BRAHM hosts Art & Antiques Show weekend
The summer may not be over yet, but there will be plenty of activity at the Blowing Rock School this weekend.
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum's fifth annual Art and Antiques Show kicks off on Thursday, July 28, with the preview party and early bird sale and runs through Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m.
The event is the largest fundraiser sponsored by the museum, which will open to the general public Oct. 1.
The vendors in the show include antiques dealers from throughout the southeast, who bring to Blowing Rock a variety of wares, including 18th- and 19th-century furniture, china, silver, crystal and estate jewelry. Long-time collectors will find plenty of interest, however, young or new collectors will also find many items with affordable price tags.
Accompanying the fine selections from regional vendors will be two gallery talks and the highly praised BRAHM Café, which will have homemade lunches and sweet treats for sale.
Tickets for the "Coffee and Croissants" gallery talks, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, have been reduced this year to only $5.
Friday's featured speaker will be Graham Holiday, a fifth-generation antiques dealer who has been in the business for 50 years. Holiday will discuss how English furniture complements - and has heavily influenced - the American furniture industry and how to care for antique furniture so that it retains its value.
On Saturday, prominent Blowing Rock antiques dealer and cut glass expert Bill Brooks will be back by popular demand to educate attendees on the beauty and variety of exquisite glass. Light refreshments will be served both mornings.
Shoppers can take a lunch break at the BRAHM Café, which is staffed and supplied by museum volunteers, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The traditional "lunch special" - with a sandwich topped with chicken or egg salad or pimento cheese - will return, along with a variety of baked goods.
The Art and Antiques Show is the museum's largest fundraiser for the year. A successful event will help offset start-up and operating expenses.
The show will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, which can be used throughout the weekend, are $10 and can be purchased at the door, Finley House Antiques and Carriage Trade Antiques.
Blowing Rock School is located at 165 Morris St. in Blowing Rock.
The mission of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is to promote the visual arts, history and heritage of the mountains through educational programs, exhibitions and significant permanent collections. For more information, visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org or call (828) 295-9099.