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The Mothering Peace Exhibition and Community Expressions at Carlton Gallery on Saturday, May 4

May 3, 2013. Carlton Gallery, celebrating 31 years, begins its season with “Mothering Peace and Community Expressions” exhibition on Saturday, May 4th, with an Artist Reception from 2-5 p.m.  This exhibition features art work dedicated to peace and honoring Mother Earth – the Divine Feminine. This event also benefits The Twilight Inn, a new retirement center for pets whose owners can no longer care for them.

Lotus Heart Opens with Turtle Medicine by Toni Carlton
Lotus Heart Opens with Turtle Medicine by Toni Carlton

This exhibition presents original drawings by Treva McLean, calligraphy expressions by Kichung Lizee and touch – soul drawings by Toni Carlton. Each of these artists devotes time and talent to fostering peace and human kindness with a connection to both Native American traditions, as well as Eastern philosophies.

Local artist, writer and humanitarian, Treva McLean’s original drawings personify her feelings toward “Mothering Peace”. Treva says, “I sense a momentum which attracts the divine unto itself – this then is how my great-grandparents came to know the ancient Cherokee Mountain Tanawha, or “Great Eagle” and how they taught me to stand. I create from this quiet inner space – a sense of serenity inside the causal realm. I thank my grandmothers, mother, for my loving surrender to creation – Lena and Mildred (grandmothers) and Thelma (mother).” Treva creates in order to benefit humanity either by purposeful art, world peace flags or land conservancy.

The art exhibited by Korean-born American artist Kichung is a fusion of Eastern and Western ideals and visuals. Kichung’s art on exhibit is based on five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space in Tibetan Nyingma tradition.  She has incorporated “Mothering” images of feminine energy in each of the elements. Kichung states, “I believe “Mother Peace” comes from within, instead of doing something. We have to be the Mothering Peace within and the energy of peace will radiate out in phenomena”.

Toni Carlton, artist/gallery owner/curator offers to this exhibition a series of Touch Drawings completed during an Expressive Art Symposium. The technique is done by touch with only the hands on tissue 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 with her eyes closed, Toni’s work expresses the connection to the Divine Feminine and Mothering Peace.

Drawing by Treva McLean
Drawing by Treva McLean

The community is invited to participate in the third “Peace By Piece” mixed media collage which begins on Saturday, May 4. All art materials and paints will be provided by the gallery, and all ages are encouraged to express their creativity on this collage which will be auctioned for charity upon completion. Music, singing, art, light refreshments and community spirit can be found in abundance at the gallery for this special occasion.  

Visit Carlton Gallery for its “Mothering Peace and Community Expressions” exhibition on Saturday, May 4th to participate in honoring Mother Earth and enjoy an afternoon of art which is sure to raise ones consciousness and open ones heart. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.

For more information about Carlton Gallery, artists or upcoming workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or www.carltonartgallery.com.