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Spirit of the Horse, wildlife at Carlton

Article Published: Jun. 17, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Spirit of the Horse, wildlife at Carlton

"Mustang" by Gina Strumpf

Summer in the High Country begins with a host of activities - hiking, water sports, horseback riding, horse shows and art exhibitions. Carlton Gallery participates as the Avery Tour de Art opens its season on Saturday, June 26, with painting demonstrations, community spirit and light refreshments at the various galleries/artists' studios in the coalition.

Carlton Gallery celebrates its 28th season with an emphasis on animal paintings - horses and wildlife. The spirit of the horse is captured in oils on canvas and mixed media by talented and horse loving artists Vae Hamilton, Bill Farnsworth, Gina Strumpf, Holly Glasscock, Toni Carlton, Brenda Barber and Jim Crompton. Equine art in impressionistic, traditional realism, abstract, and mixed media canvases depict the splendor and power of the horse in different styles and textures. Along with this equine collection is a whimsical, colorful cowboy painted by Warren Dennis in his distinct elongated style.

Artist Brian Carney plans to demonstrate his techniques in wildlife painting at Carlton Gallery as a feature of the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, June 26. Carney's subject matter for his paintings is taken from members of the American wildlife family, such as whitetail deer, cougars, and birds.

Carney's impressionistic and semi-abstract wildlife art debuted with great success at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, S.C., in February 2009. He uses his art for animal charities and is a member of Artists for Conservation.

"Carlton Gallery is pleased to exhibit a series of Carney's abstract deer painted in his 'Interpretive Color' style which translates the actual colors into conceptual tones to evoke a mood," a gallery spokesperson said.

The 28th season of celebrating art in all mediums is in full swing at Carlton Gallery during the Spring Exhibition, which continues through July 15. New works by local, regional and national artists the gallery is fortunate to represent include paintings in oil, acrylic, mixed media and watercolor with diverse subject matter; three-dimensional works in glass, wood, sculpture, clay; giclees, photography and prints; stunning and unique jewelry of precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearls set in 14-22K gold, sterling silver, multi-hued stones and beads.

Visitors can participate in the Avery Tour de Art, held the fourth Saturday of each month, June through October, visiting the area's galleries and joining in activities.

For the Avery Tour de Art (held the fourth Saturday of each month, June through October) on June 26, visitors can observe a painting demonstration by wild life artist Brian Carney at Carlton Gallery, along with viewing all art on exhibit during the 28th Spring Exhibition.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 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, artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or 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 editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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