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Thirty-First Winter Group Exhibition Features Various ‘Small Works’ by Local Artisans at Carlton Gallery

Dec. 16, 2013. The 31st Winter Group Exhibition continues as Carlton Gallery celebrates this beautiful holiday season. Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends an invitation for everyone to visit and enjoy fine art in a “Small Works” exhibition featuring original artwork in all mediums, styles and price ranges in a stress free environment with attentive service. 

Allan Hollar - Carved and Turned Sculptural BowlFall and winter landscapes, still live, horses, non-objective abstracts, figurative, pen and pencil wildlife and visionary paintings fill in the “small works” exhibition with peaceful energy and holiday spirit. Debbie Arnold, Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio, Andrew Braitman, Gina Strumpf, Jane Desonier, Vae Hamilton, Toni Carlton, Warren Dennis, Freeman Beard, Helen Farson, Brian Carney, Marion Cloaninger, Mary Dobbin, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Holly Glasscock and Alan Gordon are some of the artists whose small works can also become beautiful treasures.

“Small Works” in sculpture, wood, glass and clay with exceptional workmanship and originality offer unique gift ideas for the holidays. The gallery’s outstanding sculpture artists Zach Smith Johnson, Frank Holder, and Jayne Harris working in steel, aluminum and clay create unusual fine art. Wood artisans Bobby Phillips, Alan Hollar and Allen Davis exhibit turned and carved works of art from the area’s many hardwood trees. Glass artists, Robinson Scott, John Littleton/Kate Vogel, Greg Fidler, Fred Mead and Megg Isaac exhibit blown, cast and assembled pieces in vases, candle holders, trays, cake plates, s-curves,  bowing sculptures and hands cast in beautiful amber colored glass. Clay artists Nancy Lewis, Kathleen Ryall, Patti Connor-Greene, Nancy Graham, Jack Boyle, and Sylvia Coppola offer distinctive gifts in functional pottery – vases, mugs, teapots, trays, plates, bowls and casseroles.       

 Along with the 31st Winter Group Exhibition featuring “Small Works”, the Wearable Art and Jewelry Show is extended through March 15th. Wearable art and upscale handmade crafts can be found by artists Myra Tannehill, Vasanto, Nancy Robeson, Carolyn Glazener, and Linda Berryman in hats, scarves, shawls and one-of-a- kind dream bags. 

Jewelry adds to the holiday season and the jewelry show features a spirited collection by the gallery’s numerous artisans, including Don Haywood, Julie Salvetti, Laura Fly, Lisa Kent, Rebecca Hellman, Tana Acton, Rebecca Neigher, Terry Thompson and Judith Goldstein.  Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings are among the collections in 14-18K gold and silver, with precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls, crystals, fossils, sculptural wrapped wire and beads in myriad colors and shapes.

 Toni Carlton extends a Joyous Holiday Season to friends, patrons, visitors, and the community at large filled with the beauty of art and nature in the High Country along with her best wishes for a New Year of Peace, Good Health and Happiness.  Visit Carlton Gallery to view the 31st Winter Group Exhibition featuring “Small Works” in all mediums, styles and price ranges, along with the continued Wearable Art and Jewelry Show.  The Winter Group Exhibition which runs through April 15 features traditional to contemporary art in all media, sizes and price ranges from local and regional artists.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 to 5 and 11 to 5 on Sunday. For more information on the gallery, artists or exhibitions, call (828) 963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.