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
Plein Air Painting with Scott Boyle 2-Day Workshop
PRICE: $198/BRAHM members; $210/non members
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
This will be a 2-day plein air workshop with well known plein air artist and teacher Scott Boyle, hosted by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in the beautiful Mountains of North Carolina. The workshop will serve as a prelude to the Plein Air Festival held later in the week in quaint downtown Blowing Rock. The focus of Scott’s workshop will be lightening your load and to simplify your painting process. Attendees will learn exercises that can help to improve their fundamentals of drawing, composition, values (light/shadow), and color creating stronger outdoor paintings. This class will be beneficial to beginner and intermediate students.
The class will be a small group learning experience of 8-12 students which will allow Scott to personally help each artist regardless of their skill level. You may need help finding a scene to paint, setting up equipment, drawing, composing, mixing colors, creating softer edges, finding color harmony, or painting faster outside. Scott will work hard to help each student with their individual needs.
This workshop would be most helpful for oil painters, although other mediums are welcome. No plein air experience is necessary.
The class will begin at The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for a short lecture and then we will paint outdoors near the museum.
Participating in this class automatically gains you entry into the 2021 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival as a participating artist. You will check in Wednesday afternoon at BRAHM if you wish to participate. More information at www.BlowingRockPleinAir.org
Monday, August 16th, 2021 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM *meet at BRAHM Education Center
Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
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:
Born a dreamer, Scott Boyle has always been fascinated by the view outside and the world of possibilities. At an early age Scott was noticed to have unusual drawing abilities. Growing up in Indiana, his parents furnished him art lessons, receiving weekly instruction for 10 years with well-known Brown County artists. While art would seem to be the logical path for Scott, he always had one eye on the sky with an interest in airplanes. At the age of 17 he took his first flying lesson to check out the view from above. Totally captured by that experience, he switched paths to become an airline pilot. Though after moving to North Carolina in the 1990’s Scott began painting again. One of the greatest renaissances to his art has been the discovery of painting outdoors, known today as plein air painting. For many years now Scott has been an influence in North Carolina for promoting plein air painting among artists, organizing events and teaching workshops.
Today Scott’s focus is to share the incredible beauty he discovers while exploring the Southern Appalachians with small plein air pieces and larger studio works.
Scott, and his wife Esther, live in rural Gaston County of North Carolina.
I consider myself a visual explorer of the effects of light upon our world. There is no better way of doing this than for an artist to take his or her paints outdoors to study these fleeting effects of light upon the landscape. This approach to study nature has kept me captivated for years and I am not sure I will ever get over it. This is the energy and inspiration that I transfer to my larger studio paintings. I would call myself a realist and impressionist. I want to create a painting that captures the essence of the scene with the feeling of that day with its weather, light, and mood, with a particular focus on North Carolina and its mountains.
Monday, August 16 – Tuesday, August 17, 2021
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Join members of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre as they discuss their latest dance film '3 x 13.' Created by award-winning Director Eimi Imanishi and Choreographer Samar Haddad King, 3 x 13 explores the singularity of the individual and the universality of the human experience.
Black History Trilogy I - John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice
FRI, FEB 5, 2021
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series of outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.
Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM.
Alton Fitzgerald White, a gifted actor who starred in Broadway’s hit show Ragtime and performed over 4,000 times as Mufasa, “king of the jungle,” in Disney’s production of The Lion King, will bring to life the legacy of American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, who passed away last summer and coined the popular phrase “good trouble” in one of his most resilient speeches. Following his reading of the speech, White will discuss why Lewis’ words and mission are still relevant today and participate in a short question and answer session with the virtual audience.
Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Islan
Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Island
WED, DEC 2, 7 PM EST
Streaming Live on Facebook and Zoom
Moderated by Tecumseh Ceaser, Matinecock Turkey Clan, Native American artists of Queens and Long Island will discuss and showcase their contemporary art in a panel discussion. Often when people think of Native art they focus on historic pieces or artifacts from the West, however modern, traditional, folk art and handicrafts are still created in NY by dynamic Native artists. Join our virtual artist panel to learn from these artists and explore the range of their art and what it means to be Native artist in the 21st century.
Artist Panelist include: Tecumseh Ceaser (Matinecock) Wampum Carver; Denise Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock) Painter /Teacher; Lydia Chavez (Unkechaug) Wampum designer; Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) Photo and digital artist; Tohannash Tarrant (Shinneock) Beader (from left to right on the banner image)
Explore their websites in advance of the discussion and support local artists: