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Bill Brown

Bill is a North Carolina native and nationally recognized sculptor who believes that both art and history can act as guideposts to our present and future. He grew up at Penland School of Crafts, where his father served as the school’s second director. Today, he creates his sculptures and commission work – found in collections across the United States – at his Linville Falls studio, which he has maintained for the past 31 years. He and his wife Liz are both active in a variety of community and arts organizations across the region. They have two children: a 25-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.


Rebecca Ficklen
Executive Committee Member-At-Large

Rebecca grew up in Raleigh and now lives in Wilmington with her husband, Conway Ficklen, M.D. where she has been very involved with the St. John's /Cameron Museum for more than thirty years. She served on the Board for 12 years, including 7 as President (and during their major Capital Campaign and the construction of the new museum building). In addition to art, her interests include music, theater, travel and playing with her grandchildren!


Chelsea Garrett

Chelsea is a local attorney with diSanti, Watson, Capua, Wilson and Garrett. She graduated from UNC Wilmington and received her law degree from Wake Forest. Chelsea is from Winston-Salem and has been involved with the arts, including working at Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Chelsea and her husband Rob live in Blowing Rock and have one son, Jack.


Susan Hambright



Ed Kelly

Ed has founded two successful appliance and electronics businesses, he co-founded a national buying and marketing group for independent retail, appliance, audio/video and furniture dealers in the United States and Canada. Today, he enjoys learning about art and artists, especially as it relates to their place in history, which he is able to do with his travels with BRAHM and other groups. He and his wife Linda have two children and four grandchildren and maintain a summer residence at Hound Ears Golf and Country Club.


Virginia Vanstory

Virginia is originally from Greensboro where she taught high school English for 30 years. Since moving to the High Country, she has been heavily involved with the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, serving a term as president. She was also active in the Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Committee (BRAAC) and is currently the co-chair of the Museum Gallery Guides committee. She has taken numerous BRAHM trips in between babysitting her six grandchildren!


Linda Gilleland

Linda has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, specializing in business and personal insurance, life insurance, and ancillary products. She has served her community in many capacities, including six years on the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Board and Grandfather Home for Children Board; two years on the High Country Conservancy Board, and one year on the First Citizens’ Bank Board. She is currently an active member of the Appalachian Women’s Fund.


Tim Miller

Tim is the owner of Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery and a longtime supporter of BRAHM. The single parent of two children, Laurel and Olyn, Tim likes to hike, snow ski, ride bikes and travel with his brood. Following a trip to China fifteen years ago, Tim got involved in the art world. He opened Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery in 1994 and has subsequently studied in England at D&J Simons. Tim is recognized as a GCF (Guild Commended Framer) and a CPF (Certified Picture Framer) and looks forward to being involved with the Museum for the duration.
Virginia Powell

Virginia Powell

Virginia is a full-time resident of Blowing Rock, where she and her husband Ben are raising four children between the ages of 4 and 15. She believes that art and history are vital parts of our children’s education. She serves on Board of the Girls on the Run of the High Country. She is a member of the Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge Class of 2013. She is also involved in the Middle Fork Greenway Task Force.


Ramona Presson

Ramona has been a summer resident of Blowing Rock since 2000, but has been traveling to the region for many years. She developed an interest in history and art while living at a U.S. Army base with her husband in Frankfurt, Germany. She is also dedicated to education, serving on the Board of Trustees at Greensboro Day School and the Board of  Visitors at Greensboro College. She and her husband Tom have two sons and five grandchildren.

Linda Russell

Linda Russell spent nearly 20 years as an advanced nurse practitioner in Duke Medical Center's Surgical Oncology unit, followed by a stint as an assistant clinical professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She and her husband Alton split their time between their homes in Blowing Rock, Raleigh and Boynton Beach, Florida. Linda is active in all of her clubs, serving on and chairing a number of committees. She currently is a freelance writer and enjoys golf, reading and bridge.
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Ben Shoemake

Ben is a Watauga County native who spent many of his formative years roaming Blowing Rock while his mother worked here. Art and history are among his favorite subjects, and he and his wife Nora have made both a part of their three children’s education, traveling to art galleries, museums and historic locations. He believes both art and history speak to everyone, and because of this, can bring people of various interests together. A manager at First Citizen Bank, Ben makes time to volunteer, serving on a variety of community boards.

Norma Suddreth

Norma S. Suddreth, “a country girl,” was born and reared in North Carolina. She has been a frequent visitor to this area since childhood. Roaming nearby hills and swimming in cold mountain streams are some of her favorite growing-up memories!

After graduating from UNCG, she attended art schools in NC, TN, and most recently, CT, where she studied the art of fresco at St. Michael’s Institute of Sacred Art. She has art studios in Lenoir and Blowing Rock, NC where she teaches watercolor and papermaking. Norma is especially interested in children, education, history and art and serves on various regional and state boards that support these interests. She is the mother of two daughters and three grandsons. She and her husband Jack, own the historic 1920's Arts and Crafts Bungalow, "The Suddreth Cottage" on Main Street in Blowing Rock. They split their time between Lenoir and Blowing Rock.
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Ned Trivette

Ned spent 32 years working in higher education, eventually serving as the Vice Chancellor of nearby Appalachian State University. Over the course of his career, he gained a great appreciation for history and the arts. As a permanent resident of Watauga County, he appreciates the unique character and cultural appeal of Blowing Rock. He has two children and six grandchildren (all granddaughters!).

Welborn E. Alexander, Jr.
Founder Emeritus


Welborn served as president of BRAHM's Board of Trustees for 12 years before stepping down in June 2012. A native of Lenoir, NC, he is a graduate of Duke University and a retired senior executive of CSX Corporation, a major railroad and transportation company. Welborn and his wife, Patty, moved permanently to Blowing Rock in 1995. They are supporters of the visual arts and are collectors of American Impressionist Art from the early 1900s. Having served on the Boards of the Nasher Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art and currently on the Mint Museum, Welborn brings a wealth of experience to this group.


Herbert Cohen
Founder Emeritus

Herb, a Blowing Rock resident since 1972, has connections to the area reaching back to 1958, when he began spending time with friend and fellow artist Philip Moose at his home here. Earning a BFA and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Herb has served as an instructor at Alfred University, a designer for Hyalyn Porcelain Company, Hickory, NC, and as Exhibits Director and Acting Director at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. As an award-winning potter and sculptor, he has exhibited throughout the United States; served as juror for numerous exhibitions, fairs, and shows; and served appointments to regional committees and boards.


Joseph D. Dulaney
Founder Emeritus

Joseph Daingerfield Dulaney is the grandson of artist Elliott Daingerfield, and son of Gwendoline Daingerfield, Elliott’s daughter. The Daingerfield family has been coming to Blowing Rock since 1886, when Elliott made his first visit “and fell in love with this bit of heaven,” says Joe.

Joe is married to Raleigh and has two grown children, Dain and Anna, and four grandchildren. He is a graduate of Davidson College and was an insurance agent until his retirement from BB&T Insurance Service in 2000. He is active in many organizations both in Blowing Rock and in Charlotte, including Christ Church in Charlotte, St. Mary of the Hills, Rotary, Urban Ministries of Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, Little League and the Boy Scouts. Joe is also a past board member of the Mint Museum in Charlotte.


José Agustin Fumero
Founder Emeritus

José, a Blowing Rock resident since 1972, has connections to the area reaching back to 1958, when he began spending time with friend and fellow artist Philip Moose at his home here. A graduate of the City College of New York (CUNY) and the Cooper Union Art School of New York, José has made his living as a designer and stylist - specializing in fabrics and textiles - for companies including Cohn-Hall-Marx-Cohama of New York, and the Collins and Aikman Corporation. As a painter and fiber artist, he has exhibited at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Palazzo Venezia in Rome, Italy; and museums and galleries throughout the Southeastern United States. José has also held teaching positions at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; and the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte.


LaMont Hudson
Founder Emeritus

LaMont and his wife CoraAnn, who live in Charlotte, NC, are the reason the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum group was founded. In the late 1990s, following a showing of their collection of works by Elliott Daingerfield, the Hudsons offered this collection to Blowing Rock if a suitable "home" could be found for it. Based upon this promised gift, the founding group began to explore the possibility and take measures to make it happen. Now, six years later, the organization is grateful to the Hudsons for providing an inspirational purpose.

Joann C. Mitchell
Executive Director

Joann was hired as the first Executive Director of BRAHM in June, 2005, after serving on the organization's Board of Trustees since its inception as the Treasurer and Membership Chairman. Upon moving to Blowing Rock from Houston, TX, in 1999, Joann worked in Public Relations and Communications for Blowing Rock Hospital. This was a continuation of her professional experience in Houston, where she was employed at Texas Children's Hospital and DePelchin Children's Center as Vice-President of Development and Communications. At both institutions, she managed major capital campaigns and directed community-wide public relations efforts.

Joann has two grown daughters, Aime and Charlotte.


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