Alicia Mannix exhibits in Washington, D.C.

First east coast show for Ashland, Oregon, artist.

November 8, 2002
By Jim Reece

ASHLAND, OREGON-- Ashland artist Alica Mannix will join five colleagues in Washington D.C. November 8 for an exhibit of her new paintings inspired by the group's journey to Spain.

The exhibit, "Six In Spain" opened Friday November 8, 2002, at the
Artist's Museum, 406 7th Street NW in Washington. It will be the first of three painting exhibitions for Mannix in a five-month span, and her first out of Oregon and also on the east coast..

"The work is inspired by the incredible workshop that we were a part of in Frigiliana, Spain," Mannix said. The six were part of an Art Trekking
sojourn to the small, sleepy town near the Spanish Riviera.

Art Trekking, owned by D.C. resident and artist Rosalind Burns, takes
artists on location to Spain, Burns' homeland Chile and D.C. for painting
and artistic workshops with tutelage by professionals of multiple genres.

The group dreamed up the exhibit after seeing Spain in May, said Mannix. It was her first time to that country, where before workshops she visited the Joan Miro Museum in Barcelona, and found quite an influence.

"I was extremely transformed," Mannix said. "His art was very moving to me. I love doing childlike work, and his work seems like that of a
child's, although with a master's sophistication and depth, and a fondness for expression I equally share.

"There were a lot of larger pieces that were very impactful. He was using a lot of black borders and primary colors, which is what I love to do. So I found a lot of similarities in his work with mine."

Mannix plans to show her acrylic "Miro's Barcelona" in the "Six In Spain"
show.

"I used the colors of Spain in it. Pastel and white. Colors totally not
me."

"Six In Spain" will feature the art of Art Trekking owner Burns, plus
works by George Pierson of Silver Springs, Maryland, Irene Guy of
Tallahassee, Florida, and Mark Steele of Boston, and photography by Steve Silver of Alexandria, Virginia. Mannix will also host a two-day painting workshop, "Doodlism: Defeating Fear of the Blank Canvas," Saturday and Sunday November 9-10.

Mannix, born in Jawor, Poland, now resides in Ashland, Oregon. She is a
former Baltimore resident and took her bachelor's degree in art history at University of Maryland and master's in liberal arts with art history
concentration from Johns Hopkins University. The exhibit will be a
homecoming for her as her family still lives in Baltimore.

In March 2003, Mannix and her daughter Aletta Mannix will have a joint
display of paintings at Nuwandart Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, featuring
Alicia's Doodlistic -- doodle-born abstract expressionism, and boldly
colorful acrylics on canvas -- with Aletta's series of nudes with fruit,
which Alicia said her daughter renders "Van Goughish" with generous
pallette knife work.

Also in March, Mannix will solo exhibit to celebrate Women's History Month at the Lenore Donin Liebreich Art Gallery at the Mittleman Jewish
Community Center In Portland, Oregon, showing two new series, "Women's Genre" and "Abstract Judaica."

In April, she plans to show her work at D’Vine, 205 W. Cannon Perdido in Santa Barbara, California.

"Six In Spain" runs November 6-29.

Mannix's art may be seen in her virtual gallery at AliciaMannix.com;
Doodlism workshop and Art Trekking info is at ArtTrekking.com; photos of the six artists in Spain are at SteveSilverPhotography.freeservers.com; Nuwandart Gallery info can be found at Nuwandart.com; and Liebreich Art Gallery's web site and info is at OregonJCC.org

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"Does everybody know how to doodle?"

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Demonstration: February 20, 2002 
Walker Elementary School, Ashland OR 

ASHLAND -- Ashland artist Alicia Mannix spent a fulfilling morning -- a mere 15 minutes -- doing what she loves -- painting -- for the student body of her 10-year-old's school.

Mannix spoke and painted at Walker Elementary School in Ashland on Wednesday, February 20, 2002. She is the featured artist on the walls at the school of 260 students, grades 1-5.

She demonstrated to students, teachers, administrators and parents, and gave a few words on her spontaneous style of doing art which she calls "Doodlism" during the school's regular "Sharing Assembly," featuring poems, songs and performances by students, and the guest artist.

"I had no idea what I was going to do," she said later.

"So I set up my easel and my canvas and my house paints."

"I'm not here to talk about art, I'm here to do art, and show you a way to do it," she remembers saying, from the cafeteria stage.

"Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to paint because you never know how to start?" she asked them.

"Yes," they replied enthusiastically in unison.

"Does everybody know how to doodle?" she said.

"Yes," the children cried.

"That's all you need to know," she said. She showed her paints and brushes and tools, such as a sponge on a stick, then asked them what color she should begin with. Red was the color of choice of the happy children. "That's what I was going to start with," she said.

"So then I started splashing paint on the canvas," she said. The kids chose all the colors. After some time, she said, "I really don't paint on an easel. This is how I really paint. So I put the canvas on the floor and poured paint on it." Then she propped it up so the paint could drip down. "It's painting itself," she told them.

She stopped then, and fielded questions from the audience, and after awhile said she needed help finishing the painting, and asked if anyone would volunteer. Scores of hands flew up, and she chose four children to help her paint. A little later, the painting was done.

"I showed it to them and they started clapping," she said. "It was so incredible."

"That was my 15 minutes of fame," she said. "Andy Warhol was right."

Teachers and students alike approached her afterward, especially students from her son, Thomas Wray's fourth grade class who know her, to thank her and tell her how good the exhibition was.

"They were surprised that it came out not as a muddy mess, but as a nice looking piece," she said. But doodles are her form of generating expression and art, she admits, and grasps, as a style.

"I do a bunch of doodles and I just wait and some shapes come out," she said. "Everybody can do that."

The morning was fulfilling, she said, and the audience clapped and cheered. The painting, on a 36 by 48 inch canvas, is called "Shared Assembly" and will be on display at the school, along with two dozen paintings at Walker in her show, "Spontaneous Doodlism."

Her exhibit opened January 25. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday during normal school hours.

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January 11 thru February 28, 2002 Rogue Gallery & Art Center 40 South Bartlett Street, and downtown Medford venues. 

Ashland artist Alicia Mannix will join area artists and writers in a 16-acre statement about terroristic atrocities of September 11.

The show, "Visual Rescue: Artists Respond to 9/11," will take up acreage in downtown Medford, using area equivalent to ground zero where once stood the World Trade Center towers.

Mannix will show a new acrylic titled "There Is No Place Like Home," which she painted after hearing about the Visual Rescue exhibit. The exhibit's organizers called for expressions derived from the bombings of September 11.

"I did not want to dwell on the horrors of it but concentrate on the impact -- the bonding impact -- that it had on the nation," Mannix said or her approach. It also shows the range of emotions she felt and recognized in others.

Mannix grew up in Poland and moved to Oregon from Maryland in 1979. She has shown in Portland, on the coast and in Ashland and will exhibit paintings in January at Walker Elementary School in Ashland.

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First Friday December 7, 2001 ~ 5 p.m.
December 7-31, 2001 at Nuwandart Gallery, 258 A Street, Ste. 2, Ashland

By Plastic World NewsASHLAND, Oregon -- Plstc.Wrld.Nws -- Ashland, Oregon, artist Alicia Mannix will debut her latest stylistic bend toward functional art as part of a collective display in December at Nuwandart Gallery in Ashland.

The show, "Nuwandart Gift Shop: The Typical Ashland Art Gallery," opens 5 p.m. First Friday, December 7, 2001, and features a baker's dozen-plus artists, including new art by Mannix -- "functional art" such as paintings on tables and a portion of fencing -- and four of her newest paintings.

The show will be Mannix's second at Nuwandart, since her July debut solo show, "Boots, Wheels and Goddesses."

Titles including "Tree of Life," "Two or More," and others, make up a microtransition in Mannix's style, while two tables, crafted by a Torah classmate, burst with her stylistic presence.

Mannix will donate two other tables to her synagogue, and show at Walker School in January

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1st Thursday, February 7th, 5 to 8 PM

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As a child in post-World War II Poland, Alicia Mannix began painting and drawing as soon she could hold a crayon. A Jewish child in a small Polish town, she would often sneak into the town`s magnificent Gothic church and spend hours gazing at the colorful stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures when no one  was around. In then anti-Semitic Poland, being spotted in a church would create an controversy among Alicia`s friends and neighbors. Some would grin with a sense of victory, commenting how she finally was coming to her senses by trying to become a Catholic. Others would curse and spit in her direction as though seeing a devil.  Nevertheless, the works of provincial Medieval religious art were Alicia's first influence on her color palette - bright and bold.

Mannix came to America in 1969 at the age of 16 and she and her family settled in Baltimore. While studying art at University of Maryland, College Park, she impressed her teachers with the richness of her drawings and paintings and was encouraged to become a professional artist. After graduating from Maryland in 1975, she went on to study Liberal Arts at the Johns Hopkins University immersing herself in books and writing rather than paints and brushes.

Mannix returned to painting in 1998 with an almost non-stop exploration of  dozens of styles and techniques. Viewers would be confused,  thinking that several artists were involved, only to find that it was Alicia "going wild" in all artistic directions. And this  is when her self-coined style "Doodlism" was born. She would embark on a creative journey with every piece by letting her subconscious do all the work while trying to turn off the rational mind and allow the hands to follow this mysterious process which always began with mindless doodling. "While doodling, one forgets the pressure of producing something good," said Alicia. She claims that creativity is often squashed by trying too hard to come up with a product, rather than letting the process guide the results. Her doodles would often create unintended images which she would  define and refine.

Mannix is writing a book on the subject, with the premise that any one can be an artist by following this simple technique. She has recently moved to Santa Barbara from Ashland, Oregon. The Book Den will show an eclectic collection of Mannix`s works beginning with the First Thursday in February.

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PORTLAND, OREGON – Ashland, Oregon artist Alicia Mannix will help mark Women’s History Month and celebrate her faith with a dual exhibit of her paintings and art at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland.

Mannix will exhibit “Feminine Fertility/Abstract Judaica” in March at the Lenore Donin Liebreich Art Gallery in the Mittleman community center, with an artist’s reception to kick off the month-long exhibit.

"Exhibiting during Women's History Month is important to me," said Mannix. "It seems to be a great time to show this vein of my art. For me, when I paint in my women and children themes, it's really painting myself, celebrating myself. To me it signifies my femininity, which usually is connected to my body and childrearing."

The main focus of the show is women's history, Mannix said, but the other half of the show, "Abstract Judaica" is about her Jewish faith and her celebration of it.

"There is going to be a collection of Kabbalah-inspired art, based on my love for and enthusiasm in the study of mystical Judaism," Mannix said.

"It should reveal to viewers my fascination with Hebrew letters and their mystical qualities."

"I have been copying the Torah randomly on antique colored paper, then cutting them up, tearing them apart and putting them together as collages," she said. "Most above say Yad/hey Vov/hey, or the unspeakable name of God."

"I just love the way the Hebrew text looks," Mannix said. "The body of Hebrew writing is just beautiful to me. It evokes this unknown feeling to me, this feeling like I know these letters from somewhere. I feel this generic knowledge of them."

Mannix is a Jewish immigrant, born in Jawor, Poland. She moved to the United Stated at age 16 with her parents, grew up in Baltimore, and holds a Master's Degree in liberal arts with an art history concentration from Johns Hopkins University.

Mannix debuted as a painter in 1999 with instant success in sales to collectors and with exhibits, including both coasts and multiple solo shows on the west coast. Her style captivates people of all ages with an array of bold and alluring colors and images, and depthfully soulfelt and touching renderings of women and children, which paintings in acrylic will make up the main body of her exhibit at the MJCC.

Mannix's art has been acquired by collectors and chosen to grace a fundraising product label and the cover of a Gold Beach travel magazine. She teaches her painting style in workshops, "Doodlism: Defeating Fear of the Blank Canvas."

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