Oct. 21, 2014. The sixth annual Avery Tour de Art continues on Saturday,Oct. 25at Carlton Gallery as well as other local galleries, and artists’ studios in the Watauga and Avery areas. The Tour De Art is a monthly event, every fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June through November, where artists open their studios to the public and galleries hold special art events.
Maps can be picked up at each location on the Tour. Participating this year are Alta Vista Gallery, Carlton Gallery Fine Art and Toni Carlton Studio, Kevin Beck Studio, Linville River Pottery with Patti Conner Greene, Sally Nooney Studio and Gallery, Art Purveyors with studio of Mike Hill and Studio 140 – Kent Paulette and David Banega.
During this season, as the High Country landscape weaves brilliant colors of autumn, and a chill is in the air, the weaving also takes many forms in wearables, paintings and basketry at Carlton Gallery. The 32nd Autumn Group Exhibition continues through Nov. 22 along with the “Art Songs of the Heart Exhibit” by Toni Carlton.
The gallery features wearable art to colorfully warm body and soul in the form of hats by Myra Tannehill; scarves by Carolyn Glazener; felted wool hats and scarves by Vasanto; Venus hand-woven cotton jackets, coats and vests; Trimdin reversible jackets and three quarter length coats; flowing vests by Sharon Simon along with knitted Ponchos and Ruanas by Princy art.
Hand woven Mobius shawls by Nancy Roberson allow freedom of movement to ones arms while covering ones shoulders. They are woven with complementary colors in each section.
Purses and frolicsome little bags by Maruca and Erda mix up the fun with colors and fabric. They are functional as well as fashionable. Dream Bags by Linda Berryman add an elegant touch for an evening bag that can be worn three different ways.
Lynn Shallis has taken the art of basketry to a highly refined and sophisticated level. Her use of color and design sets her artistry apart from traditional basket making. “Color, shape and size each play their part…my art is a gift from God and I can only hope that the end project is pleasing to him and to the viewer.” Shallis says. Her life-size needle-felted “Green Hare” brings light and humor to all visitors.
Toni Carlton’s “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibition features paintings with texture of ancestral patterns of the fabric of all life are blended with hand woven threads shared between generations.
“The hand-woven fabric offers the observer to ‘see beyond’ what appears to be to what can be experienced and transformed through the sacred voice of the heart,” Carlton said.
Each canvas begins with a song in calligraphy that may be seen or unseen. The following layers combine a technique called touch drawing, painting and hand-woven fibers representing many prayers for peace.
“It has been over 20 years since I have used weaving as an art form so to actually weave each thread as a prayer knowing it will become an integral part of a larger mixed media painting on canvas is coming full circle to connect me to my heritage,” said Carlton.
Carlton’s acrylic mixed media paintings illustrate her interest in Asian art and philosophy, as well as a connection to art that connects creativity, wellness and spirituality.
Enjoy the 6th Annual Avery Tour De Art on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Carlton Gallery to view the styles of fiber art, basketry and the diverse collection of fine art by local and regional artists in the 32 Autumn Group Exhibition. View the ongoing “Art Songs of the Heart” exhibition by Toni Carlton. Both Exhibitions continue through Nov. 22. Also showcased are traditional and abstract paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, clay and fine jewelry by the talented local and regional artisans represented by the gallery.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville or Banner Elk on N.C. 105 in the Foscoe/Grandfather Mountain community near the entrance to Seven Devils. For information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call 828-963-4288 or www.carltongallery.com.