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The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, on Friday, Oct. 12, offers visitors a double bill of entertainment and artwork. Author Shelly Frome and the artists of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League share their talents with guests.

Author and local personality Shelly Frome reads from his latest book Moon Games, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Moon Games is set in Black Mountain in the present day, around Halloween, the perfect time for a mystery. This one involves a hiker missing on the Appalachian Trail sought by a Realtor and her out-of-work friend who work together despite all odds to find the missing person. In addition to a short reading, Frome will lead a discussion and sign books.

“What pleases me the most about this book is the way the unique and colorful characters of my adopted home town inspired me to create a clash between down-home and arcane forces that insisted on being played out on Halloween,” Frome said. “And, moreover, after the smoke clears, how satisfying the resolution was.”

Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film.

He is also a features writer for The Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth.

From 6-8 p.m., an artist reception for the members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League will be held in the Upper Gallery to celebrate the works chosen for the bi-annual juried show. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The SVFAL show runs through November 21. The coordinator for this year’s show is Fran Greenberg.

“There is a renaissance happening in our organization with new programs, classes and many weekly events,” says Greenberg. “This BMCA show will display our best art and helps raise the visibility of our artists and adds to the awareness of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League among residence and visitors.”

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, established in 1967, has its headquarters and member studios in the Red House adjacent to the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain. They have regular workshops and programs to benefit the further education of its members, all of whom are dedicated to artistic growth and excellence.

“His compositions are immediately striking, alternating between the intensity of a single figure to the complex arrangement of dozens of intriguing object," said the John Pence Gallery of this year's juror Nicholas Raynolds. "Highly versatile as an artist, he paints people, nature, architecture, and still life with equal amounts of skill. Raynold's palette is earthy, restrained, and accurate. His brushwork varies between looser out-of-door studies to extremely detailed mark making in other works.”

Raynolds is a Canadian whose formal studies in art were conducted in Düsseldorf, Germany; Vancouver and Halifax, Canada; Seattle, WA and in New York at the Water Street Atelier. He has exhibited nationally and abroad and can be found in numerous national and international collections, including The Forbes Collection (NY), the TIA Collection and the Arkansas Art Center Museum (AR).

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts has been in existence since 1995 and hosts 10 gallery shows annually, special community events, 30 different classes a week, the Front Porch Theatre and regular concerts and storytelling events. For more information visit BlackMountainArts.org or call 669-0930.

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