‘Energetic Expressions’ at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: May. 22 | Modified: May. 22
‘Energetic Expressions’ at Carlton Gallery

‘Verde Envelopment’ by Edie Maney

Carlton Gallery begins the season with its 32nd Spring Group Exhibition on Saturday, May 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Gallery owner and artist Toni Carlton invites all to see the exhibition and attend an artists’ reception, where some of the gallery artists will be present to meet visitors and patrons.

The Spring Group Exhibition also includes “Energetic Expressions by Egi and Edie,” a collection of landscape and abstract paintings by Egi Antonaccio and Edie Maney. Light refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

A great love of color and the inspiration from nature are the outstanding qualities one observes while viewing paintings by Egidio Antonaccio, Carlton said. Born in Castelluccio, Italy, Egi, as he is known, grew up with the strong influence of great Italian master painters. His artistic talent was recognized and encouraged at an early age. He earned a degree from the Institute of Fine Art in Castrovillan, Italy, and the Academy of Fine Arts with Honors in Florence, Italy.

Antonaccio made the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina his home in 1981 and later studied under American master landscapist Edward Szmyd in Blowing Rock, who also recognized Antonaccio’s talent.

“His realistic oil paintings of mountain sunlit valleys and shadowy hillsides, paths filled with flowering shrubs and azaleas, woodland waterfalls with native rhododendron and dogwood, pastoral farm scenes complete with barn and cows to a softly rendered Grandfather Mountain are testament to his ingenious imagination and exceptional talent,” Carlton said.

For the “Energetic Expressions” exhibition, Antonaccio is working in acrylic and renders abstract landscapes in bright, strong colors, using larger, bolder strokes. In lieu of brushes, he applies the acrylic paint with nonconventional techniques, along with palette knives.

Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Maney earned her degree in social work from the University of Georgia. She later began her art education by attending various institutions and workshops. Maney is an abstract expressionist, and her work is mostly non-objective, although a discrete figure may emerge.

The artist typically paints on canvas, wood and paper, with this exhibition’s work on canvas, displaying both non-objective and abstract figures.

Canvas on canvas is one of her favorite manners, in which she incorporates cuttings of canvas cemented to the stretched canvas, and heavy gel medium is applied for texture. “The viewer will see both bold and subdued elements in this body of work,” Carlton said.

In her artist statement, Maney writes, “Color intoxicates me. It’s spontaneous. There is no resisting the call of paint to canvas. I feel free. I meditate. I explore. For me, it is color that stimulates a conversation between tone and texture, between motion and shape. Four, five, six layers emerge — and a focal point is revealed. Credit cards. Squeegees. Fingertips. There are endless possibilities for moving paint. I am drawn to cloth, wood and paper. Redefining chaos with acrylic, gel, brushes and palette knives, introducing torn pieces of canvas: This is my process.”

The Spring Group Exhibition showcases the art of the gallery’s many local, regional and national artists, with works ranging from abstract to realistic to still life. Mediums include oils, acrylics, mixed media, pastel, watercolor pencil/ink, glass, wood, metal, fiber, clay, sculpture and fine jewelry.
“Landscape paintings by Kevin Beck, Connie Winters, Andrew Braitman, Sharon Rusch Shaver, Roy Nichols, Jane Desonier, Linda Apriletti, Holly Glasscock and Ray Byram fill the gallery with the beauty and color of local/regional scenes and vistas,” Carlton said. “The artists pull the viewers to the canvas with their technique of palette knife and brushstrokes.”

Mixed media paintings by Carlton, Vae Hamilton, Mike Ham, Martha Olson, Jude Lobe, Marion Cloaninger and Debbie Arnold express the artists’ thoughts through texture, calligraphy and color, along with materials, such as fiber, metals and enamel.

Other pieces include contemporary cityscape paintings by Gina Strumpf, figurative paintings by Warren Dennis; watercolor and pen and ink by new artist Alan Gordon; watercolors by Freeman Beard; pen and ink birds of prey by Brian Carney and charcoal figures by Irmaly Brackin.

“These artists use the line as their preference to capture images on paper and canvas,” Carlton said.
“The subtlety of the placement of their lines create the volume on paper, and details of the drawings capture nature’s creation and human emotion awareness.”

Still life paintings come courtesy of Mary Dobbin, Mary Martha McKinley and Helen Farson, whose works are “exquisitely rendered with great attention to the composition and the detail of reflections,” Carlton said. “The brushstrokes create an atmospheric field throughout the painting. The viewer is guided by elements in the composition leading one outside the frame.”

The Spring Group Exhibition and “Energetic Expressions by Egi and Edie” run through July 15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288, or visit http://www carltongallery.com.

Gallery Times

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

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

Additional Images

‘Verde Envelopment’ by Edie Maney

‘Spring Brilliance’ by Egi Antonaccio

'Asiatic Lillies' by Mary Martha McKinley

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