Feb. 5, 2015. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) invites the community to celebrate the opening of four brand new exhibitions on Friday, Feb. 13, at 5:30-7 p.m. As part of the event, the museum will provide free admission, refreshments and live music by Robert Steadman Jr. throughout the evening.
“This will be our first major reception celebrating multiple exhibitions simultaneously,” said BRAHM’s Interim Executive Director, Bob McCammon.
“We’re excited to be honoring all of them alongside members of our community.”
The Museum is presenting its four latest exhibitions, including Selections from the Collection, Ruined Landscapes: Paintings of the Balkan War Zone, on loan from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, a gift of Hugh and Jane Spratt McColl, Jerry Burns: Through the Lens, and Recent Works by Students of Watauga High School.
Selections from the Collection (on view through April 4) features over one-hundred paintings, drawings, prints, glass, ceramic, and mixed media pieces from the Museums permanent collection. Viewers will be able to experience the work of Elliott Daingerfield, Philip Moose, Andrew Wyeth, Philip Leslie Hale, Walter Schofield, William Charles Anthony Frerichs, Herb Cohen, Everett Shinn, Jose Fumero, and many others. A separate gallery also features a collection of twenty-five etchings of landmarks around North Carolina by Louis Orr.
Ruined Landscapes: Paintings of the Balkan War Zone depicts forty-two paintings of crumbling architecture and war-laden landscapes by Laura Buxton. These works are an important component of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts permanent collection, and are being loaned for display through March 28. The collection was generously gifted to the Turchin Center in 2011 by Hugh and Jane Spratt McColl.
Jerry Burns: Through the Lens (on view through April 25) commemorates the longtime editor of Blowing Rock’s local newspaper, the Blowing Rocket. His name was Jerry Burns, but he was more popularly known as “Mr. Blowing Rock,” for his honorable citizenry and dedication to the village. Nearly two hundred of Jerry’s own and collected photographs will be on display, mirroring his story with the history of the town. The exhibition is made possible in collaboration with the Blowing Rock Historical Society.
Recent Works by Students of Watauga High School is the Museum’s third annual exhibition of artwork created by Senior level students. Led by arts educator Lori Hill, these students put together their first exhibition in a public venue and received awards for their creative achievements. The exhibit is graciously supported by guest juror, Mona Lisa McGrew, along with sponsors Blowing Rock Frameworks and Cheap Joes Art Supplies. The exhibit is open through February 28.
General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, active military, and children ages 5 and up. Donations are accepted for 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday). For more information, please call (828) 295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.