You’re invited to

 the Upper Gallery 

The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm


Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Juried Show

2014 Best of Show: Hayburner on Wheels, ceramic/mixed media by Libba Tracy

The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public

Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm

This year’s show will be juried by Bill Jameson of Saluda, NC. Jameson has been a professional painter for the last 40 years. He is a published author on painting, teaches workshops around the world and is represented in galleries throughout the south. He has judged numerous art shows including the South Carolina Water Media Society, the Texas Tri-State Exhibit, and the Quinlan Arts Center Exhibit held in conjunction with the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

“When judging an exhibit I look for excellence in execution of the medium,” Jameson said. “In all media, from painting to craft, I also look for balance. A work of art can be beautifully executed but weak in composition which, to me, is the single most important factor. Drawing, color harmony, use of light and dark are also important in achieving balance but there is another factor. It is the aesthetic quality, the sometimes undefined quality of a work that gives it a special beauty. It’s the piece that draws the eye from 30 feet across a room. I am always looking for that piece of work no matter the medium.”

SVFAL gallery chair Barbara Frohmader says, “the Swannanoa Fine Arts League always looks forward to being hosted by Black Mountain Center for The Arts. It is an opportunity to collaborate and be visible to a broader audience. In my opinion, Black Mountain is a very artistically rich and diverse community. Any time both organizations can find ways to promote and support one another, we all benefit.”

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.