Two art shows to open in Black Mountain


The new art exhibition “New Horizons” opens at the Monte Vista Hotel Aug. 7 with a reception 6-8 p.m. Come view the art, visit with friends, meet the artists and enjoy cocktails, appetizers, dinner and music.

Exhibiting artists include Marty Cain (ink drawings and paintings), Ralph Wileman (needlepoint), Susan Hanning (oil paintings), Pat Cotterill (oil paintings), Michelle Soule (paintings), Herb Way (photography) and Martha Jane Petersen (art quilts). “New Horizons” was picked as the name of the exhibit to honor the continual experimenting, playing, learning, changing, inventing and reinventing that artists do, organizers said.

The Monte Vista Hotel is at 310 State St., Black Mountain. Next door at the Red House Studios & Gallery, also on Aug. 7, is the opening reception for the 48th Annual Juried Members Exhibit of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, held from 5-7 p.m. That show runs through Monday, Sept. 28.

Exhibiting in “New Horizons,” Way is a local photographer who found a model who inspired him to recreate images of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. He is show his collection of photographs from a photo shoot he calls “Channeling Georgia O’Keeffe.”

“Several months prior to the shoot, at a photo exhibit opening,” Way said, “I had met fellow photographer and retired college professor, Mary Leck, whom, I felt, had an amazing resemblance to Georgia O’Keeffe in her later years. I located some photographs of O’Keeffe online and set out to emulate them with my own variations added. This is the first time that I’ve exhibited any images from the shoot.”

Petersen works in fabric, yarn and thread to design abstract quilts, using items such as a feather or piece of metal appropriate to the feeling or idea she wishes to convey. Her work depicts her journey in art and of her travels.

Wileman creates and produces needlepoint tapestries that are contemporary in look and feel. He has been an art educator, graphic designer, visual communication advocate and media professor. He describes his process as “painting with needle and yarn, instead of paint and brush.”

Cain, a nationally recognized dowser, is also as a designer and creator of labyrinths across the U.S. Born in Scotland, Cotterill paints mainly in oils and watercolor, capturing the effect of light and how it organizes and simplifies space.

Souile, working as a painter, sculptor and jewelry designer, uses the abstract and the archetypal to create spiritually evocative dimensional works of art. An avid oil painter of landscapes and flowers, Hanning believes that color mixing and placement of shadows to define space are paramount to producing a product that can be called finished.