Fran Mangino now lives 7 months in Venice, Florida and 5 months in Westerville, Ohio. She has a BS from Kent State University, Ohio. After working 2 years as an Art Therapist she and her husband moved to the Columbus, Ohio area where she worked 7 years as a substitute teacher for area schools. Following that Fran worked for her husband, an audiologist in their private business. Her art career really took off when she achieved Signature Member in Ohio Watercolor Society, began teaching workshops followed by participation in outdoor fine art festivals throughout 5 states. Stopped by back surgery she joined her friends in painting plein air.
Fran’s most recent juried and non-juried events in 2020: Art at the Arnold 11th Competition in Columbus, Ohio where she received 2nd Place; 12th Biennial National Art Exhibition Visual Art Center Punta Gorda; Visual Arts Center Punta Gorda Plein Air Exhibition Merit Award and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Merit Award. The following had to be closed due to Covid 19: Shadows on the Teche, Louisiana; Forgotten Coast as an Ambassador; Bluff Strokes Plein Air Event. Fran was happy to participate in the 1st Virtual Quick Draw for Forgotten Coast. Her painting was one of the first paintings to be purchased. She also participated in the Parrsborro Virtual Plein Air Event recalled PIPAF in Isolation, June 2020. Fran’s painting, Super-Man’s Sisters has been accepted in the Ohio Watercolor Society’s 2020 Annual Exhibition. Three of Fran’s plein air paintings have also been accepted in The Ohio Plein Air Society’s exhibition at the Mansfield Art Center 2020. As for now, Fran still intends on participating in the Ohio Plein Air Competition in Columbus, Ohio and Kekionga in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
2019 events: Shadows on the Teche; Art at the Arnold, Honorable Mention; Ohio State Fair Plein Air Division, 1st Place; Paint Grand Traverse; Kekionga Plein Air Competition, Grand Purchase Award; 2019 Florida Watercolor Society Travel Show, Jerry Summers Memorial Award/Blick Art Materials Award II; Bucks County Plein Air Festival, Quick Draw Honorable Mention; Plein Air Brandywine Valley; Punta Gorda Visual Arts Plein Air, 2nd Place; Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Open Aqueous Exhibition Honorable Mention; Light Chasers of Sarasota Paint Out 2nd & Quickdraw 2nd ; SRQ Paint With a Brush, Honorable Mention Best Boat. 2018: Forgotten Coast, Open Division 2rd Place 2018.