Monday, February 6, 2012

edie Maney to Host Artist Reception on Feb. 17

By Chuck Whiting
MCAU Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2012) –Award-winning Nashville visual artist edie Maney will celebrate her latest solo exhibition with an artist reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 (Friday) at the University Club of Nashville at Vanderbilt, 2402 Garland Ave. off West End.

Maney's new collection of original acrylic paintings, "Australia/New Zealand On My Mind And then Some", was inspired by her recent trip to Sydney, Australia, and the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The artist's non-objective abstract paintings show the beauty of the Australian and New Zealand landscapes, the vivacious people, the fabulous food, and the pollution-free environment.

"It is a thrill to showcase my new paintings at one of Nashville's most respected arts venues," said Maney, who recently was selected one of "10 Artists You Should Know" by Watercolor Artist magazine. "I used vivid earth colors, shapes, values and design to capture the moods and vibrant colors of natural surroundings."

Maney describes herself as an abstract expressionist painter who enjoys soaking in the works of J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet, Helen Frankenthaler, Wassily Kandinsky, and other artists who have taken risks with their art.

"I usually begin a work in a chaotic manner with earth colors and then add some blues and reds, but I like to develop as I paint," added the artist, whose paintings appear in the new e-book, "A Walk Into Abstracts Vol. 2 - How Did They Do That?". "Acrylic paints can be transparent as well as opaque, which both allows for intensity and depth. I love texture and often use acrylic mediums as well as cementing canvas on canvas to create texture."

Maney says she sometimes scrapes into paper and canvas for added flavor, using palette knives, plastic scrapers, and print-making brayers.

"The allure is the surprise in the power art brings to both me and my audience," Maney continued. "Whether a painting is realistic or abstract, it's all about the emotion the painting conveys."

Over the past 10 years, Maney has emerged as one of the nation's top abstract painters. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native has had work acquired by leading Nashville businesses such as the Saint Thomas Heart Institute, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Trans Financial Center, and Pinnacle Financial. Her paintings also can be viewed at Murfreesboro City Hall and the Gaylord Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Her solo exhibitions have included "New Paintings" at Auld Alliance Gallery in 2010, "Figure Paintings" at Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University in 2009, "Not By Chance" at Leu Gallery at Belmont University in 2009, "Collision of Color" at the Tennessee Art League in 2008, and "Flying Solo" at Nashville International Airport in 2008. The artist has participated in group exhibitions at noted art venues such as River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Centennial Art Center in Nashville; the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama; Leu Gallery in Nashville; Bennett Galleries in Nashville; the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville; and The Parthenon in Nashville.

Maney is represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga and Fine Arts Management in Orlando, Fla. The Arts Company in Nashville shows her small abstract square paintings. The University of Georgia graduate served as a board member of the Tennessee Art League for five years. She is a member of the Nashville Artists Guild and the former regional director of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.

Maney's "Australia/New Zealand On My Mind" solo exhibition will continue through Feb. 28. Admission to the artist's Feb. 17 reception is free and open to the general public. Art lovers also can view Maney's paintings from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (reservations are suggested).

For more information about the exhibition, call the University Club of Nashville at (615) 322-8564. For more information about edie Maney, call (615) 356-4006, send an e-mail message or visit


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