‘Soul Expressions’ at Carlton Gallery

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Article Published: Jul. 25, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 25, 2013
‘Soul Expressions’ at Carlton Gallery

'Healing — White Buffalo Returns' by Toni Carlton

Carlton Gallery celebrates its 31st anniversary with a Summer Group Exhibition Saturday, July 27.

An artists’ reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m., when some of the gallery artists will be present to meet visitors. This 31st anniversary celebration coincides with the Greater Avery Tour de Art, a tour of 13 galleries and artists’ private studios, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same Saturday.

This group exhibition encompasses fine art in glass, wood, sculpture, clay, fiber and fine jewelry by the many artisans represented by the gallery. New paintings in oils and acrylics by Egi Antonaccio, Andrew Braitman, Edie Maney, Holt McLain, Roy Nichols, Warren Dennis, Mary Martha McKinley, Kevin Beck and Debbie Arnold fill the gallery with landscapes, non-objective abstracts, figurative in the cubist style, still life and floras.

The work of sculpture artists Zach Smith Johnson, Frank Holder and Jayne Harris brings an added flair to this exhibition, with contemporary designs in steel, metal and clay.

An exhibition, “Outside In and Inside Out — Soul Expressions,” by gallery owner and curator Toni Carlton and Michael Grady, an art professor at Appalachian State University, is a special feature for the 31st Summer Group Exhibition. Carlton and Grady will meet visitors and discuss their respective art on exhibit at Saturday’s reception.

This collaborative efforts by Carlton and Grady exhibit mixed media work by Carlton and acrylic paintings with Chinese ink by Grady. According to Carlton, the two share a common interest in Asian art and philosophy, along with a connection to art that connects creativity, wellness and spirituality.
Their exhibition refers to an interest in weaving elements, which connect the outer worlds of culture and nature to the inner worlds of mind, spirit and emotion, Carlton said. It also explores concepts of nature, “flow” and the authentic gesture used in Asian art.

Both artists have considerable experience in the study and practice of Asian calligraphy — Carlton through studies with noted Korean American artist Kichung Lizee and Grady through the study of tai chi, calligraphy and landscape painting at the China National Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, where he established strong connections that continue today.

Carlton’s said her art incorporates expressive calligraphic text in English, Chinese and Sanskrit to create elegant flowing abstract compositions, which are seen through hand-woven fabric adhered to canvas with many layers of transparent paint.

Grady creates paintings using subtle layers of color and dynamic calligraphic marks to evoke an indication of landscape — mountains and clouds.

“Each artist’s work displays an interesting area between recognizable imagery and pure abstraction,” Carlton said.

The “Outside In and Inside Out — Soul Expressions” exhibition’s fusion of artistic styles and techniques provides a rarely seen glimpse into art which combines Asian and American sensibilities, she said, to explore the nature of the “heroic gesture” and its connection to light, form, language, body and energy.

Carlton’s calligraphic paintings have juried in the Invitational World Calligraphy Exhibitions held in Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China and Geneva, Switzerland. Carlton was one of two American women artists whose work was chosen for the “Calligraphy Sprout to the West” exhibition in Seoul. Her calligraphy was also chosen to be included in the International Healing Arts Exhibition early this year in Naples, Italy.

Carlton wrote a song, “Let Us Sing,” which was the background calligraphy of the two pieces, titled “Healing — The White Buffalo Returns” and “Oneness,” which exhibited in Naples.

“For over 20 years, my work has been about the connection of all people through the use of different languages, universal images that represent open hearts, as well as respecting our heritage and recognizing our oneness,” Carlton said.

The 31st Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition continues through Sept. 24, while the “Outside In and Inside Out — Soul Expressions” exhibition can be viewed through Aug. 21. In addition, workshops in painting, mixed media and expressive arts are held weekly by gallery artists.

The 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

'Healing — White Buffalo Returns' by Toni Carlton

'Healing — Prayers' by Toni Carlton

'Always 2' by Michael Grady

'Reunion' by Michael Grady

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