A model of famed North Carolina artist Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932) was approved by the Blowing Rock Town Council on February 14, 2017. Representatives from the Blowing Rock Historical Society will unveil and present Elliott Daingerfield en Plein Air sculpted by renowned artist Brenda Mauney Councill, at a formal dedication ceremony on September 9, at 5pm at Edgewood Cottage.
“ The historical society is very excited about this – the statue will add interest and help to explain the significance of Edgewood Cottage. ” states Rita White, President of BRHS. This public art project will relate and continue the important narrative so significant to Blowing Rock and Edgewood Cottage, the restored landmark studio of Daingerfield, located on Main Street.
Edgewood Cottage, Daingerfield’s first studio and home, will gain a significant public art centerpiece: a life size bronze of the artist, who traveled between Blowing Rock and New York until his death in 1932. Plein air (French for painting outside) classes were conducted by Mr. Daingerfield beginning in 1886 at Edgewood Cottage. His fortunate summer students and residents must have marveled at his presence and class attendance was high as noted by the photo archives and collections on view at the Blowing Rock Historical Society.