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Fran Mangino

J. Anderson

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2011 Artist’s Statement

My subject matter is about the development of a story or a concept I observe from life. Bringing life into a drawing with the vibration of color is exciting. Seeing the viewer’s happy relationship to my work brings the most satisfaction.

Watercolor flowing on white watercolor paper is both exciting and challenging to control. The application of bright, luminous, transparent colors allows light rays to penetrate the paint layer. The light then bounces back off the paper or claybord enriching the viewer’s vision capturing that moment in time. It is this transparency of colors that make it difficult to reproduce.

Fran Mangino
1180 Smoke Burr Dr.
Westerville, Ohio 43081
franmangino@yahoo.com or midlifemama@hotmail.com

I am an expressionistic painter and every landscape, still life or figure that inspires me to paint becomes a 3-d puzzle in my mind. Whether the color, shape or light of an object was what drew my attention, a metamorphosis takes place. Mentally, the subject matter becomes a shape first and an object second. It is simply a resource for a creative adventure and collaboration of shapes. This is accomplished through the use of exaggeration, elimination and editing.
I look at the ground I am working on, whether paper or canvas, as the ground for a giant puzzle. Multiple sketches start the process. Layers of tracing paper are act one in this creative play. What works is kept, what doesn’t is torn off and another sheet is placed on top, until it is a unified whole. . Where on the picture plane should the main subject be? Do I create emphasis through size, color, etc.? It is my job to give the work “good bones”. The challenge is leading the viewer to the center of interest or, star of the show. It is a “what if“ game of orchestration, combination and repetition. The shapes must compliment rather than compete with each other. “Paintings are like children, some are easier to raise than others”, according to Judy. Shifting and re-arranging shapes continues until there is an intuitive Eureka moment. Only then, will values and patterns that play well with others be chosen.

Fran Mangino

1180 Smoke Burr Dr.

Westerville, Ohio 43081

(614) 8891-6558
e-mail: midlifemama@hotmail.com or franmangino@yahoo.com

Short Statement: Radiant traditional transparent watercolors from life and my photos
Category – painting, transparent watercolor
Price Range: $75-$2000 originals
Original artwork can be found in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, England, and Slovakia
Education: Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kent State University, 1971
Workshops - Carl Dalio, Peggy Brown, Alvaro Castagnet, Homer Hacker, Arleta Pech, Joan Rothermel and Alex Powers

Real World Experience: #2 years as an Art Therapist in a 9 month stay mental institution; # 7 years as a substitute teacher for the Columbus and Westerville school system; 28 years in private practice of my husband’s Audiology and Hearing Aid business. While working as a hearing aid technician I implemented programs for free hearing screenings and advice centers in senior centers throughout Central Ohio and surrounding counties.

Professional Literature: 

  1. Dec. Issue, “The Artist Magazine”  I wrote a 5 page article
  2. Oct. Issue, “Painting 1-2-3” written by the magazine staff
  3. “Splash 8”   hard book

2004   “The Artist Magazine” #2 honorable mentions in the magazine competition

  1. “Splash 9”   hard book
  2.   “Splash 10” hard book

Professional Organizations:
Ohio Watercolor Society  & current Central Ohio Outreach Chair, OWS Trustee three #3 year terms,
Award for 10 years in OWS juried exhibitions; Ohio Plein Air Society 1 term Trustee
Bronze Signature Status in ACT, Artist Changing Tomorrow, an international organization centered with the Texas Art Association.

Presently- Sunbear Studios, Alexandria, Ohio, @ Center Village, Ohio.
Past- Studios On High, Columbus, Oh; prints and cards have been sold in galleries and stores found in Cincinnati, Ohio, Willoughby, Oh.; Michigan; Austin, Texas; California and Canada.

Exhibitions, Shows with Awards after 1996:
1997 Zanesville Art Center, Ohio: Outstanding Use of Watermedia and People’s Choice Award ‘97 
1998 Westerville Music and Arts Festival, Ohio: 1st. Place
1998 Ohio Watercolor Society 98th Exhibition
1999 Arts by the Riverside, Findlay, Ohio, Jurors Choice
2000 Medina Art in the Park: 1st Place, Gold Medal Award
2000 Three Rivers Arts Festival and Juried Arts Exhibition
2000 Ohio Watercolor Society, Award of Excellence
2001 OWS National Exhibition, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
Awards of Distinction, Juror Peggy Brown
2002 Artist Magazine Art Competition in Animal Division and Floral Division
2002 Art Exhibition at Butler Art Museum, Youngstown, Oho
2002 Round the Fountain, West Lafayette, Indiana; Purchase Award
2002 Medina Art in the Park, Ohio, 2nd Place
2003 30th Annual Art In The Park, Medina, Ohio 1st. Place, Playing in the Sun
2004 Allentown Art Festival, 1st in Watercolor
2004 OWS Merit & Cuthbert’s Merit Award
2004 Cincinnati Art Club “Viewpoint”, Ray Loo’s Award
2004 Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2006 Olegelsby Art Gallery “6 person Exhibition” West Virginia
2006 Women’s Art Show Award, Butler Art Museum, Youngstown, Ohio

  1. Viewpoint 2006, Cincinnati Art Club's 43 Annual National Juried Art Competition, Watercolor Magic      

2006 Sunbury United Methodist Exhibition, Best of show
2007 Women’s Club Art Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio
2007 Boston Mills Artfest I, Honorable Mention in Watercolor, Peninsula, Ohio
2007 Art Comes Alive, juried, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

  1. Ohio Watercolor Society, 30th Exhibition and  Travel Show
  2. Christkindle Market, Best of Show, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
  3. Boston Mills Artfest I, Honorable Mention In Watercolor, Peninsula, Ohio
  4. German Village Haus and Garden Blue Ribbon Award
  5. Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition, Silver Medal Award, 2nd. Place, Troy, Ohio

2010 Central Ohio Watercolor Society, 2nd. Place Spring Exhibition
2010 Art At The Arnold Event and Exhibition, 3rd. Place
2010 Central Ohio Watercolor Society, 1st Place
2010 OWS Exhibition, Travel Show, Honored for 10 Juried Exhibitions
2010 29th Annual Foothills Art Festival, Watercolor Division 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a Purchase Award
2010 Viewpoint 2010, Cincinnati Art Club's 42 Annual National Juried Art Competition, Winsor Newton     
Painting Award
2011 Art At The Arnold Event and Exhibition

  1. 67th Annual Ohio 2011, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio

2011 30th Annual Foothills Art Festival, Watercolor Division, #4 honorable mentions and Purchase        

Approached by JudyThe subject is frequently fractured or partially repeated to create a visual symphony. Often, the composition takes as long to create as the work takes to paint. Each brush stroke creates a domino effect and the painting itself tells you what to do. “Think twice and paint once” is the game plan. Welcome to Judyland.
Anderson’s Bio
Paintings reveal a lot about the artist who did them. An exhibition of Judy Anderson’s work is a visual conversation with an optimist. Canvases aglow with vibrant color and strong design reveal a great deal about this outgoing expressionist.
Interesting shapes fuel Ms. Anderson’s desire to grab a brush and paint. Landscapes, still life’s and figures all hold center stage in different works. Buildings accordian down a hill, a festive still life does a table dance and figurative images celebrate déjà vu moments. It is a variety show of subjects with color and distinctive design elements telling the story.
Born an only child and raised in an older community, Judy’s love of art started at an early age. Her playmates weren’t the neighborhood children but a pencil, a sketch book and a cat named Shakespeare. An encouraging mom sent a drawing featuring her feline to the children’s magazine Highlights and it was published. She was seven at the time and her love of art grew as she did. the o

Dance was another passion in Judy Anderson’s childhood. The art museum and the dance studio were her haunts. By the age of twelve, she was a seasoned performer. Highly trained in the disciplines of ballet, acrobatics and tap, along with art, a variety show of teachers/performers in both dance and art encouraged this artist’s “out of the box” thinking. Her vivid, almost theatrical colors and lyric fluid compositions are dances in paint.
The juggling act between art and dance continued through high school. Upon graduation, she was offered a dance opportunity in New York, where her art could also flourish. Romance made the choice for her. Marrying her high school sweetheart, art now took center stage and the desire for family and roots made Ohio her home.
The demands of raising 3 children, a husband and a German shepherd did not put art on the back burner. It made her adapt her medium to the circumstances. Intricate, fanciful ink drawings were the expressive outlet when the family was very young. A few moments could be stolen frequently during the day when all it took to stop was the capping of a pen- no messy cleanup and minimum space needed for working.
A period of developing and refining watercolor and acrylic followed; mediums she works in today. Oil painting proved unfeasible as the artist developed an allergy to turpentine and oils.
Drawing and painting classes, along with workshops with different artists kept Judy inspired and focused. Her art field expanded to include teaching, workshops, and exhibitions. Encouraging individualism and creativity in students, clone art was not an acceptable goal for either student or teacher. Hard work and long hours on her own art brought a unique viewpoint and style to the fore. Shows and competitions were entered on a regular basis and served as a gauge of her own art growth.
When the children were in high school her art took a different direction. Art visibility at shows and competitions paid off. Opportunity knocked. The owner of a commercial art studio in town became a fan and after numerous sit downs, offered Judy a job as an illustrator. Untrained in the fields of air brush and other commercial tools, she voiced concerns at the offer. Her future boss explained that his other illustrators would teach her the disciplines lacked in exchange for her unique style. It was a win-win situation for both.
Two years later, an economic downturn had businesses cutting back on advertising and choosing safer more traditional illustrating. Creatively frustrated, Ms. Anderson resigned. While extremely grateful for the skills and challenges commercial art afforded, it was no longer a match. It was a discovery period of what worked for her as an artist. She did not fit in the commercial box and because of a supportive husband, didn’t have to. A better, more focused artist emerged.
She and a group of five other diverse professional painters formed a network for critiquing each others work and sharing ideas. They met weekly to critique, encourage and promote each other. They became “an art family” exploring “what if“ thinking and analyzing why they made the choices they did. This creative think tank strengthened both self-expectations and individualism for all.

wner of a small company, Judy started working part-time when her specific illustration skills were needed. Working collaboratively with the writers in the company, this again proved to be a training ground. Unhappy with the job a writer had done, a client was ready to move to another agency. Judy asked for the chance to write new copy and give it to him along with the illustration. The company owner agreed. If the client didn’t like what he saw/read, the company would happily bow out at no charge. What did he have to lose? The happy client stayed with the company and Judy became a one stop shop for specific customers.
Part time meant she filled the company’s needs while working on her own art. It was a good arrangement and led to her writing a monthly art column for five years for a news magazine.
Commercial ventures became unfeasible when her husband became ill. A stroke during an operation left him paralyzed and Judy became his caregiver. Maintaining a sense of self while improving her skills, Judy painted four to five hours each evening after putting him to bed. She conducted art workshops and critiques in her home and the weekly “art family” meetings became even more important.
Having fine-tuned her art to this point, it was time to seek gallery representation. She approached Closson’s, the oldest art gallery west of the Alleghenies. Having discovered Duveneck, Ruthven and Twachtman among others over the years, Closson’s knowledge of art caused her to seek them out. It proved a good match. She remained with the gallery until it closed. She is now represented by Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati.
Upon her beloved husband’s death, Judy became immersed in her passion full-time. An intensive art seminar out west, an art trip to Italy and a move to Columbus, Ohio impacted both art and life. Still teaching, showing and judging in Cincinnati, her base has expanded. Workshops , critiques and judging take her to different parts of the state. She gained more exposure and a larger clientele.
While Judy’s paintings are influenced by subjects all around her, at home and away, they serve as inspiration only. They are a resource, not a religion. Most paintings are mindscapes, inspired by the shape of an object, a bold color or a viewpoint. Angst is never portrayed. Judy believes “Paintings are like children, some are easier to raise than others“. All require orchestration, discipline and love to turn out well. Her goal: create works of art that evoke a warm lasting response from the viewer“. Success was proven when a buyer, responding to a smoke alarm in her home, grabbed one of Judy’s paintings as she fled the building. Her emotional ties to the piece made it the most important thing to save. Needless to say, this action created it’s own emotional response in Judy.

2011 Ohio Plein Air Society 9th Annual Competition: Jack Richeson Award of Excellence, Purchase Award
2012 Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Spring Exhibition, #rd Place and Ginny Kauffman Memorial Award

Cincinnati Summer Fair, Oh; Penrod, In; Black Swamp Bowling Green, Oh; East Lansing Art Festival, MI; Boston Mills Artfest I, Peninsula, Oh; Willoughby Artsfest, Oh; Hyde Park, Oh; Worthington Arts Festival, OH; Toledo Botanical Gardens, Toledo, Oh; St. Johns Festival of the Arts, West Lake, Oh; Syracuse New York, Akron, Oh, Berea Kentucky/ May Show: Lexington Woodland Art Fair, Ky; Upper Arlington Labor Day, Oh; Holiday Art Fair (The Guild), Mi; Canton Museum of Art, Oh, Winterfair, Columbus, Oh.; Terra Haute Women’s Club Special Exhibition, In.; Art on The Bluff Festival, St. Joseph, Mi; Greenville, Oh.; Sharon, Pa.



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