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'Then and Now'

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'Then and Now'

'Scarecrow' by Warren Dennis

Carlton Gallery exhibits the thought-provoking, figurative and abstract art of area artist Warren Dennis for the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

His "Then and Now" retrospective exhibit, which runs through Aug. 23, is a collection of art work spanning his painting career. An artists' reception and meet-and-greet takes place July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., with refreshments on the side.

Having retired from Appalachian State University after a long career as an art professor, Dennis continues to be a standing gallery artist. His paintings depict people going about everyday activities painted in lively and zestful ways.

Dennis paints figures that are not precise, but convey an expression of a moment in time or a suggestion of an unspoken feeling or emotion. From a lifetime of people observations, he conveys in his art a figurative essence. His paintings are not realistic or naturalistic, but they capture life with all its quirks, intimacies and passions.

Dennis's elongated figurative paintings appear to be simplistic. However, upon further observation and contemplation, the viewer is pulled into the complexity of life.

His artistic talent enables him to impart life and vitality in all his paintings. He considers this the most important quality of a work of art.

"It might be said that my entire body of work is a meditation on the American spirit," Dennis said. "I have seen this spirit in its humor, its complexity, struggles and, above all, in its unquenchable determination to triumph over adversity."

Dennis earned a bachelor of art degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a maser of fine arts degree from the University of Mississippi. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, and his work has traveled the world, being featured in galleries and exhibitions in North Carolina, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Bratislava, Slovakia, Tirana, Albania, Belfast, Portadown, Northern Ireland, Berlin, Istanbul, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. His art is in many private and corporate collections, including the Hickory Museum of Art and Appalachian State University.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain Community. For information on exhibitions, artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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

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