Nationally Known Artists Exhibit

(Venice, Fla., Jan. 22, 2007) - Two nationally known artists, Jeff Cornell and Bette Fern, will display their work in an exhibit that continues through March 9 in the Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice Fine Art Gallery, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

Cornell specializes in delicately textured figures created in graphite and finished in pastels. Contours and lines make the works contemplative and subtle with fluid movement and beauty. The winner of numerous awards, Cornell designed two postage stamps in honor of the Special Olympics. His work is popular with collectors in the United Kingdom and Japan as well as the United States.

Known for her functional pottery, Fern supervised a pottery industry in Berea, Ky., has taught ceramics and had a studio in Soho, N.Y., along with three other artists. The quality of her work made her a member of the prestigious New York City group called The Potters. She has won awards in N.Y., Indiana and Ky. and her works are in collections around the nation.

The exhibit is located in the library foyer gallery.  Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call (941) 408-1488.

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