Summer at BRAHM

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: May. 29 | Modified: May. 29
Summer at BRAHM

'Dunkle Barn' by Wolf Kahn

For most High Country attractions and cultural institutions, the summer months are some of the busiest of the year — a lesson that Blowing Rock Art and History Museum has learned by observing the traditional influx of visitors into its gallery spaces.

To meet the growing demand for fun and interesting activities, as well as a reprieve from the often brutal heat of deep summer, BRAHM is preparing to launch several familiar and new workshops and programs.

The showcase event this summer is the season-long exhibit, “Barns and Quilts: A Rural Tradition,” which is open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from now until Sept. 27.

The exhibit explores two aspects of the material culture of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Both barns and quilts are representative of the landscape of the region and can at once be both functional and beautiful, according to a BRAHM news release.

In addition to the more than 20 quilts on display, the exhibit will also host the work of Wolf Kahn, featuring oil paintings of rural country barns.

Not to be overshadowed by the work of Kahn is the illustrations of local kindergarten, first and second grade students through the “Young at Art Show.”

The art show will be on display through the end of this week.

The program, made possible through a grant, is currently on display in the Community Meeting Room and highlights the work of students from Blowing Rock Elementary.

The overarching theme for the museum’s slew of summer activities has been dubbed an “Appalachian Sampler,” said Allison Wonsick, BRAHM communications director, who added that most of the season’s programs are aimed at offering glimpses of the region’s unique culture and pastimes.
“We will be doing a little bit of everything from quilt making, how to play a dulcimer, dancing and other typical Appalachian activities,” Wonsick said. “Everyday, we will be doing something different.”

While the kids’ workshops have become a mainstay at the museum, BRAHM has also begun introducing adult-targeted classes and art instruction, Wonsick said.

If still-life illustrations are not for you, check out the Appalachian Documentary Film Series presentation of “Ann Braden: Southern Patriot” at 5:30 p.m. June 10.

The July installment of the film series will feature “The Mystery of George Masa” at 5:30 p.m. July 29.

The final feature flick of the series is “Hazel Dickens: It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song,” which will run at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

For some more vigorous and live entertainment, swing by BRAHM from 7 to 10 p.m. June 26 for the Barn Dance. Drinks, supper, dancing and entertainment will all be on tap, including a musical performance by The Neighbors. The cost is $75 per person, and those interested should RSVP by June 15.

August heats up at BRAHM with the Art and Antiques Show Aug. 1 to 3.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The price of admission is $10, which is valid for the entire weekend.

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

A special preview party will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 31. The cost of admission is $75, which includes wine and hors d’oeurves.

Advanced registration is required for the preview party, and space is limited. Tickets may be purchased by calling (828) 295-9099, ext. 3001.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, or visit

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