What’s going on at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum this holiday season? An assortment of programs and events you’re sure to enjoy. Read below for program details and keep up with the museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and the museum website for more information.
Winter Exhibition Celebration
BRAHM invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of several exhibitions with a reception on Thursday, December 8, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Museum will provide free admission, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and live music throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public.
The Museum will feature three exhibitions at the reception: Everyman Jack: Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley, Andy Warhol: Six Silkscreen Prints, and A Town Within A Town: History of the Junaluska Community. The Alexander Community Gallery will feature recent work by local stained glass artist Beth Shuford. The Museum’s on-going exhibitions, “Selections from the Collection” and “Elliott Daingerfield,” will also be open.
“Our winter exhibitions honor our community,” says Lee Carol Giduz, Executive Director. “Gail Haley is a national treasure, hailed for her work worldwide, and yet is a local in our community. What a privilege for BRAHM and for Blowing Rock to be able to showcase her wonderful illustrations and stories. In addition, we have the honor of sharing the vibrant history of the nearby Junaluska Community located here in Watauga County. Lastly, we have a selection of Andy Warhol screenprints on loan from our neighbor the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Winter is a time when friends and families gather, and our winter exhibits are a great place for them to do that.”
Movies at the Museum
Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty
Tuesday, December 6, 6pm
In a career spanning four continents and three decades, internationally acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty has created over two hundred majestic sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. Bending Sticks offers an intimate portrait of Dougherty, following the artist and his collaborators during a year of “stickwork,” revealing his creative process, his inspirations, his thoughts about the temporary nature of his work, and his unusual personal story. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.
After the film and discussion, wander over to one of the wonderful participating restaurants (Bistro Roca Antlers Bar, Six Pence Pub, and The Town Tavern of Blowing Rock) for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Present your film ticket for 10% off your meal! Discount is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights after the screening. Admission is $5 for members and students and $7 for nonmembers. Registration and prepayment not required. For more information please phone BRAHM at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.
A Gift of Music
Recently the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum was the recipient of a wonderful gift. For a number of years, the Museum has desired a piano for concerts and entertainment at events. So it was with great excitement when Blowing Rock Town Council member, Albert Yount, offered a beautiful 1948 Steinway & Sons spinet piano to the Museum. The piano belonged to Albert’s wife, Martha and was donated in her memory. The piano fits perfectly in the Museum as it is a work of art in itself. Steinway & Sons are possibly the most recognized and revered piano manufacturer in the world. Each piano takes over a year to be built and contains more than 12,000 parts. The Museum is delighted to have this instrument and the piano is a wonderful testament to Albert’s generosity and to his talented and charming wife, Martha.
Scholars & Scones: Annie Oakley & Blowing Rock Resort Culture
Thursday, Dec 8, 11:00am
A presentation by Carson Sailor on famous shootist Annie Oakley and her contributions to Blowing Rock resort culture. Carson Sailor holds a BA in Public History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and a MA in Public History from Appalachian State University. Sailor’s areas of expertise are living history, colonial slavery, and the American South. Sailor is the current executive director of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association and lives in Foscoe, NC, with his beautiful wife, two dogs, and moody cat.
The talk will be accompanied by locally roasted coffee from Hatchet Coffee Company and locally baked goods! Admission is $5 suggested donation and registration is not required. For more information please phone BRAHM at 828-295-9099 ext. 3001.
More Upcoming Events:
Christmas Singalong at BRAHM
Thursday, Dec 15, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Come sing in Christmas at BRAHM with our wintertime sing-along! We’ll enjoy cider while sharing carols and other Christmastime tunes! Our host, Saro Lynch-Thomason, will teach a few songs from English wassailing traditions, a practice going back to medieval times in which peasants would sing for cider, gifts and food at the homes of nobles. Participants are welcome to bring seasonal songs good for singing in groups! The event is free and open to the public.
Coffee with the Curator: Andy Warhol: Six Silkscreen Prints
Tuesday, Dec 20, 11:00am
Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into one of our current exhibitions. Afterwards, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary coffee (courtesy of Hatchet Coffee Co.) with the Curator at the Museum.
Friday, Jan 20, 7:30pm