Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Carlton Gallery Celebrates 35 Years in Business!

A Celebration of Carlton Gallery’s 35th Anniversary is planned for Saturday, July 22, 10am to 5pm. The day will be filled with painting demonstrations, music, door prizes, delicious food, along with an Artists’ Spotlight of “Landscapes, Treescapes and Waterscapes” by Andrew Braitman, Kevin Beck and Egidio Antonaccio.

An Artists’ Reception is planned from 2pm to 5pm with some of the gallery’s artists in attendance to greet patrons and visitors. Music will be provided by the Rob Falvo Jazz Trio. This event is the second Tour de Art and is free of charge.

New paintings by Dottie Leatherwood, Paul Hastings, Amy Sullivan, Mary Martha McKinley, Debbie Arnold, Kate Worm, Tonya Bottomley, Lisa Boardwine, Linda Apriletti, Trena McNabb, Freeman Beard, Arlene Mandel and Sharon Rusch Shaver on exhibit for the 35 Anniversary Celebration are of varied landscapes, non-objective abstracts, flora and fauna, figurative and still-life.

Galley owner and artist, Toni Carlton, extends everyone an invitation to join in this celebration on Saturday, July 22, 10 to 5. Carlton also thanks the many clients, visitors and the community at large for their patronage, support and encouragement given over the years. She also offers a heartfelt acknowledgment to those who are standing gallery artists of many years – Warren Dennis, Debbie Arnold, Andrew Braitman and Vae Hamilton to name a few. Carlton says, “It is a delight in my 35 years in business to have worked with so many fine artists, community friends, employees, and to allow the gallery to keep growing in a heartfelt manner”.

The gallery is located at 10360 Hwy 105 South in the Grandfather Mountain Community with hours 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.

For more information please reply to this email, visit our website at or call 828 963 4288.

“Art Blessings”    by Toni Carlton
An Appalachian Mountains native with Western NC Cherokee ancestors, along with creative parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family, Toni Carlton dreamed of being an artist at a very young age.  Learning to weave traditional patterns at the age of 9 from her grandmother, Nellie Carlton, watching her other grandmother, Elizabeth Cook, create beautiful quilts; observing her grandfathers and father build incredible wooden furniture, houses and looms, along with her sister and an uncle who were fine artists was enough inspiration for Toni to follow her dream to become an artist. The sound of her grandmother’s looms was like music as the rhythms related to the patterns and the sound of music…pianos, fiddles, banjoes played by her maternal relatives added to her great love of the creative arts.

From receiving the Senior Art Award in High school to Graduating from Appalachian State University with a double major in Art as well as Industrial Arts with a Business minor, Toni carried her love of art through her heart, hands and actions to create her own business -  a weaving studio that later became her fine art gallery, Carlton Gallery. For the last 35 years this business has not only supported her lifelong dream but also the artists that became the gallery’s art family.
Through the use of multimedia including transfer images, calligraphy, touch drawings, acrylic paints and gels combined with hand woven fibers created on looms built by her grandfather and father, Toni has developed her own unique style she calls “Art Blessings”. “Art Blessings” is an offering of not only the creative arts; but also meditation, expression of energy through movement, sound, voice, writing, prayers and art making.  Each modality adds a different element of expression that can be experienced not only by the artist but also by the viewer.

Toni also has a love for Expressive Arts which she uses in a healing form for her own emotions, as well as a talent for others to experience the energy through her work or the workshops she teaches.

Toni Carlton would love for her “Art Blessings” to hold the space for people locally, nationally and international exposure for the purpose of experiencing the Healing Arts combined with the Fine Art.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Village Update 7.13.17

Chamber Events & News

Ribbon Cutting TODAY!
Thursday, July 13th at 4:30 pm
High Gravity Adventures
High Altitude Zip Line Tour & Free Fall

Join the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and our friends from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce for this fun ribbon cutting! Come celebrate High Gravity Adventure's new feature - a 1,000 foot long zip over the Tweetsie Railroad trestle that ends with a heart pumping 70 foot "free fall" experience!

Want a sneak peek of the zip line and "free fall"?
High Gravity Adventures invited the Chamber's Events Director, Billie Rogers and her husband Charles to take a ride yesterday and got their experience on video! Check it out! 

Art in the Park
This Saturday, July 15th!
10 am - 5 pm
Downtown Blowing Rock

Featured Artist: Joanna White, Fiber

  • FREE trolley rides from Food Lion and Tanger Outlets
  • Chair massages in the Chamber yard, just $1 per minute!
  • FREE parking downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford Street and at BRAHM

Questions? Call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851

Concert in the Park
Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm
Memorial Park Gazebo, Downtown Blowing Rock

FREE, family-friendly outdoor concert!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Soul Americana music by Ashley Heath.

Business Before Hours
Wednesday, July 19th at 8:30 am
Billy Chick, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Stop by for a cup of coffee, breakfast and conversation! In true Hawaiian style, Billy will be serving 100% authentic Kona coffee with a Hawaiian style breakfast and door prizes!

Please RSVP either via Email or on the Facebook Event so we have an accurate headcount!

Do You Have Tickets?
Symphony by the Lake is just around the corner, Friday, July 28th! This year's theme is "Oh the Places You'll Go" and it's going to be great!

Gates open at 5:30 pm, Todd Wright Quintet begins at 5:45 pm and Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra at 7:30 pm. Fireworks immediately following!

Advance tickets are $40 ($15 for kids under 12) and can be purchased online, in person at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce or by calling 828.295.7851. Will call tickets must be picked up at the Chamber prior to the event. 
If you wait to purchase at the gate, tickets are $10 more and it will take you longer to get in!

Extended Hours Rack Card
Did you know... We have a rack card listing all of the Blowing Rock shops that are open late? Come by the Chamber for a copy.  These are great to share with hotel guests and visitors who are looking for something to do after 6 pm!

Member Events & News

BIG News! BIG Congratulations are in Order!

Recognized nationally, named #1 for THE BEST healing and rejuvenation, located right here in Blowing Rock! 
LoveBR - living the dream! 

Named among Organic Spa Magazine's 2017 Top Ten Organic Spa Awards for Best Detox Program. Read More 
Named Travel + Leisure's #1 Destination Spa in the United States! Watch video segment of winners being announced on the TODAY Show.

Blue Ridge Craft Trails
Listening Session
Thursday, July 13th at 2 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area seeks ideas and suggestions to develop the Blue Ridge Craft Trails over the next few years. The latest trail initiative will encourage cultural tourism and strengthen rural economies by promoting the region’s many craft artists, craft schools, local arts businesses and venues.  Read More

Upcoming at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

Thursday, July 13th at 6 pm
TAC Talk: Robert Morgan: From the Wilderness Road to the Underground Railroad
Learn the history of the two most significant roads in American history; the Wilderness Road and the Underground Railroad. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Robert Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Learn More
Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm
Summer Concert Series: Kevin Burke
Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for over 30 years.  He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970's with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore, the Bothy Band and with his solo album, If the Cap Fits. Learn More

An Appalachian Summer Festival Presents: Jennifer Nettles
Saturday, July 15th at 8 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music today. Since exploding onto the music scene in 2004 as lead vocalist for international duo Sugarland, Nettles has recently released her debut album "Playing With Fire.”

Tickets: $60 adult, $40 student/child

Doc's Rock's
Blowing Rock Garnet Outcrop
Sunday, July 16th, Departing Doc's Rocks at 8 am 
Glen Burney Trail

Bring a five gallon bucket, shovels, dig/garden tools, packed lunch & water. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Ages 8 and up welcome.

Cost: $25. Must sign waiver.
If meeting at site, must pay with cash.
For more information, call 828.264.4499

SNIPS "Yappy Hour"
Thursday, July 20th at 5 pm
Cafe Portofino

Bring your furry friends and enjoy great food and drinks for a cause! Cafe Portofino will donate 10% of food and drink purchases to support Watauga Humane Society's SNIPS program (Spay/Neuter is a Positive Solution). 
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Watauga Humane Society's
35th Annual Rummage Sale
July 20th - 22nd at the Boone Armory

Artist Reception
Saturday, July 22nd at 11 am
Alta Vista Gallery

Impressionist Joan Sporn will be at the gallery with 20 new oils. As the best-seller for the gallery, it's always fun to hear what Sporn has to say about her new work. Many of the paintings have "Flower Power!" Refreshments will be served. Read More

The Hawk 7K
Saturday, September 16th at 8 am
Hawksnest, Seven Devils

Register now for this 7K loop with uphill and downhill stretches, beginning and ending in the same location! Participants will enjoy a spectacular race course overlooking both Seven Devils and Grandfather Mountain. Refreshments and entertainment will included throughout the day.

Chamber Information, Meetings and Upcoming Events

Blowing Rock Farmers Market, every Thursday at 4 pm, Park Avenue

Art in the Park: Saturday, July 15th at 10 am, Park Avenue

Concert in the Park: Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm, Memorial Park

Business Before Hours: Wednesday, July 19th at 8:30 am, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Billy Chick

Quarterly Economic Development Council Meeting: Tuesday, July 25th at 3:30 pm, Chamber Office

Symphony by the Lake: Friday, July 28th at 5:30 pm, Chetola

There will be NO Board of Directors meeting or Business After Hours in July.