Landscapes in palette knives at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Dec. 9, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Landscapes in palette knives at Carlton Gallery

"The Morning's Glory" by Ray Byram

Cold weather comes to the High Country, as Carlton Gallery's 28th Winter Exhibition brings warmth and holiday joy with the eclectic collections of fine art in paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, clay, jewelry and fiber by the local, regional and national artists.

Small works in oils, mixed media, photography, giclees, hand-woven moebius shawls and scarves, jewel toned vests and jackets, wool felted hats; hand-crafted leather journals, wood items of bowls, bottle stoppers, pens, boxes and letter openers, along with Russian lacquer boxes and unique jewelry, are samples of the holiday gift items for the exhibition, which runs through March 15.

The gallery has two new artists, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Ray Byram, whose specialty is landscapes in oils using palette knives in lieu of brushes.

Standing gallery artists Egi Antonaccio renders contemporary local landscapes in vibrant acrylics, while Holt McLain's oils of woodland scenes are soft and subtle.

Shaver grew up in Grand Island, N.Y. Her artistic parents also painted in oils and encouraged and supported Shaver's talent. She always drew and was fortunate to have a comprehensive high school arts program.

After high school, Shaver traveled the United States and Europe, visiting art museums and galleries, re-awaking her penchant for painting. Once Shaver began her painting journey, she developed her own style by the particular means of communicating on to canvas what she sees. Experimentation and dedication to her craft became her mantra.

Shaver's accolades include 15 juried exhibitions, 27 gallery shows, six public commissions and 12 published articles.

Byram's oils are rendered almost exclusively by palette knives. He finds scenes for his landscapes from the mountains and forests, particularly in North Carolina and northern Georgia. His inspiration from nature, in conjunction with his love of Impressionism, dictates his individualistic style. Byram said, "At a glance, my style looks realistic, but I employ the theories and approach of the Impressionists."

Byram earned a B.A. in fine arts with a minor in art history at Indiana University of PA. His art has exhibited in numerous group and one-person shows throughout the Eastern U.S. and won many awards. He also has an list of corporate and private collectors, including King Olaf of Norway.

Carlton 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. Call (828) 963-4288 or visit for more information.

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