Curiouser and Curiouser

Article Published: Apr. 12, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 12, 2012
Curiouser and Curiouser

An elaborate electric train set, owned by Anne and Graham Denton, is central to the new ‘Curious Collections’ at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Most of the train and track parts were made by the Lionel company.

If you’ve ever watched the show “American Pickers,” you know that the vast majority of Americans collect at least one or two types of items.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum asked collectors to show them what they collect, and the result is one of the most amusing exhibits around.

“Curious Collections,” an exhibit in BRAHM’s Main Gallery that opened this past Wednesday, is a look at what your friends and neighbors have accumulated over the years.

Some of it is definitely fine art, such as an original Frederick Remington bronze sculpture, while other pieces have more of a historical or regional importance.

“Curious Collections” includes antique cameras, folk art, colorful tobacco tags, handmade quilts, G-scale model trains, quizzical face jugs and much more. There is even a collection of modern art pieces created by the late High Country artist, William “Wiili” Armstrong.

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, which is deeply entrenched in human nature. In the process, exhibit guests will be encouraged to uncover the collector in each of us.

The exhibit, chosen because of its wide-ranging appeal and lighthearted nature, will run from April 11 through the first of August.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and active military personnel. It is free for children ages four and under.

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

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