One of the most established Fine Art Galleries in the High Country of Western North Carolina, Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 200 local, regional, and national artists. Originally established as a small fiber studio in 1982, the gallery today presents an inspiring array of original works and exceptional gift ideas for visitors and collectors, including paintings in oils, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media; giclees and limited edition prints; photography, pottery, designer jewelry, sculpture, wood, glass, fiber arts and more. The gallery conveys a casually elegant atmosphere with the spirit of the local community and summer residents along with artists' receptions and many exhibitions throughout the season in the High Country of Western NC. Workshops are conducted by standing gallery artists in oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, expressive and intuitive arts and mixed media collage. These workshops include traditional and abstract landscapes; still life, figurative and visionary.
Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends a heartfelt appreciation to all the artists, literally hundreds, who have created, inspired and supported her vision to promote the work of local, regional, national and international artists. Their fine art and contemporary crafts have graced the walls, pedestals, jewelry cases and shelves of the gallery from the beginning.
For 21 years the gallery was located in the Creekside Building, formerly known as the Kiln Room in the 1970s. In 2008 Carlton Gallery moved across Hwy 105 into the former Antonaccio Fine Art Gallery. "After many floods, challenges with beavers, raccoons, and a leaky roof, it was a little sad to say good-bye to the Creekside Building," Toni says, "but we are happy in our perfect home today."