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Warm Up with Art

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jan. 23, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 29
Warm Up with Art


The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum offers numerous reasons visitors should drop by during Blowing Rock’s annual WinterFest.

The first?

“To warm up,” said Allison Wonsick, communications coordinator for BRAHM.

Other than that, she said the museum offers patrons a chance “to see art and history unique to our region.”

But visitors can do both on Thursday, Jan. 23, with the museum’s latest “Cocoa and Canvas” event. From 5 to 7 p.m., patrons can learn to paint with a local professional in a relaxed setting. All supplies are included, and refreshments — including cocoa — will be provided. Advanced registration is required, however, by calling (828) 295-9099, ext. 3006. The cost is $20 for adults (16 and older) and $10 for children.

Patrons can enjoy snowsports from a retrospective perspective with the museum’s latest exhibit, “The History of Skiing in the High Country,” which brings to life the history surrounding Western North Carolina’s most popular winter activity.

An opening reception will take place Jan. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend, free of charge. Refreshments will also be provided.

Following WinterFest, BRAHM brings back its Doodlebug Club on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. The club offers fun with art and story time for preschool-aged children. Cost is $5 per child, and interested parents may call (828) 295-9099, ext. 3004, for more information.

One of the museum’s continuing exhibits is “The Painted Song: The Art of Wiili Armstrong,” who Wonsick described as “the High Country’s Van Gogh.”

Armstrong, who died in 2003, was a celebrated downtown Boone street artist, who created thousands of colorful works, many of which he painted on found objects.

“We have between 60 and 70 original pieces by Wiili,” said Allyson Teague, assistant to the director and exhibits manager at BRAHM, in a previous interview. “Most of them are on loan from local collectors.”

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, or visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org.

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