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ONU graduate to exhibit in “Women in Water”

ImageJanuary—The watercolor art of four female artists from Findlay will be displayed in “Women in Water,” an exhibition opening Monday, Jan. 9, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Continuing through Jan. 28, the exhibit is free and open to the public. A public reception for the artists is scheduled from 1–3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The featured professional artists are Janealla Smalley, traditional watercolor; Ruth Balcomb, ink pourings and watercolor; Marla Brumbaugh, experimental and collage; and Laura Barnhardt-Corle (BFA ’77), photo-realist watercolor. Their paintings also span a variety of subjects, from landscape and portrait to the abstract.

Laura Barnhardt Corle is currently an adjunct instructor of art at Ohio Northern University where she teaches art appreciation. She also is one of the first to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a specialty in painting, specifically, watercolors. Laura is a freelance artist and teacher in the Findlay area, offering eight-week watercolor classes at her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows, and she has participated in many regional 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.

In 2010, Laura was honored when three pieces were accepted into the Community Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, a world class museum, for the Findlay Area Artist Exhibit, and was also honored by having a watercolor accepted in the 92 Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibit. Last year, Laura was also featured in the PBS program Equitrekking.

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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. 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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions 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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.