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Latest Upcoming Exhibition at the BRAHM Celebrates Hound Ears’ 50th Anniversary Beginning June 20

HE50th_ClubhouseView June 10, 2014. With its latest exhibition, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) will chronicle the historical significance and community impact of one of the High Country’s first private residential clubs. Titled Hound Ears Community and Club: Celebrating 50 Years of Contributions to the High Country, the exhibit will coincide with the Club’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit will launch June 20 and wrap up on Sept. 7. “What’s really exciting about this exhibit is the way it focuses on the club’s half-century of contributions to the community. Not only has Hound Ears enhanced the local economy through real-estate and recreational development, but its members and resdents partner with numerous local nonprofits and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations,” said Don. E. Vance, Hound Ears Club Chief Operating Officer/General Manager. As one example, the Club hosts an annual golf tournament benefitting the local hospital system. The tournament has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help purchase needed equipment and facilities for the hospital and provide much of the exercise equipment in the Paul Broyhill Wellness Center. “The tremendous support of Hound Ears greatly increased our ability to provide specific services such as cardiac care and cancer care for the people of our region,” said Appalachian Regional Healthcare System president, Richard Sparks in a recent interview. The exhibit will feature a number of artifacts that weave a compelling story of the Club’s history and its relationship with the High Country community created in 1964 by Spencer, Grover and Harry Robbins who founded the Club along with High Country attractions such as Tweetsie Railroad, the Land of Oz, Beech Mountain and The Blowing Rock. Dianna Loughlin, an art management graduate of Appalachian State University, is curating the exhibit. Loughlin has worked as the curator of the Looking Glass Gallery at the ASU Plemmons Student Union and as an intern at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has organized and installed more than 20 exhibitions. Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, Associate Professor in the Interior Design Program at Appalachian State has also created a portion of the exhibit to detail the work of famed architect Claus Moberg who designed several buildings and homes at Hound Ears including the unique Bavarian-styled clubhouse. Centrally located near Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, Hound Ears comprises 750 acres tucked into a valley near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The private community’s golf course was recently named a “Top 100 Tar Heel” course by Business North Carolina for the sixth consecutive year. BRAHM promotes visual arts and history in order to celebrate the rich heritage of the mountains. The museum, located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock was incorporated in January 2001 and opened in October 2011. For more information, visit the Hound Ears Club website at www.HoundEars.com or the BRAHM website at www.BlowingRockMuseum.org.