Landscapes at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Oct. 17, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 17, 2013
Landscapes at Carlton Gallery

'The Walnut Tree' by Andrew Braitman

The landscape in the High Country is comparable to the many landscape paintings found at Carlton Gallery during the 31st Autumn Exhibition.

Traditional and abstracted styles in oils and acrylics by Kevin Beck, Egi Antonaccio, Jane Desonier, Linda Apriletti, Holt McLean and Andrew Braitman “are rendered in a palette as dazzling as Mother Nature’s,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said.

Local plein air artist Kevin Beck paints places for which he feels a deep connection. He is very inspired by coming face to face with the High Country’s mountain vistas and open fields in all their sublimity and glory. Beck renders his picturesque landscapes in either oils or pastels.

Egi Antonaccio is a versatile painter who is also inspired by the area’s woodland streams, waterfalls, flora and majestic mountains. His traditional works are painted using brushes, while his more contemporary paintings are rendered using palette knives.

Painter Jane Desonier started her career after raising a family of four children. According to Desonier, the color palette of Mother Nature is the inspiration for her landscape paintings.

“She is able to balance color and design in her work in order to capture on canvas the color harmonies found in the beautiful Southern Appalachian landscape,” Carlton said.

“My art is about communicating beauty,” Desonier said. “I love to paint, and putting stunning colors together on a canvas is a constant source of pleasure.”

New gallery artist Linda Apriletti is an avid outdoorswoman, which suits her passion to paint nature every day. Apriletti works primarily in oils and said she prefers to paint en plein air when possible. She also works in her studio from plein air studies, sketches and photographs.

“Her plein air and studio paintings bring a fresh and accurate portrayal of the many moods, quality of light and clarity of color of the changing seasons,” Carlton said.

“I want to draw the viewer into my paintings and, perhaps, rekindle a personal memory,” Apriletti said.

Holt McLean paints the landscape in her signature palette of soft greens and browns with a well-appointed light source. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a major in graphic design. After living in California for several years and studying at the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy, McLean is now in her home state of North Carolina, where she said she enjoys capturing on canvas its beautiful scenery.

A brilliant use of color and composition are the prominent components of the abstracted landscape paintings of Andrew Braitman, Carlton said, adding that the artist employs obvious and aggressive brush strokes, a variety of textures and conceptual shapes to render oils on canvas with subtle details to catch the viewer’s eye.

Braitman’s unique color palette allows him to incorporate subtle blue, green and turquoise with complementary colors to create abstracted landscapes with a few strokes that hint of a familiar image, such as a barn or a cottage.

Carlton Gallery’s 31st Autumn Exhibition is ongoing through Nov. 22. The “Sharing the Muse” exhibition of figurative, abstract landscapes, mixed media and horses by Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton and Mary Dobbin can be viewed through Oct. 22. The following featured exhibition of visiting artists Dennis and Carol Usdan will begin with an opening reception on Oct. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m., and runs through Nov. 19.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community near the entrance to Seven Devils. For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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Additional Images

'The Walnut Tree' by Andrew Braitman

'Autumn on Grandfather Mountain' by Linda Apriletti

'Grandfather Lights' by Egi Antonaccio

'Stillness at the Water's Edge' by Andrew Braitman

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