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Alta Vista hosts Christmas Open House

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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 25, 2012
Alta Vista hosts Christmas Open House

'Red Birdhouse' by Tonya Bottomley

Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The event is free and open to the public, and it’s a great way to feel the Christmas spirit and to find unique, handmade gifts,” gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said. “Come and enjoy Christmas décor, hot cider, Christmas cookies, homemade sausage balls and other treats, and wines from Shelton Vineyards.

“Also, you can find unique, handmade gifts here, such as Mangum pottery, hand-turned wooden bowls by local craftsman Mike Flanigan, handmade jewelry, fused-glass photo frames by Megg Isaac, art prints, paintings, Craftsman-style art tiles, stained glass and Christmas books and art by Will Moses, heir to Grandma Moses. Also, we can ship gifts for you.”

Alta Vista Gallery artists have created prints and paintings that are small enough to give as gifts to fit anyone’s space, Hyde said, as well as budget.

“One gift that my customers really like,” Hyde said, “is puzzles by internationally acclaimed folk artist Will Moses, and he also has Christmas cards and beautiful art-books, such as ‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night.’

“Another gift that everyone loves is our art-tiles created in the Craftsman period style. These tiles depict various subjects, such as animals, butterflies, mountains, birds. Also, you can hang the tiles indoors or outside, so the gift recipient has options.”

Alta Vista Gallery’s annual Christmas Open House is part of the Avery Tour de Art, which is held on every fourth Saturday, June through November. Maps of the tour are available at Alta Vista and at each of the 14 stops on the tour.

Alta Vista Gallery features more than 100 artists in oils, watercolors and limited-edition prints. The gallery is located in a National Register of Historic Places farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex. For more information, including directions, visit http://www. or, or call (828) 963-5247.

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'Red Birdhouse' by Tonya Bottomley

'Valley Cows' by Sheila Hancock

'Coleus' by Bennette Rowan

Area craftsman Mike Flanigan specializes in hand-turned wooden bowls.
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