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Meet Manami Lingerfelt of Manami Art

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manami Lingerfelt.

Manami was born in Japan, graduating from Tokyo Musashino Art Junior College in 1985, and earned an additional BFA degree from Kennesaw State University in 2015. Manami began her art career in Tokyo, Japan as a graphic designer and illustrator with major magazines and newspapers. Over the years, she had the opportunity to explore the world, dwelling briefly in places such as India, Nepal, Sweden and other parts of Asia and Europe from 1987-1997. Manami now calls Dallas, Georgia home and has produced paintings inspired by the mystical aspects of the places she visited and of the natural world.

Manami desires to express positive energy through her paintings. She has been featured in exhibits in both the United States and Japan and is a continuing presence at art shows and in publications.

Her most recent awards include 1st place Award 44th Leaf Festival Art and Craft 2017, Best in show 2016 Canton Festival of the Arts, 2016 Winner of the Cartersville Super Kroger mural, 3rd place the Art Carnegie ARTISTS OF GEORGIA: 2nd Annual Art Exhibit & Competition, 2016 Best in Show Art Walk-Marietta Square, 1st place Roswell Arts Festival 2016, 2nd place 2015 Shrimp Festival AL. art and Craft, 2nd Place 2014 Roswell Art Festival, 2014 Winning mural design dk gallery, 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival Featured Artist, Best in Show 2014 First Friday Art Walk-Marietta Square, GA; 1st place on Dean’s Luncheon and Learn Series “Savor the Arts” Magazine; Printmaking department.

Kennesaw State University, GA; 2nd place, 2014 Juried College Exhibition at the Mountain View Art Alliance and The Art Place – GA; 3rd place at the 2014 31st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery, Kennesaw States University, GA; 2nd place 2014 Fall Festival on Ponce, GA; 3rd place the Roswell Colors Art Festival, GA Diversity and Inclusion, and University Ombuds Office Kennesaw States University, GA. 2014.

Has it been a smooth road?
When I ended 10years of long traveling from all over the world, I want back to my parents home with 3years old daughter from Sweden. stayed 7years in Japan before coming to the U.S. My oldest daughter` s father was Swedish, who also travel the world together with me for last 5years in India and Sweden, there were a lot of personal problem to each other and I was totally worn from that relationship.

I worked for teaching art and craft too small children for a few years in Japan before came to the U.S. When I came to the U.S in 2002, I met the man who lives in GA wants to marry with me, I was looking forward to becoming a professional housewife since I have been single mother for a while with my 8years old daughter at that time.

Despite married to the man in GA, the marriage was not working for me. it lasted less than 18month. I run away from the marital home to battered shelter with my children.

Stayed there for half year. I was putting my life together with many help and support from good kind people, while away from my x husband and decide to become an artist who can support her life with art. Because art is the one I feel worth investing my time and energy. I discover a lot of joy by art by painting. 2years later officially divorce from x husband, remarried current husband and we got a baby girl.

She inherited hearing impairment from her father, so we got her speech therapist, she pushes me to go back to art college. So I went back to a school called Kennesaw state university. it was one of the best decision I ever made. I learn so much from that school.

The diversity of expression with the art, a way of thinking and way to observe the art in life. I finally graduate KSU 2015 with BFA. My style of the art is constantly changing and business is growing up word. I now am an artist who can support her life and still growing and learning.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Manami Art story. Tell us more about the business.
My art is lyrical and mystical, and it possesses a universal appeal express through oil/acrylic paintings. Specialize in abstract and subjective manner. Murals, design, a portrait of animal and people, mystical landscape. Pattern and texture. I also make giclee prints from my original painting.

I just finish commission mural at University of West Georgia, Lobby at one of the oldest building called Melson building at Carrolton, GA (130years old). Also commission mural work for a new Marketplace, 4th largest (Kroger) at Carlton, GA. commission piece done for Embassy Suite (Hilton) in Sugarloaf, GA.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Enrich the skill of expression, emphasis in life healing and joy, excitement, focus in individual and group work, friendship, maybe wholesale.

Pricing:

  • commission piece starts from 8x10inch oil or acrylic portrait or any work from $250
  • Mural work per day $500.
  • original oil painting size 20inx20in or 10″x30″ start from $750

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