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Anya McManis

ABOUT ANYA MCMANIS

Award winning artist, Anya McManis, has spent the past 25 years working in visual media of some sort, including commercial graphic design and web design. This work deepened her understanding of composition, layout and color and inspired her to delve into the world of fine art.

McManis’s work has been shown in many professional galleries, including at the Artwork Network Gallery and Niza Knoll Gallery in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. She had seven solo shows at the University of Denver from 2011-2019 and participated in numerous group shows, among others at the Aurora Municipal Center, in Aurora CO, the Tri-Lake Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, CO, the R-Gallery in Boulder, CO, the WATER FOR LIFE International Art Exhibition at the Niagara Falls History Museum in Canada, and the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.

Currently, she works out of her studio in Denver where she also teaches art classes. In addition to painting, McManis also runs her creative agency, AMCS Marketing.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my new series titled “Earth Rhythms,” I explore the essence of nature’s grandeur and highlight the intricate layers that emerge from the geological rock formations in the southwest. In 2023, I took several road trips and traveled through Arizona, southern Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. It was not my first trip through the southwest, but for some reason I saw the landscape with different eyes this time. I felt a strong connection to the land – a sense that I was meant to be here – that this was home.

Having moved to the US from Germany almost three decades ago, I had still felt like a visitor on occasion lacking a sense of belonging. During this trip, something changed. I felt that I had arrived. It was a profound experience that compelled me to capture and express these emotions in my work.

In my paintings, I combine a variety of media. Typically, I will begin with layering of acrylic and India ink to create an organic and fluid background. Working with ink forces me to relinquish control and I allow the ink to flow freely across the panel. I’m intrigued by the element of surprise that becomes the starting point for a piece. I create texture with acrylic paint and gold leaf and add layers of transparent watercolor. Colors, markings, and textures in my work are deliberate choices creating a specific mood and resonance. Each painting is the result of this dynamic process during which objects emerge, are partially painted over, or merely left as glimpsed fragments.

My intention is to evoke a response, to uplift and inspire those who engage with my paintings. Art is not merely a visual medium but a conduit for connection and expression, a testament to the beauty and complexity of the natural world. I look at each painting as a journey through the stratified realms of my environment, where history and art converge in a harmonious dance of texture and colors.

Abstract landscape painting in turquoise, earth tones and gold leaf

2024 ART FESTIVAL CALENDAR

Denver Art Festival  | Denver
May 25 & 26, 2024

Park Hill  Arts Festival | Denver
June 1 & 2, 2024

Highlands Art Festival  | Denver
June 8 & 9, 2024

Broadmoor Traditions Fine Art Festival
Colorado Springs
July 6 & 7, 2024

Affordable Arts Festival  | Littleton
August 25, 2024

Cheesman Park Art Festival | Denver
October 5 & 6, 2024

PREVIOUS SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

Park Hill Fall Arts Festival
Sep 30 & Oct 1, 2023

Castle Rock Art Fest
September 9 & 10, 2023 | 1st Place Mixed Media

Affordable Arts Festival 
August 27, 2023

Smash Fine Arts Festival Cherry Creek
August 12 & 12, 2023

Fort Collins Art Festival 
August 5 & 6, 2023

Silverthorne Arts Festival 
July 14 – 16, 2023

Park Hill Arts Festival Denver
June 3 & 4, 2023

Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Estes Park
September 17-18, 2022

Castle Rock Art Fest
September 10-11, 2022

Boulder Fine Art Street Festival at Twenty Ninth Street
July 30 – 31, 2022

Affordable Arts Festival
On the Campus of Arapahoe Community College
August 28, 2022

R Gallery – Boulder
February 23 – March 27, 2022

40 West Arts – Colorado Mills Mall 
February 1 – June 4, 2022

Vail Arts Festival
June 18 – 20, 2021

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
August 2 – September 27, 2019

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 22 – August 23, 2019

WATER WISE
Aurora Municipal Center
April 1 – May 31, 2019

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
November 5 – November 30, 2018

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 23 – August 25, 2018

WATER FOR LIFE International Art Exhibition
Niagara Falls History Museum – Canada
May 12 – September 8, 2018

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
February 1 – March 31, 2016

Anti Defamation League
Denver, CO | April 19, 2016

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
June 1 – July 31, 2015

The Mix @ Niza Knoll Gallery
May 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Denver, Colorado

The Savoy
Denver, CO
April 12, 2014 – April 19, 2014

One: En Masse
Denver, CO
April 4, 2014 – May 31, 2014

Kingman Estates Winery | Denver, Colorado
September 18 – May 31, 2014

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
June 4 – July 31, 2013

Spellbound Art
Arvada, Colorado
March 2012 – June 2013

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
June 1 – July 31, 2011

Florence Biennale
Florence, Italy
December 3 – 10, 2011

Artwork Network
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
May 2010

Vitahl Spa
SOLO SHOW
Cherry Creek North – Denver, Colorado
July 2010

Gallery Cuvee
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
January – August 2008