You’re invited to meet award-winning Modern Impressionist plein air painter Monique Carr on Saturday, Oct. 22. Hear her story at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, NC, at the opening reception for her new show, “Plein Air Fragrances,” which is hanging now through Nov. 14. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Bring friends!
Gallery owner Maria Santomasso-Hyde says, “Carr’s new paintings bring so much joy! There is even an exclamation point hidden in each one! Her strong use of color and thoughtful eye for composition make her one of the bestselling painters in my gallery.”
Carr says she named her show “Plein Air Fragrances” because she hopes that her new paintings will impart a freshness to the viewers, like the fresh air she enjoys while painting outdoors.
“The fragrance of the air is one of my favorite parts of painting en plein air, and also the closeness to nature makes me appreciate the beauty all around us,” says Carr.
Featuring 22 new oils, all painted outdoors or from plein air studies, the show includes a variety of subjects, such as rivers, mountains, valleys, and a variety of flowers. The show offers a variety of canvas sizes, ranging from 24 by 30 inches, down to 6 by 6 inches, small enough to sit on a tabletop easel or inside bookshelves.
Alta Vista Gallery is located only 10 minutes from Boone or Banner Elk, NC, 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, visit www.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 Nov. 26 reception will be the gallery’s Annual Christmas Open House, featuring Christmas décor and homemade refreshments, as well as many paintings small enough to be gifts!