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Realistic and Impressionistic Paintings by Kevin Beck, Helen Farson at Carlton Gallery

Local artist Kevin Beck’s realistic landscapes in oil along with Greensboro artist Helen Farson’s impressionistic oil paintings of vineyards and florals are a focal of Carlton Gallery’s 34th Spring Group Exhibition. This exhibition has new art by the standing gallery artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber and fine jewelry.

Kevin Beck is known for paintings that project colors, shadows and the atmosphere of the landscape. He begins most of his work en plein air even when snow is on the ground. His landscapes reveal the seasonal beauty in the mountain vistas, paths and meadows of the High Country. The reality of Beck’s paintings draws the viewer into a clear, crisp world of vibrancy and light.

Studies for Beck began as a child at the Canton Art Institute in Canton, Ohio. A family friend who was an architect and artist inspired him. Following somewhat in his footsteps, Beck began his career in business while painting in his spare time and continuing to craft his style. Eventually the desire to be a full time artist overshadowed his business career.

Vineyard Rhythm 16x20 Oil Canvas Helen Farson
Vineyard Rhythm 16×20 Oil Canvas Helen Farson

The art of Kevin Beck is widely collected and can be found in numerous corporate collections. Individual private collections include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Chile.

He is also praised for his teaching ability, as he is methodical, articulate and very thorough in showing the necessary steps and composition needed to render a good painting. Beck teaches a limited number of yearly workshops with one on July 19, 20 and 21 at the Carlton Gallery. This informative workshop will enable one to learn or refresh the techniques required to render a beautiful landscape.

Helen Farson expresses her vision of the world through impressionist oil paintings full of lush color and personal style. Her paintings are inspired by experiences at home including her lovely Gloriosa Garden and by travels to Provence and Tuscany. Farson’s images of gardens, still lifes, florals and landscapes are captured with Old World charm, clear colors and lyrical brushwork.

Farson earned a B.A. from Queens College and continued art studies in Colorado, France and Italy. She states, “I believe Art is visual poetry that comes to us from deep within—making life rich, beautiful and powerful. I feel honored to be an artist”.

Visit Carlton Gallery for the 34th Spring Group Exhibition’s focal of the art of Kevin Beck and Helen Farson. The “Perceptions of Nature” exhibition by 3 women artists, Debbie Arnold, Tonya Bottomley and Trena McNabb can also be viewed. The 34th Spring Group Exhibition with traditional to contemporary art work by the local, regional and national gallery artisans continues until July 15.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone on Hwy 105 and 7 miles north of Linville and Banner Elk in the Grandfather Mountain Community. For information on Artists, Exhibitions or Workshops, please call (828) 963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.

Kevin Beck - Welcome - 20x16 - oil
Kevin Beck – Welcome – 20×16 – oil
Kevin Beck -Time Stand Still - 20x16 - oil
Kevin Beck -Time Stand Still – 20×16 – oil