Carlton Gallery Hosts 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition this Saturday, July 28th

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm

“Baby Copper Creek” by Andrew Braitman.

Carlton Gallery is celebrating its 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 28 with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 pm. with some of the gallery artists in attendance to meet visitors and patrons. This exhibition affords the opportunity to view art in Paintings, Glass, Wood, Sculpture, Clay, Wearable Fiber and Jewelry by the gallery’s talented artisans. This artists’ reception is free of charge and all are welcome.

The 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition features two gallery artists whose work transcends the color spectrum. The abstract landscapes of Andrew Braitman and the non-objective abstracts of Lisa Boardwine in their exhibit “Spectrum – Beyond Color and Abstraction” consist of shapes, forms, colors and lines which are visually stunning and engaging.

“Lake’s Edge” by Andrew Braitman.

Nature is a balance – it is always changing, settling, and peaceful, and the abstracted landscape paintings of Andrew Braitman illustrate these characteristics. Color is a big component in his paintings and seems to come naturally. His paintings are rendered with thick paint, texture and a surprise that appears on each canvas bringing life and signature to his work.      

Andrew Braitman is an artist with immense talent along with a strong work ethic which enables him to paint six days a week – Monday through Saturday. In true artist fashion, Braitman says, “I would paint eight days a week if it were possible”. A full-time painter for over forty years with national stature, Braitman’s art has been featured In galleries; one-man and group exhibitions in Santa Fe; Chicago; Atlanta; Milburn, NJ; Washington, D.C.; Noorbeck, Holland; Rio de Janiero and Curitba, Brazil.

Oil and Cold Wax by Lisa Boardwine.

The non-objective abstract paintings of Lisa Boardwine stem from a subconscious and intuitive process. Essential to her paintings is the layering of textures, marks and color to create a history of surface which contains the essence of special places and captured memories. Her travels to Italy and exposure to the eroding nature of ancient architecture are a major influence in her work.

The painting process for Boardwine involves layers upon layers of paint on cradled panels, paper and canvas. She utilizes various tools to add texture and interest. She builds up and tears down, dissolves through and scraps back, excavating and veiling to recreate a sense of the mysterious through many layers of media. The addition of mark making and asemic writing also adds dimension to her paintings.

Boardwine’s abstract paintings have exhibited and won awards in numerous juried shows. Her work is in various collections – private and corporate both nationally and internationally.  

Oil and Cold Wax by Lisa Boardwine.

This 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition also features paintings by Linda Apriletti, Mary Martha McKinley, Dottie Leatherwood, Helen Farson, Arlene Mandell, Debbie Arnold, Egidio Antonaccio, Tonya Bottomley, Kevin Beck, Gina Strumpf, Toni Carlton, Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Freeman Beard, Warren Dennis and Connie Winters. Their outstanding work is in many styles with diverse subject matter.  

3-Dimensional works in clay, wood, glass, metal and fiber art are displayed throughout the gallery. Mary-Ann Prack’s hand-built sculptural clay figurative works are precise, distinctive and colorful with geometric purity of form and surface detail. Fred Mead’s assembled, fused-cast glass sculptures project meditative feelings of serenity. Zac Smith-Johnson’s outdoor steel sculpture is created with traditional forging techniques, as well as modern fabrication processes. His high level of creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail is impeccable.  

Everyone is welcome to the 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition on Saturday, July 28, 2 to 5 p.m. to enjoy meeting the artists, conversation and delicious hors d’oeuvres. This 36th Mid-Summer Group Exhibition with “Spectrum – Beyond Color and Abstraction” by Andrew Braitman and Lisa Boardwine can be viewed through September 15.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk and 8 miles from Blowing Rock on NC 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain Community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5 and 11 to 5 on Sunday.

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