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Joyful "Small Works" In All Media Abound at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends a heartfelt invitation to everyone to view the 30th Anniversary Winter Group Exhibition featuring "Small Works" in allRobinson Scott - Glass Vases media which fills the gallery with peaceful energy and beautiful holiday spirit.

"Small Works" in paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-woven mobius shawls and scarves, jewel toned vests and jackets, felted wool hats, along with wood items of bowls, bottle stoppers, pens, bookmarks and Russian lacquer boxes make exquisite and thoughtful gifts for the holidays. Unique shaker influenced boxes include carriers for remotes or letters, tissue boxes, urns, holders for wine, oil/vinegar, salt/pepper shakers and keepsakes. Sculptural pottery as well a lively collection of mugs, baking casseroles, microwave cookers, cheese plates, serving platters, berry bowls, tea pots and much more enhance the "Small Works" exhibition.

Hand-crafted drums by Michael and Joah Thiele are made of hardwoods such as African paduk, canary and walnut. "Each drum has its own distinct sound depending on the number of keys – 12, 9, 6 or 4 and one does not have to be a musician to play these hardwood drums, Michael and Joah Thiele - Hardwood Drumsthey are appropriate for all ages," Carlton says.

Colorful, light catching blown glass vessels and vases by Robinson Scott make a cheerful display for the holidays. Likewise, the glass art of Fred Mead whose candelabra and candle holders, along with his blue "Crescent Lights" and white "Moon Cloud" sculptures brightens and uplifts winter’s light. Blown glass vases and paper weights by Loretta Ford are excellent gift choices.

Beautiful jewelry adds to the holiday season and the gallery has a spirited collection in all price ranges. Cultured pearl bracelets, earrings and necklaces set in 14k gold by Julie Salvetti, along with designs in gemstones, fossils, wrapped wire and multi-hued beads by the gallery’s outstanding jewelry artisans are sure to please that special person this holiday.

Celebrate the beautiful Holiday Season at Carlton Gallery where the ambience is peaceful and the art is inspiring during the 30th Anniversary Winter Group Exhibition featuring "Small Works" in all media which runs through April 30. The "2012 Figurative Abstractions" exhibit by Warren Dennis can also be viewed and enjoyed through December 31.

One-Of-A-Kind Clay Art Exhibited at Carlton Gallery

Carlton Gallery celebrates the season with its 30th Anniversary Winter Group Exhibition with beautiful art in paintings, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, fiber and fineJayne Harris - Sculpture 62 jewelry. The vast and varied collection from the gallery's many local, regional and national artists is a visual delight. A "Small Works" exhibition along with the "2012 Figurative Abstractions" exhibit by Warren Dennis makes the Winter Exhibition one not to be missed.

The gallery has an eclectic collection from local and regional artists working in clay whose designs range from functional, hand-crafted pottery in mugs, baking casseroles, butter dishes, plates, bowls, as well as goblets, pitchers, vases and sponge holders. Each piece of functional pottery is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe and can be enjoyed for many years.

One of a kind clay pieces abound at the gallery from artists Joe Edwards, Nancy Lewis, John Turner and Jayne Harris whose imaginative works are thought provoking and compelling.

Joe Edwards - Apple LoveJoe Edwards creates sculptural clay torsos to show the classic beauty of the female. He hand paints his designs to enhance the form and highlight texture. Edwards' "Apple Love" and "Golden Pear" sculptures are whimsical conversation pieces which exemplify his creativity.

Local potter, Nancy Lewis, hand crafts tall vases with inlaid designs of rhododendron, dragon flies, iris pods and ginkgo leaves. Her vases begin at 18" tall, go up to 36" tall and make a design statement. Many of Lewis' vases can be converted into lamps.

John Turner's vessels, bowls and wall hanging plates are raku with copper glazes in iridescent colors which change into specific patterns whenNancy Lewis - Dragonfly Vase light reflects on them. Each of his hand crafted pottery bears his distinctive circles and small dots in their design.

The gallery's new clay artist, Jayne Harris, creates sculptures which are connected to the earth and beyond. Hew work has an energy and dreamlike quality which evokes curiosity and a feeling of connection on a deep level to all beings. Her techniques in working and firing the clay involve the use of different materials to achieve her creative vision. After a hand injury forced Harris to switch from woodcarving to clay, she discovered she loved clay. It lets her pretend to be in charge, and them laughs when she holds a sculpture she never consciously planned. Harris says, "As a clay sculptor, I find my hands frequently shaping female figures and faces, often in association with tree forms and animals. This triangle of plant, animal and human constitutes narrative shorthand that addresses cross-cultural issues of growth and decay. With these forms as symbols, I attempt to express my concern for our planet and my hope and fear for its inhabitants".

Celebrate the season and visit Carlton Gallery's 30th Anniversary Winter Group Exhibition and "Small Works" exhibition which continues through April 30th. To embrace this time of year, the gallery is filled with exquisite artistic gifts in all price ranges for the discriminate buyer. The "2012 Figurative Abstractions" exhibit by Warren Dennis can also be viewed and enjoyed through December 31st.

Winter and Small Works Exhibition at Carlton Gallery's Holiday Open House

Carlton Gallery's 30th Anniversary Winter Exhibition begins with a Holiday Open House on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 5pm. Toni Holt McLean - WinterCarlton extends an invitation to everyone to visit the seasonally decorated gallery and enjoy light refreshments, hot cider and plenty of community spirit. Saturday, November 24 from 10 am to 5 pm is also the last Avery Tour de Art of the season.

The 30th Anniversary Winter Exhibition features "Small Works" in a varied collection of original art in paintings, glass, wood, pottery, woven wearables and fine jewelry by gallery artists, Toni Carlton, Gina Strumpf, Fred Mead, Joe Edwards, Lisa Kent, Judi Beck and Robinson Scott.Warren Dennis - Jazz

Oil and pastel paintings by Kevin Beck reflect the beauty of a winter landscape filled with snow, shadows and serenity.

Small and miniature oils on canvas by Holt McLean render the winter landscape in a realistic perspective in colors of icy blues with white snow casting long winter shadows.

Mary Martha McKinley paints still lifes with particular attention to the smallest detail to render realistic oils composed with a collection of her favorite objects.

Egi Antonaccio's acrylic, palette knife landscapes rendered with local barn scenes depict the textures and colors of the High Country. In his painting called "The Red Barn" snowy sunlit reflections capture the essence of winter's breathtaking brilliance in the mountains.

The 30th Anniversary Winter Exhibition showcases the area's talented wood artisans – Bobby Phillips, Alan Hollar and James Thoma. The vessels, vases, bowls and James Thoma - wood shaker Kleenex boxes and trayurns by Bobby Phillips are crafted from local woods such as walnut, spalted maple and cherry along with exotic woods from other areas. A trademark of his classically shaped pieces is their remarkable thinness, as well as his elegant ebony finials. Many of his pieces feature carving, surface texturing, recycled metal and inlaid materials such as turquoise and chrysocolla.

Local artist, Allan Hollar, is known for his carving combined with turning of his pieces ranging from 8" to 24" or larger, along with the natural finish of the woods left untouched by his carving tools such as his maple burl "Camp Green Cascade". He looks for an elegance of line and form as his works evolve thus creating curves that transition sensibly and smoothly, sometimes including textures that complement or contrast a rugged rim or burl surface.Toni Carlton - Beyond the Veils -  Study

Shaker boxes and shaker inspired pieces by James Thoma are handcrafted in many sizes ranging from 3" miniature boxes to 38" table tops. Traditional methods of bending thin woods around a solid core, along with copper tacks in graceful swallowtail fingers hold the bands together in his work which takes many precise painstaking hours. Thoma's finely crafted works are tomorrow's heirlooms.

New to the gallery are fine jewelry designs by Julie Salvetti and Rebecca McLaughlin Neigher.

Julie Salvetti is "hooked on pearls". Her favorite pearls include Fresh Water, Tahitian and Akoya. The jewelry is completed with handmade clasps, pendants and earrings using traditional metalwork techniques in 18k and 14k gold along with sterling silver. Salvetti says, "The future of pearls is very exciting; a new door has been opened".

Rebecca Neigher's organic, contemporary designs in sterling silver combined with fresh water pearls, citrine, and Chinese writing stones with a kinetic quality which are rendered in necklaces, earrings and bracelets are a holiday enhancement to the gallery. Kinetic characteristics are also a highlight of Tana Acton's bracelets
and rings handcrafted with precisely wrapped sterling silver and gold fill wire and beaded with moveable pearls and gemstones.

Kevin Beck - High Country Home WinterClay artist, potter, John Turner specializes in Raku bowls, vessels and platters with copper glazes that exude an iridescent surface of specific patterns while the glaze changes colors with the light. Turner's new work is an aspect for the Small Works Exhibition, as he usually works larger.

The "2012 Figurative Abstractions" Exhibition by Warren Dennis will continue until December 31. His new paintings are cubist based while his works for many years were naturalistic based with a little eccentricity thrown in. Warren Dennis' paintings represent yet another artistic dimension with the shapes and lines shifting from organic, soft and flowing curves to angular, more geometric forms allowing a 3 dimensional view.

All are invited to Carlton Gallery's Holiday Open House on November 23 and 24, 10-5 as Carlton Gallery opens its 30th Anniversary Winter Group Exhibition which runs through April 30th. View the festive gallery filled with artwork in all media by gallery artists along with the "Small Works Exhibition" and "2012 Figurative Abstractions" by Warren Dennis while enjoying holiday spirit and hot cider.

Featured Artist Exhibitions

Mike Grady
"Return to the Mountain" - May 26 – June 17
Opening Reception - Saturday, May 26, 2-5pm

Toni Carlton
"Whispers of Life’s Journey" - June 23 – July 22
Opening Reception - Saturday, June 23, 2-5pm

30th Anniversary Exhibition – July 7 – September 15
Reception – July 7, 2-5 pm

Egi Antonaccio
"Realism of Light and Abstractions – Landscapes"- July 28 – August 19
Opening Reception July 28, 2-5

Andrew Braitman
"Color Your Life with Art" August 25 – September 16
Opening Reception - August 25, 2-5

Debbie Arnold
"The Flow of Nature" September 22 – October 21
Opening Reception - September 22, 2-5

Warren Dennis
"2012 Figurative Abstractions" October 27 – November18
Opening Reception October 27, 2-5


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