The Lodge at Woodloch is intimately aware of the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Mother Nature provides an ever-changing muse for art and inspiration. Together with Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd., comes a custom-curated art gallery hall featuring local artists that help magnify our philosophy of personal awakening.
Summer 2016 Featured Artists
LAURA MCMANUS is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in painting. Her work combines color, form, texture, music, line, and movement. Each piece reflecte upon how each element relates to one another. Largely reactive, they are physical pieces. Laura’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe, Indonesia, Australia, and the Caribbean.Laura worked for many years as muralist and decorative wall finish artist. Her work has been seen in Coastal Living Magazine for Walinikiti House, The House Without Walls on Scrub Island, Tortola/BVI. Laura’s paintings have been mentioned in The Paris Review Online, in a series of essays by the author Kelly McMasters, Notes from a Bookshop. Most recently one of Laura’s images was shown in the October 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Laura worked alongside designers at Hirsh-Bedner Associates in Atlanta, producing over 68 paintings for The Scrub Island Resort on Scrub Island. Laura’s paintings are in each of the Marina Suites at the resort. Laura currently has a large piece represented on The Great Wall of Honesdale, in Honesdale, PA and is a member of both the Wayne County Arts Alliance and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Each piece of Laura’s work is a study in color theory and composition where music plays a supreme part. Her work pulses with energy as color and lines resound with the jazz she listens to, her paintbrush responding to the music and her environment. The artist has moved with her husband Jim (whose work is also featured in this show) from the Caribbean to Hancock, NY. She is enchanted by the riverbeds, forests and lakes and the buzzing thrum of seasons as they change in the Northeast landscape, the same kind of beauty you find here at The Lodge at Woodloch.
JIM MCMANUS is a graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in Painting. After college, Jim worked in architectural offices in Chicago and on Tortola in The British Virgin Islands where he and his family lived for many years. Jim’s paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. Jim’s father Gene, an Interior and Retail Designer, instilled in him the love of art and design which continually evolves as he plans and constructs his paintings. There is an architectural element to his drawing and use of color and collage. Jim’s collection of island works portray the “Island Lifestyle”. These works invoke happy memories of a visual paradise. The natural environment plays a key role in his work. These days he is largely inspired by the Upper Delaware River area, (as is his wife Laura, also featured in this show) the river, lakes and scenery which this “northern paradise” provides. Jim’s work has been written about by the author Kelly McMasters in her series of essays Notes from a Bookshop in The Paris Review online and other publications.
In his Pennsylvania Landscapes, Jim says: “Summer for me is about color and the memories made when the air is warm and the sun is slow to set. The “small walls” of vertical color represent a bridge between the paintings and mood of my Caribbean pictures and my recent Pennsylvania landscapes.” Jim’s work also celebrates objects that evoke memories, such as childhood fun with his fishing tackle box collection and the series of Tagines with Oriental rugs as a backdrop that also reveal his interest in Nomadic life.
Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun