The arts tradition runs deep in Black Mountain inspired by the internationally famous Black Mountain College. The college closed in 1956 but its influence is evident in the variety and number of studios, galleries and museums in the valley. The arts lover can spend days exploring resources such as the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, the Black Mountain College Museum the Old Depot Arts and Crafts Center or just browsing the many galleries in town.
Guests can also enjoy the art scene in Black Mountain without ever leaving the Monte Vista Hotel. The hotel lobby
and Palate feature a rotating gallery of paintings, watercolors, wood carvings and sculpture by local artists.
AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel represents a diverse group of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from around the country, working in a variety of media and subject matter. Directed and curated by Cappi Macsherry, the Gallery features paintings, photography, works on wood and 3-deminsional works. AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel strives to exhibit works that display expertise, sensitivity, and imagination, as it embraces aesthetic beauty, artistic integrity, and themes relevant to our lives, through non-traditional imagery. In addition to the art represented year round, AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel honors the legacy of Black Mountain College by offering seasonal, temporary exhibits that emphasize a progressive spirit of artistic and educational experimentation. These exhibits include local to international works including sculpture, quilting, tatting, storytelling, and folk to Art Brut artwork presentations. The Gallery’s first downtown Black Mountain location, now known as AnTHM Town Arts, opened in 2010, and continues to be an anchor of local and regional art on the East-edge of Black Mountain’s Historic Downtown District.
Featured artists include: Keith Spencer, Jackson Hammack, Barbara Fisher, Andrei Palmer, Alicia Chatham, Ellen Langford, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Cleaster Cotton, Kelly Neidig, and more.
Ongoing AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel events include:
“First Fridays” at the Monte Vista Hotel
“First Fridays” at the Monte Vista Hotel is a local favorite that takes place the first Friday of each month (sometimes 2nd) from 5:30-8:30pm —Enjoy “Artini” drink specials, appetizers, live music and featured local and regional works from AnTHM Gallery at the Monte Vista Hotel artists. Public is welcome!
Monte Vista Hotel’s Deck The Trees Event-December
Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League ‘Red House Project’
SVFAL has leased and restored the ‘Red House’ on the Monte Vista property.
Gallery exhibits, studios and scheduled workshops are an ongoing celebration of the talents and artists of Black Mountain and a daily part of life at The Monte Vista. Open to the public.