‘Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party’ at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Aug. 23, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 26, 2012
‘Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party’ at Carlton Gallery

Laura Fly’s handcrafted jewelry will be featured at Carlton Gallery’s ‘Women’s Wearable Art Tea
Party’ Aug. 25.
Photos submitted

Carlton Gallery is dressing to the nines for Saturday’s Avery Tour de Art, featuring a “Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party.”

The party, held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., features an eclectic mix of shawls, jackets, hats, scarves, ponchos, capelets, bags and purses, along with fine hand-crafted jewelry by local and regional designers. Featured artist Andrew Braitman’s “Color Your Life with Art” exhibit, with an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m., is also a facet of the Avery Tour de Art.

Fabric artist Lori Barnet’s transformation ponchos of colorful hand-dyed silk can be worn in a number of different ways, while ponchos and ruanas by Princy Art are knitted in a silk/rayon blend with an open weave and sculptured flowers in the front.

Hand-woven mobius shawls by Nancy Roberson allow free movement of one’s arms, while covering the shoulders, with complimentary colors in each section.

Alexis Schneider designs romantic, feminine, one-of-a-kind women’s art wear, including jackets, vests and scarves that are garment-dyed in sophisticated color combinations to focus on subtle contrast in patterns and textures.

The gallery’s collection also features woven cotton jackets by Venus, felted wool hats, berets and scarves with felting by Vasanto, reversible jackets in vibrant fabrics by Trimdin, lightweight jersey cardi-wraps by Christy Fisher, mixed blends capelets and skirts by Judi Beck, and fabric bags and purses by Maruca Design and Erda.

The Women’s Wearable Art Tea Party also showcases the work of area jewelry designers whose original pieces consist of precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls, silver, multi-hued stones and beads. These stones are featured in necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings in many styles and designs by Carol Francis Goode, Tana Acton, Channing Ayers, Judith Goldstein and Lisa Kent.

Local jewelry designer Don Haywood handcrafts necklaces and earrings using gemstones, as well as fossils and crystals. Haywood sets his unique creations in sterling silver, gold-filled and brass, along with his signature and date to enhance their originality.

Laura Fly hand-fabricates each part of her designs from sterling silver, which are accented with gemstones, pearls and 14K gold. Fly’s pendants, necklaces, rings and earrings are meticulously crafted and exhibit a contemporary feel.

Mia Katrin’s nationally known designs are handcrafted, using precious and semi-precious gemstones and many shades of pearls. Katrin is a cutting-edge, award-winning designer, whose work can be found in top echelon stores and galleries. Her new contemporary line features gemstones set in sterling silver, vermeil and 14K gold.

Andrew Braitman’s “Color Your Life with Art” exhibit and artist reception is a part of Carlton Gallery’s 30th Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition, which closes on Sept. 15. Braitman’s abstracted landscapes are rendered in his signature colorful palette and composition with the exhibit continuing through Sept. 16.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain community.

For more information on artists, exhibitions or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.

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 (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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