MARTHA MANS

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Martha Mans AWS

All great landscape artists take the time to observe their subject and internalize it until they have something to express on their canvases that is totally and uniquely theirs. Anytime I choose to paint, weather it is in New Mexico or Italy and France, I like to find the elements, no matter how small, that speak of the particular qualities that express the uniqueness of that particular subject. It can be just the warmness or coolness of the light or the rhythm of the elements in the foreground. Sometimes it is the small things in the landscape or subject, that many fail to see, that I like to discover and that add just the right note to my painting. 

I have lived in New Mexico where the weather and seasonal conditions are always creating dramatic and changing effects on the mountains, valleys and mesas. I have also traveled extensively in Italy and France immersing myself in the culture of both countries. I find that the most familiar of landmarks, wherever you are, constantly take on different elements that can be fleeting and you only see that one time. It is always fun to discover those moments and use them as an inspiration for a painting. 

I also want the viewer to spend time with my paintings discovering qualities that on first observation might be missed. So, I like to use the rhythm of the different elements of shape, line, tonal value and color to bring them into each painting, giving them the experience of discovery that I felt as I was creating the painting.

Rhythm is a very important element in my paintings. I treat it in a very musical way. The rhythm of the painting is very much like playing wonderful music. There are runs, pauses, small notes and repetitions along the way into and in the viewing of each of my paintings. I try for a sense of a physical movement as I guide the viewer into the landscape or subject I have chosen to paint.

Born: Canonsburg, PA

Education:

Carlow College,  BA Degree,  Pittsburgh,  PA

Maryland Institute College Of Art, Baltimore,  MD

University Of Southern California, Long Beach,  CA

 

Solo and Group Exhibitions:

2017 Canyon Road Paint Out, Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015 The Landscape From Classical to Modern, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Rhythm and Hues, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

         Nature of Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014 The Landscape: Real to Abstract and the Canyon Road Paint Out, Karan Ruhlen Gallery

2013 Recent Landscapes: Near and Far, Plein Air and the Paint Out,

         Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 and previous:

         Tokyu Gallery, Nagano, Japan

         Dakota Art Gallery,  Dahl Art Center,  Rapid City,  SD

         Olive  Hyde  Gallery,  State Of California,  Fremont, CA

         One Woman Show Strings Of The Mountains,  Steamboat Springs,  CO

         Broadmoor Community Art Exhibition And Gallery,  Colorado Springs,  CO

         Karen Ruhlen Gallery At Bistro 315, Santa Fe, NM

         Hayden Hayes Gallery,  Colorado Springs, CO   

         East Gallery,  Loveland, CO

         Basalt Gallery,  Basalt, CO

         Habatat Gallery,  Denver, CO  Visual Rhythms Of Brazil

         Arts In The Embassies Program, shown at The American Embassy in Guatemala, 2006

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2005 Watermedia International Exhibition, Gallery Of Contemporary Art , Colorado Springs, CO 

                   Fredricks Award For Works On Canvas

2001 National Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Brea, CA  - Elected Signature Membership

2000 National Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Brea, CA

1998 National Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Brea, CA

1997 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY, Traveling Exhibition 1997-1998.

         Watermedia Viii, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum, Colorado Springs, CO

         Western Federation Of Watercolor Societies Exhibition,Tucson, AZ

         Rocky Mountain National Exhibition Of Watermedia, Golden, CO

1996 Aquious Open, Pittsburgh, PA, Best Of Show Award

         Watermedia Vii,  Uccs Contemporary Arts Gallery,  Colorado Springs, CO - Third Place Award

         Western Federation Of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, Dallas, TX - First Place Award

         Sandiego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, San Diego, CA

1995 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY  - Traveling Exhibition 1995-1996

         National Academy Of Design International Exhibition, New York, NY

         National Arts Club Exhibition, New York, NY

         Watermedia Vi, Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO - Fifth Place Award

1994 Watermedia V, Pikes Peak Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

         Rocky Mountain National Exhibition Of Watermedia, Golden, CO - Award Of Excellence, Sixth Place Award.

         New Mexico Watercolor Society Annual Open Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM - Best Of Show Award

         Western Colorado National Exhibition, Grand Junction, CO

1993 San Diego International Exhibition, San Diego, CA - Silver Certificate Of Honor.

         National Arts Club Exhibition, New York, NY

1992 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY, Traveling Exhibition 1992-1993

         Knickerbocker Artists Juried Open Exhibition, New York, NY

         Arts For The Parks National Exhibition, Top 100, Jackson Hole, WY

1991 San Diego International Exhibition, San Diego, CA, Certificate Of Honor

         New Mexico Watercolor Society Annual Open Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, Best Of Show Award

         Adirondacks National Exhibition Of American Watercolors, York, PA

         Midwest Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Greenbay, WI    

         Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Grand Junction, CO, Arches Paper Award

1990 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY - Traveling Exhibition.

         Arts For The Parks National Exhibition, Top 100, Jackson Hole, WY, Traveling Exhibition 1990- 1991

         San Diego International Exhibition, San Diego, CA, Purchase Award

         Western Federation Of Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

1989 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York, NY

          National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Brea, CA, Traveling Exhibition

         Arts For The Parks National Exhibition, Top 100, Jackson Hole, WY, Traveling Exhibition 1989-1990

         San Diego International Exhibition, San Diego, CA

         Western Federation Of Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition, Lubbock, TX, Jurors Award Of Excellence

         New Mexico Watercolor Society Annual Open Exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Best Of Show

1988 San Diego International Exhibition, San Diego, CA

         Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Annual Open, PA

         New Mexico Watercolor Society Open, Albuquerque, NM, First Award

 

Corporate Collections:

The Pinery- Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO

State Of California Asilomar Collection

Southwest National Bank

Mitsubishi Corporation

Steven Mullens Law Offices

Atmel Corporation

Maruko Seimitsu Kogyo Corporation, Japan

Advantage Quest

Broadmoor Community Church, Permanent Collection

Kaiser Permanente Permanent Collections, Denver Co And  Lafayette, Co

 

Membership:

Amercian Watercolor Society,  Elected Signature  Membership

National Watercolor Society,  Elected Signature Membership

New  Mexico Watercolor Society, Elected Signature Membership

Western Federation Of Watercolor Socities, Electe  Signature Membership

Pikes Peak  Watercolor  Society

National Arts Club Of New York

San Diego Watercolor Society, Silver Membership

 

Publications:

Art Previews Canyon Road Paint Out- Santa Fean NOW October 21,2017 p.25

Art Previews- Santa Fean NOW October 16,2014 p.25

“Gordon”, written and illustrated children’s book

Western Art Collectors Magazine, May 2013

Exhibitions, Albuquerque Journal North, October 2013

Wordworks,  Denver Journal,  February, 2005

Southwest Art Magazine,  May 1991,  May 1992

Exploring Transparent Watercolor,  Gerald Brommer,  1992

Artist’s Magazine,  “Figuring People Into A Painting”, 1991

Artist’s Magazine, 1994 Calendar

“Making Your  Paintings  More  Professional”  Carol Katchen,  1994,  North Light Books

“The  Best  Of  Watercolor Ii”,  Rockport Books.  1997

Watercolor Magazine , Fall 1994 Issue,  Spring 1997 Issue

Watercolor Magic Magazine,  Summer 1994 Issue,  Summer 1995 Issue

Watercolor Basics, September  2004 Issue

 

Lectures / Teaching:

Art teacher,  Corkoran Junior High,  Glen Burnie,  MD

Art Department Head and Art Teacher,  Pellitier High School,  Los Angeles,  CA

Adult Oil and Watercolor Classes and Workshops since 1976

Director and Instructor,  Annual Martha Mans Watercolor Workshops,  Ghost Ranch,  NM 1988-1990

Master Instructor,  Arts Students League of Colorado Springs,  CO  1992-1997

Director and Instructor of The Star Flyer Workshops on a Clipper Ship to the Caribbean and Turkey and Greece

Juror of numerous national and international art exhibitions


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