th in BRAHM’s Rankin West Gallery and will remain on view through November 11, 2023.
May 22, 2023 Visitors to Blowing Rock’s first Art in the Park of 2023 strolled through more than 75 fine arts and crafts booths on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Blowing Rock. Presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Art in the Park is a juried art event with prizes awarded to the four top artists. By Kris Testori