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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. 

GOOD MORNING AMERICA-2016 Must Read

We are beyond thrilled that Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer selected The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop as one of her 2016 GMA Holiday "Must Reads"​A huge holiday gift.  So grateful.

Austin Chronicle Gift LIST 2016

Painters are responsible for many of film's most iconic scenes: the soft fog behind Maria and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, the New York City skyline behind the Ghostbusters, and even the out-of-this-world atmospheres in Interstellar. The artistry of large-scale backdrop paintings has been overshadowed by the glow of digital imaging, but a renewed appreciation for artisanal creations has spurred their use again. In partnership with the Art Directors Guild, co-authors and UT professors Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness celebrate the legacy by creating the first, and what will likely be the major, archival document of Hollywood scene paintings. "It's very exciting to have the opportunity to correct this vacuum in the history of cinema in Hollywood," says Maness.​ See full article here

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