HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT CARLTON GALLERY
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition on November 25th and 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a Holiday Open House. Gallery owner and artist Toni Carlton extends an invitation to everyone to open their holiday season by visiting Carlton Gallery for light refreshments, hot cider or tea, along with lots of community spirit. The Holiday Open House is the last seasonal event for the Tour de Art – a coalition of galleries and artists’ studios.
The seasonally decorated gallery is filled with new art work in all mediums by the local, regional and national artists. New paintings by Kevin Beck, Dottie Leatherwood, Andrew Braitman, Connie Winters, Holly Glasscock, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Tonya Bottomley, Lisa Boardwine, Paul Hastings and Toni Carlton can be found in many styles and sizes with varied subject matter, including traditional and impressionistic landscapes, abstracts, mixed media, and still life. Many paintings reflect the beauty of winter and the serenity found in the High Country.
This 34th Winter Group Exhibition features Small Works in paintings, glass, wood, fiberart, clay, and fine jewelry. Glass candelabra, coasters, cheese/sushi plates, and sculptural bowls by Fred Mead make a beautiful decorative statement. Colorful blown glass vessels and vases by John Almaguer and Robinson Scott, along with cast glass sculptures by John Littleton and Kate Vogel make this exhibition visually appealing.
Small wood items include shaker inspired boxes by Jim Thoma; turned lidded vessels and sculptural bowls by Bobby Phillips and Alan Hollar, embossed and inlaid bookmarks by Mitercraft, as well as small secret and lacquered Russian boxes are available, along with hand carved/ painted Santas and holiday ornaments.
Hand made one of a kind furniture by Keith Allen and Peter White includes benches and coffee tables, end tables, standing and wall cabinets, as well as display stands and tables which are created in beautiful woods such as ambrosia maple, purple heart, hickory, walnut, persimmon, ash, pecan and mahogany.
Sculptural handwoven basketry by Lynn Shallis , fabric and leather bags by Erda in many shapes and sizes, reversible jackets and coats by Trimdin, handwoven scarves in myriad colors, along with handmade wool hats by Myra Tannehiill are of exceptional quality embracing varied price ranges and make wonderful holiday gifts.
Clay artist, John Turner crafts one of a kind urns, bowls, vessels and platters in contemporary designs using turquoise and copper glazes on his wood fired raku pottery. Ralph Mello’s classical, sculptural wheel thrown vases, pitchers, lidded jars and bowls add an elegance to this exhibition with sizes ranging from 4" to 36” tall.
Unique jewelry in many styles and price ranges by local and regional artists, Don Haywood, Laura Fly, Lisa Kent, Tana Acton, and Debbie Higdon makes wonderful surprises for loved ones.
The ongoing “Resonance of the Heart” by Toni Carlton and Friends Exhibition brings a feeling of peace and contentment for the viewer and will continue through the Holiday Season.
Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, invited some of her artists’ friends to share art offerings titled “Resonance of the Heart”. This exhibition by Toni Carlton and Friends demonstrates the reach, the power and resonance of the heart. Carlton says, “The resonance of the human heart is hope for our present and our future. To embrace the heart’s resonance, use it and share it is fuel for humanity, as inspiration from our human connection ensures one’s happiness. Empower yourself to live purposely and you will inspire and engage with those who resonate with purpose”.
Carlton’s friends invited to share in the “Resonance of the Heart” exhibition are: Lori Hill, Deborah Tallarico, Kichung Lizee, Debbie Arnold, ippac 1 and Vae Hamilton. Each artists’ work expresses their heart felt interpretation and is expressed in a meaningful and poetic way in their media platform.
Celebrate the season of Love and Light and visit Carlton Gallery for its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition with the Holiday Open House on November 25th and 26th from 10-5pm.
Autumn Group Exhibition & Resonance of the Heart - Toni Carlton & Friends
Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, invited some of her artists’ friends to share art offerings titled “Resonance of the Heart” for this Autumn Group Exhibition. This exhibition by Toni Carlton and Friends demonstrates the reach, the power and resonance of the heart. Carlton says, “The resonance of the human heart is hope for our present and our future. To embrace the heart’s resonance, use it and share it is fuel for humanity, as inspiration from our human connection ensures one’s happiness. Empower yourself to live purposely and you will inspire and engage with those who resonate with purpose”.
Through the use of multimedia including transfer images, calligraphy, touch drawings, acrylic paints and gels combined with hand woven fibers created on looms built by her grandfather and father, Carlton’s unique style is called “Art Blessings”. It is an offering of not only the creative arts; but also meditation, expression of energy through movement, sound, voice, writing, prayers and art making. Each modality adds a different element of expression that can be experienced, not only by the artist; but also by the viewer. Carlton wants “Art Blessings” to hold the space for people locally, nationally and internationally for the purpose of experiencing the Healing Arts combined with the Fine Art.
Carlton’s friends invited to share in the “Resonance of the Heart” exhibition are: Lori Hill, Deborah Tallarico, Kichung Lizee, Debbie Arnold and Vae Hamilton. Each artists’ work expresses their heart felt interpretation and is expressed in a meaningful and poetic way in their media platform. From detailed fine art drawings, mixed media on rice paper or canvas, water pastel on reclaimed wood, the subject matter chosen by these artists reflects their interest and caring for the environment, animals, ancestral teachings and endangered species. These artists joining Carlton in this exhibit are dear friends who have a similar interest in art making and participate in some form of expressive arts or spiritual practices, as well as those who have influenced her as teachers and peers.
This 34th Autumn Group Exhibition also features new paintings rendered in the beautiful colors of the season by Dottie Leatherwood, Linda Apriletti, Kevin Beck, Mary Martha McKinley, Egi Antonaccio, Trena McNabb, and Eddie Kent Tallent. The paintings are in many styles, subject matter and techniques defining the talent and creativity of these gallery artists. New mixed media works by Marion Cloaninger, Brenda Barber and sculptural glass by Fred Mead are also included.
The gallery represents two new artists, Laura Hughes and Paul Hastings. Hughes renders horses in a contemporary style using acrylics, while Hastings paints surrealistic landscapes in oils.
Enjoy the 34th Autumn Group Exhibition and “Resonance of the Heart - Toni Carlton and Friends”. This exhibition which runs through November 15th also presents art in sculpture, glass, wood, clay, wearable fiber and jewelry by the local, regional and national fine artisans represented by the gallery.
34th MID-SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION OPENS AT CARLTON GALLERY
ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS WITH ANDREW BRAITMAN
CLAY AND GLASS CREATIONS BY FRED MEAD & RALPH MELLO
Carlton Gallery opens its 34th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition with an Artist’s Spotlight – “Pushing the Limits with Innovative Elegance” by Andrew Braitman on Saturday, July 23 with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 pm. Some of the gallery’s standing artists plan to attend to meet patrons and visitors. Light hors de oeuvres will be offered and this event is free of charge.
The gallery is celebrating twenty years of representing Andrew Braitman. He is a full-time painter for over forty years and has attained national stature. His work has evolved over the years from non-objective abstracts in the beginning to abstracted landscape paintings. Nature is his muse and inspiration because of the endless subject matter and surprises.
Braitman has the talent, imagination and experience to develop his abstract landscapes with a connection to the natural beauty and the balance of organic elements. His abstracted landscapes inspire deeper breaths with a connection to a sense of peace. Braitman’s ability to render on canvas the common natural beauty with a composed balance of elements, along with his extraordinary color palette makes his paintings very powerful and dramatic.
New glass sculptures by Fred Mead along with blown glass vases and vessels by John Almaguer display a visual thrill of color for this Mid-Summer Group Exhibition.
Fred Mead is a Michigan native who was taught oil painting at age 12 by his father, an artist/industrial designer. The phenomena such as the freezing and melting of a pond and other occurrences in nature is the inspiration for many of his recycled glass candelabras, tables and sculptures. He earned a BA in Fine Arts with a double major in Painting and Sculpture at Columbus College of Art and Design. Mead says, “What I like most in my work is when it has a strong design that is well executed”. Finalist for the Niche awards in 2015, Mead’s “Crystal Globe” sculptural open bowl with recycled and sand blasted glass with a diameter of 22” and 20” tall is a show stopper.
John Almaguer knew at age 14 he wanted to try blowing glass, but it was some years later that he got the opportunity. He now creates sculptures and blown glass forms in beautiful colors as well as clear. Almaguer earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass and has studied and worked with known glass artists in Venice, Italy.
Clay artist Ralph Mello exhibits a collection of functional bowls and vases in addition to his large sculptural urns, lidded and shino jars in the Mid-Summer Group Exhibition. He uses stained glass in some of his glazes which are usually tan with a border of cobalt blue. Mello utilizes a gas-fired kiln for his traditional work which shows an Asian influence.
The Mid-Summer Group Exhibition presents new work in Still Life by Mary Martha McKinley; traditional and abstracted Landscapes by Kevin Beck, Kate Worm, Linda Apriletti, Amy Sullivan and Gina Strumpf; Pastels and oil Figurative Drawings by Arlene Mandell; Mixed Media by Mike Ham, Vae Hamilton, Lisa Boardwine and Marion Cloaninger, along with Wearable Fiber by Vasanto.
The 34th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition displays outstanding fine art and crafts by local, regional, and national artists whose work covers Paintings, Glass, Wood, Clay, Sculpture, Wearable Fiber and fine Jewelry. This exhibition along with “Pushing the Limits with Innovative Elegance” by Andrew Braitman runs through September 15th.
All are welcome to visit Carlton Gallery on Saturday, July 23 to meet Andrew Braitman, Fred Mead and Ralph Mello and other attending artists during the Artists’ Reception, 2 to 5 pm. at the 34th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition. The gallery is located at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain Community with hours 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.
PET PORTRAIT DEMOS AND CHATTING ABOUT FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
AT CARLTON GALLERY
Pet Portrait Demonstrations and Chatting about Four-Legged Friends are featured at Carlton Gallery by artists Gina Strumpf, Brian Carney and Alan Gordon on Saturday, June 25. These demonstrations and conversations are a part of the opening season for the 8th Annual Avery Tour de Art, a collaboration event of area galleries and artists’ studios held on the fourth Saturday – June through November. Maps listing participants and directions can be obtained at Carlton Gallery.
Gina Strumpf likes her pet portraits to represent the passion she feels for her subject matter. Her paintings of different breeds of dogs are rendered with each one’s personality and spirit captured in oils on canvas. Strumpf plans a demonstration of a treasured four-legged friend and can take commissions for pet portraits.
Strumpf loves painting en plein air and traveling whenever possible to new and exciting locations where her subject matter can be landscapes, cityscapes and figurative works which she says, “Keeps my artistic expression alive and strong”.
Artist Brian Carney plans to demonstrate his techniques in wildlife whether drawing or painting in oils. Subject matter for his ball point pen drawings and paintings include deer, cougar, birds and dogs.
Carney has drawn and painted all his life but discovered his niche and artistic style for wildlife painting after seeing a white tail deer with an impressive rack trotting across his lawn. He created a substantial portfolio of impressionist and semi-abstract wildlife art. Carney debuted his wildlife art at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC. with over whelming success.
Carney also used his art to help animals by painting, designing and printing a T-shirt for the Mule Deer Foundation, along with organizing and planning a bird show to benefit the Carolina Raptor Center.
Alan Gordon is a self-taught artist who draws and paints whatever the voices in his head tells him to draw or paint. This is sometimes very frustrating because what he can see is difficult to convey to paper. The art of Alan Gordon is mixed media with a combination of water color, pen and ink. He views the world with a great deal of whimsy and his figurative images are rendered with depth of character and expression. Gordon says, “I hope that my work adds positive energy to a space and a smile to your face”.
Along with the demonstrations and conversations, the 34th season of celebrating ART in all mediums is in full swing at Carlton Gallery during the Spring Group Exhibition which continues through July 15th. New works by local, regional and national artists represented by the gallery include paintings with diverse subject matter; three dimensional works in glass, wood, sculpture, clay, wearable fiber and fine jewelry.
The 34th Spring Group Exhibition’s “Perceptions of Nature” by Three Women in the Arts – Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley and Trena McNabb is ongoing through July 15. Visit Carlton Gallery and enjoy a day of painting and drawing demonstrations with Gina Strumpf and Brian Carney, as well as stimulating conversations with Alan Gordon.
REALISTIC & IMPRESSIONISTIC PAINTINGS BY KEVIN BECK AND HELEN FARSON AT CARLTON GALLERY
Local artist Kevin Beck’s realistic landscapes in oil along with Greensboro artist Helen Farson’s impressionistic oil paintings of vineyards and florals are a focal of Carlton Gallery’s 34th Spring Group Exhibition. This exhibition has new art by the standing gallery artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber and fine jewelry.
Kevin Beck is known for paintings that project colors, shadows and the atmosphere of the landscape. He begins most of his work en plein air even when snow is on the ground. His landscapes reveal the seasonal beauty in the mountain vistas, paths and meadows of the High Country. The reality of Beck’s paintings draws the viewer into a clear, crisp world of vibrancy and light.
Studies for Beck began as a child at the Canton Art Institute in Canton, Ohio. A family friend who was an architect and artist inspired him. Following somewhat in his footsteps, Beck began his career in business while painting in his spare time and continuing to craft his style. Eventually the desire to be a full time artist overshadowed his business career.
The art of Kevin Beck is widely collected and can be found in numerous corporate collections. Individual private collections include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Chile.
He is also praised for his teaching ability, as he is methodical, articulate and very thorough in showing the necessary steps and composition needed to render a good painting. Beck teaches a limited number of yearly workshops with one on July 19, 20 and 21 at the Carlton Gallery. This informative workshop will enable one to learn or refresh the techniques required to render a beautiful landscape.
Helen Farson expresses her vision of the world through impressionist oil paintings full of lush color and personal style. Her paintings are inspired by experiences at home including her lovely Gloriosa Garden and by travels to Provence and Tuscany. Farson’s images of gardens, still lifes, florals and landscapes are captured with Old World charm, clear colors and lyrical brushwork.
Farson earned a B.A. from Queens College and continued art studies in Colorado, France and Italy. She states, “I believe Art is visual poetry that comes to us from deep within—making life rich, beautiful and powerful. I feel honored to be an artist”.
Visit Carlton Gallery for the 34th Spring Group Exhibition’s focal of the art of Kevin Beck and Helen Farson. The “Perceptions of Nature” exhibition by 3 women artists, Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley and Trena McNabb can also be viewed. The 34th Spring Group Exhibition with traditional to contemporary art work by the local, regional and national gallery artisans continues until July 15.
CARLTON GALLERY’S 34th SPRING GROUP EXHIBITION WITH
ARTISTS’ SPOTLIGHT: “PERCEPTIONS OF NATURE” –
DEBBIE ARNOLD, TONYA BOTTOMLEY& TRENA McNABB
Carlton Gallery hosts its 34th Spring Group Exhibition which showcases fine art in paintings, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber and jewelry by local, regional and national artisans represented by the gallery. An Artists’ Spotlight “Perceptions of Nature” with Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley and Trena McNabb is a feature of this exhibition which opens May 28 and runs through July 15. The Artists’ Opening Reception is Saturday, May 28, 2-5 p.m. and is free of charge.
New work is on exhibit for the 34th Spring Group Exhibition by artists Kevin Beck, Andrew Braitman, Mary Martha McKinley, Charles Lawson, Mary Dobbin, Helen Farson, Egi Antonaccio, Lisa Boardwine, Marion Cloaninger, Fred Mead, Dottie Leatherwood, Freeman Beard, Holly Glasscock, Vae Hamilton, Don Haywood, Kate Worm, and Ralph Mello.
Paintings in oil, acrylic, mixed media and watercolor; clay works in decorative and functional vases, urns and bowls; sculpture, trays, candelabra and coasters, along with finely crafted jewelry in precious stones and gemstones are a small selection of the fine art and handmade crafts which can be found in this exhibition.
This Exhibition’s Artists’ Spotlight “Perceptions of Nature” - by three women in the arts – Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley and Trena McNabb whose contemporary paintings displays varied styles and interpretations of nature. Their work adds a distinctive voice to the eclectic mix of new work at the 34th Spring Group Exhibition.
Debbie Arnold’s paintings are best described as s stream of consciousness from which emerges inner methodologies. Her approach is spontaneous beginning with color and texture without subject matter. Arnold uses different techniques – sponges, pallet knife, spattering, collage and imprinting, along with pouring layers of thin colors onto the canvas. She is greatly inspired by nature and paints the feel of a scene rather than a literal interpretation of it. Arnold is highly motivated by shapes, textures and colors rather than defined subject matter.
The art of Tonya Bottomley is a very stylized method depicting the natural rhythms of life and nature. She paints what she sees, thinks and feels. Bottomley’s paintings are an orderly composition of lines and shapes that shift from organic flowing curves to angular geometric forms with bold lines to outline shapes. There is no literal portrayal of subject matter but rather an emphasis to produce unusual, entertaining and thought provoking art work. Bottomley’s paintings reflect her imagination and artistic vision, as well as stirring up emotion and curiosity in the viewer.
Every painting tells a story and the work of Trena McNabb reveals its deeper meaning through a connected series of smaller paintings, each a tale in itself. Images overlap in a kaleidoscope of colors depicting the flora, fauna and landscapes that comprise our planet. The synthesis of realism and imagination in Trena McNabb’s art reflects her interest in nature and the environment by her use of windows created by overlapping images, adding many layers to the narrative which becomes profounder the longer one studies the art work. Even though the canvas is overflowing with nature’s array, McNabb’s paintings display an astute knowledge of linear perspective.
All are welcome to visit Carlton Gallery for the 34th Spring Group and “Perceptions of Nature” Exhibition with its spirited collection of art work which continues through July 15.
Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone on Hwy 105 and 7 miles north of Linville and Banner Elk in the Grandfather Mountain Community with hours 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday. For more information about Artists, Exhibitions and Workshops, please call (828) 963-4288.
Featured Artists’ Show during 33rd Winter Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery
Carlton Gallery’s 33rd Winter Group Exhibition continues with a focus on the artists’ work exhibited in a show this year. These artists are Kevin Beck, Amy Sullivan, Andrew Braitman, Warren Dennis and Toni Carlton.
Kevin Beck is a local artist who enjoys painting en plein air. He is able to capture on canvas the mood, shadows, light and tranquility of local scenes and vistas found in the High Country. He paints landscapes which bring out the beauty found in all four seasons. ‘Winter Sunrise” is a en plein air painting of a local sacred vista on Holloway Mountain Road depicting the warm glow from the High Country’s unique color palette of the season.
Amy Sullivan’s abstracted oil and wax barns are rendered in a striking color palette of green and white, as well as several paintings in bright primary colors. Her paintings project lines and silhouettes in lieu of the actual subject being revealed. Sullivan carves into the wax and paint with sharp edges which allows an outline of her subject matter to project allowing the viewer a personal interpretation of each painting. “A Colorful Old Creature” is rendered in analogous colors of reds, oranges and yellows with a balance of warm and cool purples to honor the disappearing barns and farms of North Carolina.
Andrew Braitman exhibits a fine collection of contemporary abstracted landscapes ranging from large 72x48 to small 5 x 7 oils on canvas paintings in which he interprets the landscape using his astonishing color palette along with his masterful compositions. “Looking Toward Grandfather” is rendered in shades of violet and yellow ochre with a silhouette of winter trees casting shadows in the cool mountain stream with a backdrop of Grandfather Mountain.
Warren Dennis, a retired longstanding art professor at Appalachian State University, exhibits his new cubist style works for the 21st century. After many years of painting his elongated figures of “ordinary people doing ordinary things”, Dennis now renders his people and objects in a more Picasso style but with the subject matter identifiable. Dennis’ sense of humor and understanding of human nature is fully projected onto his oils on canvas. The “Drummer ‘is a humorous interpretation of Dennis’ elongated figurative work as well as displaying an essence of his recent cubist style.
Toni Carlton’s paintings combined with mixed media collage incorporate images from personal life experiences, a love of dance, written messages, calligraphy and photographic images from foreign travels. Her inspiration comes from different cultures, expressions of movement, heart connections and spiritual awareness. Calligraphy in various languages, along with her woven fibers adds a three dimensional element to her artwork. “Flowing Through the Threads of Our Lives – Spirit of Peace #1” is the first part of a triptych of three 48”x48” canvases inspired by movement, flow and merging layers of colors with a combination of contemporary and traditional ancestral handwoven patterns. This focal point of weaving covers the written chant, “Spirit of Peace”.
Carlton’s Open Studio is a part of the gallery where she exhibits paintings, signed and numbered giclees and prints, as well as reproduction notecards of many of her paintings.
“Small Works” are also featured during the 33rd Winter Group Exhibition. These are found in all media by the many talented and creative artisans. Some of the gallery artists rendered canvases in sizes smaller than they normally paint to make the “Small Works” exhibit varied, interesting and appealing for everyone.
Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork from traditional to contemporary in Paintings, Glass, Wood, Clay, Sculpture, Wearable Fiber and Fine Jewelry from the local, regional and national artists the gallery represents. The gallery is one of the most established for fine art in the High Country and offers exceptional gifts for visitors and collectors. This Exhibition along with the 33rd Winter Group Exhibition continues through April 30th.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WITH “SMALL WORKS” EXHIBITION AT CARLTON GALLERY
Carlton Gallery’s 33 Winter Group and “Small Works” Exhibition opens with a Holiday Open House on November 27 – 28, 10 to 5 p.m. Toni Carlton invites all to visit the seasonally decorated gallery for holiday spirit along with some winter libations and refreshments.
The featured artists’ exhibit “Art Reflections of 2015” includes a collection by those artists whose paintings were showcased this year. Selected paintings by Amy Sullivan, Kevin Beck, Andrew Braitman, Toni Carlton and Warren Dennis are in oil, acrylic and mixed media with subject matter of traditional and abstracted landscapes and barns, along with cubist style figurative work of ordinary people doing ordinary things. Carlton’s work is rendered in her signature style of a peaceful theme with meaningful media. This collection is colorful, thought-provoking, inspirational and amusing.
Beautiful realistic winter scenes of the High Country are rendered by Egi Antonaccio in which he paints the alluring light of nature as a focal point. Antonaccio paints his traditional interpretations of scenes in oils and uses acrylics for a more contemporary rendering of bright colors and bold brushstrokes.
The Small Works” exhibit consists of original small works on canvas and paper, glass, sculpture, wood, pottery, wearable fiber and fine jewelry. Paintings by Dottie Leatherwood, Freeman Beard, Helen Farson, Marion Cloaninger, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Jane Desonier, Charles Lawson, and Arlene Mandell are original works embracing all media, styles and price ranges. This collection of small works has subject matter ranging from local and regional landscapes, exquisitely detailed still life, colorful abstracts and impressionistic portraiture.
Pottery both decorative and functional is included in the “Small Works” exhibit. New gallery clay artist, Jim Whalen, makes eye catching vessels with intricate glazing techniques that look like wood. John Turner crafts urns and bowls in contemporary designs using turquoise and copper glazes. Ralph Mello’s classical, sculptural vases, pitchers and lidded jars add an elegance to the exhibition. A large selection of unique mugs for tea, cider or coffee as well as a lively collection of baking casseroles, microwave cookers, platters, berry bowls and tea pots makes great small gifts.
Small wood items in shaker inspired boxes, remote holders, tissue boxes and trays by Jim Thoma; embossed and inlaid bookmarks by Mitercraft, as well as small secret and lacquered Russian boxes are sure to please. Hand painted gourds by Kim Miller, Cindy Vandewar t and Linda Spillane project the artists’ creativity and humor. Baskets by Lynn Shallis are woven using patterns and designs to make a fine art piece.
Light catching and reflective blown glass by John Almaguer and Robinson Scott enhance the “small works” exhibit, along with the assembled recycled glass trays, plates, coasters and candle holders by Fred Mead. Niche awards finalist, Mead exhibits “Crystal Globe” an assembled, recycled, sandblasted glass sculpture offering peace and tranquility for the Winter Exhibition.
Wearable fiber is represented by hand-crafted wool felted hats by Myra Tannehill and Vasanto. Hand woven colorful scarves by Carolyn Glazener and Banaris along with mobius shawls by Nancy Roberson are artistically crafted and stylish.
“Small Works” in lovely fine crafted jewelry is a feature for the 33 Winter Group Exhibition. Pendants, and Rings by Ran Armstrong are in sterling silver with 14K gold interspersed in some pieces. His work is finely crafted with a 21st century design and quality. Channing Ayers crafts necklaces using a varied selection of quality gemstones and pearls. A collection of kinetic wrapped wire cuffs and rings by Tana Acton are beautiful and creative designs.
Celebrate the season at Carlton Gallery’s Holiday Open House on November 27 and 28 where the ambience is peaceful and the ART is inspiring during the 33 Winter Group Exhibition featuring “Small Works” in all media. This Exhibition runs through April 30, 2016. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community with hours 10 toi5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.
Celebrating a Lifetime of Art - Warren Dennis
This 33rd Autumn Exhibition is extra special as it celebrates the art work and birthday of Warren Dennis, the gallery’s longest standing artist. His exhibition “Celebrating a Lifetime of Art” presents his new cubist style along with a several of his signature elongated figurative works. We are so excited to have this exhibition for Warren Dennis since he no longer lives in the Boone area.
"Celebrating a Lifetime of Art" and the 33rd Autumn Group Exhibition runs through November 15.
The paintings of Dennis are rendered with an expression of a moment in time or a suggestion of an unspoken feeling or emotion. After a lifetime of painting “ordinary people doing ordinary things” in his elongated style, Dennis in true artist fashion decided to try something new. His cubist paintings are based on the work of Picasso who over 100 years ago created the technique, but unlike Picasso, the paintings of Dennis are more personable and identifiable.
Dennis’ paintings of his musicians’ series – Bass Player, Drummer and Band Master, along with the Bicyclist, Man on Scooter, Man Feeding the Pigeons and a Lady Juggling are vibrant and cheerful art which entertain the viewer. Dennis’ cubist paintings 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.
About his cubist style work, Dennis says, “These came to me in a dream and developed rapidly into drawing studies that evolved into my paintings. My entire body of work is a meditation on the American Spirit which I have seen in its humor, complexity, struggles and above all, in is unquenchable determination to triumph over adversity. All my work is personal and it all has personality – That’s what I try to get across”.
Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi Dennis earned a Bachelor of Art from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi. He served as art professor at Appalachian State University from 1965-1993 and was Chair of the Art Department from 1980-1984. A noted artist of long standing, Dennis has exhibited in solo and group shows and his award winning art is in many corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dennis still enjoys painting full time in his studio.
The gallery is located at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community 10 miles south of Boone, NC and 7 miles north of Linville and Banner Elk, NC.
JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW – BOUTIQUE AND AFTERNOON WITH TEA AT CARLTON GALLERY
Carlton Gallery hosts a special women’s event on Saturday, August 22, 10 to 5. It is a Jewelry Trunk Show – Boutique Day and Afternoon with Tea with jewelry designer Ran Armstrong in attendance. This event is in addition to the ongoing 33rd Mid-Summer Group Exhibition featuring “From a Textural Point of View” by Andrew Braitman and Toni Carlton which runs through September 20.
Wearable fiber art can be found in hats, scarves, shawls, ponchos, caplets, jackets and coats during this event. This fiber art is all hand-crafted in a myriad of colors, textures and styles with impeccable craftsmanship.
Necklaces and earrings by Don Haywood are made by a fabrication method which combines many shapes and sizes of sterling silver to create a piece. His regard for natural materials and nature is reflected through the use of many gemstones, fossils and crystals. Haywood also incorporates the art of lapidary which is the cutting and polishing of the gemstones with each piece being a creation of its own, a one-of-a-kind because of the unique properties and patterns of the gemstones. His designs carry his signature and date of creation to enhance their originality.
An eclectic collection of necklaces, earrings and cuffs by Lisa Cushing Kent can be found at the Jewelry Trunk Show. Kent crafts her designs in sterling, bronze and copper using direct techniques such as piercing, chasing, repousse, applique and fabrication. Living on the Georgia coast is her inspiration to incorporate shell designs, pearls and glass in her unique jewelry line.
Rings and cuffs by Tana Acton are created using a wrap wire method. Her kinetic designs are made using pearls, gemstones and colored turquoise. Through her unique perspective, she combines air, movement and light to create jewelry that is both delicate and solid. Acton’s line is contemporary, lightweight and can be worn as either a casual or formal accessory.
Beautiful necklaces, rings, and earrings by Rebecca Hellman, Terry Thompson and Laura Fly designed with cloisonné, gemstones, and pearls are distinctive works of art for the Jewelry Trunk Show.
Also featured at the Jewelry Trunk show is the highly sculptural, award winning work of Ran Armstrong. His designs are crafted using high quality gemstones such as Ruby, Emerald, London Blue Topaz, Citrine, Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, and Opal. He also uses Chinese Writing Stone and Picasso Marble. It is Armstrong’s desire that each piece of his beautiful jewelry becomes a timeless treasure.
Armstrong is a lapidarist, metalsmith & gemologist producing award-winning jewelry. Working as a solitary artist, he cuts most of the stones used in his designs. Armstrong says, “Forming by hand and heat of torch allows me to control the process yet allows serendipitous elements as I fabricate high karat gold and sterling silver into one-of-a kind pieces often featuring gems too rare for main stream jewelry”.
The Jewelry Trunk show will showcase designs from Armstrong’s private collection - a line which consists of pendants, rings, and cuffs crafted in a contemporary style using both silver and gold interspersed with pearls, gemstones or diamonds. With more than 50 awards for jewelry design and lapidary art, Armstrong’s work is sold throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Visit Carlton Gallery on Saturday, August 22, 10 to 5, for the Jewelry Trunk show – Boutique Day and Afternoon with Tea to view the lovely and inspiring lines by the featured designers. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet Ran Armstrong and discuss his engaging work.
Also the ongoing “From a Textural Point of View” can be viewed along with the paintings, glass, sculpture and clay in the 33 Mid-Summer Group Exhibition which runs through September 20. For more information about this exhibition see the announcement below.
33 MID-SUMMER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT CARLTON GALLERY
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 33 Anniversary with a Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 25. This exhibition showcases the work of the standing gallery artists whose paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, clay, jewelry and fiber represent outstanding artistic ability and fine craftsmanship.
An Artists’ Reception is planned from 2 to 5 with music provided by “Gypsy Harvest” - Rob Falvo, Harold McKinney, Cindy Tate and Ted Gulick. This event affords one the opportunity to meet and greet some of the gallery artists in attendance while enjoying delicious food, refreshing beverages along with community spirit.
The 33 Anniversary Celebration also highlights an exhibition “From a Textural Point of View” by Andrew Braitman and Toni Carlton. This insightful painting contrast of abstraction with a lot of paint for texture and movement to mixed media rendered with many layers is aesthetically pleasing and visually accessible in itself.
Prominent artist Andrew Braitman is nationally known with his work featured in galleries and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Born in Casper, Wyoming, Braitman earned a BA from the University of Maryland. He has exhibited his paintings at Carlton Gallery for over twenty years and his abstract landscapes with richness of color and depth of palette create a unique space for one’s imagination.
The abstracted landscapes by Braitman exhibited in “From a Textural Point of View” are rendered with conceptual shapes and subtle details that catch one’s eye. As an accomplished artist, he can convey passion and emotion in his work by virtue of talent, imagination and experience. Braitman’s practical knowledge and sensibilities afford the opportunity to merge the technical with the aesthetic to make his paintings powerful or dramatic. His developed skill and ability turns his art work into a conversation or discussion by the intuitive, open mind of the viewer.
“Watauga Headwater”, a 16 x 12 canvas and “Warmth in the Water”, a 48 x 60 canvas are two of Braitman’s paintings on exhibit. His compositional ability to capture the mood and qualities of his subject either on a small or large canvas is quite extraordinary. Braitman says, “I’ve been in this career for 40 years and things have changed greatly along the way. I feel I’ve found a way to create the work that I love without alienating the viewer. The delicate balance to create within the bounds of my interests and the bounds of an ever-changing world is a strange thing, and I hope that I am doing it well.”
Through her passion for working in mixed media combined with her expression of her spiritual journey, artist Toni Carlton’s creative process begins in a consciousness of prayer and song – a focused intention to allow a centered prayer to become an artistic expression through movement on the canvas.
For this exhibit, “From a Textural Point of View” Carlton’s mixed media paintings take a turn toward more abstraction with a strong emphasis on texture, movement, and flowing lines along with delicate designs she wove on 3 different ancestral looms to create a contemporary art form incorporating traditional patterns - Sweet Briar Beauty, Miniature Snowball, and Bronson Lace.
“Flowing Through the Threads of Our Lives – Spirit of Peace” a triptych or three individual pieces 48x48 each begins with calligraphy and painted papers along with geometric forms juxtaposed to the flowing lines of organic shapes with an unseen song in the background that is written in graphite. The woven fabric offers the viewer to “see beyond” what appears to be to what can be experienced and transformed through the sacred voice of the heart as transcending from a world of Chaos to Peace.
Carlton earned a BS in Industrial Arts and Technical Education, as well as Art Marketing and Production from Appalachian State University. Her artworks have juried in the Invitational World Calligraphy Exhibitions held in Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China and Geneva, Switzerland. She was also one of two American women artists whose work was chosen to exhibit in the International Healing Arts Exhibition in Naples, Italy.
Visit and enjoy Carlton Gallery’s 33 Anniversary Celebration with Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 25, 2 to 5 with music, food, and community spirit. The “From a Textural Point of View” exhibition by Andrew Braitman and Toni Carlton can be viewed through September 15. This exhibition is also a part of the Avery Tour de Art - a coalition of galleries and artists’ studios open on the fourth Saturday from June through November.
CARLTON GALLERY HOSTS 33rd SPRING GROUP EXHIBITION
The 33rd Spring Group Exhibition features “The Landscape – Masculine and Feminine” by Kevin Beck and Amy Sullivan, a collection of landscape paintings expressing intensified realism and intuitive exploration of simplicity.
Local artist, Kevin Beck is known for paintings that project colors, shadows and the atmosphere of the landscape. He begins most of his work on location even when snow is on the ground. Beck renders his landscapes to bring out the beauty found in all four seasons. His plein air work is usually smaller in size serving as reference for larger work painted in his studio.
He is also a noted instructor in plein air and studio painting, as he is methodical, articulate and very thorough in showing the necessary steps and composition to render a good painting. His July 21 -23 workshop at the gallery will enable one to learn or refresh the techniques required to paint a beautiful landscape.
The landscapes of Amy Sullivan are rendered using a process of oil and wax. She says she is fascinated with negative spaces contradicted by positive mark-making. Her large paintings are designed to capture this intrigue and paradox. She carves into the wax and paint, penetrating masses of space with sharp edges thereby responding to the tension of defining space and object. Sullivan‘s large paintings convey an atmospheric and sensual quality that is elusive but also familiar.
Sullivan earned a BS in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee which launched her onto a creative path that led to many years in the world of decorative painting. Her work has been purchased for television shows, appears in print magazines and in many private collections.
This Spring Group Exhibition is filled with artwork in many media by the gallery’s local, regional and national artists, including new gallery artists –Dottie Leatherwood, Eddie Kent Tallent and Lisa Boardwine. Leatherwood’s impressionist oil landscapes capture on canvas nature at its finest. Tallent renders the landscape in pastels and dry brush water color while Boardwine paints non-objective abstracts in cold wax and oil.
New landscape paintings by gallery artists Connie Winters, Andrew Braitman, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Jane Desonier, Ray Byram, Linda Apriletti, Egi Antonaccio, Helen Farson and Mary Martha McKinley fill the gallery with the beauty and splendor found in local/regional scenes and vistas.
Contemporary Cityscape paintings by Gina Strumpf, Figurative works by Warren Dennis; Water Color/Pen and Ink by Alan Gordon, along with Water Colors by Freeman Beard and Pen/Ink drawings by Brian Carney are rendered in subject matter such as street scenes, whimsical figures, streams, barns, waterfalls, and wildlife. Their paintings and details of the drawings capture nature’s creation and human emotion awareness.
Mixed media paintings by Toni Carlton, Martha Olson, Marion Cloaninger and Debbie Arnold are rendered by creating surfaces using texture, calligraphy, and color, along with mixed materials. Each uses an articulate technique to define the interpretations of their work.
Blown and assembled glass, metal and clay sculpture, turned and carved wood, fiber wearable art and jewelry by the talented artisans the gallery represents contribute an added dimension to the 33rd Spring Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery which runs through July 15.
We welcome new artists to Carlton Gallery: Lisa Boardwine, Dottie Leatherwood and Eddie Tallent!
We are preparing for our “Spring Group Exhibition” with new works so far from…Martha Olsen, Andrew Braitman, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Marion Cloaninger, Dottie Leatherwood, Eddie Tallent and Frank Holder.
We will have Featured Artists Exhibition with Kevin Beck and Amy Sullivan “The Landscape – Masculine & Feminine” during our Spring Group Exhibition beginning May 23 with an opening reception from 2-5pm.
We will also have “An afternoon with the Artists” 4th Saturdays of alternating months… artists to be announced…as part of the “Avery Tour de Art”.
Our Workshops are filling! Please call the gallery, 828 963 4288 to check the status of each workshop, to register or to be on our workshop email list.
The exhibitions for the 2015 season have been added so please check out our updated schedule!
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 32nd Winter Exhibition with a Holiday Open House on Friday, November 28; Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A jewelry trunk show by award winning lapidarist, metal smith and gemologist, Ran Armstrong, on Friday and Saturday is a highlight of the Holiday Open House.
Gallery owner and artist, Toni Carlton, extends a heartfelt invitation to one and all to begin the Holiday Season at Carlton Gallery while enjoying light refreshments, hot cider or tea along with lots of community spirit.
The seasonally decorated gallery is filled with ART in all mediums by the talented local, regional and national artists the gallery represents. Paintings by Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Vae Hamilton, Connie Winters, Amy Sullivan, Warren Dennis, Edie Maney, Jane Desonier, Ray Byram, Helen Farson, Egi Antonaccio, Kate Worm, Mary Dobbin, Michael Grady, and Brian Carney are in many styles and varied subject matter, including traditional and abstract landscapes, figurative, mixed media, still life and wildlife.
New paintings reflecting the beauty of winter can be found at the 32 Winter Exhibition and Holiday Open House. Mary Martha McKinley’s snowy red barn scene renders the stillness and serenity found in many locations throughout the High Country. Holly Glasscock’s oils highlight winter’s shadows and silhouettes found in snowy landscapes. Watercolorist Freeman Beard renders paintings with snow covered barns, farms, streams and landscapes in his realistic impressionism style using the traditional technique of transparent watercolors.
Acrylic and watercolor/ink paintings exhibited by visionary artist Debbie Arnold are from her earlier body of work which reflects her love of Asian art with a unique perspective.
The ongoing “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibition by Toni Carlton is a part of the 32 Winter Exhibition and Holiday Open House which she says “Connects everyone to the Light this time of year. My hand-woven fibers form incremental patterns along with many translucent layers of writings, prayers and songs within the canvases to express the energy and the connection to each other and the Divine”.
The 32 Winter Exhibition also features “Small Works” in paintings, glass, wood, pottery, basketry, fiber art and fine jewelry by talented artisans. These “Small Works” are of exceptional quality and make thoughtful holiday gifts.
Paintings by Alan Gordon, Holt McLean and Linda Apriletti are original works embracing many media, styles and price ranges. Arlene Mandell renders figurative works in oils and oil pastels which capture the personality and spirit of her subject matter.
Colorful blown glass vases and vessels by Robinson Scott are in unique forms and shapes to enhance a holiday display. Sculptural wood bowls, vessels and urns by Bobby Phillips and Alan Hollar are one –of-a-kind art pieces exemplifying their creativity. Hand painted exquisite gourds by Cindy Vandewart and new to the gallery, Linda Spillane add a sophisticated Native American aspect.
Handbuilt sculptured clay vessels by Marty Allran contain themes of nature, floral and the divine feminine as the inspiration for her unique art work. Functional mugs, tea/rice cups, small bowls and yarn bowls ( perfect for weavers - knitters) by Becky Henderson-Gow are wheel thrown and hand painted using slip trailing with intricate designs and patterns reminiscent of her ancestor’s quilting patterns.
Fiber art of woven scarves in beautiful winter colors, Erda bags in myriad shapes and sizes, wool felted hats and scarves by Vasanto, along with reversible jackets and three-quarter coats by Trimdin are exceptional holiday gifts. Intricate miniature wearable basketry necklaces by Lyn Shallis along with her sculptural fine art baskets add elegance and style to one’s wardrobe or home.
The 32 Winter Exhibition and Holiday Open House showcases the sculptural art jewelry of Ran Armstrong. He is a lapidarist, metal smith and gemologist whose award winning jewelry incorporates metals of 14K, 18K, 22K gold and sterling silver. Armstrong hand cuts or carves many of the crystals and gemstones in his exquisite line of jewelry. He says, “Forming by hand and heat of torch allows me to control the process, yet allows serendipitous elements as I fabricate high karat gold and sterling silver into one-of-a-kind pieces often featuring gemstones too rare for main stream jewelry”.
Armstrong will be present at the 32 Winter Exhibition and Holiday Open House with a jewelry trunk show of additional necklaces, earrings and rings from his personal collection. He will be happy to greet holiday visitors and discuss his fabulous designs on Friday and Saturday.
Visit Carlton Gallery and enjoy the 32 Winter Exhibition and Holiday Open House on Friday, November 28; Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art work in all mediums by the gallery’s outstanding artists, along with the jewelry trunk show by Ran Armstrong on Friday and Saturday is sure to start the season with much holiday cheer.
Autumn Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery during the Avery Tour de Art September 27
The 32nd Autumn Group Exhibition begins this Saturday, September 27 with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Gallery artists will meet and greet friends, visitors and patrons. Light hors d’oeuvres and community spirit can be enjoyed while viewing the gallery’s collection of fine art in paintings, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, fiber and jewelry.
Beautiful autumn colors of the High Country may be seen in many of the paintings and 3-dementional works by gallery artists. Enjoy new paintings by Kevin Beck, Vae Hamilton, Linda Apriletti, Mary Martha McKinley, Mike Ham, Marion Cloaninger, Alan Gordon, and Freeman Beard for our Autumn Group Exhibition.
View traditional and abstract paintings in landscapes, still life’s, figurative, non-objective abstracts, cityscapes and structural design abound at Carlton Gallery by artists Andrew Braitman, Connie Winters, Egi Antonaccio, Kate Worm, Warren Dennis, Helen Farson, Roy Nichols, Arlene Mandell, Michael Grady, Mary Dobbin, Edie Maney, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Brian Carney, Debbie Arnold, Holly Glasscock, Jane, Desonier, Gina Strumpf, and new to the gallery this season, Amy Sullivan and Kevin Lee Aita.
New clay figurative sculpture by Jayne Harris honors women in nature and the feminine mystic as well as Melissa York’s female figurative indoor or garden sculpture.
Enjoy “Art Songs of the Heart” an Exhibition by Toni Carlton, artist, owner and curator of Carlton Gallery and visit with her from 10-5 during the Avery Tour de Art on September 27.
“ART SONGS OF THE HEART” BY TONI CARLTON – OPENS SEPTEMBER 27
Through her passion for working in mixed media combined with her expression of her spiritual journey, artist Toni Carlton’s creative process begins in a consciousness of prayer and song; a focused intention to allow a centered prayer to become an artistic expression through movement on the canvas. In Toni’s latest collection “Art Songs of the Heart” the texture of ancestral patterns of the fabric of all life are blended with the hand-woven threads shared between generations. “Art as a Prayer” becomes the theme as the Exhibition “Art Songs of the Heart “embodies the vibration of the voice within a painting.
The handwoven fabric, offers the observer to “see beyond” what appears to be to what can be experienced and transformed through the sacred voice of the heart.
The word in script is becoming a lost art. Toni’s artwork is imprinted with the expressive calligraphic text in English to create elegant flowing abstract compositions which are seen through hand woven fabric adhered to canvas with many layers of transparent paint.
Another layer of the creative process in the “Art Songs of the Heart” series includes the process of touch drawing. This technique is done by touch with only the hands on transparent paper that is placed on a thin layer of water based oils. The expressions in the work come from the subconscious, the heart space and from within rather than from a plan to create a specific image. Using movement, meditation and healing sounds as a prompt to begin the art work, Toni’s work expresses the connection to the Divine Feminine and Mothering Peace.
Toni Carlton’s calligraphic artworks have juried in the Invitational World Calligraphy Exhibitions held in Seoul, Korea, Beijing, China and Geneva, Switzerland. Carlton was one of the two American women artists whose work was chosen to participate in the International Healing Arts Exhibition in Naples, Italy.
Enjoy the “Art Songs of the Heart” Exhibition of Toni Carlton’s paintings along with the Autumn Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery beginning September 27 and visit with Toni Carlton, artist, owner and curator of Carlton Gallery from 10-5 during the Avery Tour de Art.
An Artists’ Reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. with some of the standing gallery artists in attendance to greet friends, visitors and patrons. Light hors d’oeuvres and community spirit can be enjoyed while viewing the gallery’s collection of fine art in paintings, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, fiber and jewelry. The gallery represents local, regional and national artists working in these various mediums.
Celebrate the 32nd year of Carlton Gallery during the Autumn Group Exhibition along with the “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibit by Toni Carlton on Saturday September 27. The Avery Tour de Art is from 10-5 and the Opening Reception is from 2-5pm.
Meet Emerging Artists at Carlton Gallery during the Avery Tour de Art this Saturday
Arlene Mandell, Lynn Shallis and Joe Mareka
The 6th Annual Avery Tour De Art continues on Saturday, August 23 at Carlton Gallery as well as other local galleries, and artists’ studios in the Watauga and Avery areas. The Tour De Art is a monthly event, 4th Saturday from 10-5pm, June through November, where artists open their studios to the public and galleries hold special art events. Maps can be picked up at each location on the Tour.
Carlton Gallery continues to celebrate the 32nd Year in the community of Foscoe, surrounded with lively creative spirit. Join Toni Carlton in honoring 3 new Emerging Artists that are excellent in their various mediums. Carlton Gallery is known for the diversity of fine art along with beautiful handcrafted 3 dimensional artwork. Please welcome Arlene Mandell, Lynn Shallis and Joe Mareka for the “Meet the Artists” during the Avery Tour de Art, Saturday, August 23 from 10-5.
Join us and connect with the artists demonstrating basketry, needle felting, playing Native American style flutes and enjoy the eloquent expressions of their creative process.
Reflections from the artists:
Arlene Mandell - “In the 1960's, I was teaching full time in Manhattan. To relax at night, I began sketching the plants on my windowsill. Wanting to learn more about how to draw still life, I signed up for a Saturday "LIFE” class at the nearby famed Art Students League. However, when I walked into the "LIFE" class, I was astonished to see a nude model posing on a platform. The instructor told me that "LIFE" meant the live model, and not still life. He urged me to try the class because he felt there was nothing more exciting than working from the live model. I stayed for the session and was hooked! After that day, there was nothing I wanted to do more. That love has continued. It was transmitted to me from that instructor, Arthur Foster, who became my teacher. In time, I discovered Arthur Foster had worked for many years with his father, Hal Foster, to produce the “Prince Valiant” comic strip.”
“The people you see in my artwork are people from all walks of life in my community. They come to pose at the Miami Art League, where I do the work. I listen to the stories of their lives and try to enter their world for a while to put down an impression. I do not use photographs, but rather try to remember their physical being and personality in case I want to continue working on the picture after they've left.”
“There is a whole world to explore in every face. I love to explore that world.”
Lynn Shallis - “The goal of my work is to create a form that is striking to view on many levels. Color, shape and size each play their part. Inspiration comes somewhat from life’s experiences and images impressed upon the mind. Using some and discarding others, a basket coalesces as this process takes place.
My art is a gift from God and I can only hope that the end product is pleasing to Him and to the viewer in their eyes and in their souls.”
Joe Mareka - I have been honing my skills in creating Native American style flutes for several years. Thirty years of woodcarving, making furniture and basket weaving has been a natural segue into this art form. My interest in Native American culture and artifacts grew from my childhood in southeastern North Carolina and my studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Visits to the southwest introduced me to the beauty of flute music which has fed my passion to share my art.
This 32 Annual Mid – Summer Group Exhibition continues at Carlton Gallery through September 15 along with Andrew Braitman’ solo exhibit, “Expanding the Edge of Color” which continues through September 20.
For more information about the Mid-Summer Group Exhibition or Andrew Braitman's solo exhibit, "Expanding the Edge of Color" see the announcement below.
Enjoy a day filled with music, light refreshments, demonstrations and community spirit while visiting with gallery artists.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk on N.C. 105 in the Foscoe/Grandfather Mountain community.
Opening in upcoming workshop!
August 12, 13, 14 (10am - 5pm) “Painting the Landscape and Architecture”
with Kevin Beck $315 - Pastels or Oils for beginners or advanced painters interested in learning the fundamentals of creating spontaneous fresh landscape paintings using Photographic References” –
Kevin is one of the Southeast’s most collected artists. He is celebrated for his vibrant paintings that resonate with the soul of the landscape. He creates in both pastel and oil in plein air and the studio. Though he teaches only a limited number of workshops a year, he’s known for his articulate and generous instruction, as well as the humor and equanimity he brings to the classroom.
Limited to 8 participants
CARLTON GALLERY’S 32nd MID- SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION
With Andrew Braitman’s “Expanding the Edge of Color”
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 32nd Anniversary, with their prime show of the season. The Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 26. Meet Andrew Braitman, a prominent artist with a national reputation, and other noted gallery artists during a reception held between 2 and 5pm. The event will feature Braitman’s solo exhibition, “Expanding the Edge of Color”. The Opening of the Exhibition will coincide with the Avery Tour de Art, a coalition of galleries and artists’ private studios, which is Saturday, July 26 – 10 to 5.
This 32 Annual Mid – Summer Group Exhibition encompasses fine art in glass, wood, sculpture, clay, fiber and fine jewelry by the many talented and dedicated artisans represented by the gallery along with contemporary and traditional paintings in oils, acrylics, pastels, water color and mixed media. New paintings by Connie Winters, Roy Nichols, Warren Dennis, Mary Martha McKinley, Kate Worm, Helen Farson, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Michael Grady, Arlene Mandell, Marion Cloaninger, Holly Glasscock, Alan Gordon, Kevin Beck, Linda Apriletti and Debbie Arnold fill the gallery with landscapes, non-objective abstracts, figurative, still life and humorous caricatures.
New to the gallery this season, Kevin Aita’ s photo realism of dancers superimposed creatively to represent the figure in motion are breathtaking and Amy Sullivan’s oil and cold wax on plaster exploring the structures of regional barns brings the interior/decorative design elements into a fine art arena.
Sculptural Clay figurative works by Jayne Harris and new to the gallery, Melisa York bring the quality of the feminine, intuitive side of nature along with John Littleton and Kate Vogel’s cast glass hands holding a lotus flower.
Braitman’s exhibition, “Expanding the Edge of Color” clearly demonstrates his passion for exploring and creating through a focus on the relationship of texture and color combined with lost and found edges.
With sizes ranging from 5”x7” to 50”x70”, his explosions of artistic expression come bursting forth into form gracefully yet powerfully through the rhythm of creative cycles of layer upon layer of the blending of a collection of brilliant colors. This excellent use of color is a prominent component of Braitman’s paintings. Many are almost abstract except for a few strokes that hint of a familiar image.
Braitman states: “I am so happy with these latest paintings; they reflect my maturity as a painter as well as my love of the colors and rhythms of the world I paint. In these pieces, I show the confidence and elegance of my painting process. Instead of trying to showcase my talent (by cramming more and more into each painting) I let the colors I choose, the way I apply the paint, and the singular brush stroke I make mimic the beauty and interest of the woods I paint.”
“In these paintings I let the context (the scene I choose to paint) do much of the work so that I may showcase a few beautiful individual brushstrokes in each painting. I let the palette I work with in each painting help to explain the mood and time of day of each individual painting which lets me focus more and more on unique and varied paint application.”
“I found that I am more expressive when working on larger paintings, so I wanted to see if I could be as elegant in smaller paintings. I was heartily encouraged to find that these small pieces (7 x 5 inch pieces on panel) could be as exciting and expressive as the larger work.”
Andrew Braitman has exhibited his paintings at Carlton Gallery for over twenty years, and his abstract landscapes rendered in his signature color combinations are in many private and public collections. He has exhibited in galleries, one-man and group shows in Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Milburn, NJ; also in Noorbeck, Holland, Rio de Janiero and Curitiba, Brazil.
Born in Casper, Wyoming, Braitman earned his BA from the University of Maryland. It was at the university where Braitman discovered his true passion for art. He enrolled in every drawing, painting, sculpture, and lithography class offered by the university, along with physics to study light, anatomy and physiology courses in the nursing school to learn the human body. His artistic prowess earned him the Warton Award Grant for Outstanding Senior Artist. All the extra classes allowed him to receive the same award again two years later.
Enjoy the new artwork by standing and new gallery artists along with Andrew Braitman’s “Expanding the Edge of Color” as Carlton Gallery celebrates its 32nd Anniversary during the Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 26 with the reception from 2-5pm. These exhibitions continue through September 15th.
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 32nd Anniversary, with their prime show of the season. The Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 26. Meet Andrew Braitman, a prominent artist with a national reputation, and other noted gallery artists during a reception held between 2 and 5pm. The event will feature Braitman’s solo exhibition, “Expanding the Edge of Color”. The Opening of the Exhibition will coincide with the Avery Tour de Art, a coalition of galleries and artists’ private studios, which is Saturday, July 26 – 10 to 5.
Join us this Saturday, June 28 – 10:00 – 5:00 for the 1st “Avery Tour de Art” of the Season!!!!
We are having a “Meet the Artists” day during the Tour de Art with 3 gallery artists available to discuss their “ART” with visitors and demonstrations in the morning by Brian Carney.
Enjoy meeting Alan Gordon, Mary Martha McKinley and Brian Carney.
Join us this Saturday, June 21 10-5 for Foscoe and Grandfather Mountain Community's Home Decor Stirabout and find a perfect new piece for your home. Our spring group exhibition continues through July 15, as well as the featured exhibition 'Energetic Expressions by Egi and Edie' (Egi Antonaccio and Edie Maney).
Happy Spring to everyone! It is finally arriving in the High Country! We are excited about our 2014 Season so please check out our updated schedule!
The 31st Winter Group Exhibition continues as Carlton Gallery celebrates this beautiful season. Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends an invitation for everyone to visit and enjoy fine art in a “Small Works” Exhibition featuring original work in all mediums, styles and price ranges.
Fall and winter landscapes, still life, horses, non-objective abstracts, figurative, pen/pencil wildlife and visionary paintings fill the “Small Works” Exhibition with the peaceful energy of the quiet winter. Debbie Arnold, Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio, Andrew Braitman, Gina Strumpf, Jane Desonier, Vae Hamilton, Toni Carlton, Warren Dennis, Freeman Beard, Helen Farson, Brian Carney, Marion Cloaninger, Mary Dobbin, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Holly Glasscock and Alan Gordon are some of the artists whose small works can also become beautiful treasures.
“Small Works” in sculpture, wood, glass and clay with exceptional workmanship and originality offer unique gift ideas for the holidays. The gallery’s outstanding sculpture artists Zach Smith Johnson, Frank Holder, and Jayne Harris working in steel, aluminum and clay create unusual fine art. Wood artisans Bobby Phillips, Alan Hollar and Allen Davis exhibit turned and carved works of art from the area’s many hardwood trees. Glass artists, Robinson Scott, John Littleton/Kate Vogel, Greg Fidler, Fred Mead and Megg Isaac exhibit blown, cast and assembled pieces in vases, candle holders, trays, cake plates, s-curves, bowing sculptures and hands cast in beautiful amber colored glass. Clay artists Nancy Lewis, Kathleen Ryall, Patti Connor-Greene, Nancy Graham, Maggie Black, Jack Boyle, and Sylvia Coppola offer distinctive gifts in functional pottery - vases, mugs, teapots, trays, plates, bowls and casseroles.
Along with the 31st Winter Group Exhibition featuring “Small Works”, the Wearable Art and Jewelry Show is extended through March 15th. Wearable art and upscale handmade crafts can be found by artists and designers Myra Tannehill, Vasanto, Nancy Robeson, Carolyn Glazener, Linda Berryman, Princy, Erda, Maruka, Venus and Trimdin in hats, scarves, shawls, purses, jackets and one-of-a- kind dream bags.
The jewelry show features a spirited collection by the gallery’s numerous artisans, including Don Haywood, Julie Salvetti, Laura Fly, Lisa Kent, Rebecca Hellman, Tana Acton, Rebecca Neigher, Terry Thompson and Judith Goldstein. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings are among the collections in 14-18K gold and silver, with precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls, crystals, fossils, sculptural wrapped wire and beads in myriad colors and shapes.
Enjoy Heart Opening artworks in this Winter Exhibition as we move into the month of February with the celebration of the Heart with the continued exhibit of Small Works and the Winter Exhibition at Carlton Gallery which runs through April 15.
Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. Winter Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 to 5 or by appointment. For more information on the gallery, artists or exhibitions, call (828) 963-4288 or click contact to send an email.
Carlton Gallery presents an "Intuitive Connections" exhibit which features local artists, Debbie Arnold and Toni Carlton, at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum located on Main Street in Blowing Rock which runs through December 4th. This exhibit can be viewed Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5, with free admission on Thursday between the hours of 4 to 7. The "Intuitive Connections" exhibit explores the painting process used by Arnold and Carlton. Their technique allows the painting process to connect with the inner self and to the invisible spirit and soul. Their work is the merging of art and spirituality. See Exhibitions page for the complete story.
The landscape in the High Country is comparable to the many landscape paintings found at Carlton Gallery during the 31st Autumn Exhibition. Traditional and abstracted styles in oils and acrylics by Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio, Jane Desonier, Linda Apriletti, Holt McLean and Andrew Braitman are rendered in a palette as dazzling as Mother Naturer's. Visit Carlton Gallery to view the many styles of landscape paintings and diverse collection of fine art in the 31st Autumn Exhibition which is ongoing through November 22. The "Sharing the Muse" exhibition of figurative, abstract landscapes, mixed media, and horses by Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton and Mary Dobbin can be viewed through October 22. The following featured exhibition of visiting artists, Dennis and Carol Usdan will begin with an opening reception on October 26 from 2-5 pm and runs through November 19. For the full story please see our Exhibitions page.
"Sharing the Muse," an exhibition by Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton, and Mary Dobbin is a highlight of Carlton Gallery's 31st Autumn Group Exhibition beginning Saturday, September 28 with an artists' reception from 2-5pm. In classical Greek, the Muses were nine goddesses essential to the creation of Art. In contemporary English usage, Muse refers to a person who inspires an artist, writer or musician. Artists Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton, and Mary Dobbin have inspired and supported each other for many years in Catawba County, although Dobbin now resides in New York City. Carlton Gallery will host this exhibition as part of the monthly Avery Tour de Art. Please click on Exhibitions to see the full story.
"Savoring Moments in Time" by local artists, Kevin Beck and Egi Antonaccio, is a complementary exhibition of their landscape paintings at Carlton Gallery. An Artists' Reception is planned for Saturday, August 24th from 2 to 5 p.m. This exhibition is also a feature for the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, August 24th from 10 to 5 p.m. Each artist's unique interpretation of the area's natural environment is captured on canvas with colors, shadows, and textures. They render paintings which capture their vision of scenic vistas and strategic places that will stand the test of time. Please see our Exhibitions page for the complete story."
Carlton Gallery celebrates its 31st Anniversary with a Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 27. An Artists' Reception is planned from 2 to 5 when some of the gallery artists will be present to meet visitors. This 31st anniversary celebration coincides with the Avery Tour de Art, a coalition of galleries and artists' private studios, which is Saturday, July 27 from 10 to 5.
An exhibition "Outside In and Inside Out - Soul Expressions" by gallery owner/curator, Toni Carlton, and Michael Grady, an art professor at Appalachian State University, is a special feature for the 31 Summer Group Exhibition. They will be happy to meet visitors and discuss their respective art on exhibit at the Artists' Reception from 2 to 5.
This collaborative efforts by Carlton and Grady exhibit mixed media work by Carlton and acrylic paintings with Chinese ink by Grady. They share a common interest in Asian art and philosophy, along with a connection to art that connects creativity, wellness and spirituality. Their exhibition refers to an interest in weaving elements which connect the outer worlds of culture and nature to the inner worlds of mind, spirit and emotion. It also explores concepts of nature, "flow" and the authentic gesture used in Asian art. See our Exhibitions page for complete story.
Carlton Gallery's continuing 31st Spring Group Exhibition features beautiful floral paintings in oils, acrylics, and watercolors by standing gallery artists Rainelle Meridith, Mary Dobbin, Debbie Arnold, and Freeman Beard. In addition to paintings, this group exhibition contains art in glass, wood, clay, sculpture, fiber, and fine jewelry and continues through July 23. The "Approaching the Edge of Color" exhibition of abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman can also be seen through July 21st. Please see our Exhibitions page for the complete story.
Carlton Gallery continues its 31st Spring Group Exhibition with art in paintings, glass, wood, sculpture, clay, wearable fiber and fine jewelry.
A noticeable component for the Spring Group Exhibition is bold, bright and beautiful COLOR. Andrew Braitman's exhibition, "Approaching the Edge of Color" is ongoing through July 21st. Carlton Gallery is pleased to represent the noted new gallery artist, Connie Winters, who also has a unique sensitivity to color. Her vibrant impressionistic style paintings capture colorful scenes of vineyards, gardens and interiors in rich hues. She is a keen observer, particularly with the interplay of color and light. Another key ingredient is strong drawing skills which determine the architecture of her designs. Her paintings often reflect her travels through Europe and project her ongoing fascination with the countryside of Provence, France and Tuscany, Italy. Please see our Exhibitions page for the complete story.
Carlton Gallery, continuing its 31st Spring Group Exhibition, is exhibiting new works by Andrew Braitman, an artist of national stature, with an Artist Reception planned for Saturday, June 22, 2-5 p.m. This reception affords an opportunity for Braitman to meet visitors and discuss his work.
Braitman's exhibition, "Approaching the Edge of Color," is a feature for the Avery Tour de Art - a coalition of galleries and artists' studios which begins its 5th season of showcasing fine art on the fourth Saturday from June through October. Hours for the Avery Tour de Art are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the Exhibitions page for more details on Andrew Braitman and other stories about gallery artists.
"A Taste of Carlton Gallery" can be experienced at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for the month of June. BRAHM is a non-profit museum whose function is to promote visual arts, history, and also to celebrate the rich heritage of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. A "Small Sampling" of artwork from gallery artists Warren Dennis, Kevin Beck, Vae Hamilton, Egi Antonaccio, Brian Carney, Freeman Beard, Joyce Norwood and the late Jim Crompton is on exhibit during June with subject matter ranging from landscapes, horses, dogs, musicians, figurative and still life. An Artist's Reception is planned for Thursday, June 13, 6 to 7 p.m. where some of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to meet patrons and visitors. Please see the Exhibitions page for more details on the artists and work featured in this show, as well as all of the other artwork on display here at the gallery.
Come out to the gallery today to see the special exhibition "Voyages and Visions - A European Influence" featuring work by Helen Farson, Gina Strumpf, and Sharon Rusch Shaver. The exhibition opens today with a reception from 2-5pm, and will continue through July 18. Today is also the opening for our Spring Group Exhibition which continues through July 23. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists while viewing work by long-standing and new gallery artists. See the Exhibitions page for more details on the artists and work featured in this show, as well as all of the other artwork on display here at the gallery.
Come out to the Dickson Gallery at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, NC this month to see Toni Carlton's work on display. The exhibition contains works from her 'Spirit of the Heart' series and will hang in the Dickson Gallery for the month of May. She will be having a reception for this show on Sunday, May 19, from 2-4pm. See our Facebook page for more details.
Our first show of the year opens in just a couple of weeks! It is titled Mothering Peace and Community Expressions and will feature work by Kichung Lizee, Treva McLean, and Toni Carlton. Proceeds of this show will help to benefit the Twilight Inn, a retirement village for pets whose owners have died or been admitted to long-term care. The opening reception will be Saturday, May 4th from 2-5pm, and the show will last until May 19. Please come out and see us and support this important cause!
We are very excited to announce that the new Boone Healing Arts Center is displaying the artwork of Toni Carlton, the gallery director-curator. Toni says "I am very appreciative to have my art in such a beautiful space. For me creating art is a healing process, and I hope that people viewing my art can also experience benefits in body, mind, and spirit." The Boone Healing Arts Center offers acupuncture, chiropractic work, massage therapy, counseling, yoga, and much more.
Check out our new website! Search for any piece of artwork or artist in the search box, browse our artwork by category, medium, or artist, and see all of our workshops and exhibitions for the year by using the navigation bar to the left. The site is still undergoing further revision so please be patient with any issues. If we haven't yet added something that was on the old site, you can still find it by clicking here.