A myth that has long persisted in the lore of Black Mountain College, an experimental school located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, is that the school was isolated and had little to no interaction with the surrounding communities of Asheville, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain, North Carolina.In fact, students and faculty did interact with locals both on and off campus throughout the college’s tenure. A new exhibition opening on Saturday, April 14 at the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center in Black Mountain seeks to tell the story of what happened when “town” met “gown.”After a winter hiatus, the newly-renovated museum located in downtown Black Mountain’s historic fire house, will reopen for the season with Black Mountain College and Black Mountain, North Carolina: Where “Town” Meets “Gown” as well as a Hands on History exhibit geared towards children and an exhibition and sale of 15 original painting by local artist, Jerry Pope. The paintings will be on display through June 23 and depict the architecture that so defines Black Mountain’s small-town charm; some still here, others long gone: Avena’s Bowling Alley, In-the-Oaks, the 1921 Fire Station, and City Hall.The museum’s Black Mountain College and Hands on History exhibitions will continue all season long, closing December 1, 2018. The Swannanoa Valley Museum is located at 223 West State Street in Black Mountain and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm beginning Saturday, April 14 through December 1st, 2018. Admission is by donation.