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Article Published: Dec. 6, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 6, 2012
Wholly Moses

'Christmas Eve Service' by Will Moses

Will Moses, great-grandson of Grandma Moses, has created a Christmas print, 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 sugarplums dancing about in your head, you spy from the corner of your eye jolly old St. Nick, as he skirts over the treetops – 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 22 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 costs $128 unframed or $225 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.

Moses’ Christmas-themed mini-prints are also available for $25 framed.

Alta Vista Gallery, which features more than 100 artists in oils, watercolors and prints, is located in a National Register of Historic Places farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis, between Mast Farm Inn and the Mast Store Annex.

View some of the art and a map for directions at, or call (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 ( or (828) 264-6397.

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