Messages of Peace at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Oct. 21, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Messages of Peace at Carlton Gallery

"May Peace Prevail" by Toni Carlton

Toni Carlton's new art studio upstairs at Carlton Gallery is a feature of the Avery Tour De Art on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carlton's main focus for her art is the connection between all people to spread peace, whether it is in one's heart or throughout the world. Her mixed media collages and paintings project an ethereal world created through her poetic imagination.

Having opened one of the first artist-owned galleries, Woven Works Art Gallery and Studios, in the early '80s, Carlton has kept art thriving in the Grandfather Community near Foscoe on N.C. 105, now with Carlton Gallery.

Carlton's early work was primarily fiber, including traditional patterns, woven on grandmother Nellie Carlton's loom, landscape tapestries, contemporary wall hangings, clothing designs and sculptural basketry.

For the past 19 years, she has expressed messages of peace and the interconnectedness of all people through drawings and paintings in a series called "Spirit of the Heart."

For many years, Carlton has incorporated mixed media collage, writings and blessings of peace into her contemporary artwork to continue the theme of "Art Blessings," which integrates images from her personal life experiences, written messages, calligraphy and photographic images from travels and a love of dance. Through the layers of collage, painting and transfer images, she revisits her spiritual journey as an artist through time.

From her Native American heritage, along with studies and inspiration from the Eastern philosophies, Carlton has the insight to bring many different customs, cultures and nationalities together in her mixed media artwork. Several pieces of her art have been included in calligraphy exhibitions in Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; and Geneva, Switzerland over the past four years.

Carlton Gallery's 28th Autumn Exhibition which continues through Nov. 15. The gallery is located in the Grandfather Community, 10 miles south of Boone on N.C. 105 and 7 miles north of Linville. 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, call (828) 9630-4288 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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