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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 25, 2013
'Savoring Moments in Time'

'Descent' by Kevin Beck

“Savoring Moments in Time” by local artists Kevin Beck and Egi Antonaccio is a complementary exhibition of their landscape paintings at Carlton Gallery.

An artists’ reception is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. This exhibition is also a feature for the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each artist’s unique interpretation of the area’s natural environment is captured on canvas with colors, shadows and textures, gallery owner Toni Carlton said, adding that they render paintings to capture their vision of scenic vistas and strategic places that will stand the test of time.

Egi Antonaccio is a versatile painter who uses brushes for his traditional landscapes and palette knives for his looser, more contemporary works. Born in Castelluccio, Italy, Antonaccio received his formal art education at the Institute of Fine Art in Castrovillian, Italy, and the Academy of Fine Arts with Honors in Florence, Italy. Antonaccio also had the opportunity to study with American master artist Edward Szmyd in Blowing Rock.

Antonaccio has lived in North Carolina since 1981 and enjoys painting mountain scenery with its seasonal changes.

“A blessing of natural talent enables Antonaccio’s landscapes of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to capture his artistic vision and allows the viewer to savor that moment in time also,” Carlton said. “He also has the inherent ability to paint the alluring light of nature as a focal in many of his paintings, as he balances the fluidity of the paints with the impressionistic realism he capture on canvas.”

Contemporary landscape paintings by Antonaccio are rendered with palette knives using bright, strong acrylics with courageous strokes. Waterfalls, old barns, flora and fauna are painted with his bold palette, using heavy texture, which appears abstracted until viewed from a distance, and then the subject matter is clearly defined.

Kevin Beck is known for his paintings that project colors, shadows and the atmosphere of the landscape as he paints en plein air. He begins his paintings on location, even when snow is on the ground, to get the feel of the painting. Beck’s landscape paintings are rendered in both oils and pastels.

“He is also praised for his teaching ability, as he is methodical, articulate and very thorough in showing the necessary steps and the composition needed to render a good painting,” Carlton said.
His upcoming workshop, to be held Oct. 15 to 17 at the gallery, will enable students to learn or refresh the techniques required to paint a landscape.

Beck’s art is highly collected and can be found in numerous corporate and private collections. His work can be found on posters, greeting cards, T-shirts and a set decoration for the movie, “28 Days,” starring Sandra Bullock.

“Savoring Moments in Time” will run through Sept. 24, as will the 31st anniversary Mid-Summer Group Exhibition.

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

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

'Descent' by Kevin Beck

'Blue Ridge Splendor' by Kevin Beck

'Trail to Cone Manor' by Egi Antonaccio

'Grandfather Lights' by Egi Antonaccio

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