BLOWING ROCK: At an intersection of history and art

BLOWING ROCK: At an intersection of history and art
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By David Rogers. May 6, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — As intersections of art and history go, it doesn’t get much better than Blowing Rock’s three-way crossroads of Main Street, Ginny Stevens Lane, and Chestnut Drive.

COVER IMAGE: Edgewood Cottage was Elliott Daingerfield’s early home and studio in Blowing Rock. The sculpture or the artist painting in “plein air”, out front of the cottage was created by local artist Brenda Councill.

It doesn’t hurt to have two (historic) century-old churches sitting diagonally across Main Street from each other in Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, but this intersection gets even more commanding when you add Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) and the restored former studio, Edgewood Cottage, of one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed artists in North Carolina history.

The art and history relationship will be brought fully into focus later this month with the Blowing Rock Historical Society’s season launch of the Artists-in-Residence series at Edgewood Cottage, the former home and studio of Elliott Daingerfield.

Having grown the last few years to allow more artists to exhibit not only their work, but to also learn more about how they achieve their beautiful and creative pieces — across a variety of artistic media and styles. This year, 30 top-notch artists from Western North Carolina will participate, each one exhibiting their work for almost a week at a time.

Kicking off the 2019 Artists-in-Residence season beginning May 25th through May 31st will be acclaimed photographer and Blowing Rock resident, Jim Ruff, who specializes in nature and landscape images, as well as stunning (and often inspirational) time-lapse photography.

Other exhibiting artists this year include:

  • June 3-9: Pamela B. Smith (oils, cold wax oils, mixed) and Susan Jespersen (oils and acrylics)
  • June 10-16: Pat Flachbart (oil, acrylic, watercolor, raku pottery, handmade paper
  • June 17-23: Cindy Michaud (oil) and Ed Dyer (pastel)
  • June 24-30: JoAnn S. Pippin, SW, WSNC (watercolor) and Marion Cloaninger (mixed media and collage)
  • July 1-July 7: Bob Meier, Doe Ridge Pottery (clay)
  • July 8-14: Marcia Hill (watercolor) and Sherrill Wieland (oil)
  • July 15-21: Amy McHugh (oils, acrylic, alcohol ink, mixed media); Don McHugh (wood); and Earl Davis (oil paintings)
  • July 22-28: Barbara Wade (oil and watercolor) and Cathy Futral (watercolors, acrylics, oils, prints)
  • July 29-August 4: Alan Gordon (watercolor, pen & ink); Evenlight Eagles (leather artisan); and Jack Hamrick (oil on canvas)
  • August 5-11: David & Barbara Ballesty (decorative and functional pottery) and Bryan Koontz (oil painting, watercolor, charcoal & graphite, pen & ink)
  • August 12-18: Bethany Jewell (oil painting, ink, mixed media) and Julia Ralston (oil)
  • August 19-25: Beth Sain Shuford (glass: stained, fused, and mosaic) and Paul & Kim Fuelling of Mabel Studios Furniture (sculpture and painting)
  • August 26-September 1: Cheryl Prisco (mixed media, wood, acrylic) and Rachael Van Dyke (painting: acrylic)
  • September 2-8: Lee Harper (oil, landscapes, figures, still life) and Tunde Afolayan Famous (paintings, mixed media)
  • September 9-15: Blue Ridge Fiber Guild (fiber)

Tom Obrien is the committee chairman for Blowing Rock Historical Society’s Artists-in-Residence series. He sat down with Blowing Rock News recently at Edgewood Cottage as committee members were prepping the building for the series launch.

“When you consider the historical significance of Edgewood Cottage as Elliott Daingerfield’s home and studio a century ago,” Obrien observed, “especially given its location next to Blowing Rock Art & History Museum right next door and how important art has been to this area and especially to Blowing Rock, the opportunity for our residents and visitors to town to see truly talented artists work their craft and explain their techniques is really special.

“I am told that Daingerfield, the artist, and Moses Cone, one of Blowing Rock’s most important historical figures” Obrien added, “were really good friends. Can you imagine how proud they would be of our little village, knowing about our effort to bring art and art education into Daingerfield’s historic home — and right next door to the terrific museum that not only displays Daingerfield art, but has been so instructive about the people, activities and events that have shaped Blowing Rock’s history?”

The public is invited to visit Edgewood Cottage for Artists-in-Residence, free of charge.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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