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‘Autumn Reflections’ at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Oct. 20, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 15, 2011
‘Autumn Reflections’ at Carlton Gallery

‘The White Fence’ by Ray Byram

Carlton Gallery welcomes everyone to the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the ongoing 29th Autumn Exhibition, which continues through Nov. 15.

Art in all mediums is being exhibited by the many local, regional and national artists represented in the gallery.

“Autumn Reflections” is a highlight of the exhibition, featuring landscapes by Ray Byram. A versatile artist working in many mediums, genres and styles, Byram is noted for his impressionistic oils on canvas. An artist reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m., where the artist will greet visitors and discuss his painting technique. Byram’s “Autumn Reflections” exhibit runs through Nov. 22.

Byram’s oil paintings are almost exclusively rendered with small palette knives rather than brushes. His inspiration comes from nature and the Appalachian Mountains in conjunction with his feel for the Impressionists, creating his individualistic style, which he calls “tight impressionism.”

“At quick glance, my style looks realistic, yet I employ the theories and approach of the Impressionists,” Byram said. “There are so many beautiful roads, even the well-traveled, where it’s difficult or impossible to just stop in your tracks and take it all in – the winding roads, the light filtering through the trees is so majestic. That lighting effect is what I’ve been keying on. The sense of ‘realness’ to me is a very spiritual, magical thing.”

Two gallery favorite paintings by Byram are “Price Lake in Autumn,” a local, scenic landmark, and “October Reflections,” rendered in autumn’s vibrant color palette.

Byram also employs serigraphy – silkscreen printmaking – in his art. He works from the opposite premise by painting first and then hand separating using a separate sheet of acetate for each color.

Each color is individually hand pulled, layering one over another until completion. It takes Byram from 70 to 200 hours to complete this tedious separation process in which there is no room for error.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Byram earned a bachelor of the arts degree in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of numerous art guilds, as well as having one person and group exhibitions from New York to Florida. His paintings are in many corporate and private collections throughout the East Coast.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles from Boone at 10360 N.C. 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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