OUT AND ABOUT: Blowing Rock, N.C. celebrates state legends with new exhibit
Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:54
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will honor three legendary North Carolina artists and artisans with an exhibit that runs from August through November. “North Carolina Treasures: Bob Timberlake, Glenn Bolick & Max Woody” runs through November.
Lexington native Bob Timberlake, who turns 75 this year, is North Carolina’s most recognized and successful living artist. After receiving encouragement from the legendary American artist Andrew Wyeth, Timberlake devoted himself to painting in 1969. Since his first exhibition in Winston-Salem in 1970, he has been featured in galleries in Raleigh, New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Tokyo. The Timberlake exhibit will feature a selection of his original works along with memorabilia and personal items that illustrate his interests.The multi-talented Glenn Bolick is a walking monument to traditional mountain arts. He is an accomplished old-time musician, storyteller and potter. His wife Lula is the daughter of legendary master potter M.L. Owen, who also taught Glenn how to work clay. On his family farm in Lenoir, he and Lula built their own kiln and sawmill, along with a stage for weekly jam sessions. North Carolina Treasures will display pieces of Bolick pottery as well as some of his musical instruments.
Known as “The Chair Man,” McDowell County’s Max Woody has been making chairs for more than 60 years. The Woody family has been known for generations for their quality handmade products, and Max continues that tradition with his fine rocking chairs, sold nationally and beyond. BRAHM has a set of Max Woody chairs on its own porch, and the exhibit will also include other examples of Woody’s work, along with traditional tools used in woodworking and other items from the artisan’s long career.
For more information on the exhibition and BRAHM, call 828.295.9099 or visit blowingrockmuseum.org.