Art Comes Alive

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 11, 2013
Art Comes Alive

Susan Powers, a Lenoir artist participating in the Edgewood Cottage 2013 Artist in Residence series, demonstrates how she makes flowers and landscapes come alive through her watercolor technique.

Photo by Jeff Eason

When you see a beautiful painting or a superbly crafted piece of pottery, it is easy to forget that it didn’t always exist in its current form.

The Artist in Residence series at Blowing Rock’s Edgewood Cottage strives to show the entire art process, from slab of clay or empty canvas to finished piece.

The series is presented for the fourth consecutive year by the Blowing Rock Historical Society.
The Artist in Residence series takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Edgewood Cottage is closed on Wednesdays, so that a new artist can install his or her work.

This past week, Lenoir artist Susan Powers displayed her oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings at the cottage, while she demonstrated her watercolor technique to visitors.

Powers is a master of capturing the beauty of landscapes and floral scenes.

“I enjoy painting in this area of North Carolina,” said Powers, who has been painting for about 35 years. “There are endless things to paint.”

In addition to mountain scenery, Powers’s current exhibition features a few ocean images and other scenes. All of Powers’s paintings at the Edgewood Cottage are for sale.

“There were some other artists in my family,” Powers said. “I had some distant cousins who like to paint.”

Art lovers are encouraged to drop into the Edgewood Cottage during the Artists in Residence series. It is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Artists

Upcoming artists participating in the Artists in Residence series are watercolor artist Anne Abgott (July 11 to 16), acrylics artist Pat Grant (July 18 to 23), photographer Jim Ruff (July 25 to 30), oils painter Kathy Reece (Aug. 1 to 6), watercolor and collage artist Karen Havighurst (Aug. 8 to 13), and oil painter Kim Abernathy and potter Barbara Ballesty (Aug. 15 to 20).

Anne Abgott

The fourth annual Artists in Residence series features the work of Anne Abgott from Thursday, July 11, through Tuesday, July 16.

Canadian-born artist Abgott maintains studios in Cortez, Fla., and Linville. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Daring Color,” and the video, “Simply Daring Color,” by Artist Palette Productions.

Abgott’s work — originals and giclee prints — is available locally at The Art Cellar in Banner Elk.

She maintains signature status in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Florida Sun Coast Watercolor Society and the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society.

Abgott has won several local and national awards, including the Florida Watercolor Gold Award and the National Watercolor Society Millard Sheets Award. She has been published in numerous national and international publications

According to her bio, “Anne loves color and believes value is the most important element in a good painting. One of her great joys is to paint while listening to books on tape in her winter studio overlooking Sarasota Bay or her summer studio near Grandfather Mountain.”

Edgewood Cottage

Edgewood Cottage is the first home and studio of noted artist Elliot Daingerfield in Blowing Rock.

Originally built around 1890, the structure was restored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society, working closely with the town of Blowing Rock from 2004-08.

Daingerfield may be best known for paintings commissioned in 1910 by the Santa Fe Railroad for display in railroad stations and for “Madonna of the Hills,” which hangs in St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church on Main Street in Blowing Rock.

Edgewood Cottage is located at the corner of South Main and Chestnut streets in downtown Blowing Rock. Free parking is available at the visitors center behind the Cottage.

Facebook Fans
Home » Art » Art Comes Alive
Local Business Marketplace

Find more businesses on

Attorneys · Automotive · Health Care
Home & Garden · Hotels & Lodging Restaurants
Retail · Recreation · Real Estate & Rentals · Services

Banner Elk My Hometown
Boone My Hometown
ASU Sports