Holiday Open House at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Nov. 28, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 1, 2013
Holiday Open House at Carlton Gallery

Raku pottery by John Turner

Carlton Gallery begins its 31st Anniversary Winter Exhibition in a festive ambiance, with a two-day Holiday Open House set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Gallery owner Toni Carlton extends an invitation for everyone to start their holiday season by visiting her seasonally decorated gallery, she said, where holiday spirit — along with light refreshments and traditional hot cider — can be found.

The 31st Anniversary Winter Exhibition features a “Small Works” show, where one can find gift items in a varied collection of original art in paintings, glass, wood, pottery, woven wearables, bags and purses, as well as one-of-kind fine jewelry from the local, regional and national artists represented by the gallery.

Small paintings by Marion Cloaninger, Alan Gordon, Brian Carney, Mary Martha McKinley, Holly Glasscock, Betsy Bohrer, Jossie Fox Nichols, Vae Hamilton and Toni Carlton are original works embracing all media, styles and price ranges.

Small oil paintings by local artist Kevin Beck render local landscapes depicting winter’s snow, shadows and serenity.

Holt McLean paints the winter landscape in colors of icy blues, with white snow casting long shadows.

Colorful, light-catching, blown glass vessels and vases by Robinson Scott can lighten up a holiday display, as can the glass art of Fred Mead, whose candelabra, candle holders and sculptures created from recycled glass.

John Turner’s vessels, bowls and wall-hanging plates are raku with copper glazes in iridescent colors, which change patterns with reflected light.

Small clay sculptures by Jayne Harris are connected to the earth and beyond, Carlton said.
“Her artwork has an energy and dreamlike quality, which evokes curiosity and a feeling of connection on a deep level to all beings,” she said.

“As a clay sculptor,” Harris said, “I find my hands frequently shaping female figures and faces, often in association with tree forms and animals. This triangle of plant, animal and human constitutes narrative shorthand that addresses cross-cultural issues of growth and decay. With these forms as symbols, I attempt to express my concern for our planet and my hope and fear for its inhabitants.”

The gallery has an eclectic collection of handcrafted pottery in mugs, teapots, pitchers, baking casserole dishes, butter dishes, plates and bowls. Each piece of functional pottery is oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Small works in wood by the area artists Bobby Phillips and Alan Hollar are also on exhibit, including vessels, vases, bowls and urns by Phillips and turned and carved sculptural vessels and
bowls by Hollar.

Distinctive jewelry adds to the holiday season, and the “Small Works” exhibition features a spirited collection in all price ranges, including cultured pearl bracelets, earrings and necklaces set in 18K and 14K gold and silver by Julie Salvetti, along with designs in precious and semi-precious gemstones, fossils, wrapped wire and multi-hued beads by the gallery’s jewelry artisans.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the gallery, exhibition or artists, call (828) 963-4288, or visit

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

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Raku pottery by John Turner

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