Alta Vista Christmas Open House on Nov. 28
Alta Vista Gallery invites the High Country to come enjoy its Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees may enjoy refreshments and Christmas decor, while viewing art and crafts from more than 100 artists.
"It's our way of sharing the Christmas Spirit," said gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde. "We'll feature Shelton Vineyards wines and a variety of finger-foods to enjoy, while listening to Christmas music and enjoying the artwork. Also, we're getting 12 new oil paintings to enjoy at the open house, so there will be fresh works to see.
"Alta Vista Gallery is located in a historic farmhouse and represents over 100 artists, so you'll have lots of fun here, looking for Christmas gifts for yourself and others."
Some gift ideas include kaleidoscopes, small paintings or prints from $25, pottery, handmade jewelry, fused-glass platters, votive-holders and photo frames, and art tiles in the Craftsman design.
Alta Vista Gallery is located only 10 minutes from Boone, at 2839 Broadstone
Road in Historic Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex.
For a map and directions, visit http://www.altavistagallery.com. For more information, call the (828) 963-5247.
Fashions of Faith at ArtWalk
Jewelry designer Ashley Cox, from Dallas, Texas, will showcase her unique line of Strictly Faith jewelry and accessories, including embellished purses, wallets and cell phone holders.
Cox, who coined the phrase "Purse Jewelry," has developed a unique three in one jewelry line where the "Purse Jewelry" chain can be used to accessorize one's purse, jeans, or worn as a necklace.
When asked to describe her company, Cox said, "Strictly Faith's 'Fashions of Faith' is a line of custom faith-based embellished purses, wallets jewelry and accessories. They are great testimonial products, to add to your wardrobe, that showcase your faith out in the marketplace."
Her line of purse jewelry designs have been getting rave reviews at various shows in the southwest. According to Cox, "I decided that I wanted to branch out and take my products beyond the boundaries of Texas. Boone has so many creative artists here, and because all of my products are faith-based, I could think of no better place to start."
Carlton Holiday Open House Nov. 27-28
Carlton Gallery begins its 27th Winter Exhibition by hosting a Holiday Open House on Nov. 27 and 28.
Owner and artist Toni Carlton extends an invitation to everyone to come by the seasonally decorated gallery and enjoy hot cider, light refreshments and holiday spirit. The open house is a part of the final Avery Tour de Art for 2009.
The 27th Winter Exhibition has a "Small Works Exhibit," containing original works of art in all mediums, styles and price ranges, including oils by Helen Farson, Bill Farnsworth, Holt McLean, Jossie Nichols, Betsy Bohrer; mixed media by Charlotte Foust, Marion Cloaninger, Brenda Barber and Toni Carlton, along with watercolors by Freeman Beard.
Fall and winter landscape paintings, still life, horses, abstracts, figurative and visionary works by gallery artists Peter Paglen, Kate Worm, Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio, Gina Strumpf, Jane Desonier, Roy Nichols, Vae Hamilton, Warren Dennis, Dina Lowery, Debbie Arnold, Andrew Braitman and Mary Dobbin are also included
A collection of jewelry will be presented, including 14-, 18- and 22-karat gold with semi-precious and precious stones by Mia Katrin; pendants, rings and earrings handcrafted in silver, gemstones and fossils by Don Haywood, Laura Fly, Ursula Shuler and Zoe Nelson.
The exhibition will feature Tana Acton's jewelry line of cuffs and rings in gold and silver wrap wire, as well as Carol Francis Goode handcrafts necklaces in high quality multi-hued gemstones, which reflect her love of the 16th century, Baroque and Art Deco periods.
Channing Ayers offers an assortment of handmade necklaces and earrings in pearls, gemstones and multi-hued beads with silver fastenings.
Handcrafted woven art includes mobius shawls by Nancy Robeson; colorful woven scarves by Carolyn Glazener, Jane Doub and John Gunther, along with felted wool hats by Vasanto and Myra Tannehill.
The 27th Winter Exhibition runs through March 15. The tribute and recognition for artists Joe Barthet, the late Jim Crompton and David McCaig is ongoing through December with paintings (framed and unframed) on exhibit in the studio.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville in the Grandfather community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.
Purser porcelain at Linville Gallery
Tiffany Purser of Geneva Porcelain will demonstrate the techniques of imprinting porcelain at the Linville Gallery at Tynecastle on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The thrill of the event lies in the opportunity for gallery visitors to bring in objects, typically lace, to be pressed into the moist clay and to return in three to four weeks and purchase the finished work. The lace will not be damaged, simply moistened, and no cleaning will be required.
Purser must view and approve the pieces to be imprinted beforehand; embroidery beads, for instance, can't be used. However, many other textures besides lace can be used to impress decorative designs in the porcelain.
"The challenge is to the owner," Purser said, "to find items such as medallions or jewelry to use. I can interpose a layer of Saran wrap between items and the clay."
Some 500 pieces of Tiffany's finished work will also be on display at the gallery on Saturday, the last day of the High Country Tour de Art gallery tour. Her work is oven-, food- and dishwasher-safe and comes mostly in earth tones. It is priced anywhere from $10 to $400, and the soup bowls run around $50.
The Linville Gallery at Tynecastle is located at 4004 N.C. 105, Suite 2 in the Grandfather Center below Lowes Foods. For more information on artist galleries, show schedules or directions, visit http://www.linvillegallery.com.
Artful Giving at Art Cellar
The Art Cellar will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Festive refreshments will be served throughout the day for visitors to enjoy, as they explore the artwork that fills all three floors of the gallery's exhibition space.
Well known for its representation of painters and sculptors from the High Country and across the Southeast, The Art Cellar Gallery also shows a collection of small artworks and objects.
Richly colored blown glass vessels, glass trout that look ready to swim across a desktop, unique coffee mugs, bold serving platters and bowls ideal to serve a celebratory meal are among the gifts available.
This year's open house will feature work in glass by three accomplished glass artists: Ken Carder and the individual and collaborative work of Rick and Valerie Beck.
A sampling of the potters, whose work is being featured, includes Tim Turner, Mark Peters, Lisa Stinson, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish. Artful gifts also include small wood bowls, barbecue skewers, or glass ornaments, and more extravagant works, such as the still life oil paintings of Loren DiBenedetto and the stone sculptures by Jane Jaskevich.
The Art Cellar Gallery will be open Friday, Nov. 27, also. The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184 near the Mill Pond in Banner Elk. For more information or to preview some of the artful gift ideas, visit http://www.artcellaronline.com or call (828) 898-5175.