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June 17 - July 27
Laura Corcoran / Clara Brown

June 17 through July 27, Crossings at Carnegie will be running an exhibit of works by artists Carla Brown and Laura Corcoran.The exhibit is located in the gallery of Crossings at Carnegie, and is open and free to the public for viewing.  

In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be an artist’s reception held on Saturday, June 29 at 6pm.  The public will have a chance to see and purchase the art, and speak with the artists. Wine, appetizers and desserts will be served.  This event is free and open to the public. If you wish, pick up tickets to see Wings Over America!, appearing at the State Theatre that evening.

Carla earned a BS degree in Graphic Design at Bemidji State University in MN. She worked in this industry while raising her two daughters in Northfield, MN. She painted hundreds of large murals in homes and businesses. She had a successful business known as The Barefoot Studio, selling her own artwork and running a small gallery. Today she is enjoying a new marriage while living and working in the beautiful valleys of Wisconsin. Additional paintings, prints on wood, greeting cards and gift items can be found in her studio on main street in Menomonie, WI. She and her husband just built a new woodshop where she does all of her own wood prep for her artwork and an assembly area for prints and other products. In addition to creating and marketing, she is active in community events and a supporter of the Arts. She loves any activity that is outdoors and is happiest when spending time with family and friends.

About her work, Carla says “I have a strong connection and curiosity with trees, plants, flowers and animals. The patterns they create within their natural background are intriguing and constantly inspire me. Because of this relationship, the elements of nature often appear in my paintings. The negative space surrounding objects is often my focus. I enjoy using unexpected color combinations and the layering of shapes and scratches. I love to collect, prepare and paint on wood. When I make prints of my originals, I adhere them to wood so that they have a consistent feel as the originals. I consider myself an intuitive, organic painter with an abstract impressionist style.”

Laura Corcoran grew up in central Wisconsin.  She received a BA in 2004 from Lawrence University and an MFA in printmaking in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching elementary art, Laura and her husband run a small print business, Crankosaurus Press. They live in St. Paul, MN with their dog.

About her work, Laura says “I am fascinated by extraordinary yet common natural occurrences; the ability of birds to navigate using the stars, the ability of a bee to dance directions to flowers. I am also interested and concerned by how natural processes are disrupted by human changes to the environment.   Humans have the unique ability to wonder and learn about the lives around us.  This ability is both a privilege and a challenge.  My images are informed by both; the privilege of learning about and watching the life around me, and the challenge of knowing and caring about how my actions and the actions of my species affect other creatures.  Scientific information, personal observations and experiences inform my imagery.