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Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 11, 2013
Floral paintings at Carlton Gallery

'Purple Iris' by Rainelle Merideth

Carlton Gallery’s continuing 31st Spring Group Exhibition features floral paintings in oils, acrylics and water colors by standing gallery artists Rainelle Meridith, Mary Dobbin, Debbie Arnold and Freeman Beard.

In addition to paintings, this group exhibition contains art in glass, wood, clay, sculpture fiber and fine jewelry and continues through July 23.

Rainelle Meridith renders flowers in bold colors with a single bloom covering the entire canvas. Coming from a family of artists and architects, Meridith began drawing and painting at a very early age. Her perennial flower beds and garden provide the subject matter for many of her paintings, “as the use of bold oil colors and luminosity give her paintings a feeling of liveliness and joy,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said.

The still life paintings of Mary Dobbin are full of life, Carlton said.

“Although she focuses on stationary objects, her goal is for the painting to project energy and movement through lively lines and intense colors,” Carlton said. “Dobbin’s painting of a vase of bold red zinnias on a cobalt blue and black table cloth exemplifies her talent for composition and attention to detail.”

Dobbin earned a BFA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. After living many years in North Carolina, she now resides in New York City and plans to participate in a three-woman show, “Sharing the Muse,” at Carlton Gallery, with an artists’ opening reception on Sept. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Local artist Debbie Arnold’s floral paintings are created in her newly developed technique, in which acrylic paints are poured onto sheets of plastic. Her floral designs are rendered on these sheets after which they are adhered to canvas with gel medium.

“Arnold’s ‘Iris Flow’ paintings on exhibit gleam with complementary colors and eye catching originality,” Carlton said.

“Hydrangea” and “Spring Blossoms” are watercolor paintings by Freeman Beard that portray the beauty of flora in spring.

“Beard is a gifted watercolor artist whose approach to painting is interest in the subject and then its essence to make a painting,” Carlton said, adding that his style is realistic impressionism, which allows for individual interpretation in his paintings.

Carlton Gallery’s 31st Spring Group Exhibition runs through July 23, and the “Approaching the Edge of Color” exhibition of abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman can also be seen through July 21.

In addition, workshops in painting, mixed media and expressive arts are held weekly by gallery artists.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. For more information on artists, exhibitions or available workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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Additional Images

'Purple Iris' by Rainelle Merideth

'Iris Flow II' by Debbie Arnold

'Red Day Lily' by Rainelle Merideth

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