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‘We Celebrate Art’

‘We Celebrate Art’

Published: 9:35 AM, 07/19/2012
Last updated: 12:01 AM, 09/15/2012

A celebration of Carlton Gallery’s 30th anniversary continues with its “We Celebrate Art” Summer Group Exhibition, which runs through Sept. 15.   

The 30th Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition features the nonobjective abstracts of new gallery artist Edie Maney.

Her paintings are sensually bold and commanding works of acrylics and mixed media on canvas. She uses plastic, scrapers and printmaking brayers in addition to brushes and palette knives, which enable her to begin in a chaotic style before developing a focal point. 

Maney works with the canvas on the floor, which adds to the strength of her paintings and allows her the freedom to work visually around the painting, which she calls “dancing with the canvas.”  Maney said she paints only the emotion of the colors, adding, “I want the viewer to go into the painting as if on a journey and feel the emotion.”

Maney paints in acrylics mixed with a gel medium that closely mimics the rich creaminess of oil paint. She applies three to five coats and then starts “playing around,” moving the shapes around on the canvas. Maney lets the color in her abstracts determine the shape, motion and texture in the design and composition of her work.

“Emotional expression and meditation are the elements of my style,” she said. “I experience my passion for life through my paintings.”

The finely crafted wood furniture by Keith Allen is also a feature for the group exhibition. Allen’s contemporary line of cabinets, chests, tables and benches are among the three-dimensional art works exhibited in the gallery. Each piece is handcrafted, using a mixture of woods, including walnut, pecan, ash, mahogany, maple and purple heart. 

After retiring from teaching mathematics and computer science on the college level, Allen started “Allenwood” and began building furniture professionally. His design influences are taken from 20th-century Dutch cabinetmakers, considered the pioneers of modern furniture design. His work tends to feature the natural defects found in wood, contrasted with his “plain geometry.”  He utilizes domestic hardwood joinery, such as mortise and tendon, dovetails and butterfly inlays in his distinctive designs.

The “We Celebrate Art” exhibition also showcases landscape paintings in traditional and contemporary styles, non-objective abstracts, mixed media, watercolor scenes and figurative work, along with three-dimensional works in glass, wood and clay, and wearable fiber art of colorful jackets, felted wool hats, hand dyed silk ponchos and scarves.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 15. Gallery owner and artist Toni Carlton’s “Whispers of Life’s Journey” exhibition continues through July 25, and area artist Egi Antonaccio’s work will be featured in a July 28 exhibition, “Realism of Light and Abstractions – Landscape.”

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 

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.