KAREN MANESS

ARTIST, Educator & Author

The Art of the

Hollywood Backdrop

 

In almost every feature film of Hollywood’s golden age, painted backings have convinced moviegoers that what they are seeing—whether the fantastic roads of Oz, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or ancient Egyptian kingdoms—is absolutely real. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop reveals the hidden world and creators of these masterpieces, long-guarded as a studio special effect.

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

Wide Open Exhibit

Discover the vast spaces of our world through the eyes of three distinct artists. On August 25th, a new exhibit comes to Georgetown Art Center. Join contemporary painters Rebecca Bennett, Shawn Camp, and Karen Maness as they take you through their unique interpretations of the Wide Open.  Experience the dichotomy of light and dark, space and scale.  Step into new, vast worlds, and uncover the allure of the infinite.   The Wide Open Exhibit will be open for free to the public from August 25th through September 24th at Georgetown Art Center - 816 South Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626.  Opening Reception: Saturday August 26th from 7-9pm.  Artist Talk: August 27th from 2-4pm at the Georgetown Art Center as they host a free artist talk - open to the public.      ​

Look To the Skies

New work is brewing at Karen Maness’ Rust Red Studio.  Her eyes drawn in wonder of the Texas skies that stretch before her, Maness is creating a new body of work examining the powerful and expansive western sky.  Follow along as she creates her work on Facebook and Instagram. ​

BARTON SPRINGS EXHIBITION 

 The Sheffield Education Center and The Barton Springs Conservancy are hosting an exhibition celebrating Barton Springs.   I am honored to have my piece REST selected as a part of this exhibition.  As many an Austinite can attest, once you encounter Barton Springs, you become wrapped in it's solace, beauty, and grandeur.  Barton Springs is the jewel of Austin. REST is my love letter to it.     Join me on Friday, May 12, 2017  5:30-7:00pm for an evening of live music, art, and to experience this wondrous place.  No RSVP Required.  Free and open to the public. The Sheffield Education Center2201 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704  

Oscars weekend at the Getty

Join me in celebrating Academy Awards weekend at The Getty.  Come for an in-depth look into the research from The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, and an introduction to the scenic art masters responsible for some of cinematic history's most iconic images.   Saturday February 25th at 1:00pm.Free and open to the public.  Event is ticketed.  Book today!   Please plan ahead for traffic and the wait time for the tram ride up to the museum. 

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