Different Strokes

Article Published: Jun. 16, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Different Strokes

'Down By the Pond' by Sheila Wood Hancock is on display at Alta Vista Gallery.

Alta Vista Gallery in historic Valle Crucis will be hosting a unique artists reception on Saturday, June 25, "Different Strokes: 10 Artists, Same Scene."

The opening reception will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and refreshments will be provided.

"This show will be fascinating," gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said. "We asked 10 artists to paint the same scene, from a photo we provided, which includes water, mountains, fall colors.

"Each one of us perceives things differently, and every artist paints what they see in a different way.

That is the great fun of this show, seeing how different each painting is, although each artist was looking at the same photo as they painted. The painters took 'artistic license' and made changes to the composition. Also, there are different mediums represented, so that makes the paintings very different also. When you look at this group of paintings, you might never realize that they are representing the same scene. It really is fun to see them all together."

The paintings range in size from a 3 by 5-inch watercolor to a 24 x 30-inch oil. The participating artists are Joan Sporn, Sheila Hancock, Jean Baird, Tonya Bottomley, Bennette Rowan, John Anderson, Bob Francisco, Brennen McElhaney, Jean Pollock and Maria Santomasso-Hyde.

Most of the artists will be at the reception to share about their own versions of the scene.

This show is part of the monthly Tour de Art, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, June through November. Tour maps are available at Alta Vista Gallery and at each of the 11 participating galleries.

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

The gallery is located in a National Register of Historic Properties farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and the Mast Store Annex. View a map and directions at http://www.altavistagallery.com or call the gallery at (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 (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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