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Alta Vista impressionists at BRAHM in August

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 8, 2013
Alta Vista impressionists at BRAHM in August

‘Gold Upon the Trees’ from Alta Vista Gallery is one of many impressionist paintings on display at BRAHM.

During the month of August, High Country impressionist painters will be featured at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, courtesy of Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis.

“Since BRAHM has an ongoing exhibit of American impressionist painters, I thought it would be a fitting enhancement to their show to feature some High Country impressionists,” said Alta Vista Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde.

“Alta Vista shows over 100 artists, and many of them are impressionist painters, so it was easy for me to select some excellent examples of High Country impressionist oils to bring to Blowing Rock to hang in the BRAHM Community Room upstairs for the month of August.”

Artists to be shown include Joan Sporn, Sheila Wood Hancock, Amos Westmoreland, Jean Pollock and Bennette Rowan.

“These five painters are regionally acclaimed and have studied impressionist painting for many years, and the quality of their work reflects this,” Hyde said. “Their work fits in well with the BRAHM exhibit of impressionists.”

BRAHM’s exhibit will once again be shown after the museum’s annual Art and Antiques Show ends Aug. 4.

Subjects for Alta Vista Gallery’s show at BRAHM include local landscapes, such as streams, lakes, mountains and cows grazing in valleys.

“These painters also happen to be the five top sellers at Alta Vista Gallery, so I also invited each one to have a solo show here at Alta Vista,” Hyde said. “The BRAHM show will be a preview before seeing the larger body of work at Alta Vista Gallery.”

The Rowan show at Alta Vista, “Becoming One with Nature,” is hanging now through mid-August and features subjects, such as deer eating from an apple tree, fox kits playing, a “Tree of Life” with horses, a covered bridge over a river, a buffalo skull, a woman in her flower garden, summer flowers, bears, a wolf and a horseback rider admiring a mountain view. Canvas sizes in this show range from six by six inches to 30 by 40 inches.

The Hancock show, “A Tale of Two Styles,” will hang from mid-August through mid-September. Hancock will be showing 20 new oils, as she unveils her new palette knife paintings in a style very different from the impressionist landscapes that she is known for. The new style features figures in the foreground of mountain scenes, such as Biltmore House. The show will also feature works in her customary style: atmospheric, soft impressionist oils, featuring mountain streams and views, farms, red barns and deer or cows grazing. The new oils range in sizes from three by five inches to 24 by 30 inches.

The Pollock show will hang from mid-September through mid-October. The Westmoreland show will hang from mid-October through mid-November.

“Meet the Artist” opening receptions are held at Alta Vista Gallery on every Fourth Saturday, June through October. Refreshments are served at the receptions and include tastes from Shelton Vineyards.

These monthly events are part of the Greater Avery Tour de Art. Map brochures for the tour are available at Alta Vista Gallery and at the 12 other stops on the tour.

BRAHM is located at 159 Chestnut St., just off the Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, or call Alta Vista Gallery at (828) 963-5247.

Alta Vista Gallery shows more than 100 artists in oils, watercolors, pastels and prints, as well as stained glass, fused glass, jewelry, art tiles and Mangum pottery.

The gallery is located in a National Register of Historic Places farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. For more information, visit or

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‘Gold Upon the Trees’ from Alta Vista Gallery is one of many impressionist paintings on display at BRAHM.

‘Valley View’ from Alta Vista Gallery is on display at BRAHM.

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