Kim Abernethy, Barbara Ballesty at Edgewood Cottage

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Article Published: Aug. 15, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 21, 2013
Kim Abernethy, Barbara Ballesty at Edgewood Cottage

Kim Abernethy is the featured artist at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.

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The fourth annual Artists in Residence Series features the work of Kim Abernethy and Barbara Ballesty from Thursday, Aug. 15, through Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.

The cottage is located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, right in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Visitors Center.

Visitors can meet Abernethy and Ballesty and view their work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, except Sunday, when the hours are noon to 6 p.m.

According to series organizers, “Abernethy is an oil painter whose impressionistic style evokes feelings of serenity and calm. Her work draws upon a sense of familiarity — a Sunday drive on a country road, a hike on a mountain path, a walk through a snowy forest. Her art connects the viewer to a moment in time captured on canvas.”

Born and raised in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains and a longtime Boone resident, Abernethy said she has always possessed a heightened awareness of and an appreciation for the natural world. Using oil as her medium, much of her work is done en plein air. She said the experience of creating art outdoors connects her to the work and allows her to convey in the painting a strong sense of place and time. She expands on this experience by using the plein air works, along with sketches and reference photos taken on site, to create larger works in her studio.

Abernethy is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Watauga County Arts Council, the Ashe Arts Council, North Carolina Plein Air Painters, Western Carolina Plein Air Painters and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, where she was a featured artist in June.

Her art is currently on display at Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery in Crossnore, City Gallery in Galax, Va., and on her website at

Ballesty lives in Blowing Rock and has been working with clay for 10 years. With a background in business, she found herself surrounded by professional artists and discovered her creative side when she moved to Artists Alley.

After taking a course at a local pottery studio, she began a 10-year learning curve and has never looked back. Ballesty said she “loves being able to take a handful of clay, create a functional piece of pottery and infuse it with the texture and beauty of what is our local and earthly environment in the ongoing marriage of technology and artistic beauty.”

The Artists in Residence Series is sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Artists will be in residence at Edgewood Cottage everyday but Wednesdays through Aug. 20. All of the artwork is original, and most of it is available for sale. The cottage also offers a slice of history, as it was the first Blowing Rock home and studio of renowned artist Elliot Daingerfield. The exhibit is free to the public. Free parking is available behind BRAHM in the parking deck.

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