Writers from North Carolina and its border states — Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia — are invited to enter their work in four categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash. All winners and honorable mentions will be published in Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit in the spring. The contest is open September 1 – December 1. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2022 and the journal will be published on May 1, 2022.
The contest is open from September 1 – December 1, to writers currently or previously residing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
TheGifted Arts' REACH event is uniquely designed to support school aged youth in successfully navigating their school trajectory. Attendees will receive the foundational tools to get them ‘school ready,’ while also having an engaging arts experience.
Youth will walk away feeling ready to re-enter in-person school learning environments, explore their social emotional health, build new relationships and explore the performing arts.
Summary: Attendees will receive tools that will help them to be successful this school year and participate in two energetic dance classes.
Join us for the (End of) Summer Shindig, our summertime, signature fundraiser at the Greenville Museum of Art (GMoA) on Thursday, September 9th, 6-9pm!
Attendees can expect dynamic live music by Greenville's own, The Still Shakers, great local food provided by Moore's Old Thyme Barbeque, open bar, lawn games, silent auction and raffle items, and general summer-themed merriment! The funds raised for this event support the GMoA, helping us keep admission to the Museum FREE and supporting our educational outreach, exhibitions, and programs. Check-in at the registration tables before entering located at the front and back of the parking lot. Guest parking is available along 8th St., 9th St., Washington St., Dickinson Ave., and Five Points Plaza as this outdoor event will be located in our parking lot and courtyard.
PURCHASE TICKETS: https://e.givesmart.com/events/mUx/
(The website will be continuously updated as event details are solidified).
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.
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
The Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival is a four-day plein air painting event. It takes place in the beautiful mountainous area surrounding the town of Blowing Rock in western North Carolina. Its aim is to bring painters together from around the world to paint outside in the fresh air while getting to know each other and sharing their work. The event prompts applicants to explore the unique Blowing Rock architecture, spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, and overall Appalachian feel of one of the most scenic areas in the country.
After four days of painting "en plein air," painters are invited to display their completed works at the "Wet Paint" Art Show & Sale on Saturday afternoon, August 21st. Collectors and the public are invited to attend this impressive display of Plein Air paintings to both view and purchase the unique works that highlight the incredible beauty of the High Country.
All submitted art to the art show will be entered into a judged plein air painting competition. Awards will be given in two categories, Registered and Emerging Artists.
Visit BlowingRock.com for more information. This is a busy tourism season, so book lodging early.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 3:00 PM – Saturday, August 21, 2021, 4:00 PM
Curious about jewelry making? This is a great introduction to jewelry making and no experience is necessary. Learn to stamp on copper to create a lovely cohesive pattern in your jewelry designs. In this class we will make a pendant, earrings and a bracelet with a stamped pattern or a word or short phrase that is meaningful to you. Learn to make wire wrap beads to connect your bracelet links and to add beads to your pendant. All materials and use of tools included.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited seating available. An 80% refund will be issued if the participant cancels three weeks prior to the event. For cancellations made less than three weeks prior to the event, BRAHM will issue a refund IF the museum is able to fill the vacated spot.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Ilene Kay’s jewelry is created from Argentium Silver, Gold, heat colored Titanium and Copper using traditional fabrication metalsmithing techniques. She is inspired by the natural world and each piece of my work has a unique story to tell.
“I deliberately arrange elements that appeal to the senses and emotions of the person who finally wears my jewelry. To a casual observer, my work would immediately convey a naturalistic nuance with an Asian infusion. My work has a Zen-like love of the natural world that makes me mindful of the beauty of the elements that surround us.
The creation of the story for each piece begins with my sketches of landscapes, trees, flowers, and water. Throughout the course of the day I often stop to sketch, or pick up a stone, a piece of bark just as I did as a young child when I would bring these treasures home. Now as an adult, when I start to design - I’ll look to these “treasures” for inspiration and try to convey the childlike awe and the beauty I see in them to others. I strive to remain open to the creative process and allow time for the design to develop. Often my sketches sit unused for many weeks until I am ready to develop them into working drawings.
I saw, texture, hammer, and form the metal with hand tools to create my Art Jewelry. The directness of forging metal in this manner makes each piece of my jewelry unique and my final creation becomes a piece of art. At this point the piece of jewelry’s story will become a part of the one’s life who will ultimately wear it. I have been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2019. I am also a life member of the Argentium Guild and all of my jewelry is hallmarked with the winged unicorn, a hallmark of quality and excellence. I have recently become a part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trails and am thrilled to have my work be a part of this organization.”
This workshop has limited tickets to ensure social distancing. Everyone will have their own table to work at, with plenty of space in between. People who share the same house may work at the same table. Masks are required.