NCLAC Member's Exhibit at Barnwell


 Beginning August 25, 2011, and ending October 9, 2011, the Barnwell Garden & Art Centeris pleased to present Cory Carlson and his “Natural Impressions”.   Mr. Carlson is an accomplished artist and show cases his amazing talent in the Main Gallery of the BarnwellGarden & ArtCenter.  Painting the Spirit of the Wild portrays nature’s timeless beauty and energy with his extraordinary wildlife paintings.  Carlson’s goals as a painter are clear when he says, “it’s not enough to just paint a good likeness.  I want my viewers to feel the emotions, struggles and triumphs of living free.”

Through Carlson’s personal travels and experiences he is able to bring such beauty and depth to his subjects.  From the wetlands of theAmericasto the sprawling African jungles, Carlson carefully observes wildlife in its natural environment, capturing rare moments with his skills in photography and sketching.  Bringing the beauty of Nature and the sense of freedom into people’s lives is Carlson’s primary artistic motivation.  Carlson recently discussed his motivation and amazing gift, when he replied “I’ve always been an artist as long as I can remember and I think I was born with a paint brush in my hand.”

Carlson began a lifelong devotion to art when he was a small boy.  His first painting sold at the age of thirteen, becoming a professional portrait artist by his fifteenth birthday.  Carlson has a bachelor of fine arts degree and is the recipient of several best of show awards.  Today his work is found in numerous corporate and private collections around the world.  Carlson’s work recently was selected as one of only 75 artists chosen from over 40,000 entries to be included in the 2011 book “Best of America Oil Artists.” 

Laura Glen Carlson is a creative jewelry maker whose love of nature’s graceful beauty is expressed through the art of sculpting precious metals into unique pieces of jewelry.  Her goals as a fine craft artist are clear when she says, “I want the people who wear my jewelry to feel a connection to the jewelry and know the piece was handmade with love and care.  She believes this sense of connectivity is achieved through the synergy of seeking balance and harmony between metal and stone in a fluid, organic style. 

Through her travels with her husband, the renowned wildlife artist, Cory Carlson, she finds fresh inspiration for her pieces from the natural world.  Expressing an element of timeless grace, Laura creates interesting pieces of jewelry expressing the flowing rhythms of life.

 Laura Glen participates in various shows and festivals, while winning numerous awards.  Her work is available in a selected number of galleries, including the Store at the Barnwell.  She has been interviewed by Louisiana Public Radio and has been featured in several newspapers and magazines including Louisiana Life magazine.  She is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and the Louisiana Craft Guild.