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‘Plenty of Pretty Pieces’

Article Published: Jul. 26, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 3, 2012
‘Plenty of Pretty Pieces’

Lynn Easley, right, shows estate jewelry to a customer at BRAHM’s Art & Antiques Show.

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The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will host its sixth annual Art and Antiques Show Friday, Aug. 3, with a preview party on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Vendors from across the East Coast will bring a variety of items, such as porcelain, fine and folk art, antique furniture, jewelry, silver and more.

“The preview party gives serious shoppers (a chance) to get a sneak peek at the wonderful wares the vendors have to offer before the general public is admitted on Friday,” BRAHM executive director Joann Mitchell said. “Board members Linda Russell and Ramona Presson are co-chairing the party, so it is sure to be a great event.”

This will be the first year the show, which attracts around 800 visitors each year, will be held at the museum. Organizers said this was a goal they had been working toward since the first show.

“When we held the first show in 2006, we knew that we would one day have a fabulous facility for the event,” Mitchell said. “And now, that day is here. This is a beautiful building, and the vendors and the guests are going to really enjoy our new space.”

Additional highlights will include the BRAHM Café, featuring a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts, which will be open in the community meeting room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday through Sunday for lunch, and the Saturday lecture at 2 p.m., featuring author and Southern Cosmopolitan blogger Susan Sully, an expert on Southern architecture and style. Both the café and the lecture are open to the public, and a ticket to the Art and Antiques Show is not required for entry to either event.

The Art and Antiques Show will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. Tickets to the show, which are good for entry throughout the weekend, are $10 and may be purchased at BRAHM, Carriage Trade or Finley House in downtown Blowing Rock.

Admission to the preview party costs $60 per person, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Admission to Sully’s lecture will be $15, which can be paid in advance or at the door.

Upcoming Events

‘Economic Overview’ with Financial Officer

BRAHM will host “An Economic Overview,” featuring Danielle Donahoe, chief investment officer with Charlotte-based Rinehart Wealth Management, on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.

New exhibit to debut Aug. 10

Don’t miss your last chance to see BRAHM’s latest exhibit, “Curious Collections: An Exhibit Celebrating the Passion of Collecting,” which closes at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. More than 1,600 visitors have toured “Curious Collections,” which features more than 25 fascinating collections — from folk art to high art — gathered from across the region.

The museum will open “North Carolina Treasures: A Painter, a Potter and a Rocking Chair Maker,” its third major exhibit since opening in October 2011, with a preview reception at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.
The new exhibit will feature three of the state’s most talented and beloved artists and artisans: Lexington native and renowned painter Bob Timberlake, whose paintings have been featured in galleries and museums from North Carolina to New York to California to Tokyo; Blackberry resident Glenn Bolick, who, with wife Lula Owens Bolick and daughter Janet Bolick Calhoun, is continuing a family tradition of pottery that spans six generations; and Marion craftsman Max Woody, a seventh-generation chair maker whose work graces homes around the world.

The preview reception for “North Carolina Treasures” takes place Thursday, Aug. 10, and costs $30 to attend, including wine and hors d’oeuvres.


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $8 for adults, and admission is free from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, call (828) 295-9099.

The museum is located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, across from Rumple Presbyterian Church, in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 ext. 3001, or visit

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