Carlton Gallery continues its 33rd Mid-Summer Group Exhibition featuring fine art in paintings, glass, sculpture, wood, clay, wearable fiber and jewelry by the many local, regional and national artists it represents.
New works by mixed media artist Vae Hamilton, abstract landscape artist Kate Worm and Impressionistic realism landscapes by artist Egi Antonaccio are showcased in this exhibition. While focusing on different subjects, approaches and styles, their commonalities include a strong sense of light and color.
Esteemed gallery artist Vae Hamilton brings life to her art through layers of images, translucent paints, dyed tissue papers and stenciling, stamping and surface embellishments. Her mixed media collages have texture and create a feeling of three dimension on a two dimensional surface. Hamilton often uses symbolism and quite often her paintings tell a story. Her mixed media collages usually include birds, cows, dogs and a steady stream of horses.
Now working as a full-time artist and instructor, Hamilton majored in art at Western Illinois University and the University of Colorado. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and exhibits her work nationwide.
Kate Worm renders abstracted landscapes which are imaginative and brilliant in color. She sketches and paints on location which allows her to explore abstract shapes in wooded interiors. Worm’s experience of the landscape is visceral, as she has trained herself to be open to it with all her senses. While hiking in the woods and mountains, she looks for a glimpse of vibrant life – a conjunction of natural elements that has a resonance which demands her attention. Worm continues her paintings in her studio on a larger canvas using a lengthy process of applying many layers of oils and sometimes removes paint to create a dark/light pattern.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Worm earned a master’s degree in sociology and education from Columbia Teachers College in New York. She has been an educator, art instructor and continues to exhibit her fine art in galleries and shows.
Egi Antonaccio is a versatile painter working in traditional and looser, more contemporary landscapes. Born in Castelluccio, Italy, he received his formal art education at the Institute of Fine Art in Castrovillian and the Academy of Fine Arts with Honors in Florence, Italy.
Antonaccio’s use of light and color creates an atmosphere full of emotion and amazement. He especially likes to inspire the viewer to see more light, color, brilliance and presence to enrich their visual perception. His contemporary landscape paintings are rendered with palette knives using bright, strong acrylics with courageous strokes. He applies heavy texture which appears abstracted until viewed from a distance, then the subject matter is clearly defined.
Antonaccio’s traditional oils are rendered with impeccable attention to details and imaginative scenes along with the backdrop of mountain vistas. From a large to a small sized canvas, the impressionistic oil paintings of Antonaccio reflect his great artistry.
New paintings by Debbie Arnold, Dottie Leatherwood, Gina Strumpf, Helen Farson and Sharon Rusch Shaver comprise visionary expression, mountain landscapes, cityscapes, florals and woodland scenes. Jayne Harris exhibits new clay sculptures representing the feminine mystique and nature, while Fred Mead’s recycled glass sculptures bring an added dimension to the 33rd Mid-Summer Group Exhibition.
The “From a Textural Point of View” exhibition of abstracted landscape paintings by Andrew Braitman and mixed media paintings by Toni Carlton is ongoing along with the group exhibition, which can be viewed through September 20.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. Highway 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community near the entrance to Seven Devils. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information on artists, exhibitions, or workshops, call 828-963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.