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'First Rites of Spring' at Carlton

Article Published: May. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'First Rites of Spring' at Carlton

'Spring Fling' by Debbie Arnold

Carlton Gallery greets the season with a "First Rites of Spring" exhibition, featuring the work of visionary artist Debbie Arnold and mixed media artist Vae Hamilton, from May 6 to 24.

An artist opening reception is planned for Friday, May 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. Arnold and Hamilton will meet gallery guests and patrons for an informal discussion of their respective work.

Arnold combines the discipline of graphic arts training and her admiration for the simplicity and spontaneity of oriental art to create visionary paintings rendered in acrylics and mixed media. She studied commercial and fine art at Appalachian State University.

Arnold uses extremely thin layers of paint with as many as 15 to 20 layers of transparent wash in each art piece. The complex paintings glow with shimmering light from the many layers of wash along with cool colors and textures. She describes her painting method as a stream of consciousness technique, which she calls "free expression painting," "soul painting" and "source painting."

Arnold will lead a "Follow Your Intuition" exploration in acrylics workshop at Carlton Gallery on May 19 and 20 to help expand self-discovery and creativity through merging art and spirituality.

Esteemed gallery artist and workshop teacher Hamilton creates art using layers of translucent paints, dyed tissue papers, stenciling, stamping, transfer images and surface embellishment. Her mixed media collages have texture and create a feeling of three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface.

Her art contains symbolism and often tells a story. Her love of horses, dogs, and birds is reflected in mixed media collages in the "Rites of Spring" exhibit. She began riding horses at an early age and continues today on her big white horse, Cloud. She captures the beauty and energy of the horse in acrylics and mixed media collage.

Hamilton teaches workshops throughout the southeast, including a three-day "Beyond Collage Mixed Media" at Carlton Gallery from June 14 to 16; Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and Oct. 11-13. In this workshop, she and participants explore new and experimental ways to create, recycle, and combine media for reaching new dimensions and freedom in mixed media collage.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Foscoe/Grandfather Mountain Community. Winter and spring hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the gallery, artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or click to

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