The Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) welcomes the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League (SVFAL) to the Upper Gallery for their Textiles, Fiber and 3-D Exhibit opening October 5 and running through October 23. The Upper Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.
Each year the Upper Gallery at BMCA opens its doors to its neighbors at the Red House just down the street. Though SVFAL artists have display space in the Red House and on the walls of the Monte Vista Hotel, the clean white walls of the BMCA Upper Gallery are a great way to feature work of smaller groups within the multi-member, 50-year old organization.
Curators for this year’s show are Martha Jane Peterson and Ellen Phillips. “We are delighted to showcase this particular group of artists,” says Phillips, a career artist who only recently moved to Black Mountain and joined the League. “The show will be interesting due to the variety of the work. Quilts, felted pieces and wearable art; and books, sketchbooks and notebooks; repurposed wood, and pottery are just some of the works on display. There is sculpture and found object art, some pieces speak to current events, some have an almost spiritual feel, and there are many references to nature. It’s eclectic and colorful and exciting.” Nineteen separate artists are represented with 29 works.
“The Upper Gallery was one of the first ways we eased open to the public after the COVID-19 closure,” says BMCA Executive Director Lori Cozzi. “We have been very eager to offer our community ways to stay connected. This is an opportunity to display the work of talented local artists while enforcing safety precautions and distancing guidelines. We can’t have the opening night parties we have had in the past, but we can celebrate by visiting the gallery and enjoying the work of this talented group.” The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is celebrating its 20th year of fulfilling its mission to bring arts to the people and people to the arts.