Gallery Times

Article Published: May. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Gallery Times

"The Guardian" by Toni Carlton at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery hosts spring preview
As spring continues in the High Country, Carlton Gallery prepares for its 28th Spring Exhibition.

Visitors can enjoy a sneak preview as the gallery walls are filled with bright and colorful paintings.

The subject matter ranges from local landscapes, high-spirited horses, brilliantly colored butterflies, thought-provoking trees, and fanciful figures.

New art from gallery favorites include oils by Andrew Braitman, Helen Farson, Kevin Beck, Gina Strumpf, Holly Glasscock, Warren Dennis, Kate Worm, Egi Antonaccio, Bill Farnsworth, Phyllis Knight and Brian Carney, along with Rainelle Meridith, a new artist to the gallery. Mixed media collage by Vae Hamilton, Toni Carlton, Debbie Arnold, Dina Lowery, Brenda Barber and Marion Cloaninger add visual interest to the gallery's collection of fine art.

Soft and tranquil landscape scenes of the Blue Ridge mountains, streams, waterfalls, and old farm barns by watercolor artist Freeman Beard capture the color and graceful mood of his subject matter.

Carlton Gallery is known for its eclectic collections of fine art and contemporary crafts. A variety of mediums and styles can be found at the exhibition preview - traditional and impressionistic oils on canvas, abstracts, mixed media collage, blown glass, wood and clay sculpture, pottery and metal garden art.

The preview also includes unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry from designers Mia Katrin, Laura Fly, Tana Acton, Ursula Shuler, Don Haywood and Zoe Nelson.

The 28th Spring Exhibition runs through July 15, with the artists' reception scheduled for June 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville in the Grandfather Community.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday or by appointment. Additional information on artists and workshops can be found at

Stuart Nye Silver at ArtWalk
This week, ArtWalk will be featuring the handmade silver jewelry of the Stuart Nye Studio. This line of jewelry, which was started by Nye himself in 1933, is most often recognized by its signature dogwood motif.
In the middle of the Great Depression, with very little material to work with, and no previous experience, Nye began experimenting in a small attic. He began with bracelets and eventually found the iconic floral motifs that have constituted the collection to this day.

Now Nye's work is carried on by a studio located in Ashville, just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though the jewelry is still all hand-wrought, this studio has expanded Nye's original designs to more than 1,500 individual pieces.

Originally, all of Nye's work was done in sterling silver, and while many of the more popular pieces are still sterling, copper and brass have also been included in the collection through history, due to the World War II metal shortages and high silver prices of 1979-80.

The artists of the studio train on the spot, use production methods unique to Nye's tradition, and use homemade tools, lending a fresh simplicity and originality to the jewelry.

Simple production methods and design, mixed with hand worked silver, helps keep the pieces at a decent price and allows anyone to own a work of art regardless of budget.

ArtWalk offers a wide range of the studio's collection, including the famous dogwood pieces.

Lilies, leafs and hoops are also available, as well as teardrop and square tabs and spiraling strips. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings can be found primarily in silver, but also in brass or copper combined with silver.

Stuart Nye's jewelry is located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.
For more information, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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