Marion Cloaninger Innovative Art

 

Born in the USA, 1950

 

Spirals, circles, abstract designs, textures and figures have always intrigued me. 

 

I pour bright acrylic colors, make marks and use elements of collage to bring excitement to a work of art.

 

Exploring mixed media and beautiful colors is comparable to indulging in good dark chocolate.


Marion Cloaninger is best known for her colorful acrylic mixed media paintings. Her process involves creating layers, applied in non-traditional ways, using Acrylic Paint, drawing media, hand painted papers, monoprints and found collage elements. Her subjects range from vivid abstracts or semi-abstracts of landscapes, flowers or figures. Her figurative works are distinct in usually showing the face without features. Her approach is to explore, take risks and be open to the unexpected.   

Galleries & Representation
  • Carlton Gallery, Foscoe, NC - represented by since 2004

  • GG's Art, Frames and Gifts, Statesville, NC - represented by since 2015

  • Blue Ridge Artisan Center, Wilkesboro, NC - represented by since 2018

  • Florence Art School, West Jefferson, NC - represented by since 2018

  • Ashe County Arts Council, West Jefferson, NC - member

  • Watauga County Arts Council, Boone, NC - member

  • Wilkes Art Gallery, Wilksboro, NC - member

  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock NC - member

  • Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC - member

  • Out of the Blue art group (four women artists) - member

Awards & Recognitions

​​​2018

  • First Place (Mixed Media Division) / 39th Northwest Artist’s Juried Exhibition at Wilkes Art Gallery​​

2017

  • First Place (Mixed Media Division) / 38th Northwest Artist’s Juried Exhibition at Wilkes Art Gallery

  • Third Place / Petal Pushers at Blue Ridge ArtSpace

2016

  • Second Place / NAL Exhibit at Wilkes Art Gallery

2014

  • Honorable Mention / The Winter Art Contest at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff / Professional Category

  • Award / Blue Ridge Art Space Exhibition

2012

  • Third Place / The Winter Art Contest at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff / Professional Category

2011

  • First Place / The Winter Art Contest at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff / Professional Category

2010

  • Published By We’moon / The Spirit Of We’moon 30 Years Anthology

2009

  • First Place / Best Of The Blue Ridge Exhibition

  • Third Place / High Country Watercolor Society Exhibition

2004-2008

  • Published By We’moon (2008, 2005, 2004)

  • Published In All About Women (2007)

  • Third Place / High Country Watercolor Society Exhibition (2006)

  • Third Place / High Country Watercolor Society Exhibition at Lees-Mcrae College (2005)     

  • Honorable Mention / High Country Watercolor Society Exhibition (2005)​

 

Classes / Demos

Numerous classes and demos in:

  • Background Painting

  • Family Portrait and Abstract Collage 

  • Use of the Gelli-Plate

Education

 Study with Tim Ford, Kate Worm, The Turchin Center and Vae Hamilton.

Exhibitions

Yearly Exhibitions

  • Holiday Originals / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Miniatures Show / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Petal Pushers Exhibition* / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Postcards From The Edge / Visual Aids Benefit in New York City, NY

  • Winter Art Contest / Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

 
Selected Exhibitions 2018-2010

 

2019

  • Artist in Residence / Edgewood Cottage

  • Self-portraits and Fancies / Ashe County Public Library

  • Juried Exhibit** / Yadkin Arts Council

  • 40th Northwest Artist's Juried Exhibition** / Wilkes Art Gallery

  • Anything Goes / Ashe County Arts Council​

  • Faces / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Hanging Spotlight / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • April Abstracts / Florence Art School

  • Drawing the Line / Florence Art School

2018

  • Community Artists Exhibit / Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

  • Birds, Blossoms, and Bloomin' Art / Ashe County Arts Council

  • 39th Northwest Artist's Juried Exhibition* ** / Wilkes Art Gallery

  • Glue it Down / Watauga County Arts Council

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Out of the Blue*** / Florence Art School

  • Out of the Blue*** / Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Cancer Center

 

2017

  • 7th Annual Tony Show Juried Exhibition** / Yadkin Arts Council  

  • 38th Northwest Artist’s Juried Exhibition* ** / Wilkes Art Gallery

  • Anything Goes*** / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Drawing Exhibition / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Go Figure Solo Show / Ashe County Library

  • Happenstance / Florence Art School

  • Out of the Blue*** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Trash to Treasures Workshop Exhibit / Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

 

2016

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Doors and Windows Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Exhibition / Nth Gallery

  • Forest Fantasy Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Go Figure Solo Show / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • NAL Exhibit* ** / Wilkes Art Gallery

 

2015

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Out of the Blue*** / Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

  • Textures Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

 

2014

  • Abstract Obsession Solo Show / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Exhibition / Art Mart

  • Reflections Exhibition / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Second Time Around Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Size Matters Exhibition* / Blue Ridge ArtSpace

  • Still Life Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

 

2013   

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Introspection / Ashe County Arts Council

 

2012   

  • Anything Under The Sun Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

  • It’s Not What You Think Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

 

2011   

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

 

2010   

  • Along The Parkway Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

  • Best of the Blue Ridge** / Ashe County Arts Council

  • I Hear Music Exhibition / Ashe County Arts Council

 

 

View archived shows 2001-2009 (PDF 17.1KB)

 

*Award Received / **Juried Exhibition / ***Out of the Blue Group Show

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