Craig McPhail, Athletic Director at Lees-McRae College, updated members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk about the college's athletic programs. Sharing personal stories, McPhail talked of both the emotional and academic growth of student athletes, who now comprise 40% of the student body. A GPA of over 3.1 is a source of pride for LMC. Kiwanis meets over the lunch hour on the campus of Lees-McRae College.
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
Read more about the event on the High Country Press
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.
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