Jeanine Malaney, last year’s poster artist for Art in the Garden Festival 2008, will show her work and painting plein air, along with 14 other artists, at this year’s second annual Art in the Garden Festival to be held Aug. 15 at El Rancho Pinoso.
Jeanine has a heart for helping with community and charitable functions such as Art in the Garden which helps support the Community United Methodist Church Community Assistance Fund. The fund’s purpose is to aid residents of Archuleta County, regardless of their religious affiliation. Jeanine has served as chairperson for Art in the Garden, both last year and this , and has done an outstanding job of acquiring talented artists to display their work at the festival.
Jeanine had an exciting career as an aerospace engineer, working for Lockheed Martin for 20 years. After that time, she decided her passion for art would take her in a new and challenging direction.
Leaving her job early, she made the transition.
She was fortunate to be able to study painting with Pierre Mion, an artist who worked as an illustrator for National Geographic, Jacques Cousteau and NASA. She was also able to work with Tom Lockhart, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
Jeanine prefers to work with watercolors, oils and mixed media fabric painting. She enjoys sharing her own personal technique of painting and has taught several classes on her methods. She has also published an illustrated book.
When Jeanine was preparing for her future at Indiana University, she also included art courses. Perhaps she sensed art would one day overtake her life. While in college, her focus was to obtain a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics. She completed that goal and also went on to complete graduate work in computer science.
Jeanine and husband Dale have five children and five grandchildren. However, she still finds time to be an avid reader and a great motivator. She has been the catalyst for starting two book clubs and one quilting club. Besides all her other interests, she’s also able to find time for hiking, painting plein air, volunteer work, Bible study and donating her art for community and charitable purposes
Jeanine’s art work is currently represented by Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Fred Harman Museum in Pagosa Springs, and Natural Accents in Taos, N.M.
In 2009, she will participate in the Pagosa Springs Arts Council sixth annual Juried Exhibit and the Phoenix Art Museum Benefit Exhibit for International School of Arizona. She was featured in the March/April issue of Art of the West Magazine and in the spring issue of Wild Spirit Newsletter.
Jeanine, along with other featured artists and sculptors, will be working plein air during the 2009 Art in the Garden Festival on Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso, one of the area’s most beautiful mountain ranches. Besides the wonderful art, musicians will be on hand performing their own styles of music while delicious samplings of gourmet hors d’oeuvres are being served.
The public is encouraged to attend the festival. All art work will be on sale for cash or check during the festival, with 30 percent of the art sales going toward supporting the CUMC Community Assistance Fund. The $30 tickets for the event are currently on sale at Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Plaid Pony and Community United Methodist church. For more information about Art in the Garden, go to http//PagosaArtintheGarden.com.