Maney to share career path in abstract art

Oct 31, 2012, 11:15 a.m.
"Auckland Viaduct Harbor," acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24", by edie Maney Lucinda Hall

— edie Maney, abstract artist from Nashville, will share her path toward a career in art during the free educational program of the Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC), "Art: Up Close & Personal," Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the Williamson County Public Library.

Maney explains her approach to her art, "The language of color is profound in my exploration of the painting process. I consider myself an Abstract Expressionist. It is color that determines the shape, motion and texture in the design and composition of my work. Emotional expression and meditation are the directive elements of my style. I experience my passion for life through my paintings."

This free lecture series is open to the public. Light refreshments, provided by Whole Foods, will be served. The main branch of the Williamson County Public Library is located at 1314 Columbia Avenue in Franklin. For more information about the event or the Arts Council, visit www.artscouncilwc.org or call 615-428-3845.

Maney elaborates on her style, "I create sensually bold and commanding works with acrylics and mixed media on canvas, paper and wood. By using plastic, scrapers and printmaking brayers, in addition to brushes and palette knives, I am able to begin in a chaotic style before developing my focal point. Working with the canvas on the floor adds to the strength of my paintings by giving me the freedom to continue working visually around the canvas."

She continues, "My work is nonobjective and abstract with figures depending on the mood that carries my thought process. My intention is to invite the viewer to become lost in my paintings, like a journey, feeling emotions of pleasure, playfulness and drama."

Maney's artwork has been acquired for various corporate and institutional collections including St. Thomas Heart Institute, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Trans Financial Center, CAO Cigars International Inc., Essent Healthcare, Pinnacle Financial, Burr and Forman LLP, and Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner PC in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Entertainment Corp in Washington, D.C.; LBMC Employee Services and Pride Brokerage Services in Brentwood, Tenn.; Murfreesboro City Hall and First Corporate Fleet in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Manufacturing Sciences, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Post Properties, Atlanta, Ga.; and Quintess, Catch the Dream in New York., N.Y. Her art is represented through gallery associations with The Arts Company in Nashville; River Gallery in Chattanooga,Tenn.; and Fine Arts Management in Orlando, Fla.

Her creations have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions including, most recently, "Australia/New Zealand on My Mind and Then Some" at the University Club of Nashville at Vanderbilt in 2012; "New Paintings" at Auld Alliance Gallery in 2010; and "Figure Paintings" at Sarratt Gallery in Vanderbilt University, and "Not By Chance" at Leu Gallery in Belmont University in 2009. She was invited to various group exhibitions including, most recently, "Exploration" at River Gallery, Chattanooga, and "Vessels and Visions" at Centennial Art Center in Nashville, both in 2011; "Modern Girls" at Custom House Museum, Clarksville, Tenn., in 2010; and All That Jazz at River Gallery in Chattanooga in 2007. She received cash awards for her art at the Tennessee Watercolor Society's show at Chattanooga State Community College in 2010, and Tennessee Art League's show at the Central South Art Exhibition in Nashville in 2009.

Originally from Murfreesboro, Maney studied for two years toward a bachelor of liberal arts, social work, at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Since 1988, she has pursued art classes and workshops at various artists' studios, museums and universities. She is a member of the Tennessee Art League, serving as a board member from 2007 to 2011; Nashville Artists Guild; and Tennessee Watercolor Society, serving as regional director from 1992 to 1994. For more information on Maney, visit www.ediemaneyart.com.

Scott B. Hodes, director of visual arts for the Arts Council of Williamson County, has asked the guest speakers to share the experiences that have culminated in that person becoming a working artist in the community, such as background, history, choices and decisions, education and technique, work experience, and artistic and life influences.

The Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization, is a catalyst for the enrichment of cultural life in the county by funding, promoting and expanding the arts.

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