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Glass, wood and fiber art at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Oct. 10, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 10, 2013
Glass, wood and fiber art at Carlton Gallery

Wooden bowls by Allen Davis
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Carlton Gallery’s 31st Autumn Group Exhibition continues with an emphasis on a varied collection of three-dimensional work in glass, wood and wearable fiber art.

“These art pieces make eye catching vignettes among the many paintings in the gallery,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said.

Blown glass Arco Bags by John Littleton and Kate Vogel, along with their cast-glass sculptural hands, are exceptional in design and workmanship, Carlton said.

Greg Fidler exhibits sculptures from his Bowing Series — blown glass with a looped spiral in the center of the art.

Blown-glass tall wedge vases, open bowl and vessel and two-sided multicolor vases by Robinson Scott emulate the colors of autumn, while Fred Mead’s clear and green candelabras, which are crafted from recycled glass and in various sizes, “make a design statement when grouped together,” Carlton said. “His opaque glass coasters with geometric shapes derived from recycled bottles in various colors are a testament to his creativity and sense of humor.”

Local wood artist Alan Hollar is noted for his imaginative wood sculptures with carved designs, while Allen Davis crafts bowls with inlaid woods of different types, along with bottle stoppers, magnifying glasses, oil lamps and ikebanas.

Bobby Phillips’ designs showcase “the deep beauty found beneath the bark of maples, walnut, cherry and black locust trees native to this area, as well as his fine skill with the lathe,” Carlton said.

Many of Phillips’ works feature carving, surface texturing and the use of inlaid minerals, such as turquoise.

Woodworker and furniture maker Keith Allen exhibits tables and cabinets of hardwoods, such as walnut, cherry, ash, pecan and poplar, crafted using conventional joinery, including mortise and tenon and hand-cut dovetails.

“The seasonal change in the High Country is a good time to check out the gallery’s collection of wearable fiber art,” Carlton said, mentioning hand-woven mobius shawls, wool-felted hats and scarves, knitted ponchos, hand-woven scarves of wool and mohair, hand-dyed silk capelets and reversible jackets by Trimdin, as well as jackets, vests and coats of hand-loomed cotton by Venus.

The 31st Autumn Group Exhibition runs through Nov. 22. The “Share the Muse” exhibit by Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton and Mary Dobbin, featuring paintings and mixed media, can be viewed through Oct. 22.

An upcoming visiting artists’ exhibition, “Alternative Views – Photography” by Dennis Usdan with Carole Usdan, is planned for Oct. 26.

The Estate Art of Jim Crompton and David McCaig can also be found at the gallery. Crompton was an impressionistic painter of varied subject matter, while McCaig was an abstract landscape painter.

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 information on artists, exhibitions or available workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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Wooden bowls by Allen Davis
Photos submitted

Blown glass by Steve Fidler

Cast-glass sculptural hands by Kate Vogel and John Littleton

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