By David Rogers. November 29, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — From Pop Art to classic stories and their illustrations and then on to learning about little known High Country history, there’s a lot going on at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum during the holidays. And a great time to catch at least a glimpse of the inspiration and fun is the museum’s upcoming “Winter Exhibition Celebration” on Thursday, December 8th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The public is invited and admission is free.
The museum’s current and soon coming exhibits are so rich and diverse that a two-hour party may not give you enough time to take it all in, so make plans to return.
- Everyman Jack: Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley
December 3, 2016 – March 25, 2017
“Everyman Jack” takes a detailed look at over one hundred original prints and illustrations created by Gail E. Haley for several of her books, including “My Kingdom for a Dragon,” “Mountain Jack Tales,” “Birdsong,” “The Green Man,” and “A Story, A Story.” Over the course of her career, Haley has written and illustrated more than 40 books retelling many classic stories. She has been awarded both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Haley’s inspiration for the “Mountain Jack Tales” in particular came to fruition during her long-term residency at Appalachian State University. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina.
- Andy Warhol: Six Silkscreen Prints
November 19, 2016 – April 8, 2017
(On loan from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University)
American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was the leading figure in the Pop Art movement during the 1960s. He launched his career with his well-known Campbell’s Soup can paintings. He is recognized for the work he and his assistants developed in his Warhol Factory in New York City, where printmaking, painting, photography, and film were employed to churn out thousands of works of art. Warhol redefined the artist’s role in the creation of artwork, the art market, and the recycling of popular imagery as high art. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, established in 1987, completed years of planned giving through the donation of his unsold work to educational institutions around the world, including the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. This exhibition features six original silkscreen prints from the Turchin’s permanent collection that are out-of-edition. This means that they were created during the original print run, but did not make the cut when Warhol decided what would be included in the final print release.
“When Warhol first established his Factory, he was a fairly successful commercial illustrator. Surrounded by drag queens, drug addicts, artists, musicians, writers, socialites, movie stars, and underground celebrities, Warhol desperately wanted to be taken seriously as a famous artist. Initially rejected by the fine art world, Warhol embraced Pop Art; turning to screen-printing, he blended popular culture, commercial practices, and high art. With serially produced silkscreens, Warhol was able to become the art-making machine he dreamed of, minimizing the hand of the artist in the production of his artwork and using famous icons and idols of current popular culture as his subject matter.” – Mary Anne Redding, Curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC
- A Town Within A Town: History of the Junaluska Community
August 6, 2016 – March 11, 2017
(Made possible in part through the support of the Watauga County Community Foundation and the Junaluska Heritage Association.)
The Appalachian Mountains are some of the oldest in the world. If you’ve traveled to the top of Howard’s Knob to see the beautiful view across the town of Boone, you’ve been on Junaluska Road, but you may not have known that you passed by one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina: Junaluska, the “town within a town.” Much of Boone’s African American history was not thoroughly recorded until after 1900, making it difficult to trace earlier history. We do know, however, that African Americans have lived in the North Carolina mountains since the 1700’s. African Americans in Boone have historically lived in the tight-knit area that is today known as Junaluska. Even after desegregation and amidst all the bustle and growth of the twenty-first century, Junaluska has remained a predominantly African American community, though today you’ll find both blacks and whites living there. The rich stories and history of the community of Junaluska make it one of Boone’s treasures.
The Alexander Community Gallery will also be open and will feature recent glass works by local artist Beth Shuford. The exhibition, “Plays with Glass: Reimagining with the Help of the Sun,” will open to the public on December 6th.
Other ongoing exhibitions include “Selections From The Collection” and “Elliott Daingerfield,” which will also be open during the Winter Exhibition Celebration.
Holiday Food & Clothing Drive
When you go to the Winter Exhibition Celebration, bring along food, winter accessories and other supplies in support of BRAHM’s Holiday Food and Clothing Drive in benefit of Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. and OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), both local non-profit agencies doing great things in our community.
BRAHM is accepting the following items through Friday, December 23, 2016:
- Non-perishable food items
- Snow boots, gloves, scarves, wool socks, and winter hats — all either new or only lightly worn (please), especially for children and women
- Women’s toiletries, including tampons and pads
- New underwear, for children and women
If you can’t make it to the Winter Exhibition Celebration, you may take items to the museum during regular business hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Thursday, 10 am to 7:00 pm
- Closed Sunday and Monday
- Closed on most major holidays, including New Year’s, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day