April 1, 2015

New Exhibit at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

"Floating Sculpture" a new exhibition, opens this weekend at BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut Street -corner of Chestnut and Main - in Blowing Rock NC.  The ducks have arrived bringing treasures from the coast to the mountains.  

This prestigious collection of duck decoys explores the careful craftsmanship involved in creating these beautiful sculptures, allowing them to stand alone as highly appreciated works of art. Bruce Barclay Cameron was a collector, sportsman, and philanthropist, and by the 1970s, Cameron was collecting duck decoys from all across the country.  He learned all about the careful craft involved in making one of these sculptures, from the nuances of the paint quality and form to the spirit of the bird itself. 

Within just a few decades, Cameron had amassed a grand collection of over three-hundred decoy sculptures, sixty-one of which are on display at BRAHM this summer. Artistans included are A. Elmer Crowell from Cape Cod, MA; Joseph Lincoln from Accord, MA; Hucks Caines from Georgetown, SC; the Ward Brothers, Lemuel and Stephen, from Crisfield, MD; Mitchell Fulcher of Stacy, NC; and Ned Burgess of Duck, NC. 

Moonlight Film’s Spirit of the Bird, directed by James Spione, will be playing on loop in the gallery.  The film explores how this uniquely American folk tradition has evolved over the centuries. The exhibition is organized by  the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. 

A reception for this exhibition along with "1923: The Blowing Rock Fire" will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 - 7 PM. Museum members as well as the general public are invited to attend.

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