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Here you see an artist rendering of The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. In the previous post, I showed you my renderings for Edgewood Cottage’s landscape ideas. The museum is to be built just behind Edgewood Cottage. I am hoping that Edgewood Cottage will receive a grant from the Fiskars company. You can read the entire story about how I became involved with Ineke and Lowell Thomas who are part of the Edgewood Cottage preservation efforts—– here.
While on a day trip to Blowing Rock in the mountains of North Carolina, I noticed that the hydrangeas were looking especially photogenic. I knew it wasn’t a chance display of blooms but rather a master pruning effort. I wanted to get to the bottom of all this work. This led me to Ineke and Lowell Thomas who are the most delightful couple I’ve ever met. The Fiskars company gave Lowell and Ineke an assortment of pruners and loppers to aid the many volunteers who take part in caring for the hydrangeas.
After delivering the gift from Fiskars, the three of us sat and chatted for awhile. I knew that Fiskars had a grant program called Project Orange Thumb. I dug a little deeper and discovered more community results from this energetic group of volunteers. The Blowing Rock Gardening Club and The Blowing Rock Historical Society have completely renovated the first studio of Elliott Daingerfield.
I thought this cottage sounded like the perfect fit for the grant guidelines. It is a community effort and will be maintained by the community. It is open for everyone and will have ongoing efforts to attract visitors. It’s a great match for the grant qualifications. Now let’s hope they get it.
Elliott lived from 1859 to 1932. His impact on Blowing Rock is still being celebrated today. He became a famous painter with many of his pieces in galleries all over the world. Elliott used the Appalachian mountains as inspiration in several of his works. You can see his art at the BRAHM site. Edgewood Cottage has been restored to it’s original state in every way possible. The exterior siding was removed board by board and reversed to expose the more original look. The boards were individually planed and reassembled. You can read about about my visit with Lowell and Ineke and their part in Edgewood Cottage here.
I indicated that a museum was to be built just behind Edgewood Cottage. I think it is beautiful don’t you? It is a destination for everyone who would like to know and experience what Southern Appalachia life is all about from yesteryear to today. The BRAHM as the museum is called will house many of the art pieces by Elliott Daingerfield.
The BRAHM is approximately 21,000 square feet of display area. The building itself will contain five (5) main galleries; a large multi-purpose community meeting room; a conference room; 2,500 square feet of educational and workshop space; a library; an historic objects gallery; an orientation theater; administrative offices; reception areas; storage space for art and historical objects; a gift shop; and an adjacent outdoor sculpture garden.
I hope you continue to follow my story on Edgewood Cottage and The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. The deadline for turning in the grant for Edgewood Cottage’s Project Orange Thumb is the middle of February. I have lots of time to take your suggestions in to consideration for the landscaping plans for the cottage. Once I am done, I’ll present these suggestions to The Blowing Rock Gardening Club. My renderings are simply a guide to help them with the grant and in return enjoy the beauty they create. I visit Blowing Rock as often as our schedule allows. I hope you’ll visit too.
More about The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and their mission statement.