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‘The Flow of Nature’ Paintings by Debbie Arnold Showing at Carlton Gallery for Tour de Art Sept. 22

Sept. 17, 2012. Carlton Gallery continues its 30th Anniversary Commemoration with fine art exhibits of glass, wood, paintings, clay and sculpture by local, regional and national artists represented by the gallery. Fashionable fiber and wearable art in mobius shawls, silk ponchos, capelets in mixed blends, felted wool hats, along with bags and purses by the gallery’s innovative fiber artists ensures one a personal flair.

The gallery also exhibits a varied selection of hand-crafted jewelry in gold, precious and semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, crystals, sculptural wrapped wire and multi-hued beads. Julie Salvetti is a new jewelry designer in the gallery whose forte is Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls. Her pearl jewelry designs in necklaces, bracelets and earrings are hand-crafted using traditional metal work techniques in 18K, 14K gold and sterling silver.

Carlton Gallery is pleased to exhibit new works by Debbie Arnold, local standing gallery artist, whose visionary paintings are inspired by the High Country’s mountains with their serenity and unique beauty.

Arnold’s exhibit “The Flow of Nature” begins on Sept. 22 with an Artist Reception from 2-5 p.m. and continues through Oct. 21. This exhibit and reception is a feature for the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The paintings for Arnold’s “The Flow of Nature” exhibit are the result of her new process of pouring acrylic paint onto a canvas. In this process developed by two years of trial and error, she uses the fluidity of the paint to reflect the organic forms of nature. The flow of the paint inspires Arnold to create each individual image. It is an intuitive process which she described as a stream of consciousness merging the creative process with spirituality. Arnolds says, “Intuitive painting can be used as a tool of self-discovery and active meditation.”

Arnold’s unique signature style of painting developed from combining the fluidity and lightness from her years as a watercolorist with the capability of acrylics and oils to be layered. She uses extremely thin washes of paint with many layers of transparent washes in each painting. The light shimmering through the many layers of warm and cool colors, along with the textures makes her complex paintings glow. Arnold says, “My paintings end up not only being very subjective, but with images that I can strongly relate. They often mirror my life in a spiritual metaphor.”

A professional painter for over thirty years, Arnold’s work is in many public, corporate and private collections. She has participated in one and two person shows and in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. Arnold also teaches intuitive painting in several workshops a year for beginners and professional painters. A “Follow Your Intuition” – acrylic techniques workshop is planned for Nov. 3-4 at Carlton Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyone is welcome as Carlton Gallery continues its 30th Anniversary of showcasing fine art in many mediums, along with the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. View the “Flow of Nature” exhibit by Debbie Arnold while enjoying light refreshments and community spirit at the Artist Reception from 2-5 p.m.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on NC 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call 828-963-4288 or visit www.carltonartgallery.com.