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Sights, sounds and lights of the season at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Dec. 17, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Sights, sounds and lights of the season at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery invites art lovers to celebrate the holiday season with Sights, Sounds and Lights of the Season, as the 27th Winter Exhibition continues with exhibits of original art work in all mediums, along with handmade crafts.

In light of last-minute holiday shopping, gallery owner Toni Carlton promises a stress-free environment with personal attention and impeccable service.

Deer are abundant in the High Country this time of year, both outside and inside Carlton Gallery. The impressionistic and semi-abstract paintings of wildlife artist Brian Carney render whitetail deer in "Interpretations of Color." Carney's interpretative color translates the actual colors he sees into conceptual tones to evoke a mood.

Hardwood drums by father and son, Michael and Joah Thiele, ring in much holiday cheer. Thiele's "tongue drums" are made of exotic hardwoods, such as African Paduk, canary and walnut.
"Each drum comes with a set of mallets, and you don't have to be a drummer to play these hardwood drums," a gallery spokesperson said. "Tibetan brass singing bowls by Venus put a delightful ring in the air and are small enough to fill a stocking."

Colorful light catching blown glass bowls, vessels and vases by Robinson Scott make a cheerful display for the holidays, along with the recycled glass art of Fred Mead. whose candleholders, candelabra, shells and cake stands are representative of winter's ice phenomena - freezing, thawing and refreezing.

Mead's glass artistry is made from recycled glass in clear and turquoise. Glass artist Megg Isaac makes tea light holders in clear and turquoise, colorful coasters, sun catchers and tree ornaments, which bring a festive air to one's holiday decor.

Carlton Gallery's 27th Winter Exhibition continues its "small works" by some of the standing gallery artists who create works in oils on canvas, mixed media and water color. Gift items can be found, including blown glass vases, paperweights, tumblers, and ornament balls in bright colors of red, blue, green, yellow and orange by David Wilson and Loretta Ford, along with art glass kaleidoscopes by Geri Omohundro, whose artwork projects a peaceful collage of brilliant colors and textures.

In addition to the Sights, Sounds and Lights of the Season found at Carlton Gallery during the 27th Winter Exhibition, which runs through March 15, the artists tribute for Joe Barthet, the late David McCaig and the late Jim Crompton is ongoing through December.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville in the Grandfather Community. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, 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, contact entertainment editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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