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Two Outstanding Alumni Artists To Exhibit at Mezzanine Gallery

Ed and Laura Corle exhibitThe work of Ohio Northern alumni Ed and Laura Corle will be featured in the St. Rita’s Mezzanine Gallery in Lima through June 2010. A reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, May 5 from 5–7p.m. at the gallery.

“My paintings begin with an experience of connections to a place,” describes Laura. “This occurs when angles and light, breezes, temperature, humidity, and even scents join forces with the site, revealing textures and detail. I look for characteristics of use and wear, and faded beauty.”

When choosing subject for her paintings, Laura is very particular. “The sites for my paintings include fields of horses or livestock, barns, and empty houses of rural Ohio being reclaimed by nature through the passage of time.”

“The sense of having been there affects my conscious and unconscious choices. Sometimes I remember the smells and sounds, the brush of grass, or the echo of a hoof in a barn. But, whatever it is, the viewer falls into my work in a three-dimensional way.”

Laura is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She earned her BFA degree in art from ONU in 1977, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

Ed Corle is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.

He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Admission to the Mezzanine Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the new wing of St. Rita’s Medical Center. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The Mezzanine Gallery featuring the work of Ed and Laura Corle.