The Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC) will present the work of local artist Jennifer Manning in her solo exhibit, “Mother,” in the Branson Underground Gallery at 7 Downing Street, Hollister, Missouri, September 4 - 25. An opening night reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, September 4, 6-9 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Jennifer Manning grew up in Fair Grove, Missouri and doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating. She credits her parents for foundation of traditional values and work ethic on which she has built her life. They encouraged here to follow her passions, no matter what they may be. And that is exactly what she did. She attended College of the Ozarks, including a foreign exchange to the Netherlands between 1990-94. Then through battling thyroid cancer and motherhood, she managed to earn three masters degrees, Master of Art from Central Missouri State, Master of Fine Art from Fort Hayes University and then Master of Art Teaching from Southwest Missouri State University. She has taught art at College of the Ozarks and Palmire College in California. After her last degree she settled into teaching high school art in her hometown. Since moving to Branson, she has put teaching aside to concentrate on her own art for a season. She also works at Sunshine Signs and owns TKO Construction.
Ms. Manning’s exhibit work is retrospective, flowing through the hills and valleys of her artistic career. Her style can best be described abstract expressionism counterbalanced with elements of realism.” It shows the discord of my past and who I am now,” she said.
The opening night reception is being hosted by local author, Alfred Horn, who will be autographing copies of his latest book, “Sanctuary,” which is a sci-fi adventure novel and first book in his Predator series.
Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC), a 501C3 non-profit local center of creativity, art education, innovation, and community partnership, strives to improve the quality of life in southern Missouri by connecting individuals with the arts, for the benefit of all.