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Red House Studios and Gallery in Black Mountain concludes its 49th year with "Looking Back," an exhibit from Nov. 4 to Dec. 31.

"Looking Back” features work that members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League have not exhibited in at least two years (the artists' reception is 5-7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Red House, 310 W. State St.). Curator Denise Geiger is a long-time league member and former president. The league operates the Red House Studios and Gallery.

This opportunity to “glance back” at earlier works is an appropriate exhibition to close a year of the league's events. Looking back at the year’s accomplishments reminds member artists what it means to be part of an organization that has enriched the artistic life of the Swannanoa Valley area for nearly 50 years.

The league's first show of 2016 was entitled “Artist Choice.” The curator of the exhibit wrote, “I was surprised at how easy it was to hang such a wide range of art works. ... (it) was a great opportunity to learn about the level of diversity, acceptance and encouragement that is part of the philosophy of the league.”

“Dimensions, 3-D and Photography” followed, a show that presented opportunities for considering "shape" and "size" that offered work outside many people's comfort zone. The league's Springtime” show reflected artists’ responses to the change of season, the awakening of their mountain world.

“Now and Then” challenged artists to explore the themes of change and growth in their own works and in the world. In July “Americana,” a theme repeated from the year before, demonstrated that artists never run out of creative ways to celebrate the United States.

The league's annual juried show in August was judged by painter Qiang Huang. Qiang also critiqued all entries in a video, a concept that is a useful learning tool for league members.

This fall, league artists mounted the  “Autumn Glory” show, which ran through the end of October at the Red House. Their bi-annual juried show at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, which runs until Nov. 22, was judged by Saluda artist Bill Jameson. The arts center is at 225 W. State St., Black Mountain.

For more on the Red House Gallery, call 669-0351 or visit svfalarts.org.

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