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.

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