Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2012
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum presents its new exhibit, “North Carolina Treasures: A Painter, A Potter and a Rocking Chairmaker,” celebrating the work and lives of three of North Carolina artisans: painter Bob Timberlake, potter Glenn Bolick and seventh-generation chairmaker Max Woody.
Visitors to the exhibit will see examples of the artists’ work that spans their long careers, as well as memorabilia, tools, photographs and other belongings that tell the stories of their lives.
“We are delighted to have these three exceptional North Carolinians in this exhibit,” BRAHM executive director Joann Mitchell said. “Each of them has created a lasting legacy with their work, and we are glad that we are able to share that with our visitors.”
Lexington native Timberlake, who turns 75 this year, is one of North Carolina’s most recognized and successful living artists. He devoted himself to painting in 1969 after receiving encouragement from the legendary American artist Andrew Wyeth.
Since Timberlake’s first exhibition in Winston-Salem in 1970, he has been featured in galleries in North Carolina, New York, Washington, D.C., Germany and Japan.
“North Carolina Treasures” will feature a selection of his original works that represent his career, along with memorabilia and personal items that illustrate his interests and inspiration.
The multi-talented Bolick is a testament to traditional mountain arts. He is an accomplished old-time musician, storyteller and potter.
His wife, Lula, is the daughter of Seagrove potter M.L. Owen, who also taught Bolick how to work clay.
Nearly 40 years ago, Glenn and Lula built a kiln and pottery shop on the Bolick family land in Blackberry (on the Caldwell -Watauga county line). Today, they and their daughter, Janet, and son-in-law, Michael Calhoun, continue to operate their shops there.
“North Carolina Treasures” will display pieces of Bolick pottery, as well as memorabilia from the Bolick and Owens families.
Known as “The Chair Man,” McDowell County’s Max Woody has been making chairs for more than 60 years. The Woody family has been known for generations for their quality handmade products, and Woody continues that tradition with his fine rocking chairs and stools, sold nationally and beyond.
BRAHM has a set of Max Woody chairs on its own porch, and the exhibit will also include other examples of his work, along with traditional tools used in woodworking and other items from the artisan’s long career.
General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and older, students and active military.
The museum, located at 159 Chestnut St. at the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in downtown Blowing Rock, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed on Mondays). For more information, visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org
or call (828) 295-9099.