PHS art teacher’s work
Pepperell High art teacher’s work is featured in exhibit at Floyd Medical Center
Posted on 08/11/2010
June Manis, art teacher at Pepperell High School, is currently the featured artist in an exhibit at Floyd Medical Center. The exhibit consists of 10 of Manis’ watercolor paintings and two display cases of her glass beads/jewelry and sculpture in the hospital art gallery. The art gallery is located across from the gift shop near the main entrance of the hospital. The display will be at Floyd Medical Center until the end of September.

Manis worked primarily as a watercolor artist before discovering lampwork about seven years ago. Lampwork is glass working using a torch to melt and shape glass. Manis’ concentration in college was watercolor and she usually paints two paintings a year. Her watercolors are interpretations of nature - mostly birds, flowers, and frogs.

Manis makes glass beads, vessels, and small sculptures with an oxygen/propane fueled torch; and then anneal, in a small kiln to relieve stress from the glass. Her beads are inspired by nature and her two boys. Manis says that her boys often ask, “Can you make a frog, turtle, or a way cool monster?” She also creates jewelry using glass beads, sterling silver, semi-precious stones, pearls, hand-sewn beads, hand-dyed silk ribbons and Austrian crystals. Manis is a member of the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and Southern Flames, a glass group in Atlanta.

She has participated in several art shows here in Rome, including: Chiaha Arts Festival 2007, 2008, 2009; Tour of Art Spaces in Rome 2008, 2009 and Arts in the Garden at Oak Hill (Berry College) 2010. She also participated in the Shrimp and Grits Festival in Jeykll Island in 2009.

Manis has a master’s degree in Art Education from The University of West Georgia. She has taught art for 16 years and has been at Pepperell High for the last six years.