Edsall opens gallery in Blowing Rock
The world can be a scary, cynical place.
That’s why Brittany Edsall is hopeful her new art gallery in downtown Blowing Rock will be a welcome reprieve from this uninvited harshness, as she tries to share her love of beauty and faith through her paintings.
The gallery, which is located in a corner of the historic Martin House on Main Street, is scheduled to herald her arrival downtown with a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 22.
“I want this place to be a place of encouragement,” Edsall said of the new gallery. “There is a lot of cynicism in this world, and I feel as if the vibrant colors of my work can contribute to the joy of people’s lives.”
Through her interactions with customers and love of art, Edsall is also looking forward to “sharing her love of Christ” with those who frequent her gallery, as well as those who enjoy her paintings. Faith and spirituality are also major sources of artistic inspiration and direction in her life. “This is a huge part of who I am, and I want that to emanate freely,” she said.
Flowers, as well as cityscapes, are the subject matter for a majority of the work that will be featured at the gallery.
Bright, colorful, floral settings tend to represent uniqueness in her work, she said, as well as feelings of peacefulness and being at ease with the troubles of the world. “Just like Jesus takes care of the lilies in the field, he takes care of us, too,” Edsall said.
Her cityscapes are reflections and memories come to life from her studies abroad in Europe, she said.
The “colorful and vibrant cities” of Europe’s most historic and visited places continue to spill out on her canvas of work.
Edsall, who grew up in the Outer Banks, fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains when vacationing as a budding artist. Her fascination became further entrenched with her inspiration while attending Appalachian State University.
“I’ve always loved the mountains,” Edsall said. “The area is filled with wonderful people, and the community is very embracing of the arts.”
Fueling Edsall’s excitement is her ability to mingle her work and abilities with the downtown district that comes to life in the summer months, thanks to an array of music and art festivals.
While the High Country might be inundated with art galleries and artists who find inspiration and solace in the serenity of the Appalachian Mountains, Edsall feels her gallery can fill a niche long devoid of passion and true form.
“Like other galleries, I’m very committed to the community,” Edsall said. “Unlike most arts in our culture, which have become more about shock (appeal), I can make a positive impact, rather than art for publicity — art that betters the individual, as well as society.”
To see examples of Edsall’s art, visit http://www.brittanyedsallart.etsy.com.
You can also contribute to her gallery’s fundraising efforts by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com and typing Brittany Edsall Fine Art, LLC.
As of today, there are only nine days left to contribute, Edsall said.