Carlton Gallery’s 33rd Winter Group and “Small Works” Exhibition opens with a Holiday Open House on Nov. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Toni Carlton invites all to visit the seasonally decorated gallery for holiday spirit along with some winter libations and refreshments.
The featured artists’ exhibit “Art Reflections of 2015” includes a collection by those artists whose paintings were showcased this year. Selected paintings by Amy Sullivan, Kevin Beck, Andrew Braitman, Toni Carlton and Warren Dennis are in oil, acrylic and mixed media with subject matter of traditional and abstracted landscapes and barns, along with cubist style figurative work of ordinary people doing ordinary things. Carlton’s work is rendered in her signature style of a peaceful theme with meaningful media. This collection is colorful, thought-provoking, inspirational and amusing.
Beautiful realistic winter scenes of the High Country are rendered by Egi Antonaccio in which he paints the alluring light of nature as a focal point. Antonaccio paints his traditional interpretations of scenes in oils and uses acrylics for a more contemporary rendering of bright colors and bold brushstrokes.
The “Small Works” exhibit consists of original small works on canvas and paper, glass, sculpture, wood, pottery, wearable fiber and fine jewelry. Paintings by Dottie Leatherwood, Freeman Beard, Helen Farson, Marion Cloaninger, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Jane Desonier, Charles Lawson, and Arlene Mandell are original works embracing all media, styles and price ranges. This collection of small works has subject matter ranging from local and regional landscapes, exquisitely detailed still life, colorful abstracts and impressionistic portraiture.
Pottery both decorative and functional is included in the “Small Works” exhibit. New gallery clay artist, Jim Whalen, makes eye catching vessels with intricate glazing techniques that look like wood. John Turner crafts urns and bowls in contemporary designs using turquoise and copper glazes. Ralph Mello’s classical, sculptural vases, pitchers and lidded jars add an elegance to the exhibition. A large selection of unique mugs for tea, cider or coffee as well as a lively collection of baking casseroles, microwave cookers, platters, berry bowls and tea pots makes great small gifts.
Small wood items in shaker inspired boxes, remote holders, tissue boxes and trays by Jim Thoma; embossed and inlaid bookmarks by Mitercraft, as well as small secret and lacquered Russian boxes are sure to please. Hand painted gourds by Kim Miller, Cindy Vandewar t and Linda Spillane project the artists’ creativity and humor. Baskets by Lynn Shallis are woven using patterns and designs to make a fine art piece.
Light catching and reflective blown glass by John Almaguer and Robinson Scott enhance the “small works” exhibit, along with the assembled recycled glass trays, plates, coasters and candle holders by Fred Mead. Niche awards finalist, Mead exhibits “Crystal Globe” an assembled, recycled, sandblasted glass sculpture offering peace and tranquility for the Winter Exhibition.
Wearable fiber is represented by hand-crafted wool felted hats by Myra Tannehill and Vasanto. Hand woven colorful scarves by Carolyn Glazener and Banaris along with mobius shawls by Nancy Roberson are artistically crafted and stylish.
“Small Works” in lovely fine crafted jewelry is a feature for the 33 Winter Group Exhibition. Pendants, and Rings by Ran Armstrong are in sterling silver with 14K gold interspersed in some pieces. His work is finely crafted with a 21st century design and quality. Channing Ayers crafts necklaces using a varied selection of quality gemstones and pearls. A collection of kinetic wrapped wire cuffs and rings by Tana Acton are beautiful and creative designs.
Celebrate the season at Carlton Gallery’s Holiday Open House on November 27 and 28 where the ambience is peaceful and the ART is inspiring during the 33 Winter Group Exhibition featuring “Small Works” in all media. This Exhibition runs through April 30, 2016. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call 828-963-4288 or visit www.carltongallery.com.