‘What Happens in Between’ exhibit to open at Shade Gallery

(submitted photo)

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Shade Projects will be presenting “What Happens in Between,” the solo exhibition of Kris Manzanares in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid in Phoenix.

Ms. Manzanares makes her monOrchid debut showcasing her latest body of work What Happens in Between highlighting both paintings and sculpture.

This exhibition emphasizes, “what happens in the wild moments glinting between the familiar framework of our daily routine,” according to a press release.

“It’s the moments where fantasies rise unbidden from the depths, where ideas and solutions can suddenly appear, belched forth from some lively hidden inner working,” said Ms. Manzanares in the release.

Her paintings are based on digital photographs from her large collection.

“Many of my paintings would not be what they are without the instantaneous nature of the photograph, and its presence deserves to be acknowledged,” she said.

Ms. Manzanares’ artwork highlights great skill, a refined color palette with a style that encompasses energy, playfulness and curiosity all her own.

“I fuse the image and the story to tell my version of history,” she said in the release, which results in work that engages, surprises and reminds the viewers to be present within there lives and enjoy.

Ms. Manzanares was formally trained in the arts receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland, going on to doing her graduate studies in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Also Ms. Manzanares has been awarded the prestigious Eric Fischl Award, in addition to exhibiting her work at a variety of galleries across the valley including the Paul Scott Gallery, The Gallery, and Mesa Arts Center.

Most recently she created mixed media sculptures with Scottsdale Public Art at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library utilizing re-purposed materials. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including American Art Collector, Arizona Republic, AZFoothills Magazine and Phoenix New Times, the release stated.

The monOrchid and Shade Projects curator, Nicole Royse will host the opening reception on First Friday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m.

The closing reception will take place 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and the evening will offer an intimate event with the artist and curator. What Happens in Between will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from Sept. 2 through Sept. 19, the release stated.

The monOrchid is located 214 E. Roosevelt Street in Phoenix.

For more information visit monorchid.com

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