Blessings of Peace at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Blessings of Peace at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery will host two events for the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Aug. 27 - the sixth annual Jewelry Trunk Show and the opening of "Blessings of Peace," an art exhibition of gallery owner Toni Carlton.

The Jewelry Trunk Show runs from noon to 3 p.m., during which some of the gallery's talented designers will exhibit innovative pieces from their personal inventory.

Carlton's solo exhibition runs through Sept. 20, with an artist's reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 27. Carlton's multimedia artistic expression reaches from weaving to sculptural basketry to mixed media collage and painting in oils. Carlton is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she double-majored in industrial arts and art marketing with a minor in business.

Carlton's current work incorporates fine, traditional linen and cotton Bronson lace, which she weaves on a loom built by her grandfather. Each lace pattern is woven for a specific mixed media collage canvas. The collage includes calligraphy, in Sanskrit and English, incorporated within transfer images and on rice papers, as well as on the surface of the weaving.

Carlton was taught the Bronson lace pattern by her grandmother, Nellie Carlton, and her aunt, Ruth South. Carlton said the pattern contains windows in which she sees and feels the energy in the weaving being symbolic of the connection of all people.

Meanwhile, the gallery's ongoing 29th Mid-Summer Exhibition continues through Sept. 15, with paintings, glass, wood, sculpture, clay, fiber and jewelry exhibited by the local, regional and national artists represented.

Carlton Gallery is located at 10360 N.C. 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain Community, which is 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville. 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

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