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Our goal is to provide some creative light to these uncertain and challenging times.

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Steve has been with BRAHM since 2016. Weekend visitors to the Museum will recognize Steve as the friendly face behind the front desk who gives museum information, answers questions, and lends an abundance of witticisms.

Our young BRAHM friends did an incredible job creating Laurel Burch cats and other creative works.⁣ As Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Western North Carolina has a rich heritage of instrument making that stretches back generations. One of the most skilled artisans was Edd Presnell of Beech Mountain. Edd specialized in making lap dulcimers. In this short film Edd takes us into his workshop and shows us how he made his dulcimers. This short film was made by Thomas Burton and Jack Schrader from East Tennessee State University in 1973.

Here's a throwback honoring Wolf Kahn, an artist that some of you may remember from the exhibition we had back in 2014. Others may also know him from exhibitions you've seen of his work elsewhere.

In honor of our current exhibition Branching Out: Works in Wood from NC, we challenge you to find something beautiful in your home that is crafted out of wood. Share a picture of what you find  and describe what you know about it!

How cute is this?! Our friend Aiden led a Lil' Docent Tour for us, featuring one of the works from our permanent collection. Aiden picked out "The Orange Sail, Venice" by Jane Peterson. Do you engage your kids with the exhibitions while you're at the museum? What kinds of questions do you ask them?

Meeeooowww to kids of all ages! It's time to create! Enjoy this step-by-step guide from Ms. Jennifer as she helps you draw your own Laurel Buch inspired colorful cat!

This week's gallery tour features Paul & Kim Fuelling, a husband and wife team who work in fine woodworking and oil painting from a studio space they call Mabel Studios. Together, they construct a unique, custom built line of furniture, doors, and paintings with an acute attention to detail and craftsmanship. Their aesthetic can be described as rustic with a modern approach to material use and design.

For the final week of Women's History Month we'll learn about the late artist, Laurel Burch. Similar to Frida Kahlo, Laurel suffered from a debilitating disease but persevered and created art continuously through her pain. We know her cheerful paintings from popular art prints, fashion wear and accessories. 

Carol Coulter & Dave Walker of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture stress the importance of a strong local food system for a healthy body, community, and economy. ⁣

The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC focuses on Himalayan art and culture and offers weekly meditation sessions related to a different piece from their collection. Each session begins with an informative history of the work followed by a guided meditation led by a prominent NYC teacher.⁣

What does it take to deinstall an exhibition? Check out this hilarious video for a "quick" and fun look at the deinstallation process of the exhibition of Sound Machines: Stringed Instruments by the Capozzoli Guitar Company

Mark has been the Facility Manager at BRAHM since 2016. To say that Mark can do just about anything may be an understatement. His many contributions blend seamlessly into the facility, whether it is hanging the Gift Shop sign on the outside of the building, a giant wreath over the front door, or creating smooth, angled walls that appear built-in to a gallery. Mark’s painting and building skills lend uniquely to BRAHM, as does his craftsmanship (he built the bar your cold beverages come from at BRAHM receptions).  

Friday showcase time!! Check out these fantastic works of art from Doodlebugs and some of our Afternoon Art Crew. Well done!

The musicians of western North Carolina are known for their skill. In this video by William Ritter, he highlights and discusses the styles of three Mitchell county guitar players against the backdrop of pre-WWII guitar playing in Western North Carolina.  

Thursday's are for throwbacks! (Right?) We thought we could start the morning off by taking a look at one of our past exhibitions: "Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina."

For today's creative spark, we have three offerings to engage our minds in a productive, creative way. Here are three things to consider, to challenge, and to celebrate. Let us know your thoughts!

Sir BRAHM is no ordinary puppet... he's part of our Education Collection at the museum! He was created by artist Frank Sherrill and is one of several puppets we have by the artist in our Education Collection.

It's time to create! Let's draw a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo. What animals might you consider including in your self-portraits? 

This week, we're highlighting exhibiting artist Brent Skidmore. Watch a brief interview and check out his fascinating work.

As we experience a collective at-home confinement, who better to celebrate than Frida? We hope you will be inspired to create your own self portrait (with or without your pets!) in the style of Frida Kahlo.

In Seth's 16 minute interview, he stresses the importance of the High Country community to the success of his business.

We love a good art challenge so here's a unique one from our friends across the pond... Dutch TV show Tussen Kunst en Kitsch (translates to "Between Art and Kitsch"; similar to our Antiques Roadshow) is challenging folks stuck at home to recreate their favorite classical pieces, using the hashtag #tussenkunstenquarantaine

To continue to connect with our community, we have launched #BRAHMatHome. Featuring a variety of artistic challenges, deep-dives, unique gallery tours, program highlights, and youth engagement, we aim to provide some creative light to these uncertain and challenging times.