Toni Carlton Demonstrations, Talks at Carlton Gallery Set for Saturday During Tour de Art

Published Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm
Toni Carlton - Healing - White Buffalo Returns - 40x70 - Mixed Media - Acrylic - Ink-001

Toni Carlton – Healing – White Buffalo Returns – 40×70 – Mixed Media – Acrylic – Ink-001

Carlton Gallery’s 33rd Autumn Group Exhibition continues with the Avery Tour de Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. This coalition of galleries and artists’ private studios gives you the opportunity to meet individual artists to discuss their work.

Toni Carlton, artist and owner of the gallery, plans two demonstrations and talks on the process she utilizes to render her mixed media paintings. Her inspiration for utilizing weaving in her paintings comes from her ancestral background of weavers passed from generation to generation. Carlton also incorporates images from her life experiences, a love of dance, written messages, calligraphy in various languages and photographic images from her travels in her paintings. Her song “Let Us Sing” written in calligraphy was the background for “Healing – The White Buffalo Returns” and “Oneness” which exhibited in Naples, Italy. She begins her paintings with writing in graphite or ink and adding dyed and textured papers, hand-woven fibers and silhouettes, along with many layers of paint to create her work which reminds one to embrace the connection to all relations. Carlton’s demonstrations and talks will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and from 2-3 p.m. in her upstairs studio and showroom.

The calligraphic paintings of Carlton have juried in the Invitational World Calligraphy Exhibitions held in Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; Geneva, Switzerland and Naples, Italy.

“For over twenty years my work has been about the connection of all people through the use of different languages, universal images that represent open hearts, as well as respecting our heritage and recognizing our oneness,” Carlton said.

The gallery’s 33rd Autumn Group Exhibition also highlights several new gallery artists whose work enhances the exceptional art of the standing artists working in glass, wood, paintings, clay, sculpture, fiber and fine jewelry.

Toni Carlton - Oneness - 70x40 - Mixed Media-001

Toni Carlton – Oneness – 70×40 – Mixed Media-001

After many years of realistic landscapes and figurative paintings, Tonya Bottomley’s current work evolves into a style that is more reflective of her imagination and personal artistic vision. Her abstract art engages and challenges one’s intellect and emotions. She states, “Abstract art is a creative way of expressing a modified view of the world and its objects by simplifying or complicating the use of color, shape and form. I am fascinated with graphically altered shapes that may be simplified, exaggerated or distorted – but continue to embody potent messages. I sometimes experiment with eccentric perspectives”.

John Almaguer creates contemporary art glass using techniques of blowing, sculpting and carving. His work exemplifies the lightness along with the solidity of blown glass. Almaguer employs different techniques to express his personal feelings about the art glass as well as to engage the viewer.

Carlton Gallery’s 33rd Autumn Group Exhibition continues through November 15 with an exhibition by long standing artist Warren Dennis titled “Celebrating a Lifetime of Art”. Visit the gallery during the Avery Tour de Art and enjoy demonstrations and talks by artist, Toni Carlton, as she informs her thought process involving “expressive arts” to create her heart-rending mixed media paintings.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville and Banner Elk at 10360 N.C. Highway 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community. It operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information on artists, exhibitions and workshops, call 828-963-4288 or visit


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Toni Carlton – Healing Voices



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