• Madison County Arts Council Holiday Sale

    Madison County Arts Council Holiday Sale

    Come Visit the Madison County Arts Council in Marshall, NC. for our annual Holiday Sale.
    My prints and cards are available for sale there through December 23rd.
    Hope you can visit!

  • Exhibit: Explorations in Heritage & Nature - 11/3/23-12/31/23

    Exhibit: Explorations in Heritage & Nature - 11/3/23-12/31/23

    Explorations in Heritage & Nature-Paintings by Lelia Canter
    November 3-December 31, 2023
    Zuma Coffee, 7 N. Main St., Marshall, NC. 28753

    Meet the Artist & Exhibit Sale:
    November 16th 4-6pm
    December 21st 4-6pm

    More info at: 828-380-0982 or visit www.leliacanter.com


  • Art in Autumn

    Art in Autumn

    Come visit my booth at Art In Autumn on Saturday, September 16th, 2023 on Main St. in Weaverville, NC.

  • Art on the Island, Marshall, NC. 9/23/23

    Art on the Island, Marshall, NC. 9/23/23

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Art on the Island returns on September 23, 2023!
    10am-5pm. Fun and FREE admission.
    For information call (828)398-8329.
    Blannahassett Island, Marshall, NC.

  • Barn Month Exhibit

    Barn Month Exhibit

    09/01/2023 -10/14/23
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    You can see some of my paintings at
    Madison County Arts Council Barn Month Exhibit,
    Presented in association with the Appalachian Barn Alliance.
    September 1- October 14,2023.
    Opening- Friday September 8th, 2023 5-7pm
    Exhibit on display until October 14, 2023
    The Arts Center
    90 S. Main St. Downtown Marshall,NC.

  • Centered Riding Newsletter Article

    Highlights of Centered Riding Instructor Certification
    at Biltmore Equestrian Center, Asheville, N.C.

    by Lelia Canter, CRI Level I

    Biltmore Equestrian Center in Asheville, NC. was fortunate to host Part I and II of Centered Riding Instructor Certification this June and August. During the seven days of clinic instruction we learned many valuable skills to utilize in our own riding as well as those to encourage and help our future students.
    In addition to Part I of our certification, Peggy Brown, Sr. Level IV instructed an open clinic, and with Susan Harris, Sr. Level IV presented the Visible Horse and Visible Rider which greatly
    added to our experience by viewing the skeleton of the horse and rider in motion. Through these demonstrations, we were able to further our understanding of comparable parts as well
    as see the circle of muscles in action. Part I and II of our certification process melded well together our understanding of the four basics of Centered Riding (soft eyes, breathing, centering, and building blocks) in addition to grounding and clear intent. Susan
    Harris and Rebecca Billard, Level II, utilized many helpful mounted and un-mounted exercises to help our bodies develop the muscle
    memory and understanding of how our andthe horse’s body can work in harmony.
    I particularly identified with Centered Riding imaging techniques used to help the rider connect with their bodies and the horse by using
    both the left (thinking) and right (feeling/ creative) brain. Visualizing your center as a spinning sphere to facilitate movement and direction,
    along with the concepts of the power triangle, ground/center/grow, and heavy elbows were a few of many useful techniques reviewed and practiced.
    Becoming a Centered Riding Instructor has been a wonderful journey for me because the methods taught are such valuable tools for daily living as well as my work with horses and riders. As a Body worker and a PATH Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Centered Riding concepts have helped me become a more effective therapist as well as providing a way to holistically bring together the positive body changes that horse and rider experience following bodywork sessions.
    I feel that my Centered Riding training will coalesce well in my work as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor by incorporating the 4 basics and grounding to help riders improve coordination, balance, relaxation of hypertonic muscles, flexibility of joints, posture, and toning of hypotonic muscles. The
    chapter on Therapeutic Riding in Sally Swift’s Centered Riding II was particularly compelling to me
    as she relayed many significant positive changes in riders with disabilities through utilizing centering and grounding techniques.
    As an added benefit, I have found that using Centered Riding concepts and becoming aware of my body position works well when I am performing computer tasks and working as a dental hygienist. By checking in with my body, becoming aware of my tight neck and back, and allowing them to relax, I am able to better function through a long day of office work
    and patients more easily.
    I offer many thanks to Susan, Peggy, and Rebecca for their excellent assistance, guidance, and instruction during our certification
    process. I am excited and honored to be part of the Centered Riding community and look forward to many more years of development
    and learning through Centered Riding. And, thank you for your work in furthering the worlds understanding and practice of Sally Swift’s
    ideas and teachings. Through utilizing these techniques, the bodies and minds of both horse and rider are able to seek, allow, and
    achieve greater balance and comfort within themselves.

    Highlights of Centered Riding Instructor Certification
    at Biltmore Equestrian Center, Asheville, N.C.
    by Lelia Canter

    Level I Sr. Level IV Centered Riding Instructor, Susan E. Harris, conducted a successful two part clinic for established riding instructors to become certified Centered Riding Teachers. It was held in June (3 days) and August (4 days) of 2012 at the beautiful Biltmore Estate
    in Asheville, N.C. The Biltmore Equestrian Center spreads along the east bank of the French Broad, River and is known for its enticing trails and vistas. The Vanderbilt’s family estate, is open for tours
    year round. One can meet people from all over the world anywhere on the grounds enjoying the pastoral scenes. The Riding Center is a mecca for endurance training and recreational trail riders.
    There are presently three instructors at the Biltmore Center who are now certified to teach Centered Riding: Lelia Canter, Ginger Cecil and Elizabeth Bush McLean. The other instructors
    who attended were Heather Brinkman and Donna Bishop from Kentucky, Susan Gustafson from
    Virginia, and Susan Gasperson, Level II, from Tryon, North Carolina who updated her certification. Rebecca Billard, Level II from Tennessee, assisted Susan Harris with the clinic. Peggy Brown, Sr.
    Level IV taught an Open Centered Riding Clinic in June along with the first part of the Instructor’s Clinic and performed the Visible Rider and Anatomy in Motion Presentation with Susan Harris on
    the eve of that clinic. If you would like to host a clinic for instructors in your area, or host an open centered riding
    clinic, go to www.centeredriding.org . The Centered Riding instructor’s clinics are taught by Level IV Clinicians and the Open Clinicians are Level III or above. You may contact them directly, assisted by the search feature on the website.