The Wonders of Watercolor

Article Published: Nov. 29, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 29, 2012
The Wonders of Watercolor

'Looking Glass Falls' by Lewis Wallace

The first new exhibit of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s second year will feature watercolor paintings from artists all over the state.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, BRAHM will officially unveil the North Carolina Watercolor Society (NCWS) Preview Exhibit in the museum’s main gallery. The exhibit will include approximately 30 watercolor paintings that aim to be a “sneak peek” of a bigger NCWS show that will be on exhibit at BRAHM, beginning in the fall of 2013.

“For the past six years, we have been holding a preview show at the venue where our big annual show will be held the next year,” said Russell Yerkes, current president of the North Carolina Watercolor Society. “It’s not only important to view the gallery space, but it gives us a chance to meet with the gallery staff and volunteers. It allows us to build a rapport with next year’s venue.”

Yerkes added that the preview show was also essential in setting up the NCWS’s grant programs with art students in the high school and middle school grades. Next year, the NCWS grant program will be working with Watauga County Schools through a $2,000 startup grant from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone.

A public reception for the new art exhibit at BRAHM will be held at the museum from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

“We used to have two annual exhibits, now we just have one giant one,” Yerkes said. “It’s a juried exhibit, and we usually have between 200 and 250 entries. From that, our juror selects the 70 paintings that will be in the show. Next year’s juror is Linda Baker.”

Yerkes also stated that there is a 72-inch (6-foot) limit to the size of the watercolor paintings, but that several of the artists reach that limit every year.

“The North Carolina Watercolor Society started out with a core group of 12 painters, including Bob Timberlake,” Yerkes said. “We have more than 400 artists now from all over the state.”

For more information on the North Carolina Watercolor Society, visit

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

Additional Images

'Looking Glass Falls' by Lewis Wallace

'Red Dog' by Janet Geismar

'Early Riser' by Judy Rider

'The Moravian Baker' by Roger Tatum

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