Three times a year—winter, summer, and fall—on Thursday evenings from 5:00pm - 7:30 pm, the Museum hosts receptions to celebrate its latest changeover of exhibitions in the galleries. These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and live music are provided.
Fall Exhibition Celebration 2017
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of five new exhibitions during the Fall Exhibition Celebration on Thursday, August 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Museum will provide hors d’oeuvres, live music, and free admission throughout the evening. The event is open to the public. Along with a cash bar, there will be a special beer tasting offered by Blowing Rock Brewing Company.
The Museum is featuring five new exhibitions at the reception: “The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918,” “Romare Bearden. Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story,” “Impressions of the Land,” and “The Village of Blowing Rock: Exploring our History.” The Alexander Community Gallery will feature collaborative works created by students in the Art Department at Appalachian State University, reflective of their travels to China, the Netherlands, Spain, and Scotland.
“I’m really excited about our fall lineup of exhibitions,” says Dianna Cameron, Curator at BRAHM. “Lewis Hine’s telling photographs, Romare Bearden’s colorful illustrations, a beautiful array of American landscape paintings, collaborative works inspired by experiences abroad, and the stories and rich history of ‘The Village’ itself… I feel like there’s a good balance of art and history within our galleries, something for everyone. We’ve been collaborating with so many people and organizations lately to make these exhibitions happen, and we’re so thankful for those partnerships and for our community. We hope everyone enjoys seeing these exhibitions just as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.”
“The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918”
August 12 - November 4, 2017
In 1908, photographer Lewis Hine began visiting textile mills in North Carolina to document the exploitation of child workers. Though child labor was common at the time, Hine and other reformers wanted people to see just how horrible working conditions were for many children. “The Photography of Lewis Hine" showcases 40 of Hine’s photographs, discusses the history behind these photographs, provides insight into everyday life in North Carolina textile mills and mill villages, and concludes with a look at child labor today. Whether it is young migrant farmworkers toiling in our state or millions of children laboring in Asian cotton fields or on African tobacco and cocoa plantations, the struggle continues. This exhibition is organized by the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC.
“Romare Bearden. Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story”
August 5 - November 11, 2017
The only children’s book ever written and illustrated by legendary American artist Romare Bearden, “Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story” was published in 2003 and features illustrations by Bearden completed in 1983 that tell the story of Li’l Dan. The original illustrations are on display in this exhibition.
“Li’l Dan, a slave on a Southern plantation, loves to play his drum. When a company of Union soldiers announces that the slaves have been set free, Dan has no place to go, so he follows the soldiers, who make him their mascot. But Confederate soldiers attack, and Dan discovers that he is the only one who can save his friends.” - “Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy,” introduction
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1911, Romare Bearden, by the time of his death in 1988, had achieved a stature known by few artists during their lifetimes. He was, and still is, considered America’s greatest collagist and was thus honored by receiving the National Medal of Arts in 1987 from then President Reagan. The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of most every major American Museum including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrospectives of Bearden’s art have been organized by the Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Council for Creative Projects. This exhibition is organized by the Jerald Melberg Gallery and the Romare Bearden Foundation, and is generously sponsored by 4 Forty Four of Blowing Rock, NC.
“Impressions of the Land”
August 19 - November 11, 2017
“Impressions of the Land” features painted landscapes completed around the late 19th through the early 20th century by American artists, including Anthony Thieme, Charles Curtis Allen, George Gardner Symons, Mabel May Woodward, Phillip Little, William Merritt Chase, Aldro Hibbard, and Lawrence Mazzanovich, among others. The rise of the Industrial Age brought machinery and advanced technologies into peoples everyday lives, inspiring many artists to return to the land with new ideas about our relationship with nature and our place within it. Following in France’s footsteps, many American artists painted landscapes in the Impressionist style, focusing on the use of light and small, quick brushstrokes to capture the fleeting scenes in front of their eyes. Other artists incorporated tonalism and romanticism alongside these impressionistic techniques, exploring perceptions of the landscape, nature, and the outdoors during a time of cultural change. Special thanks to Alton & Linda Russell for supporting this exhibition.
“The Village of Blowing Rock: Exploring Our History”
Opening August 31 - Ongoing
Responding to popular demand, the Museum and the Blowing Rock Historical Society are proud to present this collaborative, permanent exhibition exploring the history of the town of Blowing Rock and its place in the High Country. The town, also referred to by many members of the community as “The Village,” has recorded history tracing back to the late 1800s and has defined the cultural landscape for generations. Since the town has many stories, a section of this exhibition will be revisited regularly to focus on different areas of Blowing Rock’s history. This permanent display resides in the Museum’s upstairs gallery, named in honor of Virginia (“Ginny”) & David Stevens of the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Special thanks to Dr. Andrea Burns and Trent Margrif for guest curating the exhibition. “The Village of Blowing Rock” is sponsored by The Blowing Rock Historical Society and Charles & Deatra Sellers in honor of Grover C. Robbins Sr.
“Away: ASU Art Department Study Abroad Program, Summer 2017”
August 29 - November 4, 2017
Students in the Art Department at Appalachian State University traveled to four different countries during 2017 Summer Study Abroad programs led by artists and faculty Garner Dewey, Michael Grady, Hui Lee, Scott Ludwig, Lisa Stinson, Tricia Treacy, and Joshua White. This exhibition, Away, showcases artwork created collaboratively by each group of students inspired by their travels overseas.
The China Art and Culture course was the Art Department’s first ever student trip to China. The group of 11 Appalachian State students traveled to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and the famous Yellow Mountain National Park for three weeks, visiting galleries, museums, and art studios, as well as creating their own artwork. They studied traditional and contemporary Chinese art and culture at the China Academy of Art, the nation’s largest and most prestigious art college. Every participant had a life altering experience of cultural difference and expanded awareness of art and identity, which is already having a tremendous beneficial impact on all the artists’ artwork. By combining Chinese techniques with their own artistic vision, the China trip led the students into deeper awareness and greater artistic power.
The Hybrid Print and Design Study Abroad course in Amsterdam resulted in a culmination of creative work collaboratively made by a dozen graphic design and printmaking students and faculty leaders (Scott Ludwig, Printmaking and Tricia Treacy, Graphic Design) at Amsterdam Grafisch Atelier (AGA Lab) and Grafisch Werkcentrum Amsterdam (GWA) with long studio days using different tools, including digital, letterpress, printmaking, and risograph processes. The theme of “interrogation” was researched to prompt the work as a way to talk about cultural happenings here and abroad. Away will include selected work from the study abroad trip to Amsterdam (and hereafter at Appalachian State), and will take the form of prints, books, and video installation.
From rugged mountains to stunning seascapes, often all in the same location, Scotland offers amazing photographic opportunities. Students in the Art Scotland Program course explored cities, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, cathedrals and ruins, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye and many places in between, learning about Scottish independence, history, and national identity, all while capturing experiences of the people and places they encountered. These captured images will be on display in Away, and naturally serve as a record of their time spent there, but also their impressions of this wonderful country.
The Art Spain Program course started with a week long, hands-on ceramic tile studio workshop on the campus of Appalachian State University before traveling for fifteen days to Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona. The workshop included demonstrations of various methods of ceramic tile making and research on contemporary, historical, and cultural aspects of the culture of Spain. Students were able to create several tile works during this time. This pre-workshop and research gave the students a frame of reference for what they would see on the travel portion of the program. The travel program included tours to major museums, historic sites, hands on workshops with local artists, and a tour of the state of the art digital shop in Madrid. During the travels, students were asked to create a visual journaling that captured, explored, and documented the experiences abroad.