‘Sharing the Muse’ at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Sep. 26, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 26, 2013
‘Sharing the Muse’ at Carlton Gallery

'Autumn in New York' by Mary Dobbin

September brings a seasonal change to the High Country, as Carlton Gallery hosts its 31st Autumn Group Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 28.

An artists’ reception with light hors d’oeuvres is planned from 2 to 5 p.m., when some of the standing gallery artists will be present to meet visitors and patrons. This event coincides with the Avery Tour de Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery is decorated with the colors, textures and accouterments of the autumn season, while the art in Carlton Gallery reflects the artists’ interpretation of the diversity and beauty of the area’s scenic streams, waterfalls, vistas and mountain peaks. The 31st Autumn Exhibition also showcases sculpture, glass, wood, clay, wearable fiber art and fine jewelry by the local and regional artisans represented by the gallery.

A “Sharing the Muse” exhibition by Kate Worm, Vae Hamilton and Mary Dobbin is a highlight of Carlton Gallery’s 31st Autumn Group Exhibition. In classical Greek mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses essential to the creation of art. In contemporary English usage, the term refers to a person who inspires an artist, writer or musician. Worm, Hamilton and Dobbin have inspired and supported each other for many years in Catawba County, although Dobbin now resides in New York City.

Worm is noted for her figurative paintings rendered in watercolor and gouache. She employs careful manipulation of light, form, color and composition to create a balanced image that is sensual, mysterious and inviting. Along with depicting the female form in a particular state, her paintings also explore how the body moves, flows and changes.

“They are a celebration of the female form and commentary on woman’s commanding visual presence in the world, in addition to her humanity and intellect,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said. “Her figurative works are also a record of not just the physical, but of the time and culture.”

In addition to her figurative works, Worm renders abstracted, colorful landscapes. She sketches and paints on location, which allows her to explore abstract shapes in wooded interiors. Worm continues in her studio, where she paints on a larger canvas, using a lengthy process of applying many layers of oils and sometimes removing paint to create a dark-and-light pattern.

Hamilton’s paintings convey her connection and deep understanding of horses throughout her life.
“From childhood on, her love and fascination of horses remains strong as she captures on canvas the spirit and beauty of the horse,” Carlton said.

Hamilton earned an art degree from Western Illinois University and the University of Colorado. In addition to being a professional artist, she teaches workshops throughout the Southeast. “The Basics and Beyond,” a mixed media collage workshop taught by Hamilton, is planned for Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at Carlton Gallery.

Dobbin’s recent still life paintings reflect her new residence — New York City. From her home, she has a picturesque setting of the East River, with the urban environs of New York City in the background. Her paintings are rendered with bold, lively brushstrokes and rich colors, with the stationary items showcased through textures, light and atmosphere.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dobbin earned a MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“My desire is for my works to become a reflection of the joy I felt in studying the subjects,” she said. “I like my still life paintings of fruits, flowers and bottles to be full of life. Although I focus on stationary objects or interiors, my goal is for the painting to have energy and movement through lively lines and intense colors.”

The 31st Autumn Group Exhibition runs through Nov. 22, and the “Sharing the Muse” exhibition can be viewed through Oct. 22.

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 information on artists, exhibitions or available workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit http://www.carltongallery.com.

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 (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

'Autumn in New York' by Mary Dobbin

'Tree Reflections' by Vae Hamilton

'Freshwater Marsh at Riverbend Park' by Kate Worm

'A Moment in Time' by Mary Dobbin

'Bay' by Vae Hamilton

Figurative watercolor by Kate Worm

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