d71dac65-5e95-4bf3-9d9f-eafe8fe324a5-gale_in_lobby1(Black Mountain News) Gale Jackson wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when she left Jasper, Indiana in 2000 to accept a position at a burgeoning arts center in a town she knew little about. She was excited about the potential of the historic building that would be the home of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts and invigorated by the community’s support for the program.

Nearly two decades later, as the director of the arts center announces her upcoming retirement, there is little doubt that she made the right choice to move to the Swannanoa Valley.

Read the full story by Fred McCormick HERE>