Landscapes abound at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 8, 2013
Landscapes abound at Carlton Gallery

'Listen to the Deep' by Sharon Rusch Shaver

The 31st Anniversary Mid-Summer Group Exhibition continues at Carlton Gallery with an emphasis of landscapes.

“Whether it is traditional, realism, abstract or cityscapes depicting mountain vistas, local streams and lakes, gardens in bloom, vineyards, pastoral or street scenes, each artist’s interpretation of the subject captures the obvious beauty in nature, along with a sense of mystery and mood that is timeless,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said.

Roy Nichols’ painting of Bass Lake, a local landmark, captures a summer day with blooming water lilies floating on the lake and a bird flying in a summer sky.

“Nichols’s serene landscape paintings show his love of the great outdoor environment, while allowing the viewer to have a unique interpretation of that environment,” Carlton said.

Nichols is a plein air painter, whose locations range from mountain views to placid beach areas.

Jossie Fox Nichols paints oils of scenic mountain views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as pastoral scenes, local rivers and streams. She, like her husband, Roy, is inspired by nature and enjoys painting on location. Jossie Fox Nichols learned from Roy Nichols’ classroom teaching and painting demonstrations to capture on a smaller scaled canvas her unique interpretation of the environment.

Another gallery artist inspired by nature is watercolorist Freeman Beard.

“He captures in beautiful paintings the subtlety of mist hanging on a mountainside, roaring water moving over an immovable boulder in a mountain stream or the mirror image of trees reflected in a river,” Carlton said.

Beard classifies his painting style as realistic impressionism. He grew up in the foothills of North Carolina and studied at Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. This experience, he said, gave him a strong feeling for and a love of both mountains and coast.

In addition, the exhibition features the landscape paintings of Andrew Braitman, Connie Winters, Ray Byram, Holt McLain, Egi Antonaccio, Kevin Beck, Jane Desonier, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Helen Farson, along with cityscapes by Gina Strumpf. This exhibition continues through Sept. 24.

“The Outside In and Inside Out – Soul Expressions” collaborative exhibit by Toni Carlton and Michael Grady can be viewed through Aug. 21. These mixed media works by Carlton and acrylic paintings with Chinese ink by Grady illustrate their interest in Asian art and philosophy, as well as a connection to art that connects creativity, wellness and spirituality.

In addition, Carlton Gallery offers weekly workshops in painting, mixed media and expressive arts, conducted by gallery artists.

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

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Additional Images

'Listen to the Deep' by Sharon Rusch Shaver

'Grandfather Path' by Roy Nichols

'Hill View in Tuscany' by Connie Winters

'Night and Day' by Andrew Braitman

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