Mushroom Art: Corey Corcoran’s Fungi Engravings

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Hiking through the woods can be tough, depending on the intensity of the trail.  Sometimes, a break up in the hard work by a peaceful babbling brook or the relief of a view from the clearing on a ridge is just what you need to have a positive attitude to keep going. Mushrooms can have that affect as well, randomly poking their head out of the most unusual places. Pretty and white, so fragile and vulnerable as they cling to anything moist like a pad of wet leaves or a dead tree trunk.

Mushroom carvings by Corey Corcoran take us to a dream land full of mysterious images. He uses Artist Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) as his canvas, a fungus that grows in a shelf like form on the side of hardwood usually near streams. Lots of swirly lines surround human faces and hands, covered with nature’s inhabitants from bugs to plants. There are mouths blowing out clouds or butterflies and feet ushering curious adventures into mossy lands.




Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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