Aug. 5, 2013. The 31st Anniversary Mid-Summer Group Exhibition continues at Carlton Gallery with an emphasis of landscapes. Whether it is traditional, realism, abstract or cityscapes depicting mountain vistas, local streams and lakes, gardens in bloom, vineyards, pastoral or street scenes, each artists’ interpretation of the subject captures the obvious beauty in nature, along with a sense of mystery and mood that is timeless.
Roy Nichols’ painting of Bass Lake, a local landmark, captures a beautiful summer day with blooming water lilies floating on the lake and a bird flying in a summer sky. Nichols’ serene landscape paintings show his love of the great outdoor environment, while allowing the viewer to have a unique interpretation of that environment. He is a plein air painter whose locations range from mountain views to placid beach areas.
Jossie Fox Nichols paints oils of scenic mountain views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, pastoral scenes, along with local rivers and streams. She, like her husband, Roy is greatly inspired by nature and enjoys painting on location. Jossie Fox Nichols learned from Roy Nichols’ classroom teaching and painting demonstrations to capture on a smaller scaled canvas her unique interpretation of the environment.
Another gallery artist who is greatly inspired by nature is watercolorist, Freeman Beard. He captures in beautiful paintings the subtlety of mist hanging on a mountainside; roaring water moving over an immovable boulder in a mountain stream, or the mirror image of trees reflected in a river.
Beard classifies his painting style as realistic impressionism. He grew up in the foothills of North Carolina and studied at Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. This experience gave him a strong feeling for and a love of both mountains and coast.
While enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery of the High Country, visit Carlton Gallery during the 31st Anniversary Mid-Summer Group Exhibition to view the superb landscape paintings of Andrew Braitman, Connie Winters, Ray Byram, Holt McLain, Egi Antonaccio, Kevin Beck, Jane Desonier, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Helen Farson, along with cityscapes by Gina Strumpf. This exhibition continues until Sept. 24.
“The Outside In and Inside Out – Soul Expressions” collaborative exhibit by Toni Carlton and Michael Grady can be viewed through Aug. 21. These mixed media works by Carlton and acrylic paintings with Chinese ink by Grady illustrate their interest in Asian art and philosophy, as well as a connection to art that connects creativity, wellness and spirituality.
The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. Weekly workshops in painting, mixed media and expressive arts are conducted by gallery artists who enjoy helping others discern their creativity.
For information on artists, exhibitions or available workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or www.carltongallery.com.