Jeremy Sams, an artist at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crusis, recently won the Best of Show award at the Blowing Rock plein air painting competition.

Sams, who works in acrylics, has been represented by Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis for five years.

Sams was recently invited to join the Blue Ridge Realists, a group of 13 artists that includes Bob Timberlake and William Mangum.

The Blue Ridge Realists Show is hanging at the Hickory Museum of Art through Aug. 18 and will become a traveling show after that.

Alta Vista Gallery is at 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis. For information, visit or call 828-963-5247.

Lynn Felder

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