Talented Twins Walk Different Artistic Paths

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 2, 2006) - Talented twins and artists Cynthia and Edwina Bringle share a great deal in addition to their looks. Both live near and teach at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. And they often exhibit works together, as they will in their "Penland's Talent" exhibit that opens Friday, Oct. 20, in the fine art gallery at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Cynthia will demonstrate ceramic techniques and both artists will discuss their work in three consecutive, one-hour gallery talks beginning at 9 a.m.  They will attend an opening reception for the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery talks and reception are free and open to the public.

The twins' search for artistic expression has taken different paths. Cynthia experimented with painting, weaving, printmaking and jewelry before finding her niche in her first pottery class. Edwina first discovered a passion for weaving at Penland after Cynthia began teaching there. Both have since taught at schools and conferences and exhibited their work around the country.

The Craft Report, the first craft business magazine, featured the "Sibling Success Story" in a September 2002 issue. One of the first trade publications to extend its reaches to the Internet, the magazine's Crafts Report Online (at now serves as a comprehensive business resource for craft artists. The article chronicled the sisters' separate artistic paths. Cynthia began making summer trips to teach at Penland right after graduating from Alfred University, N.Y. and moved there in 1970. Edwina, professor emeritus, University of North Carolina Charlotte, worked as an X-ray technician before teaching weaving and design at the university.

A studio artist for more than 40 years, Cynthia is an American Craft Council fellow and a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Fine Art. Her diverse body of work is noted for its hand-tooled embellishments and experimental glazes that produce tones of earthy simplicity and vibrant color.

Edwina works with wools, cotton, chenille and other fabrics to craft free-motion embroidery wall tapestries. She starts with a white piece of cloth, applies textile paint, and sews over the design to make each work take on a life of its own. 

Both artists have works in museums and private collections across the country. The MCC exhibit will continue through Nov. 22. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, call (941) 752-5225.

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