The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.
Kathryn Kirkpatrick will lead the poetry workshop. Zackary Vernon will lead the fiction workshop. Mark Powell will lead the fiction workshop (full).
Set in the run-up and aftermath of the 2016 election, Pop brings the Canard County trilogy to a close as Dawn, the young narrator of Gipe’s first novel, Trampoline, is now the mother of the seventeen-year-old Nicolette. Whereas Dawn has become increasingly agoraphobic as the internet persuades her the world is descending into chaos, Nicolette narrates an Appalachia where young people start businesses rooted in local food culture and work to build community. But Nicolette’s precocious rise in the regional culinary scene is interrupted when her policeman cousin violently assaults her, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the family—and Canard County in the process.
In the tradition of Gipe’s first two novels, Pop’s Appalachia is full of clear-eyed, caring, creative, and complicated people struggling to hang on to what is best about their world and reject what is not. Their adventures reflect an Appalachia that is overrun by outside commentators looking for stories to tell about the region—sometimes positive, sometimes negative, but almost always oversimplified.
About the Author - Robert Gipe lives and works in Harlan County, Kentucky. Pop is his third Ohio University Press novel. His first, Trampoline, won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Appalachian novel of the year. His second novel, Weedeater, was a Weatherford finalist. For the past thirty years, he has worked in arts-based organizing and is the founding co-producer of the Higher Ground community performance series. He has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies, is a playwright, and is currently a script consultant on a forthcoming television show based on Beth Macy’s Dopesick. Author photo by Amelia Kirby.
About the Author - Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.
Elliott Daingerfield: Art and Life in North Carolina is devoted to a figured described as the most important artist in North Carolina. From his youth in Fayetteville to his years in Blowing Rock, we will learn all about Elliott Daingerfield's time in North Carolina. This book contains beautiful color prints of Daingerfield's most impressive works as well as archival family photos.
The 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book tells the story of the founding and infancy of BRAHM.
BRAHM History Committee formed in 2020 to tell the story of the founding of the museum leading up to our 10th anniversary in October 2021.
J. Richard Gruber, Ph.D., is Director Emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans. He was Director of the Ogden Museum and a member of the UNO faculty from 1999-2010. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Morris Museum of Art and Director of its Center for the Study of Southern Painting; Director of the Wichita Art Museum; and Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph. D. in art history from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He has published numerous books on artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Benny Andrews, William Christenberry, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Stackhouse, Nellie Mae Rowe, William Dunlap, and Wolf Kahn.
BRAHM Book Club: Junaluska Speaks edited by Sue Ke
About the Book: Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina. Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. Missionized by white Krimmer Mennonites in the early twentieth century, their church is one of a handful of African American Mennonite Brethren churches in the United States, and it provides one of the few avenues for leadership in the local black community. Susan Keefe has worked closely with members of the community in editing this book, which is based on three decades of participatory research. These life history narratives adapted from interviews with residents (born between 1885 and 1993) offer a people's history of the black experience in the southern mountains. Their stories provide a unique glimpse into the lives of African Americans in Appalachia during the 20th century--and a community determined to survive through the next.
About the Editors: Susan E. Keefe is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Appalachian State University where she taught for 38 years. Her publications include seven books and monographs and over 40 articles and chapters in professional journals and edited books. Keefe began her work in Junaluska, the African American neighborhood in Boone, in 1989. She has worked with the community most recently as a member of the Junaluska Heritage Association and as co-editor of Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community (McFarland, 2020). She has called Blowing Rock her home since 1978.
Roberta Jackson is Facilitator for the Junaluska Heritage Association, a community-based organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage and assisting in community growth. She is a life-long resident of the community and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She worked in the Physical Plant Department at ASU for 30 years. Jackson is Secretary of the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church and serves as a member of the Watauga County Library Board, the Appalachian Regional Library Board, and the Digital Watauga Board.
About the Book: In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America's "forgotten tribe" of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider's perspective on the region.
About the Author: Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and is the co-owner of Passel, a historical consulting and development company. She lives in Staunton, VA.
Each year, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum presents a Summer Lecture & Luncheon, focused on a topic of interest for our members and friends. The 2021 Summer Lecture and Luncheon features well-known speaker, magazine editor, and flower arrangement specialist, Margot Shaw.
Luncheon: 11:00 am • $80 per ticket
Flower Arranging Workshop: 1:30 pm • $35 per ticket
Location: Blowing Rock Country Club
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will present a talk and lunch with Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flower Magazine. Now in its 12th year, the magazine has grown to include features on homes, gardens, entertaining, and lifestyle. Margot is a sought-after speaker at antique & garden shows, museums, botanical gardens, interior design centers, and more. She is the author of the newly released book, Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers.
The event will include a lecture and presentation in the Country Club Ballroom, followed by lunch.
Lecture and luncheon tickets cost $80 and are non-refundable ($40 of this ticket price is tax-deductible).
Reservations must be purchased in advance directly through BRAHM. You may register online by scrolling down on this page, or over the phone by calling 828-295-9099; ext. 3011.
Books are available for pre-order through this webpage and will be available for purchase at the event. If you plan to purchase a book, reserve your copy now! Shaw will be signing books just before the lecture and immediately following lunch.
Flower Arranging Demonstration with Meg Laughon
Following the luncheon, Floral Designer Meg Laughon will offer a flower arranging demonstration for up to 60 participants.
Pre-registration is required (in addition to the luncheon cost) and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshop cost is $35 and non-refundable ($15 of the workshop cost is tax-deductible).
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Meg Laughon has been a floral designer practically her entire life and professionally since 1982 for weddings, parties and events extraordinaire. She has demonstrated and taught many seasonal workshops throughout Virginia at Garden Club of Virginia member clubs and church flower guilds. Her fresh, unique designs reflect a passion for each season’s shapes, colors and textures, highlighting nature’s palette from roadsides, fields, gardens and forests. Meg’s enthusiasm and luxurious display of flowers, whether extravagant, sophisticated or simplistic will delight and inspire you to create your own design