One of our current exhibitions, Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest, has been hugely popular with many museum-goers, especially locals who have known about her work for many years. Although Sallie passed away in 2009, her legacy continues in her amazingly detailed watercolors of nature. This exhibition will be over in just a few weeks on December, though, so now is the time to come get your fill of Sallie's work, whether you've enjoyed it in previous visits, or if you haven't seen it at all. People often leave our exhibit feeling they have just had a taste of her wonderful work and want to know more! While attempting to learn more about her myself, I ran across a few great resources I would like to share.
Of course, there is her Web site which offers biographical information, anecdotes and an online store.
Here is an oral history as well as some great pictures of the artist from the library at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
In our library at the Museum, we have also acquired the book, The Magical Realm of Sallie Middleton, by Celestine Silby which was published in 1980. Museum guests are welcome to visit our library which is free with a Museum membership or Museum admission.
If you are interested in purchasing some of Sallie Middleton's prints, the Asheville Art Museum Shop is currently selling her Months of the Year series, the Four Seasons series and the Flutter series in sets and individually, which make excellent gifts for the Holiday season!
Come see, Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest before it is gone on December 5, 2010!