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Wearable Art and Jewelry Tea Party at Carlton Gallery Features Eclectic Mix with Avery Tour de Art

Aug. 20, 2012. Carlton Gallery is the place to be on Saturday, Aug. 25 for its Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party in conjunction with the Avery Tour de Art.  This event held between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. features an eclectic mix of shawls, jackets, hats, scarves, ponchos, capelets, bags and purses, along with fine hand-crafted jewelry by local and regional designers.

Featured artist, Andrew Braitman’s, “Color Your Life with Art” exhibit with Artist Reception from 2 -5 p.m. is also a facet of the Avery Tour de Art.

Fabric artist Lori Barnet’s transformation ponchos of colorful hand-dyed silk can be worn in a number of different ways. Her one seam ponchos are perfect to go from day to evening or for travelling and can be casual or dressy. They are the perfect cover for cool spring and autumn evenings. The ponchos can be worn as a caplet, neck scarf or head scarf.

Ponchos and ruanas by Princy Art are knitted in a silk/rayon blend with an open weave and sculptured flowers in the front. Her color selections are teal, turquoise, beige, cream, black and slate. They can be worn in different configurations and are very flattering on everyone.

Hand-woven mobius shawls by Nancy Roberson are the perfect light wrap for cool days and nights. The mobius shawls are in a design which allows free movement of one’s arms while covering one’s shoulders. The mobius shawls are woven with complimentary colors in each section with a wide selection of beautiful colors from which to choose.

Alexis Schneider designs romantic, feminine, one-of-a-kind women’s art wear. Her collection of jackets, vests and scarves are garment-dyed in sophisticated color combinations, focusing on subtle contrast in patterns and textures. Schneider’s wearable art pieces have simple details and are very delicate with a new vintage edge.      

The gallery’s collection of woven cotton jackets by Venus; felted wool hats, berets and scarves with felting by Vasanto; reversible jackets in beautiful fabrics by Trimdin; light weight jersey cardi-wraps by Christy Fisher, along with mixed blends capelets and skirts by Judi Beck is in an array of colors, textures and styles. Fabric bags and purses by Maruca Design and Erda ensure a pleasurable day at the Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party.

The Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party showcases the work of outstanding jewelry designers whose original pieces consist of precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls, silver, multi-hued stones and beads. Necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings in many styles and designs by Carol Francis Goode, Tana Acton, Channing Ayers, Judith Goldstein, and Lisa Kent are in a selection to please the most discriminating taste.    

Local jewelry designer, Don Haywood, hand crafts beautiful necklaces and earrings using many gemstones as well as fossils and crystals. Haywood sets his unique creations in sterling silver, gold filled and brass, along with his signature and date to enhance their originality.

Laura Fly hand fabricates each part of her designs from sterling silver which are accented with gemstones, pearls and 14K gold. Fly’s pendants, necklaces, rings and earrings exemplify expert craftsmanship along with a contemporary feel to connect beauty and simplicity.

Mia Katrin’s nationally known designs are hand-crafted using precious and semi-precious gem stones and many shades of pearls. Katrin is a cutting-edge award winning designer whose beautiful work can be found in top echelon stores and galleries. Her new contemporary line features gemstones set in sterling silver, vermeil and 14K gold for a fresh, bold approach to her necklaces and earrings.

 Andrew Braitman’s “Color Your Life with ART” exhibit and Artist Reception on Saturday, August 25th 2-5 p.m. is an added aspect to Avery Tour de Art along with the continuing 30th Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition which closes on September 15th.  Braitman’s abstracted landscapes are rendered in his signature colorful palette and superb composition with the exhibit continuing through September 16th.

All are invited to visit Carlton Gallery on Saturday, August 25th, and enjoy the Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party from 11 to 2 p.m. and then view the “Color your Life with ART” exhibit and visit with Andrew Braitman at the Artist Reception from 2- 5 p.m. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on Hwy 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community.

For information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or www.carltonartgallery.com.