The High Country will continue its role as one of the premier arts and cultural destinations in the Southeast Friday through Sunday, July 29-21, when the annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show comes to town.
Over 5,000 square feet of gallery space at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will be transformed into a show-floor filled with furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, art and more on display from antique dealers along the east coast, from New York City to Atlanta and everywhere in between.
Additionally, the three-day event begin with a Preview Party on the evening of Thursday, July 28 before the show begins. There, attendees will have the first opportunity to acquire that “must have” antique. Preview Party tickets are sold separately and include admission to the three-day show. Click here to view our 2016 sponsors or email [email protected] to learn more about becoming a vendor.
The show will also feature a special presentation from author Kathryn Greenley about her latest book, “The Collected Tabletop: Inspirations for Creative Entertaining,” on Saturday, July 30.
Preview Party at BRAHM: Thursday, July 28
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum invites you to the Preview Party for its 10th annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show from 6:3-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.
The show kicks off with an evening Preview Party from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, giving guests a sneak preview of this year’s show and the first chance to purchase items for sale. “This is the best opportunity for guests to acquire that ‘must have’ antique or artwork,” said BRAHM’s Executive Director Lee Carol.
Each year the show brings antique dealers from around the country; this year will feature many from the Southeast and several from as far as Oklahoma and Texas.
“This is our tenth show,” says BRAHM’s Business Manager David Harwood, “and over the years it has become upscale while having a little something for everyone – art, oriental rugs, estate jewelry, porcelains, furniture, and more.”
Preview Party tickets include admission to the three-day Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show, happening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
Preview Party tickets, which include admission to the 3-day show, are $80. Advanced registration is required. Access to a full bar and heavy hor d’oeuvres catered by local restaurants included.
Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or by calling 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.
For questions, contact David at [email protected].
Booth Talks: Friday and Saturday, July 29-30
Booth talks are short presentations by some of our vendors. They are a great way to learn more about the wonderful art and antiques on display in the show and give the visitor a chance to ask questions of the experts. All talks are included with admission to the Show and no advance registration is required. All talks will be held in the Alexander Community Room on the second floor of the museum. Please arrive a few minutes before the talk.
Friday, July 29
11 AM: Jerry Hayes – Majolica 101
Get an introduction to this unique and intricate ceramic ware. Learn about the elaborate patterns and designs and the history of the art form.
2 PM: Josephine McDonough, McDonough Fine Art – How Do I know it is “Real” and Does it have Value?
Learn what to look for in a painting. Is it an original? Is it a print? This is a chance to learn identifying features and clues when buying art.
Saturday, July 30
1 PM: Steven Koman, Koman Fine Art – The Investment of Art
Most people believe that the value of art increases after the death of an artist. Is this truth or myth? Steven will discuss what he has learned in forty years of art dealing.
2 PM: Frank Shaia, Shaia Oriental Rugs – An Overview of Antique Oriental Rugs
Frank Shaia is a second generation rug dealer. Although many new rugs are sold in the shop, Frank spends almost all of his time at antiques shows all over the country. He has a great passion for antique oriental rugs. Because of his experience, he has given talks and lectures throughout the South and once or twice a year teaches a 12-hour class for the Christopher Wren Society in his home town of Williamsburg, VA.
Author Kathryn Greeley: Saturday, July 30
Greeley will discuss her latest book, “The Collected Tabletop: Inspirations for Creative Entertaining,” and have copies for purchase and signing at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.
The talk will include many insights on how to present the perfect table. “There is something lovely to collect and use for every event when you know how to use them,” Greeley said. “These collections combined with principals of design and grace, make for very elegant entertaining.”
Greeley, owner of Kathryn Greeley Designs, has been providing professional interior design services for elegant lifestyles in the Southeast for more than 30 years. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is a past president of the North and South Carolina chapter of ASID. She lives in Waynesville, N.C. with her husband Wells and their West Highland Terrier, Duncan MacDuff. Kathryn’s first book, “The Collected Tabletop,” debuted in September 2011 and is currently in its third printing. To learn more about Greeley, visit thecollectedtable.com.
Admission to the talk will be $10 per person or $50 per person which includes a copy of Greeley’s book ($50 value). Advanced registration is suggested.
The Art & Antiques Show features over 5,000 square feet of gallery space transformed into a show floor filled with antiques and artwork of all kind. Each year the show brings antique dealers from around the country; this year will feature many from the Southeast and several from as far as Oklahoma and Texas.
The Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show kicks off with an evening Preview Party on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. giving guests a sneak preview of this year’s show and the first chance to purchase items for sale. Tickets, which are $80, include admission to the show throughout the weekend. Advanced registration is required. Access to a full bar and heavy hor d’oeuvres catered by local restaurants included.
The Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Tickets to the show, which are good for entry throughout the weekend, are $10. Advanced registration not required.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
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. 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, N.C., the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Wed, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri-Sat. The Museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays June-Nov. For more information, please call 828-295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.