"Less is More," an exhibition by members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League at the Red House Gallery May 12 through July 9, is an exploration of the possibilities inherent in using a limited paint palette.

Traditionally, art students have been taught to paint using a limited or restricted palette of several colors. The practice helps them focus on value, form, composition and temperature. It also develops good color mixing skills.

A limited palette, when used by experienced artists, can result in beautiful, harmonious, unified paintings. The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League artists represented in "Less is More" chose their own palettes but were limited to no more than four colors. The exhibition was curated by Gretchen Chadwick and Nancy Clausen.

The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday May 12 at the Red House Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain. Learn more about the league at

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