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‘Conceptual Strokes’ at Carlton

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 30, 2011
‘Conceptual Strokes’ at Carlton

‘Tangerine Tuscany’ by Andrew Braitman

Carlton Gallery showcases the art of Kate Worm and Andrew Braitman during the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet the artists during an artists’ reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The Avery Tour de Art, a tour of galleries and artists’ private studios, is held on the fourth Saturday of each month from June through October. “Conceptual Strokes” at Carlton will be on exhibit through Oct. 18.

Kate Worm is a versatile artist working in watercolor/gouache and oils on canvas. Her paintings on exhibit are bold abstract landscapes, as well as abstract figurative.

Worm utilizes printmaker’s rollers called brayers to create a signature look in her figurative work.

She starts by painting abstract shapes on paper. Blocks of color are added to establish an overall design. The next step is to roll second and even third layers of color onto the paper. Her figurative paintings convey her deep understanding of the balance between warm and cool colors, so the finished painting is clearly warm or cool and not floating between two temperatures.

About her art Worm said, “All my paintings evolve from careful observation of the figure. I spend less time painting and more time looking. My goal is to keep the process impulsive without setting rules.”

Worm sketches and paints her abstract landscapes on location. After studying and exploring abstract shapes in the landscape, particularly wooded exteriors, she interprets her vision onto a larger canvas in her studio. Many layers of oil paint are applied and sometimes layers are removed to unveil dark/light patterns using rich colors. Worm’s abstract landscape paintings portray subtle changes in textures rolled on with a brayer, similar to the technique used in her figurative work.

Andrew Braitman’s abstract landscape paintings are rendered in an impasto technique with obvious and aggressive brush strokes to create texture. His color palette is uniquely his own, as he has a personal passion for deep cobalt blue, turquoise and muted reds. He applies paint and conceptual shapes to a heavy linen surface focusing on subtle details that catch one’s eye. A gallery favorite painting is a view of a late fall landscape in colors reminiscent of “café au lait,” hence the name, “Morning Coffee.”

An artist of national stature and ardent traveler, Braitman enjoys painting on location in France, Italy and other scenic European destinations. He has exhibited in galleries across the United States, Holland and Brazil. Along with notable artists Frank Stella and Andrew Wyeth, Braitman was chosen by First Lady Nancy Reagan as one of America’s leading artists. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the New York Studio School in Manhattan.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone on N.C. 105 and seven miles north of Linville 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 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.

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