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Carol Corning and Ed Pennebaker will exhibit their recent mixed media artwork and sculpture in the gallery of the William F. Public Laman Library Main Branch September 12 through November 4, 2016. Corning has been working on a series of works that portray life from the 1950s and 1960s in rural Arkansas. Pennebaker’s work is a series of sculptures entitled “Formations”. 

The series of works by Carol Corning began a few years ago with a kitchen scene Corning made for her then 94 year old mother entitled “Mama’s Kitchen”. Some examples of other scenes in the series include "Poker Night", "Playing Dominos”, and “Cold Morning Warm Kitchen”. Fused glass and found objects are the media used in Corning’s works. She will also show some fused glass works that depict quilt patterns since her mother, Adelia Corning was an avid quilter.

Pennebaker's recent works are from a series of abstractions from nature that seek to capture the formal relationships of various geological formations, geometry, and light. The works in the series use glass, steel, and a variety of stone.

A reception for the exhibit will take place Friday, September 23, 6-8pm at the Laman Library Gallery, 2801 Orange Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Pennebaker and Corning met in 2009 when Corning's Fresh Air Art Gallery started showing Pennebaker's work. They were married in 2013. Corning and Pennebaker reside in Clinton, Arkansas where she teaches art at Clinton High School. 

Corning was born in Clinton and grew up near Bee Branch in Van Buren County. After attending South Side Schools, she ended up in banking for nineteen years before going back to school and earning her B.A. in fine art in 2003. She was recognized by the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education in 2004 for making a difference in her community. As a graduate of the LeadAR program she has worked for the Main Street program in Clinton and was working for the Gates Roger Foundation when she was included in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette edition "Twenty Women to Watch" in 2006. Her work can be viewed online at carolcorning.com.

Pennebaker was born in Kansas and studied art at Emporia State University where he received a B.F.A. and an M.A. with a emphasis in printmaking. After working as an Artist-in-the-Schools and at Hale Farm and Village in Ohio as a glass blower, Ed moved to Arkansas where he established Red Fern Glass in Salem, Arkansas in 1985. The studio was moved to its present location near Osage in Carroll County in 1991. Work from Red Fern Glass has sold through many museum shops and galleries including Smithsonian Institution Museum Shops, The American Folk Art Museum in New York City, Historic Deerfield Village, and Greenfield Village. Early American Life magazine included Pennebaker in their listing of top traditional craftsmen from 1987 to 2000 when he discontinued his line of traditional items. He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Arkansas Craft Guild. Pennebaker has taught classes in hot glass through the Arkansas Craft School and Eureka Springs School for the Arts. Pennebaker's website is redfernglass.com.

 

 

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