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'30 Shades of Sporn'

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 20, 2013
'30 Shades of Sporn'

'Falling Leaves' by Joan Sporn

Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is showing 30 new paintings by Linville artist Joan Sporn in a new show, titled “30 Shades of Sporn.”

The show is hanging now and will be displayed until mid-July. The artist will be at the gallery’s reception June 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on June 23, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Joan Sporn is one of the bestselling painters in the High Country, and, perhaps, one reason for that is she does, indeed, have at least 30 shades to her art,” gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said.
“She has created 30 new paintings that reflect not only a huge array of colors, but also diversity in media and subjects. Sporn is a painter whose art is constantly evolving, so it’s always fun to see what she comes up with next. As one example, this year, she has added wax to her oils. She has also created some collages that she has painted on, as well.”

The show also features Sporn’s impressionist landscapes of High Country scenes that buyers have come to love, such as Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bass Lake, trout streams, local barns and country cottages, plus new subjects, such as cyclists and florals.

“Sporn’s oil paintings have always energized customers, largely because of her bold color palette and defiant brushstrokes and textures, including palette-knife paintings,” Hyde said. “All 30 of her new paintings are like her personality: strong, energetic, lively and colorful.”

The June 22 artist reception is part of the Tour de Art gallery crawl, which is held on every fourth Saturday from June through October. Maps for this tour are available at Alta Vista Gallery and at the other 12 sites on the tour.

The gallery is located at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex. The two-story gallery is located in a National Register of Historic Places farmhouse and is also showing new works by about 100 other artists in watercolors, oils, pastels and limited-edition prints, as well as stained glass, handmade jewelry, art tiles and Mangum pottery.

For more information, including a map and directions, visit, call (828) 963-5247, or visit the gallery’s page on Facebook.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

'Falling Leaves' by Joan Sporn

'Path by Bass Lake' by Joan Sporn

'Summer Cabins' by Joan Sporn

'Vertical Stream' by Joan Sporn

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