'Red Barns, Red Roofs' at Alta Vista Gallery

Article Published: Aug. 25, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2011
'Red Barns, Red Roofs' at Alta Vista Gallery

You'll be seeing red if you visit the Alta Vista Gallery this Saturday.

"I believe every painting needs a bit of red," oil painter Sheila Wood Hancock said.

Red will indeed be in every painting at her new show, "Red Barns, Red Roofs: High Country vs. French Country," at Alta Vista Gallery in the Valle Crucis community.

Hancock will be at the gallery for the show's opening reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

"This show will compare the geography and the architecture of our own High Country to that of the French countryside," said gallery-owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde. "Hancock has created 14 new landscapes for this show. We'll see French maisons with red roofs, and we'll see local red barns with quilt patterns on them. Viewing these oils by Hancock takes us on a journey - around the world and around the block - since Hancock truly captures the feeling of a place, whether it's cows grazing in Boone, or a blue paddleboat in Provence. One similarity is that both places seem to have an atmospheric quality to them."

Hancock, who has been painting since childhood, is a nationally-collected painter in the traditional impressionist style. Although she sometimes studies painting in France, her home in Boone is also a muse.

"One of my greatest passions is our home in Boone, where the air feels so good and the scenery magnificent," Hancock said. "I never get tired of painting our mountains. You just can't beat the vistas in the High Country area. It's just beautiful, and it works perfectly with my color palette."

Hancock's colors are soothing, such as grayed down greens paired with the distant blue mountains - colors reminiscent of Monet and Pissarro. As a former psychologist before becoming a full-time artist, Hancock enjoys the fact that customers says that her paintings make them feel relaxed.

"That bit of red that I include adds warmth to those cool, calming colors," Hancock said. "It gives balance."

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

Alta Vista is located in a National Register Historic farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. For a map and directions, visit http://www.altavistagallery.com or call (828) 963-5247.

The Saturday artist reception is a part of the monthly "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 Gallery offers refreshments and tastes from Shelton Vineyards.

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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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