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Mothering Peace at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: May. 2, 2013 | Modified: May. 2, 2013
Mothering Peace at Carlton Gallery

'Lotus Heart Opens with Turtle Medicine' by Toni Carlton

Carlton Gallery, celebrating 31 years, begins its season with a “Mothering Peace and Community Expressions” exhibition Saturday, May 4, with an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

This exhibition features artwork dedicated to peace and honoring Mother Earth. This event also benefits The Twilight Inn, a new retirement center for pets whose owners can no longer care for them.

This exhibition presents original drawings by Treva McLean, calligraphy expressions by Kichung Lizee and touch-soul drawings by Toni Carlton. Each of these artists devotes time and talent to fostering peace and human kindness with a connection to both Native American traditions, as well as Eastern philosophies.

Local artist, writer and humanitarian McLean’s original drawings personify her feelings toward “Mothering Peace.”

“I sense a momentum, which attracts the divine unto itself,” McLean said. “This, then, is how my great-grandparents came to know the ancient Cherokee Mountain Tanawha, or ‘Great Eagle, and how they taught me to stand. I create from this quiet inner space – a sense of serenity inside the causal realm. I thank my grandmothers, mother, for my loving surrender to creation – Lena and Mildred (grandmothers) and Thelma (mother).”

McLean said she creates in order to benefit humanity either by purposeful art, world peace flags or land conservancy.

The art exhibited by Korean-born American artist Kichung is a fusion of Eastern and Western ideals and visuals. Kichung’s art on exhibit is based on five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space – in Tibetan Nyingma tradition.

She has incorporated “mothering” images of feminine energy in each of the elements.

“I believe ‘Mother Peace’ comes from within, instead of doing something,” Kichung said. “We have to be the Mothering Peace within and the energy of peace will radiate out in phenomena.”

Toni Carlton, artist, gallery owner and curator, offers to this exhibition a series of touch drawings completed during an expressive art symposium. The technique is done by touch with only the hands on tissue paper that is placed on a thin layer of water based oils. The expressions in the work come from the subconscious, the heart space and from within rather than from a plan to create a specific image. Using movement, meditation and healing sounds as a prompt to begin the artwork with her eyes closed, Carlton said her work expresses the connection to the Divine Feminine and Mothering Peace.

The community is invited to participate in the third “Peace By Piece” mixed-media collage, which begins on Saturday, May 4. All art materials and paints will be provided by the gallery, and all ages are encouraged to express their creativity on this collage, which will be auctioned for charity upon completion. Music, singing, art, light refreshments and community spirit will be provided.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain 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 Carlton Gallery, artists or upcoming workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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Additional Images

'Lotus Heart Opens with Turtle Medicine' by Toni Carlton

'Space Full' by Kichung Lizee

Drawing by Treva McLean

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