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SATURDAY: 34th Winter Group and Small Works Open House at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery celebrates its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition with an Open House on Saturday, December 17th – 10 to 5.  Toni Carlton invites everyone to visit the gallery and enjoy light refreshments, hot cider or tea, along with joyful community spirit. During this time of celebration of the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other global dogmas, Carlton Gallery offers the energy of light and peace through art, conversations, and heartfelt communications to convey this message during this special time of love offerings.

The ongoing “Resonance of the Heart” by Toni Carlton and Friends Exhibition brings a feeling of peace and contentment for the viewer and will continue through this Holiday Season.

Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, invited some of her artists’ friends to share art offerings titled “Resonance of the Heart”. This exhibition by Toni Carlton and Friends demonstrates the reach, the power and resonance of the heart. Carlton says, “The resonance of the human heart is hope for our present and our future. To embrace the heart’s resonance, use it and share it is fuel for humanity, as inspiration from our human connection ensures one’s happiness. Empower yourself to live purposely and you will inspire and engage with those who resonate with purpose”.

Carlton’s friends invited to share in the “Resonance of the Heart” exhibition are: Lori Hill, Deborah Tallarico, Kichung Lizee, Debbie Arnold and Vae Hamilton. Each artists’ work expresses their heart felt interpretation and is expressed in a meaningful and poetic way in their media platform.

The seasonally decorated gallery is filled with new art work in all mediums by the local, regional and national artists. New paintings by Kevin Beck, Dottie Leatherwood, Andrew Braitman, Connie Winters, Holly Glasscock, Mary Martha McKinley, Linda Apriletti, Tonya Bottomley, Lisa Boardwine, Paul Hastings and Toni Carlton can be found in many styles and sizes with varied subject matter, including traditional and impressionistic landscapes, abstracts, mixed media, and still life. Many paintings reflect the beauty of winter and the serenity found in the High Country.  

This 34th Winter Group Exhibition features Small Works in paintings, glass, wood, fiber art, clay, and fine jewelry.  Glass candelabra, coasters, cheese/sushi plates, and sculptural bowls by Fred Mead reflect the light of the season. Colorful blown glass vessels and vases by John Almaguer and Robinson Scott; blown glass tumblers by David Wilson; hand painted glasses, vases and paperweights by Loretta Forde make this exhibition visually appealing. Cast glass sculptures of hands holding a stone heart, a lotus, a chrysalis and a disk representing the universe by John Littleton and Kate Vogel convey a feeling of world peace.

Small wood items include shaker inspired boxes by Jim Thoma; turned lidded vessels and sculptural bowls by Bobby Phillips and Alan Hollar, embossed and inlaid bookmarks by Mitercraft, as well as small secret and lacquered Russian boxes are available, along with hand carved/ painted Santas and holiday ornaments.

Sculptural handwoven basketry by Lynn Shallis , fabric and leather bags by Erda  in many shapes and sizes, reversible jackets and coats by Trimdin, handwoven scarves in myriad colors, along with handmade wool hats by Myra Tannehiill are of exceptional quality embracing varied price ranges and make wonderful holiday gifts.

Eco-friendly designs inspired by the beauty and simple elegance of nature enhance the leather bracelets, necklaces and bags by Evenlight Eagles which display her fine craftsmanship and minute attention to details. Her techniques range from ancients to innovative and feature “pro-impact” leathers.

Clay artist, John Turner crafts one of a kind urns, bowls, vessels and platters in contemporary designs using turquoise and copper glazes on his wood fired raku pottery. Ralph Mello’s classical, sculptural wheel thrown vases, pitchers, lidded jars and bowls s add an elegance to this exhibition with sizes ranging from 4’ to 36” tall. Patti Conner-Greene’s whimsical “Tea for One” teapots and cups add a delightful touch to one’s holiday merriment. 

Unique jewelry in many styles and price ranges by local and regional artists, Don Haywood, Laura Fly, Lisa Kent, Tana Acton, and Debbie Higdon makes wonderful surprises for loved ones.

Celebrate this holiday season of Love and Light and visit Carlton Gallery for its 34th Winter Group and Small Works Exhibition with an Open House on Saturday, December 17th, 10 am to 5 pm.  The gallery is located at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain Community between Boone and Banner Elk, NC. Hours are 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.                                                                                                                                                 



Littleton Vogel, Wisdom Disk, Cast and Blown Glass
Kevin Beck, Solitude, 48×60
James Thoma, Boxes, Trayx, Urn, Kleenex Box
Toni Carlton, Love in Many Ways, Mixed Media
Patti Connor Greene, Tea for One