You're invited to meet Impressionist palette-knife painter Amos Westmoreland on Saturday, Sept. 24. Hear his story at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis at the opening reception for his new show, “All Nature Sings” -- hanging now through Oct. 13. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Bring friends!
Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde says, “Westmoreland’s new paintings really do seem to sing! His strong use of color, layered with the palette knife, brings joy to the viewers -- which is why he’s one of the bestselling painters in my gallery.”
Westmoreland says he enjoys being a Colorist painter, “because I like to paint landscape scenes that have mountains, which can anchor a painting with an added color that you normally would not use. It’s rare that you actually see a purple mountain through atmosphere, but as artists, we have that creative luxury to paint them any color that works in a painting. I prefer to paint very loose landscapes, and the palette knife helps in that process. Over the past several years, the palette knife has become my ‘weapon’ of choice when applying paint to canvas. It keeps me from focusing on details too quickly. Also, the biggest advantage is the distinct application of thick texture and powerful color.”
Featuring 22 new oils, all painted entirely with the palette knife, the show includes a variety of subjects, such as autumn trees, pastoral valleys, light-dappled forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and sheep. The show offers a variety of canvas sizes, ranging from 30 by 40 inches, down to six by six inches, small enough to sit on a tabletop easel or inside bookshelves.
View images of Westmoreland's work at www.altavistagallery.com and on the gallery's page on Facebook. Alta Vista Gallery shows over 100 artists in all media, specializing in landscapes. Also: Sculptures, art tiles, and Mangum Pottery. For info, call the gallery at (828) 963-5247.
A celebrated conservationist and naturalist, John Muir (pictured circa 1902) visited Grandfather Mountain on Sept. 25, 1898. The mountain will celebrate his legacy with John Muir Day on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Renowned conservationist and naturalist John Muir once described Grandfather Mountain as “the face of all Heaven come to Earth.” Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, celebrated Grandfather’s natural splendor during his Sept. 25, 1898, visit. Now, Grandfather Mountain is returning the favor. John Muir Day will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, offering free admission to Sierra Club members.
Mary Sue Street, Eagles Nest, (left) and JoAnn McMurray, Banner Elk Chamber, joined forces to host the September 14 After-hours Social. The North Pavilion at The Lodges at Eagles Nest was filled with food, beverages and fellowship. Local businesses reported a good summer and upcoming fall events were highlighted.
Photos by Jim Swinkola
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Children’s Concert at the Historic Banner Elk School
Saturday, September 17
A special performance of "Celt-alachian" Music geared towards children but thoroughly enjoyable for all ages!. Local band Thistle Dew delights in sharing the musical heritage of our area with the next generation. After the Concert, stay for a performance by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). This event is free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated and minimum $5 suggested donations receive free Museum admission. This event is co-sponsored by the Banner Elk Book Exchange.
The 18th annual Mountain to Coast ride is scheduled for a Banner Elk to Atlantic Beach route, from October 1 to October 8, 2016. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.
Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on October 1st at the Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk, and will end at the Atlantic Beach Circle on October 8th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Wilkesboro, Lexington, Burlington, Sanford, Clinton and Jacksonville.
The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 18 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited nearly 700 North Carolina communities.
Registration brochures are available and online registration is open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.
Kim Tufts at the Labor Day Art on the Green
"The Art On the Greene events are sponsored by the Town of Banner Elk each year on the three holiday weekends of summer: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day," Tufts noted. " The fees paid by the artists for this master crafts event go toward the revitalization of the Historic Banner Elk School. The events are designed to embrace the hand-crafting traditions of our Appalachian region with work across a wide spectrum of mediums including: wood, metal, stone, clay, glass, and fibers. This year even the food was honored as an art with the addition of several fine food trucks from the Asheville area."
photos of Labor Day Art on the Green by Jim Swinkola
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