New art show bursts with autumn color

Staff reports

Members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League interpret the mosaic of fall in the show “Autumn Glory” on display at The Red House Studios and Gallery from Sept. 2 to Oct. 30. Etchings, watercolors and oil paintings as well as photographs, mixed media, pastels and 3-D works will express the sights, sensations and feelings of autumn, the metaphorical season of change, endings and beginnings.

The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

“I grew up in the subtropics and did not see the glorious leaves of autumn until adulthood. The sight will never seem old to me.  It is stunning beyond belief," League member and watercolor painter Virginia Thompson said, speaking about what inspired her work for the exhibition. "I paint each leaf separately and with awe.”

"Fall Beauties" by Mary Cunningham, a diptych in acrylic whose panels are 12- by 36-inches, will be part of the new exhibit at the Red House Studios and Gallery.

Exhibition curator Darcy Orr, an oil painter and art league member for 15 years, said "Artists always seek new ways to look at and express a subject, even one as familiar as the seasons. The larger metaphor of autumn and change inspires us to look with new eyes at our surroundings and our lives. We hope visitors to the show will also have their eyes opened to new ways of seeing our world and ourselves.”

A new addition to the league's regular gallery shows is the “Small Wall” – original art no larger than 8 by 10 inches and priced at less than 100. Members create these small works, perfect for hanging in a small corner or grouped with other paintings.

"Autumn Glory" is one of the themed exhibits that the Red House Gallery (svfalarts.org)holds throughout the year. The art is for sale and may be taken at the time of purchase. Visitors may also tour the open studios there, where artists work, display and sell their original work.

The Red House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 and is located at 310 West State Street in Black Mountain, next to the Monte Vista Hotel.