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Equestrian and Wildlife Social at Carlton

Article Published: Jun. 28, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Equestrian and Wildlife Social at Carlton

"Cloud" by Vae Hamilton

Carlton Gallery is pleased to be a participant in the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an Equestrian and Wildlife Social as part of the 28th Spring Exhibition, which continues through July 15.

Gallery artist Brian Carney plans to demonstrate his techniques in wildlife painting by doing a bird of prey. Carney has drawn and painted all of his life, but finally discovered his niche and artistic style for painting wildlife after seeing a whitetail deer with an impressive rack trotting across his backyard early one morning.

The gallery exhibits Carney's wildlife art painted in his "Interpretations of Color" style. He won the David Cook Drawing Award at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Liverpool, England, and is a signature member of Artists for Conservation.

Continuing on the Wildlife and Equestrian theme, artist Vae Hamilton plans to demonstrate and speak about how her love and connection to horses throughout her life influences her art work. Some of her mixed media horse collages embody layers of images from her childhood to present. As a young child, she rode her uncle's horse, Stonewall, which began her fascination and love of horses.

From Hamilton's first horse, Buckskin, to her present, Cloud - a beautiful white Tennessee walking horse, 17 hands, 2 inches tall, she conveys in acrylic and mixed media collage the personality and spirit of her horses, as well as those she is commissioned to paint.
Hamilton is an art major from Western Illinois University and the University of Colorado. She is a working artist with more than 30 years experience and teaches workshops throughout the Southeast. Her "Brush and Beyond" mixed media collage workshops are planned for Aug. 24-25 and Oct. 12-14 at Carlton Gallery. She is the recipient of many awards in esteemed exhibitions and is featured in Gerald Brommer's book "Collage Techniques."

The spirit of the horse is also captured in oils on canvas and mixed media by talented and horse loving artists Bill Farnsworth, Gina Strumpf, Holly Glasscock, Toni Carlton, Brenda Barber and Jim Crompton.

Equine art in impressionistic, traditional realism, abstract and mixed media canvases depict the splendor and power of the horse in different styles and textures. The 28th Spring Exhibition, ongoing through July 15, also includes paintings in many mediums, glass, sculpture, wood, pottery photography, woven wearable art, and exquisite jewelry from the local, regional and national artists the gallery represents.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather 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 about the gallery or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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