Small Works in Every Medium

Article Published: Dec. 15, 2011 | Modified: Mar. 15, 2012
Small Works in Every Medium

‘The Road Taken’ by Freeman Beard

Gallery owner Toni Carlton extends an invitation to all to visit Carlton Gallery for the ongoing 29th Winter Exhibition, featuring “Small Works” and “Embracing the Light,” exhibits she said fill the gallery with peaceful energy and holiday spirit.

Small works are found in hardwood drums by Michael and Joah Thiele. Their “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 drummer to play these hardwood drums,” Carlton 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 recycled glass art of Fred Mead, where candleholders and candelabras are representative of winter’s ice phenomena – freezing, thawing and refreezing.

Small works of art can also be found in stained glass with mountain scenes by Greg Magruder; hand puppets by Martha Enzmann; a large pottery assortment by Jack Boyle in his signature glazes; and blown glass vases and paper weights by Loretta Ford, in addition to hand-crafted boxes and jewelry cases by Heartwood Creations.

Small works of winter snow scenes in oils by Holt McLean are found in sizes 5x7, 10x10, and 16x20. Abstract landscapes in oils by Kate Worm are also 5x7 in size. Winter landscapes in watercolor by Freeman Beard are sizes 11x14 and 16x20. Carlton exhibits a series of 8x10 mixed media collages with lace panels, which she wove on a loom built by her grandfather.

The gallery’s expanded space features larger art work from local artists – Debbie Arnold, Kevin Beck, Mike Grady and Carlton, along with standing gallery artists Andrew Braitman, Vae Hamilton and Anderson Giles. Each painting projects the artist’s expression and vision for “Embracing the Light” during wintertime. The 29th Winter Exhibition runs through March 15.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven 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 the gallery, winter hours, artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

Gallery Times

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

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

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