Experience Appalachian Arts at BRAHM

Article Published: Jul. 16 | Modified: Jul. 16
Experience Appalachian Arts at BRAHM

Isabelle Cribbs and Sarah Grant learn to play traditional Appalachian musical instruments at Camp BRAHM. The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is offering ‘An Appalachian Sampler!’ in August, where adults can also learn to the play the dulcimer, the art of shape note singing and quilting.

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While the summer might be halfway through, there are still plenty of summer opportunities to take advantage of in Blowing Rock.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum has had several summer camps for kids this season. However, BRAHM also has several adult offerings that celebrate the heritage of the mountain region.

According to BRAHM, all classes will offer a friendly and educational environment, and although they are hands-on, no experience is needed in order to enjoy any of them.

On July 22, BRAHM will host a one-day workshop, “Painting with Watercolor the Easy Way,” taught by local artist Susan Powers. This class will explore the basics of watercolor, composition and color theory, and each student will leave with an original piece of art. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $60 for BRAHM members and $72 for non-members.

“An Appalachian Sampler!” (Aug. 5 to 7) will highlight three different arts long-practiced in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The first class will enjoy shape note singing, which is four-part harmony singing that originated in English music schools of the 1700s and took root in the Southern mountains during the 1800s.

The next day of the workshop will focus on quilting. Taught by experienced local quilter Ineke Thomas, participants will be tutored in the art of piecing different quilt patterns and quilting. Each person will create their own unique piece of functional traditional art.

“An Appalachian Sampler!” will finish with a return to music, with a dulcimer workshop with the Bill and Jewell Magee, who will introduce participants to the fundamentals of playing tunes and songs. The mountain dulcimer in its current form is native to the Appalachian Mountains, though it likely evolved from a combination of instruments brought to this country by northern European immigrants. Even though this class is participatory, no experience is needed, and all participants will get a chance to make music. The three-day workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5 to 7 and costs $160 for BRAHM members and $180 for non-members.

On Aug. 12 and 13, a two-day monoprinting workshop will be taught by local artist Cathy Taylor. This class will focus on designing and printing notecards and frameable prints. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $160 for BRAHM members and $180 for non-members.

For more information about any of BRAHM’s programs, contact Leila Weinstein, educational programs coordinator, at (828) 295-9099, ext. 3006, or (leila@blowingrockmuseum.org)

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