New exhibit celebrates 50 years of artistic abundance


Paintings from founding members will accompany the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League’s new 50th anniversary exhibition at The Monte Vista Hotel.

The exhibition runs Sept. 1-Oct. 31 (opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1).

Each of the art league’s current members will be presenting their best piece, with 2-D and 3-D art mediums represented.

Included among the artists is David Collins, who recently completed an anamorphic (2-D image that appears 3-D when viewed from the right perspective) painting for the league’s big celebration. An old filled-in pool at the hotel now appears to have a life-sized marlin jumping out of it.

Collins also dressed up the property with an installation piece that has a bear climbing the trees in the east corner of the parking lot. Collins also made a cellophane sculpture of two life-size people.

Also in the show is a lyrical series of portraits with headdresses by Marcia Dockey Smith. Laleah Adams also delights with a whimsical presentation of circus performers. Ceramics, jewelry, photography and sculpture are also on display in the show.

The Monte Vista Hotel, at 308 W. State St., Black Mountain, is beside Red House Gallery.