Edward Jennings featured at Comer Museum
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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Talladega artist Edward Jennings has been drawing and painting since his childhood days. His work is the featured exhibit at Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center for December.
Talladega artist Edward Jennings has been drawing and painting since his childhood days. His work is the featured exhibit at Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center for December.
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Jennings’ exhibit is titled “Creations Inspired by God.”
Jennings’ exhibit is titled “Creations Inspired by God.”
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Many of Jennings’ paintings capture people in their everyday modes.
Many of Jennings’ paintings capture people in their everyday modes.
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A blended landscape from Jennings.
A blended landscape from Jennings.
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Ladies arranged on a pew painted by Jennings.
Ladies arranged on a pew painted by Jennings.
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A study of people out on the street.
A study of people out on the street.
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An urban inspired painting from Jennings’ collection.
An urban inspired painting from Jennings’ collection.
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To say artist Edward Jennings is a prolific painter could be a bit of an understatement.

Jennings is always painting, it seems, whether it’s on glass, canvas or other fabric, and he’s always brings new inspirations with his brushes.

The Talladega artist has loaded up a big batch of his work this month, and it’s all inside Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center, where Jennings makes a profound impact in the museum’s December exhibit.

His work will remain in place all month, but you can meet the artist for yourself and gain further insight into his interests Thursdaystarting at 6:30 p.m. when the museum hosts a reception for Jennings.

Titled “Creations Inspired by God,” Jennings’ exhibit includes more than 150 pieces and many of the pieces are for sale, with prices ranging from $35 to $3,500.

The museum will provide live entertainment from Donnie Kitchens, who will feature some Christmas favorites.

“I hope everyone will come and join us for a fun-filled evening of beautiful art, food and beverages along with some very good fellowship,” said Donna Rentfrow, director for Heritage Hall Museum and Arts Center. “And of course, all who attend are invited to sing along with the Christmas music, and those who dare, provide us with a solo!”

There is no admission charged to attend the reception.

Jennings is a native of Harlem, N.Y., and through the years, has taught art in the Anniston City School System, at Talladega College and at other colleges and universities, including Alabama State University, Central Alabama Community College and also for inmates at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution.

Growing up in an urban area such as Harlem left an imprint on his development, Jennings says.

Without having what many youngsters have to play with, such as the great outdoors, Jennings said he and his playmates had to find other outlets for their interests.

Scraps of cardboard and pieces of chalk became some of the playmates’ creative materials, along with the streets that they lived along.

Through the years, Jennings has worked in many mediums and applications, from printmaking and silk screen to air brush and colored pencils along with acrylics, watercolors, pastels and others.

Jennings holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design in Brooklyn, N.Y. and also attended the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Jennings’ exhibit may also be viewed during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.