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HEADS WILL TURN SHAPE SHIFTING Family Winter Thaw at Mary's Land Tana Acton Grouping - Cuff Bracelets Searching for Clarity Tin Barn When the Horses Come #3 - All will be Uplifted Hot Chocolate and Biscuit June Bride Adagio (Wilson's Creek Suite #2) Angle Table Shadowplay Basket - Mica Rimmed Cat Head purple Out on the Town Meditation in Red -1 Peaceful Morning Crowned in Vermillion Silver Wire Bracelet The Holly in Port Interior of House in Provence Twisted Spiral Candlesticks

 
Announcements
2018-01-13

WINTER GROUP EXHIBITION - SMALL WORKS

Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition continues at Carlton Gallery through April 30.

The gallery is filled with new works by landscape artists Andrew Braitman, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Dottie Leatherwood; high country vistas and scenic locales in winter by Kevin Beck; still life rendered with minute details by Mary Martha McKinley; snowy winter landscapes and farm scenes in watercolor by Freeman Beard; cold wax and oil abstracts by Lisa Boardwine, along with imaginative drawings on reclaimed wood rendered in her folk art style by Deborah Tallarico. Small Works in all media fill our pedestals and walls.

Our Winter hours are Wednesday – Saturday 11-5 or call for appointments.

2017-11-23

35TH ANNIVERSARY AT CARLTON GALLERY-

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - WINTER GROUP EXHIBITION

& SMALL WORKS

Celebrate this Season of Love and Light and visit Carlton Gallery for its 35th Winter Group Exhibition with Small Works at the Holiday Open House on November 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the special time of year when the gallery artists render small works in oils, acrylic, water color, mixed media, glass, wood, clay and jewelry for exquisite treasures for the holiday season. This Holiday Open House is the last Tour de Art event for the year.

Toni Carlton, owner of Carlton Gallery, extends an invitation to everyone for a visit to the annual Holiday Open House on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 and enjoy meeting artists and friends while enjoying hot cider, light hors d’oeuvres along with viewing beautiful art work.

The gallery is filled with new works by landscape artists Sharon Rusch Shaver and Dottie Leatherwood; high country vistas and scenic locales in winter by Kevin Beck; still life rendered with minute details by Mary Martha McKinley; snowy winter landscapes and farm scenes in watercolor by Freeman Beard; cold wax and oil abstracts by Lisa Boardwine, along with imaginative drawings on reclaimed wood rendered in her folk art style by Deborah Tallarico.

Toni Carlton thanks the long standing artists whose art works have graced the gallery walls throughout the many years of Carlton Gallery. She is grateful for Warren Dennis, retired Art Professor at Appalachian State University, for his support and encouragement while he continues to paint in his figurative, signature style in his 90th year. New work by Dennis is rendered in his Cubist style while a few paintings on exhibit are rendered in his signature elongated figures.

A special thank you to Vae Hamilton for her mixed media paintings of colorful, whimsical cows along with her acrylic horse paintings in which she captures on canvas the personality, strength and beauty of her subject.

Local artist, Debbie Arnold, renders acrylic paintings in her exclusive and individualistic style. Her paintings of trees on exhibit are filled with beautiful colors, much texture and alluring compositions.

Another artist of many years is Andrew Braitman who paints abstracted landscapes in his masterful color combinations and imaginative compositions. Braitman’s landscapes on exhibit display his talent and ability to capture a sense of mystery and mood that is ageless.

This 35th Winter Group Exhibition exhibits hand made one-of-a kind furniture by Keith Allen and Peter White which includes cabinets, coffee tables, and display tables created in beautiful woods such as maple, purple heart, walnut, ash and mahogany. New shaker inspired wood boxes by Jim Thoma are a part of the 35th Winter Group Exhibition.

Sculptural hand painted and carved mugs and vases, spoon rest and small bowls in clay by new artist, Molly Lithgo; extra-large sculptural clay vessels, bowls, teapots and intricate vases with 4 handles by Ralph Mello; hand built and painted decorative art works in clay by Marty Allran, along with functional pottery by many of the gallery’s standing artists add a feeling of well-being for the Holiday Season.

Wearable Art in beautiful fabrics, color combinations and expert craftsmanship can be found in Trimdin reversible jackets; knitted ruanas and ponchos by Princy; handwoven merino wool and silk scarves by Banaris, along with a tapestry/leather handbag collection by Erda makes a delightful surprise for that special someone.

The Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition continues through April 30.

2017-10-13

“A Contemporary Approach–Art of the Horse and Animal Friends”

continues through November 15. New acrylic and mixed media paintings on canvas by Vae Hamilton, Toni Carlton and Laura Hughes bring bright, cheerful colors to this exhibition

“A Contemporary Approach–Art of the Horse and Animal Friends”

The Autumn Group Exhibition has beautiful landscapes in fall colors by Kevin Beck, Andrew Braitman, Egi Antonaccio, Linda Apriletti, Dottie Leatherwood, Holly Glasscock along with many other contemporary and traditional works in all media by gallery artists.

Join us for the

Winter and Small Works Exhibition

November 24 thru April 30 2017

Holiday Open House

November 24 and 25 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

2017-10-02

Carlton Gallery celebrates its 35th Autumn Group Exhibition on Saturday, October 7, with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 pm. This event affords an opportunity to view art in Paintings, Glass, Wood, Sculpture, Clay, Wearable Fiber and Jewelry by many talented artisans and to meet some of these artists to discuss their work. This artists’ reception is free and all are welcome.

This 35th Autumn Group Exhibition features an Artists’ Spotlight – “A Contemporary Approach – Art of the Horse and Animal Friends” by Vae Hamilton, Laura Hughes and Toni Carlton. Each renders paintings and mixed media of horses, cows, deer and buffalo in colorful, whimsical and meditative modes.

Vae Hamilton’s paintings convey her connection and deep understanding of horses and animals throughout her life. Her acrylics on canvas of horses capture the spirit, strength and beauty of the horse. An avid rider and owner of a beautiful white horse named Cloud, Hamilton‘s working knowledge of horses is expertly rendered on canvas as she captures the gentle gaze and soft eyes of her subject.

Hamilton’s mixed media paintings create a feeling of three dimension on a two dimension surface. She likes texture and overlapping things as demonstrated by her colorful, whimsical paintings of cows – Rosie, Elsie, Millie and Bovine Devine.

The acrylic horse paintings of Laura Hughes bridge realism and abstraction while relying on the beauty and drama of the horse as an alternative to the human figure. Hughes drew horses extensively as a child and reclaimed them as subjects in her paintings. Her colorful large scale paintings are two dimensional showing that horses are amazing, beautiful creatures.

Hughes works from photographs to select an image which is her starting point for shape, form and color. She uses the form, but only so much, as her main purpose is to get paint on canvas. She looks for dramatic silhouettes without sentimentality, no flowing manes and tails. Horses are about scale, size and substance, so composition, balance and visual interest are key components to her work. Hughes’ BFA in Sculpture from UNC allows for the large scale tactile nature of her work to have a sculptural quality.

Toni Carlton’s mixed media paintings in the exhibition are colorful and meditative with many layers consisting of calligraphic writings, songs, silhouettes, transfer images, blessings and prayers. Each painting is thought-provoking and soul searching. The series – When the Horses Come – is open to interpretation by the viewer.

Current themes for Carlton’s artwork are Prayers for Peace and Opening One’s Inner Heart to connect to the oneness of all. She says. “I’m committed to co-creating heartfelt expression of life’s journey.” Her paintings initiate deeper levels of feminine awakening by using multiple layers encoded with images that activate ancient memories. Carlton is inspired by different cultures, expressing movement and sacred connotations as she continues her spiritual journey as an artist.

The gallery is filled with new landscape paintings rendered in seasonal colors of the High Country by local artists Kevin Beck and Egidio Antonaccio. Local scenes are painted in oils by Mary Martha McKinley, Dottie Leatherwood and Linda Apriletti. Freeman Beard creates watercolors with subject matter of homesteads and barns; mountain streams with waterfalls. Abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman project the natural beauty of nature along with his extraordinary color palette. The flora and fauna paintings of Trena McNabb show the seeds, fossils, plants, birds and wild flowers of the High Country. Pastels and oil on paper by Arlene Mandell capture a moment in time of each model’s unique character.

Holly Glasscock’s new work reveals her love for animals as well as the landscape. She paints landscapes in oils and pastels capturing autumn’s beauty. Glasscock also possess a natural feeling for horses which is conveyed in her equine oil paintings.

Long standing gallery artist, Warren Dennis, exhibits new paintings in his cubist style. They are rendered with sharp lines and strong contrast outlining the geometric shapes. His sense of life and vitality is an important element in his work which he transposes vividly to canvas.

Dennis’ work is a meditation on the American Spirit in its humor, complexity, struggles and the unquenchable determination to triumph over adversity. Dennis recently celebrated his 90th birthday and continues to create work that is special and full of personality. His new painting “Family” shows today’s diversity, while “Mother and Child” depicts the eternal love for children.

Visit Carlton Gallery for its 35th Autumn Group Exhibition on Saturday, October 7, 2 to 5 pm to view outstanding art in all media by the gallery’s local, regional and national artisans and to meet attending artists at the Artists’ Reception. The exhibition “A Contemporary Approach – Art of the Horse and Animal Friends” runs through November 15.

The gallery is located on Hwy 105 in the valley of Grandfather Mountain community between Linville/Banner Elk and Bone, NC. Hours are 10:00 - 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 – 5:00 on Sunday. For information on artists, workshops, or exhibitions, call 828-963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.

2017-07-21

CARLTON GALLERY REVELS IN 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Toni Carlton is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Carlton Gallery which was voted “Best of the Best Art Gallery” in Watauga County for 2017. Carlton would like to thank the many artists, patrons, visitors and the community at large for their patronage, support and encouragement. A heartfelt thank you is offered to those artists who the gallery has represented for many years– Warren Dennis, Debbie Arnold, Vae Hamilton and Andrew Braitman to name a few.

The 35th Anniversary Celebration is planned for Saturday, July 22, 10 to 5. A demonstration by plein air artist Linda Apriletti from 11:00 – 1:00, door prizes and delicious food are sure to make a fun filled day. Carlton says, “It is my life’s great joy and a blessing to be an artist and have an art gallery for 35 years”.

An Artists’ Reception from 2-5 affords an opportunity to meet some of the gallery artists whose art work covers many media. Music will be by the Rob Falvo Jazz Trio while Egidio Antonaccio plans a painting demonstration from 2:30 to 4:30 during this event which is a part of the monthly Tour de Art and is free of charge.

This 35th Anniversary Celebration also highlights three artists whose interpretation of the landscape ranges from abstract to realistic to impressionistic. There is a universal, instinctual love for a particular kind of landscape featuring open spaces, the presence of water, scenic mountain ranges and vistas, animal or bird life, as well as diverse flora and fauna. Landscape paintings connect us to our present and to our past. The calming lull of water in rivers, lakes; the rainbow mist of a grand cascading waterfall; the serenity of forests; scenic vistas and the changing seasons are a symbolic metaphor to the seasons of one’s life. The paintings exhibited in “Landscapes, Treescapes and Waterscapes” by Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck and Egidio Antonaccio display their great talent and the ability to capture on canvas a sense of mystery and mood that is ageless.

There is a difference between a painting and a work of art with the deciding factor being what the artist puts into the work by painting what’s familiar and what he really loves. The abstracted landscapes of Andrew Braitman illustrate a command and use of light, details when needed, suggestion of forms when it fits the composition and “little shots of color” where they need to be.

Kevin Beck is a versatile artist working in oil and pastel. He enjoys working in plein air and is known for paintings that project colors, shadows and the atmosphere of the landscape. He renders his landscapes to bring out the beauty found in all seasons.

Egidio Antonaccio uses brushes for his traditional landscapes and palette knives for his looser, contemporary paintings. His natural talent enables Antonaccio’s landscapes of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to express his artistic vision and allows the viewer to savor that moment in time also.

New paintings by Dottie Leatherwood, Paul Hastings, Amy Sullivan, Mary Martha McKinley, Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley, Lisa Boardwine, Kate Worm, Trena McNabb, Linda Apriletti, Freeman Beard, Sharon Rusch Shaver, and Arlene Mandell on exhibit for the 35th Anniversary Celebration are of varied landscapes, non-objective abstracts, flora and fauna, figurative and still lifes.

Three dimensional works in glass, wood, and metal, as well as beautiful wearable fiber and jewelry make this 35th Anniversary Celebration enjoyable and memorable.

Toni Carlton welcomes everyone to visit the gallery for this 35th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 22, 10 to 5 with an Artists’ Spotlight “Landscapes, Treescapes and Waterscapes” by Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck and Egidio Antonaccio which can be viewed through September 15. An Artists’ Reception with live music by the Rob Falvo Jazz Trio, a painting demonstration and conversations with attending artists can be enjoyed on Saturday, July 22 from 2 to 5.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone; 7 miles from Blowing Rock and 7 miles from Linville and Banner Elk on NC 105 south in the Grandfather Mountain Community near Seven Devils. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5 and 11 to 5 on Sunday. For additional information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.

2017-07-13

Carlton Gallery’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

Opening Reception July 22 2-5pm

Artists’ Spotlight:

“Landscapes, Treescapes & Waterscapes”

Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio

Mid-Summer Group Exhibition - July 22 thru September 15

Tour de Art - July 22 - 10-5pm

2017-06-22

ARTISTS MARY DOBBIN AND TONYA BOTTOMLEY AT CARLTON GALLERY SATURDAY, JUNE 24 - DEMONSTRATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS

The Tour de Art is a coalition of galleries and artists’ private studios open on the fourth Saturday of each month – June through November. The purpose of the Tour de Art is to support the talented artisans living and working in the area whose art covers many media. Tour maps are available at Carlton Gallery, participating venues and look for the bright yellow Tour de Art signs.

Mary Dobbin creates art in a variety of mediums. She renders still lifes with oils and mixed media combining many techniques. Dobbin’s still life paintings of fruits, flowers and object d’art are in bright, bold colors. Her paintings project energy and movement through lively lines and intense colors.

Dobbin plans a demonstration of a still life water color using preliminary drawings. Two or three quick thumbnail sketches of the subject for the best composition are made; a rough value sketch to study the composition is made; then a loose, light pencil drawing on water color paper is the guide for the water color painting. Dobbin also plans to teach this process in her upcoming workshop, June 27, 28 and 29 at Carlton Gallery which has available space for participants.

The abstract art of Tonya Bottomley reflects her reverence for the natural world. Her paintings are dominated by organic, curvilinear shapes and rhythms. They represent the tangible world interpreted by her subconscious. Bottomley relies on paint handling and gesture rather than subject matter, while her knowledge of color and painting experience creates harmony as a great symphony.

Bottomley says. “During the process of painting, I am looking for a balance between the spontaneous and the intentional, between the abstract and the representational. I want the viewer to find beauty and emotional ease”.

Visit Carlton Gallery on Saturday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to view the painting demonstration by Mary Dobbin from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and meet artist Tonya Bottomley who plans to discuss her abstract art from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Florals, Still Lifes and Interiors Exhibition by Mary Dobbin, Connie Winters, Gina Strumpf and Helen Farson can be viewed through July 15.

2017-05-25

“A MOMENT IN TIME” AT CARLTON GALLERY’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

SPRING GROUP EXHIBITION

In appreciation to our patrons, art lovers and visitors for its 35th Anniversary, Toni Carlton, owner of Carlton Gallery, extends an invitation to everyone to visit the gallery for its Spring Group Exhibition with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, May 27, 2-5 pm. This exhibition showcases the art of the gallery’s many local, regional and national artists whose mediums are oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastel, water color, pencil/ink, glass, wood, metal, fiber, clay and jewelry. Some of the standing gallery artists will be in attendance to discuss their art work. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and this exhibition is free.

During this time in the High Country, there is an endless supply of subject matter – artists look to the great outdoors to find breathtaking scenes, florals and botanicals to capture on canvas. Whether from a distance or up close, detailed depictions of mountain vistas, florals and botanicals have a reverence for nature and vary greatly in style and medium. New paintings on exhibit are abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman and Kate Worm; traditional landscapes by Dottie Leatherwood, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Linda Apriletti; flora and fauna by Trena McNabb and Marion Cloaninger; leaves and florals by Tonya Bottomley and Debbie Arnold; ethereal paintings by Amy Sullivan, along with colorful abstracted equine paintings by Laura Hughes. This eclectic collection makes an outstanding exhibition for Carlton Gallery’s 35th Anniversary.

This 35th Anniversary Spring Group Exhibition also features “A Moment in Time – Florals, Still Lifes and Interiors” by Mary Dobbin, Connie Winters, Gina Strumpf and Helen Farson. Each artist has captured on canvas moments of joy and beauty – the quiet majesty of the natural world.

The florals by Gina Strumpf and Helen Farson depict gentle and harmonious color transitions from the flower center to the edge with an elegance of its form and structure. This beauty is ephemeral and transitional – it does not last long. These artists’ inspiration to paint fleeting masterpieces of nature gives great pleasure and pays homage by striking a balance with the perfect setting shown in optimum light, combined with the subject’s prime time, show-off moment.

The still lifes and interiors by Mary Dobbin and Connie Winters capture and evoke emotion of usually a peaceful and nostalgic nature. Flowers and other objects are utilized as they allow the painting and the viewing of it to become a sensual experience, as perhaps, memories are stimulated. Their paintings portray a moment in time of a place dedicated to beauty, harmony and contemplation with a stirring, soulful beauty that stays with you after you have left the space.

Celebrate the season and visit Carlton Gallery on Saturday, May 27, 2-5 pm. for this 35th Anniversary Spring Group Exhibition with Artists’ Reception which runs through July 15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 south in the Grandfather Mountain Community.

2017-05-19

2017 Schedule of Events

Celebrating 35 years!!!

Spring Group Exhibition - May 27 thru July 15

Opening Reception May 27, 2-5pm

Artists’ Spotlight:

“A Moment in Time - Florals, Still Lifes and Interiors”

Mary Dobbin, Connie Winters, Gina Strumpf, Helen Farson

Mid-Summer Group Exhibition - July 22 thru September 15

Carlton Gallery’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

Opening Reception July 22 2-5pm

Artists’ Spotlight:

“Landscapes, Treescapes & Waterscapes”

Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio

Autumn Group Exhibition

October 7 thru November 15

Opening Reception October 7, 2-5pm

Artists Spotlight:

“A Contemporary Approach–Art of the Horse and Animal Friends”

Vae Hamilton, Toni Carlton and Laura Hughes

Winter and Small Works Exhibition

November 24 thru April 30 2017

Holiday Open House

November 24 and 25 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

2017-04-08

Small Works Exhibition Continues through April 30 – Featuring oil on paper by Andrew Braitman, oils on canvas by Linda Apriletti, Kevin Beck, Dottie Leatherwood and Sharon Rusch Shaver. Oil and cold wax on board by Lisa Boardwine; mixed media paintings by Deborah Tallarico and Toni Carlton and watercolors by Freeman Beard. Glass by John Almaguer and Fred Mead;clayworks by Ralph Mello; basketry by Lynn Shallis; jewelry by Debbie Higdon, Don Haywood and Tana Acton.

2013-03-28

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