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Article Published: Feb. 9, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 16, 2012
Alta Vista Valentines

Gallery hours are currently 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Lost your heart for Valentine’s Day this year? Maybe a gift that is unique and handmade will bring some cheer, or maybe even a gift for yourself or for your loved ones.

Either way, Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is full of ideas.

“No matter what your budget is, Alta Vista has gifts to help you show your friends and loved ones that you care,” gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said.

Among the gallery’s options are hand-wrought jewelry, pottery and stained glass, as well as paintings small and large, the smaller items affordably priced and the larger available on layaway, Santomasso-Hyde said.

Of the silver jewelry crafted by Patti Brown, Santomasso-Hyde said, one particular necklace simply cries out to be a Valentine’s Day gift: hand-wrought silver heart pendants filled in with gemstones, for around $40. Brown also creates cross necklaces with gemstones for about $50.

“Finding great gifts to give to men is difficult, but we even have ideas for that, because men love kaleidoscopes, as well as the hand-turned wooden bowls by Boone craftsman Mike Flanigan, who works with local woods,” Santomasso-Hyde said.

Gallery hours are currently 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. However, Santomasso-Hyde said she’s happy to open the gallery any other days, or evenings, to accommodate customers’ schedules.

Alta Vista Gallery is located 15 minutes from Boone at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex.

For more information, call the gallery at (828) 963-5247 or e-mail via the website,

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.

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