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The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s ‘Art Among Friends’ Impressionist and Realist Exhibit Ends Nov. 2;

by Madison V. Fisler

Oct. 29, 2013. This is the last week to view 80 impressionist and realist paintings and one bronze sculpture that have graced the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum since May. The exhibit finds its final week this week before the end of the exhibition on Nov. 2.

The pieces come from the collections of Welborn and Patty Alexander; Mary Bost and Michael Gray; Charlie Murray and a friend of the Museum. 

photo by Ken Ketchie
photo by Ken Ketchie

The exhibition features various famous artists such as Charles Gruppe, Anthony Thieme, William Lester Stevens, Otis Cook, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke and Max Kuehne among many others, who were prominent art figures in the eastern colonies during the first half of the 20th century. 

“We have head a great response from visitors and residents for this exhibit,” said Allison Wonsick, communications coordinator at the BRAHM.

“Almost 4,000 people come to visit this exhibit alone.”

American Impressionism has been long regarded by many art critics to be inferior to European impressionism. This exhibit strives to discredit that theory and prove that American artwork is just as valuable to the art community as it’s European counterpart. 

Be sure not to miss seeing this exceptional exhibition at the BRAHM before its too late. 

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock. For more information, please click here

Other exhibits currently at the museum include “The Child Before Us: Grandfather Home for Children” and “The Watercolor Society of North Carolina 2013 Show.”

The next upcoming exhibit at the BRAHM will open Nov. 8. The Painted Song showcases the art of Willie Armstrong, a local outsider artist who lived in Boone and sold his  work on King Street. The museum will host a preview party from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 8, which will be free and open to the public to enjoy.