By Angela Gazzillo
Renovations are in full swing for Blowing Rock’s newest art gallery, as it prepares for its pop-up location’s public opening at noon on Saturday, June 18.
Jerald Melberg Gallery, based in Charlotte, will open a temporary location in Blowing Rock from June to November. It is located in the downtown area at 110 Sunset Drive, just off of Main Street.
The gallery is an exciting addition to the High Country, which will introduce some very important national and international artists to the community.
“We’re very excited to be here,” said Jerald Melberg, president and gallery owner. “I think we’re bringing something to the High Country that’s never been here, both in the caliber of art that we will be showing and the way its exhibited.”
Melberg is no stranger to the mountains, and has visited the area many times in hopes of opening up a temporary satellite location of the gallery. A combination of encouragement from friends and a great location that became available at the right time made it “just perfect for our beginning venture up here,” Melberg said.
As the gallery continues to prepare for the weekend opening, construction is underway and final touches are being made to maximize room for the art. The gallery aims to make as much room as possible to give the fine art the space it deserves.
“The gallery has kind of two parallel tracks,” Merberg said. “One is living, mid to late career, well known artists such as Wolf Kahn, Thomas McNickle and Brian Rutenberg. The other path is important estates from the second half of the 20th century, including Romare Bearden, Ida Kohlmeyer and Robert Motherwell.
With 32 years of business in Charlotte, the Jerald Merberg Gallery has worked with museums around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well as local museums here in the High Country such as the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
“We think that we can find a whole new group of friends and collectors,” Melberg said. “We want to show visitors some really fine art and hopefully have them take a few things home with them. That’s the idea.”
For more information, visit www.jeraldmelberg.com or call 828-414-9888.
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