Manon Sander‘s SOLO Exhibit at the Eissey Campus Theater Lobby Gallery opens today. While theater-goers will have an opportunity to see her work, The Rickie Report reminds you that her Exhibit is Open to the Public and Free, Monday through Friday from 10 am – 5pm! In addition, everyone is welcome to the Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 27th from 5 – 7 pm. Manon’s Exhibit will be a mix of plein air and studio work, with an array of subject matter, but everything is tied together by what her paintings are all about: “Capturing the light and the feeling a scene or a still-life evokes”. We share some sneak peeks and all of the details about this Exhibit and other venues where you can see Manon’s artwork.
M A N O N S A N D E R
Opening Public Reception:
Wednesday, January 27 from 5 -7 pm
Palm Beach State College
Eissey Campus Theater Lobby Gallery
11051 Campus Drive (off PGA Blvd., behind the library)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Exhibit Runs: January 21 – February 29, 2016
The Lobby Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10am – 5pm and at all performances.
Admission is free.
“Right Turn” by Manon Sander
Born in West Berlin, Germany, Manon grew up in Berlin and Bavaria. Being exposed to the best of both worlds led to Manon’s appreciation for a metropolitan city’s cultural riches but also to her intimate connection to the outdoors of beautiful Bavaria with its lakes, mountains and quaint little villages. Her childhood days were mostly spent either drawing and painting or roaming around outside. Parents who would frequently point out the importance of never to lose one’s sense of wonder in regards to nature’s beauty planted the seed in Manon to pay attention to details of her surroundings, making it easy for her to find inspiration where ever she goes. Creating art to this day never feels like a pastime but like a necessity.
“Aiming for Birdie” by Manon Sander
After moving with her husband to Chicago, Manon pursued her love of painting by painting murals which are represented in numerous private homes and stores in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and California. Getting introduced to the work of well- known Californian impressionist painters as well as moving to the San Francisco area in 2006 were the igniting sparks to plunge herself into plein air and studio painting in oil. Living in Marin County provided a unique opportunity to study with the best and to finally combine Manon’s love of the outdoors with the portability of oil paints to create on the spot. Oils became quickly her favorite medium, allowing her to have an ongoing conversation with her subject. Under the watch of distinguished and renowned artists, Manon studied how to make a painting that combines rich texture and vivid color while capturing the expression of her subject and the impression it left on her.
“Squawk Squad” by Manon Sander
In 2010 painting Marin’s vast variety of water, hills, incredible flora and fauna, unique structures and last but not least that almost palpable golden Californian light was replaced by all that sunny, buggy, and wonderful Florida has to offer. Manon and her family moved to Palm Beach County, where she dipped right into painting the trademarks of a tropical setting which proves to provide her with a never-ending stream of inspiration and an almost magnetic attraction to the ocean and its surroundings.
Manon using her skis as the easel
In addition to painting en plein air, Manon often picks random objects like items found in a tool box or Oreo cookies and a glass of milk for a still life set-up. To Manon it doesn’t matter so much what she paints, since she is mostly interested in the effect the light has on an object. Capturing the light is what drives Manon to make a painting.
“Comfort Zone” by Manon Sander
Manon puts down her impressions in thick juicy oil paint, applied with gusto and bold brushstrokes: the sunlight that creates lavender shadows on the white clothing of people walking by the water’s edge deep in conversation; surfers and paddle boarders catching an aquamarine wave; boats at rest and on a journey; sea creatures and birds that call Florida their home, are among the countless things that get her so excited that she can’t wait to get out her paints and easel to capture them on canvas. It is happiness and love of life Manon aims to share with the viewer in paintings that reflect the color, light and joy that she is surrounded by and is ever so grateful for.
“Lifesaver” by Manon Sander
Manon is very active in the “plein air scene” and has been juried into the 3rd annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta from March 9-13 which attracts top national talent and is not to be missed! She will also participate in “Plein Fun”, a painting competition in Delray Beach February 20th, and the Winter Park “Paint Out” by the Albin Polasek Museum from April 24-30.
You can also see Manon’s Artwork at:
- ArtPalmBeach2016 in the ArtSynergy booth from January 21-24, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
- “Wild Florida” at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach from January 14 – April 17.
- “Nostalgic Delray” at the Delray Beach Historical Society
- “Floral Fusion 2016” at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, January 15th to February 28 .
- Manon has four paintings in Jim Snyder’s new book: “James D. Snyder: A Trip Down the Loxahatchee”, focusing on the river’s history and beauty in paintings and photographs. Pharos Books, 2015. p. 12, 16, 96, 97
Manon tells The Rickie Report,”Painting is my way to bring attention to the beauty found everywhere in our immediate surroundings, seen by those who are willing to slow down and look. I find inspiration for my next painting not necessarily in an object considered beautiful in the conventional sense since my desire to paint is mostly ignited by watching the light hitting an object a certain way. Illuminating something in all its brilliance while creating wonderful colors and designs in the shadows, light has the power to elevate an object from the mundane to the exquisite. How light influences color has been a source of endless fascination for me. Expressing my joie de vivre through loose brushstrokes in combination with a well thought-through design and a vibrant color choice translates into a painting that resonates not only with me as artist but also with the viewer, offering him a view of things that might otherwise have gone unnoticed”.
“Tall Stack” by Manon Sander
Manon’s paintings continue to be exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions in California and Florida, have won awards and are in private collections on three continents. She teaches oil painting through the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, North County Art Association and Artists’ Guild of Lighthouse ArtCenter.
For more information about Manon Sander’s artwork, classes, workshops:
The Village Art Studios
Gallery Square North
377 Tequesta Dr. Tequesta, FL 33469
Or Call 415-606-7685
www.facebook.com/ManonSanderArt, twitter ManonSanderArt
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