Holiday open house at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Nov. 25, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Holiday open house at Carlton Gallery

'Winter Lights at Grandfather' by Egi Antonaccio

Carlton Gallery's 28th Winter Exhibition begins with a Holiday Open House on Nov. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gallery owner Toni Carlton extends a heartfelt invitation to one and all to visit the seasonally decorated gallery and enjoy hot cider, light refreshments and a lot of holiday cheer.

A "Small Works" exhibit is a feature of the 28th Winter Exhibition. This exhibit consists of original small works of art on canvas and paper, glass, sculpture, wood, pottery, woven wearable art and fine jewelry by the local, regional, and national artists the gallery represents.

"Small Works" of art can also be found in the photography of Lynne Townsend, Terri Latta, Maria Lloyd and Jack Stoddard. These talented photographers capture the scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, wildlife in natural habitat, portraits and still lifes stylized in a particular era, as well as black and white photographs of a vanishing culture and lifestyle.

A fine selection of giclees is available from Vae Hamilton, Rainelle Meridith, Phyllis Knight and Ray Byram. The subject matter for these giclees includes horses, natural landscapes, wildlife and mixed media. Due to the quality of fine art printmaking, the giclee on canvas or watercolor paper is true to the artist's original painting.

The gallery is filled with gifts for the holidays, including small wood bowls of contrasting bands by Robert Gunther, small secret boxes with solid wood inlays by Heartwood Creations, turned and hand-carved wood bowls by Allan Hollar, blown glass vases and paperweights by Loretta Ford, hardwood drums by Michael Thiele, along with hand crafted silver jewelry by Zoe Nelson, Laura Fly and Don Haywood. Miniature original paintings by Jossie Fox Nichols, Charlotte Foust and Betsy Bohrer bring an added flair to the gift selections at the gallery.

The 28th Winter Exhibition also features new paintings. Visionary artist Debbie Arnold is greatly inspired by nature and paints the feel of a scene rather than a literal interpretation. Her subject matter comes from visions or dreams that take time to evolve before the painting on canvas begins.

Also, new paintings of naturalistic landscapes by Sharon Rusch Shaver convey her individualistic style of communicating what she sees. Never without her camera and sketchpad, she records visuals and then paints in her unique perspective.

New art of watercolorist Freeman Beard captures the beauty of winter in serene farm barns, landscapes and waterfalls.

The abstract oils on rice paper by Kate Worm are active with color and texture. She utilizes both careful consideration and intuitive responses to create unity in her paintings.

Toni Carlton shares her new small, 8" x 10" abstract collages, which began with a message of peace and, upon completion, were adorned with three-dimensional treasures evoking the connection to the divine.

Nationally known jewelry designer Mia Katrin plans to be at Carlton Gallery from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 to display pieces from her bestselling collections. Katrin's 14, 18 and 22 K gold and sterling silver designs are crafted with a cutting-edge style and superior workmanship using museum quality gemstones. She exhibits her fine line with high-end jewelers nationally, and many designs are worn by A-list Hollywood celebrities.

Carlton Gallery's Winter Exhibition runs through March 15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather 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 (829) 963-4288 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 or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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