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.
Spring 2015 Featured Artists
Mary has been making art in various forms all of her life. She grew up backstage at her parent’s summer stock theatre in Farmington, CT where she spent summers painting theatre sets and making art. Her art education in NYC includes a BFA in Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College; Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts; and Painting at the Arts Student League. Mary’s professional career as a Graphic Designer in NYC included the position of Art Director for WNET/13 Public Television. Her art is in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Italy, Sweden and England. She lives and works in Fairfield County, CT.
The artist’s “Avian Series” is influenced by the many baby bird first flights that she has observed. “This series grew in color and shape as I became more involved in the printing process. In the end, it emerged as abstract visions of rich color, in which I created an imaginary world of whimsy.” Looking into the depth of this series of Mary Manning’s work, one has the sense of aviary forms floating in space.
The artist also portrays great movement with other whimsical shapes, like her circles that seem like floating bubbles of color. This multilayered experience is a welcome change after a long winter, transporting us to a serene place that is perfect for “Spring Fever 2015”, our Spring exhibit here at The Lodge.
Claudia has lived her whole life by the water, an element that influences her paintings. The artist’s work is an exploration of water, land and humanscapes, born from observing shapes in nature that she constantly breaks down as form and color in her mind. Absorbing those experiences, she carries them back into the studio and, with pastels and/or acrylics, the artist begins to work on sections, constantly shifting them to solve the puzzle of their relationship to each other. Over 10 years ago Claudia left her corporate career as Vice President of Creative Services at J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank to concentrate on her art full-time. An accomplished painter and printmaker whose work is in many private collections in the tri-state area, she exhibits at several galleries, is a member of Silvermine Artist Guild and a member and board member of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She received her degree in printmaking from the Brainerd Art School at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York, SAG, CCP, and the Darien Art Center. She has studied with Robert Reed, Professor of Art at Yale, and prominent artists and art academicians.
We are so thrilled to have Claudia’s work back with us at The Lodge for “Spring Fever 2015”, a welcome change of season that lifts our spirits with thrilling color after a long winter.
Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun