Midsummer Exhibition opens at Carlton

Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Midsummer Exhibition opens at Carlton

"Fisher Peoples of the Gulf" by Irmaly Brackin

Carlton Gallery hosts its 28th Midsummer Exhibition opening reception on Sunday, July 25, from 2-5 p.m. with a "Color Your Life with Art" theme.

Many of the gallery artists plan to attend to greet visitors and art patrons. Since this exhibition coincides with the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a preview of the exhibition ensures a weekend of viewing art in all mediums, along with light refreshments.

New work of abstract landscapes by Kate Worm, expressionism abstracts by Anderson Giles, non-objective abstracts by Charlotte Foust and surrealistic paintings by Irmaly Brackin fills the gallery with vibrant color and intrigue.

Mary Dobbin's abstract mixed media paintings project energy and movement through lively lines and intense colors. Former Appalachian State University art professor Warren Dennis' oils on canvas in his signature style of "squeezing down" the subject matter until what is left is just the essence make his work the embodiment of reality.

"The abstract landscapes paintings of Kate Worm are imaginative, thought-provoking, bright and beautiful," a gallery spokesperson said. Though abstract in nature, the paintings capture elements of a particular woodland place."

Worm sketches and paints on location where she explores abstract shapes in the landscape, particularly wooded interiors. She then interprets that experience onto a larger canvas in her studio. This lengthy process involves applying many layers and sometimes removing paint to create a dark/light pattern using full, rich color.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Worm earned a MFA degree from Columbia Teachers College in New York City. She continues to work extensively in arts education throughout the region.

Anderson Giles is a longtime professor of art at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

"His paintings overwhelm one's sense of sight with vivid, saturated color and urgent, expressive brush work that reaches directly into the domain of spirit," the spokesperson said.
Giles's paintings are multi-layered to achieve a luminous effect.

"Paint is applied with a simultaneously controlled precision and urgent expressive hand, rendering the subject matter in a place somewhere between what we know and what we are able to imagine," the spokesperson said. "Each successive layer is formed one on top of another, establishing a distinctive identity within the tradition of abstract expressionism."

Artist Charlotte Foust has a very distinctive style in all her art work. Her non-objective acrylic abstracts painted in warm colors along with contrasting bold lines and shapes in brilliant colors bring a contemporary air to the exhibition. Foust earned a Bachelor Creative Art from UNC-Charlotte, and her art work is in many private collections.

"The surrealistic art of Irmaly Brackin is imaginative collages of colorful, swirling images that seem to dance in joy to a wild beat," the spokesperson said.

Her art features people and animals rather the inanimate objects. Brackin said about her art, "It needs to be for and of the people."

Sometimes her art addresses issues of the time, such as her "Fisher Peoples of the Gulf," in which all prayers and concerns are for the people living on the Gulf Coast, the environment and wildlife affected by the oil spill disaster.

Brackin's technique of painting on glass with resin sealed glass framing the work has a focus on interaction, filled with spontaneity and urgency. She has a unique style as she sometimes creates characters that play out a story in the painting process, which is then written into a play.

Multi-talented Brackin describes herself as a painter, printmaker, sculptor and screenwriter.

Brackin earned a BFA from Appalachian State University and MFA from the University of North Carolina. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with many group and one-person exhibitions. Her art is in many museums, as well as corporate and private collections.

Carlton Gallery invites visitors to "Color Your Life with Art" at the Midsummer Exhibition, also featuring glass, sculpture, wood, pottery, fiber art and fine jewelry. The exhibition runs through Sept. 15.

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. For more information about artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or click to http://www.carltonartgallery.com.

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, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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