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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 21, 2012
Holiday Open House at Carlton Gallery

'Winter' by Holt McLean

Carlton Gallery’s 30th anniversary Winter Exhibition begins with a Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Gallery owner and artist Toni Carlton extends an invitation for everyone to visit the seasonally decorated gallery and enjoy light refreshments, hot cider and plenty of community spirit. Saturday’s celebration also marks the last Avery Tour de Art of the season.

The 30th anniversary Winter Exhibition features “Small Works” in paintings, glass, wood, pottery, woven wearables and fine jewelry by gallery artists Carlton, Gina Strumpf, Fred Mead, Joe Edwards, Lisa Kent, Judi Beck and Robinson Scott.

Oil and pastel paintings by Kevin Beck reflect a winter landscape filled with snow, shadows and serenity, while Small and miniature oils on canvas by Holt McLean render the winter landscape in a realistic perspective in colors of icy blues with white snow casting long winter shadows.

Mary Martha McKinley paints still-lives with particular attention to the smallest detail to render realistic oils composed with a collection of her favorite objects.

Egi Antonaccio’s acrylic, palette knife landscapes rendered with local barn scenes depict the textures and colors of the High Country.

The Winter Exhibition also showcases the area’s talented wood artisans – Bobby Phillips, Alan Hollar and James Thoma.

The vessels, vases, bowls and urns by Phillips are crafted from local woods, such as walnut, spalted maple and cherry, along with exotic woods from other areas. Many of his pieces feature carving, surface texturing, recycled metal and inlaid materials, such as turquoise and chrysocolla.

Local artist Hollar is known for his carving combined with turning of his pieces ranging from eight- to 24-inches or larger, along with the natural finish of the woods left untouched by his carving tools, such as his maple burl “Camp Green Cascade.”

Shaker boxes and shaker inspired pieces by Thoma are handcrafted in many sizes, ranging from three-inch miniature boxes to 38-inch table tops. Traditional methods of bending thin woods around a solid core, along with copper tacks in graceful swallowtail fingers hold the bands together in his work.

New to the gallery are fine jewelry designs by Julie Salvetti and Rebecca McLaughlin Neigher.
Salvetti is “hooked on pearls,” her favorites being freshwater, Tahitian and Akoya. The jewelry is completed with handmade clasps, pendants and earrings, using traditional metalwork techniques in 18k and 14k gold, along with sterling silver.

Neigher’s organic, contemporary designs in sterling silver, combined with freshwater pearls, citrine and Chinese writing stones share a kinetic quality, rendered in necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Kinetic characteristics are also a highlight of Acton’s bracelets and rings, handcrafted with precisely wrapped sterling silver and gold fill wire and beaded with moveable pearls and gemstones.

Clay artist John Turner specializes in Raku bowls, vessels and platters with copper glazes that exude an iridescent surface of specific patterns, while the glaze changes colors with the light. Turner’s new work is an aspect for the “Small Works” exhibition, as he usually works larger.

The “2012 Figurative Abstractions” exhibition by Warren Dennis will continue until Dec. 31. His new paintings are cubist based, while his works for many years were naturalistic based with a little eccentricity thrown in.

The 30th anniversary Winter Exhibition runs through April 30.

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

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.
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Additional Images

'Winter' by Holt McLean

'High Country Home Winter' by Kevin Beck

'Jazz' by Warren Dennis

'Beyond the Veils' by Toni Carlton

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