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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 13, 2013
BRAHM offers a taste of Carlton Gallery

'Birches' by Kevin Beck

A taste of Carlton Gallery can be sampled at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum for the month of June.

A sampling of artwork from Carlton Gallery artists Warren Dennis, Kevin Beck, Vae Hamilton, Egi Antonaccio, Brian Carney, Freeman Beard, Joyce Norwood and the late Jim Crompton is on exhibit throughout June, with subject matter ranging from landscapes, horses and dogs to musicians, figurative and still life.

An artist’s reception is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and some of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to meet patrons and visitors.

Warren Dennis’s figurative musicians on exhibit are rendered in two styles — his signature elongated figures and his new, cubist-inspired work. The human image is central in Dennis’s paintings. His interest in the human being in all its aspects has always dominated his work, as he imparts life and a sense of vitality into his paintings. Dennis said his entire body of work is a meditation on the American Spirit.

Kevin Beck renders his landscape paintings in both pastel and oil en plein air and in his studio. He is a keen observer of the landscape, such as capturing on canvas how shadows are cast by the light. Beck’s paintings are recognized for their vibrancy and the resonance of his palette and are in many public and private collections.

Egi Antonaccio’s landscape paintings are inspired from nature and his great love of color. His paintings in acrylics rendered with palette knives express his impressionistic inspiration from local scenes. Antonaccio’s colors applied with heavy texture appear abstracted up close until the painting is viewed from a distance, when the subject matter is clearly defined in this loose style. His signature realistic landscapes in oils can be found at Carlton Gallery.

Vae Hamilton developed a love for horses and began riding at an early age, which has continued throughout her life. Hamilton strives to capture the strength, energy and beauty of the horse in her mixed media collages, as each painting captures the gentle gaze and soft eyes of her equine friends.

Wildlife and animal painter Brian Carney embraces a Cézanne Impressionistic style, which he calls “Abstract Realism” — painting from the negative shape, which is an abstract thought process. A family trip to the beach inspired his painting of a dog joyfully playing in the surf. “Wave Runner” interprets realism by its color and mood.

Joyce Norwood aims to demonstrate the theory of how local color of any object is affected by its light source. Her paintings of small children playing on the beach capture the magical moments of a summer day through her layers of colored brushwork.

Watercolorist Freeman Beard’s paintings capture the color, mood or truth of a subject. He paints landscapes, seascapes, florals and figures. His painting, “Hot Glass,” presents the intense concentration of the art of glassblowing.

Jim Crompton was a versatile artist whose talent and art studies allowed him to paint any subject matter. A much-loved painting subject for him was musicians, jazz being his favorite. Crompton’s painting, “Jass Fools,” depicts his talent in composition, color and brush strokes. A diverse collection of his artwork is offered through Carlton Gallery.

BRAHM is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit

After enjoying the taste at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Carlton Gallery owner Toni Carlton suggests visiting the gallery for a “full course.” The gallery’s diverse collection of artwork includes glass, wood, paintings, clay, sculpture, fiber and fine jewelry by local and regional artists. The ongoing “Voyages and Visions” exhibit by Helen Farson, Gina Strumpf and Sharon Rusch Shaver can be viewed through June 18. An exhibit, “Approaching the Edge of Color” by Andrew Braitman, will begin with an artist’s reception on June 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 South. For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

'Birches' by Kevin Beck

'Irish' by Vae Hamilton

'Musician-Guitarist' by Warren Dennis

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