Mountains, meadows and cows at Alta Vista

Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 29, 2012
Mountains, meadows and cows at Alta Vista

‘Cows in the Lake’ by Sheila Wood Hancock

On the Yellow Brick Road to Oz, a traveler might chant, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”

But at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, the chant is “Mountains and meadows and cows, oh my!” because local artist Sheila Wood Hancock has a new body of work featuring High Country scenes, complete with lots of local cows.

The public is invited to Alta Vista Gallery’s opening reception for Hancock on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy 14 new oils and meet Hancock, a nationally collected artist in the traditional impressionist style who enjoys painting the pastoral mountain scenes near her home in Boone – and especially loves to paint the many cows she sees in the High Country.

Hancock’s new works include a variety of sizes, from 5-by-7-inches and up. Reception refreshments include wine from Shelton Vineyards.

“Hancock’s oils are really popular with my customers,” gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said. “People often comment on how the Hancock paintings make them feel peaceful and relaxed. She paints in a soft, ethereal color palette and conveys scenes that we would all love to walk into and explore.”

Alta Vista Gallery shows 100 artists in oils, watercolors, pastels and prints, as well as stained glass, fused glass, handmade 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, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex.

For a map and directions, visit, or call the gallery at (828) 963-5247.
Receptions are held every fourth Saturday, June through November.

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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