Blowing Rock hosts artist Brenda Councill

Article Published: Jul. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Blowing Rock hosts artist Brenda Councill

Artist Brenda Councill, acclaimed for her large-scale paintings, will be in residence at Blowing Rock's Edgewood Cottage from July 5-11.

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The Blowing Rock Historical Society is hosting artist-in-resident Brenda Mauney Councill July 5-11 at the Edgewood Cottage on South Main Street in Blowing Rock.

The public is invited to visit this historical landmark and meet the artist from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Visitors to the Edgewood Cottage will view drawings and paintings that have not be previously exhibited, and many are on loan from collectors. Signed and numbered limited edition prints will be available, and Councill will personalize the hand-colored prints at one's request.

Several pieces focus on the Blowing Rock area, including "The Edgewood Cottage" artist's proof prints. This is a rare opportunity to purchase smaller works, as Councill's large-scale murals are usually "site specific" and encompass large ceilings and wall areas.

In 1977, Councill's hometown historical society (now a museum) commissioned the 21-year-old full-time artist to create a series of drawings that would capture for future generations the beauty and history of Mandarin, Fla., (a suburb of Jacksonville, Fla.).

Residents of the High Country can view her permanent murals at the Belk Library Atrium at Appalachian State University. Her recent commissions include a large sculpture installation to be featured in the grand foyer of the new College of Education building on campus.

Councill's professional career spans 35 years, and she continues to garner international attention with her large-scale painting, particularly dome ceilings, tackling projects that often put her " high " in the world of art.

Martha Stewart has called Councill "Michelle-angelo," after climbing a towering 85 feet of scaffolding to meet the artist.

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