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Article Published: Apr. 5, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 12, 2012
Curious Collections

BRAHM staff work to repair walls in the main gallery after the de-installation’ of the inaugural exhibition featuring the works of Elliott Daingerfield.

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What do quizzical face jugs, G-scale model trains, colorful tobacco tags, wooden outsider folk art, a Remington bronze and handmade pieced quilts have in common?

They will all be a part of the upcoming exhibit, “Curious Collections,” which will open to the public on Wednesday, April 11, at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

The exhibit includes a wide variety of fascinating objects from nearly 30 collectors from across North Carolina, exploring not only the rich histories of the objects but also delving into the psychology of collecting.

The exhibit, chosen because of its all-encompassing appeal and lighthearted nature, will run from April 11 through the end of July. A special preview reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Cost for the reception and a first peek at the exhibit will be $30 per person, payable at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Also in conjunction with the “Curious Collections” opening, the Historic Objects Gallery will soon be re-installed with an exhibit titled “Commemorating the Civil War in Western North Carolina.”

Created and curated by graduate students from Appalachian State University’s Public History program, taught by Alima Bucciantini and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences at ASU, this exhibition will open on April 19.

At the end of March, the museum staff de-installed the Elliott Daingerfield paintings and memorabilia exhibit and several volunteers joined in the preparation of the galleries for the new exhibits.

More than 86 paintings had been included in the Daingerfield show, and great care was given as each was removed from the walls and placed in the museum’s art storage vault. Supervising the effort was Allyson Teague, museum exhibitions manager.

For more information on BRAHM, visit or call (828) 295-9099.

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