Ann Lea Fine Art Gallery
The opening of Ann Lea Fine Art Gallery provides a beguiling new showcase for some of the Southeast’s most evocative artists. You owe yourself a careful browse at 976 Hwy. 64 East in Cashiers.
A stunning new gallery recently nestled into Cashiers’ cozy terrain, and Cashiers’ heart beat just a little bit faster.
Art connoisseur Ann Lea, native of Nashville, lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina. With an eye for the exceptional, she ran a unique antique/gift shop on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.
When it was time to relocate, she bought a home in Cashiers along with a generously-large building (across from Ingles, next to Mountain Dog Spa) in which to launch her new business.
Aside from its perfect size and location, the building houses not one but four showrooms: the Ann Lea Fine Art Gallery, Beezie’s Gallery and Gift Shop, Fine Threads Boutique for Women, and Fine Threads Boutique for Children.
What a delightful village shopping stop. While stocking up on groceries or visiting the pet resort, you’ll want to spend the rest of your afternoon perusing fine art, fine gifts, and fine clothing.
At the gallery, you’ll find your favorite artists, whose work you’ve seen all over the Southeast: Bill Jameson, Lita Gatlin, Mase Lucas, Scott Boyle, Jack Stern, Leslie Jeffery, and more. They’ll be exhibiting landscapes, impressionist scenery, wildlife, still life, sculpture, and abstract (non-representational) – a variety of genres executed brilliantly in a host of mediums.
The gallery’s spacious rooms and museum-quality lighting create a beautiful setting for incomparable work.
Artist and gallery consultant Peggy Marra shares, “I’ve owned three art galleries over my career. Ann asked me to help as her gallery consultant. I came into an empty space. It presented me with my own blank canvas on which to create a perfect show place.”
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Watch for their website: www.annleafineartgallery.com (currently in-the-works), ongoing events, and more. Or call Barbara Hyde (Beezie), gallery director, at (828) 743-5499. You’ll find the gallery at 976 Hwy. 64 East, in Cashiers.