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Frame historian to speak at BRAHM

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Article Published: Sep. 26, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 29, 2013

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will host professional framer of fine art and frame historian Suzanne Smeaton for its second annual Alexander Arts lecture series.

Smeaton’s lecture, “What a Difference a Frame Makes: American Period Frames of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Smeaton, currently of the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City, worked for Eli Wilner & Company for more than 27 years. She works extensively in the field of American period frames, including writing for publications (such as the bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum), lecturing to museum groups across the country, presenting at symposiums and curating many museum frame exhibitions.

She has lectured for Christie’s, the Sotheby’s American Arts Course, the Appraisers Association of America and the International Society of Appraisers and continues to lecture frequently to museum and public audiences on the subject of American picture frames.

The event at BRAHM is open to the public and costs $20 per person. A reception will follow. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit

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