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Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 3, 2013
Art By the Book

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will debut its latest publication, an exhibition catalogue accompanying its current exhibit, “Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art,” on Thursday, Oct. 3, at a book premiere party from 6 until 8 pm.

Months in the making, the hardcover, 96-page book features photographs and thoughtful interpretation of the 81 paintings and one bronze sculpture in the exhibit, comprised entirely from four private collections in the North Carolina High Country.

Spanning one of the most dynamic periods of American art history, the works were created between roughly 1880 and 1940 and portray the evolution of American impressionism to urban realism.

“‘Art Among Friends’ demonstrates the influence of friendship not only between the four collectors, but also the artists themselves,” BRAHM’s Allison Wonsick said. “The depth and breadth of each collector’s holdings made it possible for guest curator Jonathan Stuhlman, of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, to trace the rise and fall of significant artistic movements and demonstrate the remarkable talents of some of this country’s most important artists.”

Each chapter opens with the interpretive text that can be found on the information panels throughout the exhibit. There is an introduction and explanation of how the show and book were organized by the curator. The book was edited by the museum’s executive director, Joann Mitchell, and designed and published by Nathan W. Moehlmann of Goosepen Studio & Press in Conover.

The first buying opportunity will be the night of the premiere party, which will also feature music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. After the party, the book will be available for purchase in the museum’s recently revamped gift shop for $35 for BRAHM members and $45 for non-members.

The exhibit, “Art Among Friends,” will be on display at BRAHM until Nov. 2. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit

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