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Alta Vista turns 21

Article Published: Oct. 20, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 27, 2011
Alta Vista turns 21

‘Moon with Road’ by Tonya Bottomley at Alta Vista Gallery.

Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is celebrating its 21st anniversary with an artist reception Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists have brought new work for the theme of “Autumn in the High Country.” Gallery owner Maria Santomasso Hyde asked artists to paint something that “says autumn” to them, and the results are varied.

Bennette Rowan, known for her loose, gestural brushwork, painted three small oils: A sunlit woman on horseback, an autumn field of hay-rolls, and a patch of pumpkins. Dean White focused on the white sycamore bark beside the Watauga River. Joan Sporn painted several landscapes filled with brilliantly colored trees. Tonya Bottomley’s abstract has bluish trees against an orange field. Sheila Hancock created new oils that depict the High Country in grey-greens, soft golds and russet reds.

“We have so many talented artists, working in many styles, and as we celebrate 21 years as an art gallery, I give a huge ‘thank you’ to all of my artists and customers,” Hyde said. “I’m so thankful to have been in business for 21 years.”

The reception is free and open to the public. Local artists will be on hand, and refreshments will be served, including “anniversary cake” or pumpkin bread and tastes from Shelton Vineyards.

“Autumn leaf color is one of the things people love most about the mountains, and now the brisk excitement and vibrant colors of autumn are also inside of Alta Vista Gallery,” said Hyde, adding that the show will hang through Nov. 16. “The new paintings in this show range from a very small oil by Hancock, featuring a white farmhouse with a red tree to a large oil by Sporn, featuring a golden forest. We’ll have all of the exciting colors of autumn on our walls – the many shades of reds and golds.”

The Oct. 22 opening reception is a part of the monthly Avery Tour de Art, which showcases 14 galleries and studios. Maps of the tour are available at each gallery. Receptions are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, June through November.

Alta Vista’s Nov. 26 reception will be the annual Christmas event and will focus on items that could fittingly serve as gifts.

Alta Vista Gallery shows more than 100 artists in various mediums, including oil, pastel, watercolor, jewelry, fused glass, stained glass and Mangum pottery.

Alta Vista is located in a National Register of Historic Places farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. For a map and directions, visit or call (828) 963-5247.

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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