The Wes Waugh Watercolor Way

Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 4, 2012
The Wes Waugh Watercolor Way

‘Grandfather Cloudburst’ by Wes Waugh

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will conclude its fall season of programming with a grand finale.

Wes Waugh, one of the most celebrated artists in the High Country, will be a special guest instructor for a three day watercolor class Oct. 11-13 at the museum, BRAHM officials announced.

Waugh, a resident of Boone, is considered the southeast region’s leading landscape watercolorists, officials said. Being a lifelong outdoor enthusiast greatly influences his subject choices, which include landscapes, native game fishes and natural flora of the southeastern Appalachian Mountains. Additionally, Waugh receives inspiration from travels to Maine, Canada, Montana, India and China.

Waugh claims the late Eliot O’Hara and Edgar Whitney, both prominent mid-20th century American watercolorists, as his primary influences, citing their design styles.

His workshops combine an intensive focus on the principles of design, combined with a unique approach to building subject relationships. This is all carried out with humor and fun to lighten the learning process, according to BRAHM officials.

“We are delighted to have Wes as a guest instructor at the museum. We are pleased to be able to offer this class at a terrific value and to provide an opportunity for people in the community to participate in his exceptional workshop,” said Joann Mitchell, executive director of BRAHM.

Enrollment is limited and only a few spaces remain. Cost is $225 for museum members and $250 for nonmembers. Contact Virginia Falck, education programs coordinator, at (828) 295-9099, extension 3006, to register or email (

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