Blowing Rock, NC – The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) seeks professional and amateur painters to participate in the area’s first Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival (outdoor painting festival), the concluding event for BRAHM’s 2018 Community Week. Painting “en plein air” is the act of painting on site, in the out-of-doors. The festival invites painters of all levels to come experience the High Country’s breathtaking views, set up their easels, and paint “en plein air” on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. Artists must register for the event and are encouraged to register in advance.

Organizer and Blowing Rock resident Cara Hayes comments on the beauty of plein air work: “With paintings done out of doors, the artist has to paint quickly and spontaneously, working to capture the effects of light. There is a balance of art against nature with its distractions of rain, wind, insects, and changing light.”

The two-day festival will include a registered artists’ reception on Friday, July 13th at 6:00 pm at BRAHM and a public exhibition and “Wet Paint Show & Sale” on Saturday, July 14th from 5-6:30 pm at the museum. The “Wet Paint Show & Sale” will celebrate work completed during the festival with Artists’ and People’s Choice Awards with prizes totaling over $1000. Featured plein air artists Kim Abernethy, Kevin Beck, Joe Miller, Dwight Rose, and Jeremy Sams invite you to watch them paint at select locations in Blowing Rock.

“I’m excited to be part of this inaugural outdoor painting event in Blowing Rock. The town and the surrounding area offers a truly ideal setting for painters to capture the breathtaking landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” – Jasmin McFayden, BRAHM Special Events Coordinator

To learn more and register, visit our website at or call (828) 295-9099.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, NC, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (May – November). The Museum is closed on Monday. For more information, please call (828) 295 – 9099 or visit

2018-06-06T16:40:09+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Artist Opportunities, Call for Artists|0 Comments