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Blowing Rock museum brings weekend of art and antiques

Article Published: Jul. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

It's a weekend of art and antiques in Blowing Rock, a preview of things to come as the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) presents the fourth annual Blowing Rock Art and Antique Show.

Expect porcelain, fine arts, Black Forest carvings, antique furniture, folk art, music boxes and more surprises, including some items affordably priced for the new collector.

BRAHM, while not even open yet, continues to be an artistic powerhouse, and this weekend's show promises more of the same, spokesman Sunny Townes said.

"The Art and Antique Show is definitely one of the things that we're very proud and glad to be able to provide to the community, opening up this kind of world to everybody in Blowing Rock, the visitors, the people who live there," she said.

After all, BRAHM isn't just an art museum, it's a community resource and the show is just one example.

With 20 vendors in town to sell English, European and American furniture, as well as clocks, Oriental rugs, china, pottery, fine silver and crystal, jewelry and more, the show is expected to attract hundreds. Eight hundred people came out last year, and this year brings new incentives to the table, like education. The two breakfast talks that are part of the show will emphasize that aspect.

"We want to be able to give people a chance to learn more about what they're seeing and what makes things special and why they're collectible and what they should look for as they start collecting," Townes said.

The talks will also be a valuable resource for the seasoned collector, helping them fine tune their taste for value.

Along with lectures, the show will also feature the BRAHM Cafe, selling tasty lunches and homemade treats Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, and raffle tickets for $5. Raffle ticket holders have the chance to win a specialty basket filled with goodies worth hundreds of dollars, to be raffled off at 4 p.m. each day.

Admission to the show costs $10 for the entire weekend. Tickets are available at Carriage Trade Antiques, Finley House Antiques and the BRAHM office, or can be purchased at the door.

The Early Bird Sale and Preview Party will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, giving guests an opportunity to peruse the show in advance, before the public is admitted. Tickets for the preview are $30 and include refreshments. They can be purchased at the museum office.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Breakfast lectures, offered for $20 each, happen at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Lisa Castles will discuss antique silver Friday and Bill Brooks will offer his expertise on "The Beauty of Cut Glass" Saturday. Expect coffee and croissants. For more information, check out

The museum, expected to open in fall of 2011, will benefit the entire High Country, Townes said.
"We really hope that this is something that will be a fixture in the community," she said.

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