She found that by sketching with charcoals then using acrylic paints over the drawings, she could express the emotions she said had been pent up for years.
“When your kids get older, what they're going through starts affecting you. Either you keep it inside or you can express it,” she said.
“Facing Fear” is an example of this expression. The painting is of a man whose eyes, full of a deep fear, seem to follow the viewer.
“As a mother, you face fear with your children — what they're going to do. You don't have a lot of control,” Mannschreck said.
“It comes out in the eyes. You see the different emotions that I was going through and feeling. His eyes seem to follow you, and fear seems to always follow you, so you have to face it, (and decide) what you are going to do about it.”
Still a family affair
Art is still a family affair for Mannschreck.
Her sister, Katy Beth Chostner, and Chostner's daughter came from their home in Colorado to be with Mannschreck during this, her second year at the Festival of the Arts.
“It's fun to watch her evolve and do new stuff and learn, soak it in like a sponge,” Chostner said. “She got mom's talent for painting. I got dad's talent for packing a show.”
As he always did for their mother, the sisters' father on Sunday will come help break down the show, pack it up and make it ready for the next festival.
Mannschreck's art is on exhibit at booth 16B at the festival and she is a member of 50 Penn Place Art Gallery.
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