This Saturday, Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis is hosting its Annual Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We want to say thank you to the customers who’ve helped the gallery become 26 years old―and also meet some new folks,” says gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde.
“Interestingly, our open house falls on the same day as Small Business Saturday, which celebrates the local shops that offer unique items that you can’t find at the ‘Big Box’ stores―the kind of shops where you’re greeted by the owner, who often knows your name… and Alta Vista Gallery embodies all of this,” says Hyde.
The public is invited to this free event, to enjoy the gallery’s Christmas décor, hot cider or wine, and a variety of goodies, such as homemade sausage balls and Christmas cookies. Some of the gallery’s artists will be on hand, and there will be paintings shown by over 100 artists, including a special showing of paintings small enough to give as gifts.
Other gift ideas include: Mangum Pottery; local handmade jewelry by Alice Vines; Motawi Fine Art Tiles; local stained glass by Julie Neal; small sculptures by Alex Hallmark of Blowing Rock; art prints, puzzles, and Christmas Cards by Will Moses, heir to Grandma Moses.
Alta Vista Gallery is located minutes from Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk, in a National Register historic farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road, Historic Valle Crucis―between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex. (For GPS, use Banner Elk zip code, 28604.)
Alta Vista Gallery shows more than 100 artists in various mediums, including oil, watercolor, pastels, prints, stained glass, art tiles, and Mangum Pottery. Saturday’s event is part of the “Tour d’Art,” which is held every fourth Saturday from June through November. Brochure maps for the tour are at Alta Vista Gallery and at the other stops on the tour.
For a map and directions to the gallery, and to see some of the art, visit www.AltaVistaGallery.com. To see more of the art, visit the gallery’s page on Facebook. For more info, call the gallery at (828) 963-5247.