Pet Portrait Demos And Chatting About Four-Legged Friends at Carlton Gallery

Published Monday, June 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Gina Strumpf, Dog Portrait

Gina Strumpf, Dog Portrait

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 15. 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.

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. For information on Artists, Workshops or Exhibitions call (828) 963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.

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