Capturing the High Country on Canvas

Article Published: Oct. 11, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 14, 2012
Capturing the High Country on Canvas

Artist Roger Nelson paints in plein air, some pieces of which are on display at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery.

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It’s not unusual to visit Blowing Rock destinations, such as Bass Lake or Moses Cone Manor, and find lots of folks eager to capture the beauty of the moment with their cameras.

Roger Nelson captures these moments old school – with paint and canvas.

For the past year, Nelson has brought his paints, canvas and easel to picturesque areas in the High Country and has created “plein air” or outdoor paintings of places like Grandfather Mountain.

A collection of these paintings are on display throughout October at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery at the Food Lion Shopping Center in Blowing Rock.

An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Nelson is well known throughout the art world for his fresco work; first with artist Ben Long and then on his own. Nelson’s new, small and intimate landscapes are in sharp contrast with his fresco work, having a more Impressionist feel to them.

The new exhibit includes more than a dozen new landscape paintings, plus one sketch and an interior still life.

For more information, call Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery at (828) 295-0041 or visit

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