Nov. 25, 2013. Carlton Gallery begins its 31st Anniversary Winter Exhibition in a festive ambiance with a two-day holiday open house on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends an invitation for everyone to start their holiday season by visiting her seasonally decorated gallery where holiday spirit can be found along with light refreshments and the traditional hot cider.
The 31st Anniversary Winter Exhibition features a “Small Works” show where one can find great gift items in a varied collection of original art in paintings, glass, wood, pottery, woven wearables, bags and purses, along with one-of-a-kind fine jewelry from the local, regional and national artists represented by the gallery.
Small paintings by Marion Cloaninger, Alan Gordon, Brian Carney, Mary Martha McKinley, Holly Glasscock, Betsy Bohrer, Jossie Fox Nichols, Vae Hamilton and Toni Carlton are original works embracing all media, styles and price ranges.
Small exquisite oil paintings by local artist Kevin Beck render local landscapes depicting winter’s snow, shadows and serenity.
Holt McLean paints the winter landscape in colors of icy blues with white snow casting long shadows.
Colorful, light catching blown glass vessels and vases by Robinson Scott make a cheerful display for the holidays. Likewise, the glass art of Fred Mead whose candelabra and candleholders along with his sculptures created from recycled glass brighten winter’s light.
John Turner’s vessels, bowls and wall hanging plates are raku with copper glazes in iridescent colors which change patterns with reflected light.
Small clay sculptures by Jayne Harris are connected to the earth and beyond. Her art work has energy and dreamlike quality which evokes curiosity and a feeling of connection on a deep level to all beings. Harris says, “as a clay sculptor, I find my hands frequently shaping female figures and faces, often in association with tree forms and animals. This triangle of plant, animal and human constitutes narrative shorthand that addresses cross-cultural issues of growth and decay. With these forms as symbols, I attempt to express my concern for our planet and my hope and fear for its inhabitats.”
The gallery has an eclectic collection of hand-crafted pottery in mugs, tea pots, pitchers, baking casseroles, butter dishes, plates and bowls. Each piece of functional pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe and can be enjoyed for many years.
Small works in wood by the area’s talented artists, Bobby Phillips and Alan Hollar, are on exhibit. Vessels, vases, bowls and urns by Phillips, along with turned and carved sculptural vessels and bowls by Hollar make wonderful and unique gifts.
Distinctive jewelry ads to the holiday season, and the “Small Works” exhibition features a spirited collection in all price ranges. Cultured pearl bracelets, earrings and necklaces set in 18K-14K gold and silver by Julie Salvetti along with designs in precious and semi-precious gemstones, fossils, wrapped wire and multi-hued beads by the gallery’s jewelry artisans make the holidays merry and bright.
All are invited to start the season by attending Carlton Gallery’s Holiday Open House featuring its “Small Works” exhibition on Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain Community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information on the gallery, exhibition or artists, call 828-963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.