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Article Published: Dec. 8, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 8, 2011
Wholly Moses

'Christmas Eve Service' by Will Moses



Will Moses, great-grandson of legendary folk artist Grandma Moses, has created a new piece for Christmas this year, titled “Christmas Eve Service,” which is available exclusively at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis.

Like his famous great-grandmother, Moses is a folk artist whose work has captured the hearts of collectors worldwide.

“What I try to do,” Moses said, “is to capture the beauty, harmony, color and humor of everyday working people and portray them in my version of reality.

“The ‘Christmas Eve Service’ piece depicts a village on a snowy night with a full moon, and the service has just finished up. Heading home with thoughts of a warm bed and visions of sugar plums dancing about in your head, you spy from the corner of your eye, jolly old St. Nick, as he skirts over the tree tops. A night to remember.”

Like most of Moses’ art, there is a lot of activity, and the viewer can’t see everything in a glance.
Alta Vista Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde said, “My customers who collect Moses’ art tell me that they may have had theirs on the wall for years, and then suddenly see something in their art that they had never seen before. It brings them a lot of joy. That’s why Moses is internationally acclaimed and why my gallery has represented him for 21 years.”

Moses said that he “tries to tell stories … often about living in the country, back in an era typified by a more casual pace of life …. My paintings have so much detail, so it takes quite a while to paint them.”

“Christmas Eve Service” is a limited edition print and is $128 unframed, or $199 framed, exclusively at Alta Vista Gallery, which also sells Moses’ other art in a variety of subjects, as well as Moses’ puzzles, Christmas cards and several books, such as “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and “Silent Night,” which Moses wrote for his daughter.

Alta Vista Gallery, which features more than 100 artists, in oils, watercolors and prints, is located in a National Register of Historic Properties farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex. For more information, visit http://www.altavistagallery.com or call (828) 963-5247.


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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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