By David Rogers. January 27, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — While some WinterFest revelers were anxious to get in out of the cold, the new “postcard” mural on the back of the old Blowing Rock Fire Station just couldn’t wait to get unveiled.
Although scheduled for an official, media-friendly unveiling at 5:00 pm on Friday, a screaming Blowing Rock wind took whatever was covering it to…well, to the winds, well before the appointed hour.
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum business manager David Harwood gets a lot of credit for the inspiration and the basic design of the mural, but the artwork was done by Michael Brown, a Chapel Hill, NC-based artist who specializes in murals and public art. Most of his work has been done in North Carolina and Virginia, from Tarboro and Raleigh, to Wilson and Greensboro. His work includes both interiors and exteriors as big as 125′ wide by 30′ tall.
Blowing Rock’s old fashioned “postcard” of a mural dwarfs the men and women who might stand beneath it.
Harwood explained to Blowing Rock News on Friday, “The postcard theme reinforces the importance of tourism to Blowing Rock, and you see little scenes that include fishing, Tweetsie, golf, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cone Manor House, skiing, rhododendrons, THE Blowing Rock, of course, and more.”
Harwood added that 4 Forty Four Construction of Blowing Rock built the frame around the piece of art, which has the look of the front of a postcard, with portions of the “message” side of the postcard appearing to come from behind the main body of the card. “4 Forty Four also constructed the piece behind it all for the postcard to be securely mounted on the wall.”
The scheduled unveiling was attended by a number of Town officials and notables, including Town Manager Scott Fogleman and new Town Manager Ed Evans, Mayor J.B. Lawrence and wife Lynn, Town Commissioners Sue Sweeting, Doug Matheson and Ray Pickett, Harwood, General Manager of Blue Ridge Mountain Club Jim Pitts, Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce CEO Charles Hardin, Emergency Services Director Kent Graham and Executive Director of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Lee Carol Giduz.