Meet Impressionist Palette-Knife Painter Amos Westmoreland at Alta Vista Gallery Sept. 24

Published Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

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.

Alta Vista Gallery is located only 10 minutes from Boone or Banner Elk, N.C., in a National Register historic farmhouse at 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis — between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex.  For a map and directions, visitwww.altavistagallery.com.

Alta Vista Gallery shows over 100 artists in all media, specializing in mountain landscapes.  Also:  sculptures, art tiles, stained glass, hand-wrought jewelry, and Mangum Pottery.

The gallery hosts receptions on the 4th Sat. of each month, from June through Nov.  The Oct. 22 reception will feature Monique Carr showing 25 new plein air oils.

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