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SITE NEWS ARCHIVE (2012-2013)
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December 16, 2013 - Now Taking orders for a new T-Shirt for the Memphis Music Lover.  The perfect Christmas Gift to be ready by Dec 20.  $25 for L or XL more for a larger size. Plus Shipping.  50/50 white short sleeve T's Digitally printed.  Available to order here on the website - see Paypal form below (account not required, all CCs accepted!).  

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November 11, 2013 - This Saturday, NOV 16, is the Orpheum Auction. I have 2 large donations, and 6 framed giclees.

The piano: In collaboration with Steve Cropper, Mike has created for thus years Orpheum auction a Memphis Skyline at dusk on the front, sandwiched in by 2 Memphis Trolley's with the Orpheum sign as bookend on the side of the piano. And to add a further touch of Memphis, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Stax legend Steve Cropper penned the words to his and Eddie Floyd's HIT song "Knock on Wood".

The painting I did for Kroger in January. Golden Hour 40"x48"

November 7, 2013 - It's been a busy few months. Besides the piano and guitars I showed ya'll, I've had a few commissions.


HELP ME 24"x36
A Book Cover for my friend the Barefoot Man.
(BIG BLUE 41"x41") (WINGED FRIEND 20"x24")
A couple of Butterfly's


3 Trolleys (TROLLEY'S 3 each 30"x40" RED, WHITE, BLUE)


Kid's and Kite (CHASING A DREAM 24"X24")
a POSTER for an ASLEEP at the WHEEL concert (RAY 30"x30")
Fingers on a Guitar Oops this one is for sale (CLOSE UP 24"x24")


and a donation for a Blues Legend (PINETOP 24"x24")


Mike & Charlie Daniels


Mike & Ray Benson


Steve Cropper with one of Mike's Latest Guitars

November 6, 2013 - Paintings for for Memphis Charities...



A Piano, for the Orpheum's Auction on November 16 ...


and a Guitar, for the Blues Ball, in Collaboration with my friend Steve Cropper.


And another Guitar for the Blues Ball, to be signed by Jerry Lee Lewis.

November 5, 2013 -  


WAITING FOR MY MASTER
30"X30" charity the Humane Society Live Auction
BLUES DEVIL
T-shirt concept
HUNGRY BUTTERFLY
20"X24" gallery wrapped SOLD
KICKS
24"X36" to be autographed along with 3 Giclees by Paul Revere

August 9, 2013 - New paintings recently added!

TROLLEY 24"X30" FOR SALE
INDEGO SAX 18"X24 FOR SALE
CINCO DE MAYO 18"X24" DONATED (Blues Ball)

DERBY DAY 24"X30" SOLD
ZACH 24"X36"
BEATLES 24"X24" Gallery Wrapped

BAYWATCH 22"X28" Framed
ORPHEUM TROLLEY 22"X28" Framed
CHURCH ON THE HILL 24"X36
ELVIS JHR 12"X30" GALLERY WRAPPED
ELVIS 68 12"X30" GALLERY WRAPPED

SYNCRONCITY 24"X24' GALLERY WRAPPED
PRIEST 20"X28" SOLD

August 5, 2013 - Mike's next ART show will be on Sunday, August 11th at The Orpheum in Memphis, TN.  Come buy some art will you?!  :)

June 11, 2013 - I'm having an ART show on Friday, June 14, at Playhouse on the Square, beginning around 6 PM, on the second floor. It's a Party! Free beverages, music by Izzi, and 12-15 paintings by me. It's a Party, bring friends.

April 23, 2013 - Mike will be taking orders for 5 framed Memphis related giclees the week of April 23-28, at the Orpheum, during the run of the Broadway Hit "Memphis" for the amazing price of $200 each.

TROLLEY
GOLDEN HOUR
MEMPHIS TWILIGHT
HEART OF MEMPHIS
ABSTRACT GRIZZ

March 27, 2013 - Mike will be taking orders for these Framed Giclees for $200 each during the run of The Broadway Musical "The Million Dollar Quartet" at the Orpheum From Tuesday-Saturday this week!


JERRY LEE LEWIS -- $ QUARTET -- TRY THIS

MEMPHIS MUSIC LABELS

March 10, 2013  - New Paintings!


DERBY HOPEFUL

30"X30" SOLD
A horse is born to run,
to a horse running is fun,
a gallop or trot, are instinct not taught,
and the race is not over till the horse has won.


GIRL IN AN AUTUMN STREAM

30"X30" FOR SALE
sometimes during a moment; 
you need to take a walk with a friend,
to a place that inspires;
and your conversation never ends,
that secret place where laughs echos,
like ripples in a stream,
that's when you discover your a team, ya'll are a we.


ABSTRACT HEARTS 8"X10" FOR SALE
HEART OF MEMPHIS 30"X30" FOR SALE
SQUARE MICKEY 30"X30" FOR SALE


Landscape 1
Landscape 2
Martini


Waylon
Predators


MEGAN 24"X30"
LANDMARK AND LEGEND 30"X30"
RED PIANO 30"X30"


"Golden Hour" 40"X48" SOLD 
Canvas just finished for NEW Memphis Kroger
Grand Opening event on March 19.

March 7, 2013 - Below is an excerpt from an article recently written about Mike.  There's lots more to read so be sure to check out the full article!

Michael, when was your first desire to become involved in art and the Blues music?
I love Music. Music and Musicians a lyrical expression of an image; Iím just lucky enough to be able to capture that expression. My connection with the International Blues Foundation began from a newspaper article. I had just painted BB KING, and had a few hundred lithographs printed, when I read an article about the Blues Foundation needing some donations. So I drove down to their offices in Memphis, Tennessee, double parked, and delivered one hundred Lithographs, to help them raise some much need funds. A couple of years passed and John Hahn, Shemekia Copelandís manager, emailed me and told me to expect a phone call from Jay Sielman, the Director of the Blues Foundation. Jay asked me if I would be willing to paint the 2006 BMA Poster, I did, and Iíve been donating to and painting for the Blues Foundation ever since.

What does Blues Folk Art mean to you and what does offer you?
I donít paint folk art, my ART is more impressionistic. But it offers me the chance to paint the colorful stars of the Blues World. It lets me express my joy and love for the music, the beat, the soul, that erupts from the Blues Players. Blues musicians donít jump into the Music Business for fame and fortune, they play the Blues, because they LOVE it. And they allow me to portray that love.

What do you learn about yourself from the colors, paintbrushes, music and Blues Folk culture?
Iíve a 16 year, 10 time cancer survivor, the Bright Colors I use were my savings grace from the torture and pain of Chemotherapy. Iím also a writer, and in many cases Iíve lived the blues, which helps when I try and capture the Blues Artists essence.

Read more here

February 15, 2013 - Article about Mike

February 1, 2013 - My next show is on Friday February 8th, 2013 at Danny's Midtown Framer (1523 Union Ave).  It's from 5:30pm-8:00pm.  Come by and buy some ART! 

December 5, 2012 - I will be selling this "Memphis Music Label" Giclee, FRAMED, Dec 4 - Dec 16 at the Orpheum during the run of the Broadway Hit "Jersey Boys" for $200. A GREAT Christmas Gift for a Memphis Music Lover.

December 4, 2012 - Recent Additions ...


SAND DOLLAR (for sale)
30"X30" painted for the Barefoot Man's up coming CD
a gent walks into a bar, with a Red Head in control,
he stood in line for hours, at the door he paid a toll,
he ordered a barcardi, with a splash of Coke and a Lime,
he tried to pay for it with a Sand Dollar, 
because he didn't have a Dollar or a dime.


GODFATHER CHAIR
painted for the ORPHEUM AUCTION 2012


PRODIGY
16"X20" for sale
Some are born with Extreme Talent,
they are named a PRODIGY,
if they don't get burned out at an early age,
they wind up be a little crazy but free. ó


MIDNIGHT HOUR 24"X36" For Sale
DEVIL MOON 24"X36"
MORNING CROSS 24"X36


TURBULANCE 24"X36" FOR SALE
CARIBE CHAIR SOLD
CROSS CHAIR SOLD


WINTER SOLITUDE 24"X36" FOR SALE
MIKE MILLER SHOOTER 24"X36" SOLD
ABSTRACT GRIZZ 12"X12" for sale


Midnight Hour Guitar SOLD at the Blues Ball


TRACES OF COLOR
24"X36" for sale
Dancing is spiritual to dancers, it's a freedom to fly-
to spin with style, and grace, and float to heaven's sky-
to open their heart, and release their mind,
to throw off Earth bound shackles, to dream, to search, to find.


MOVIN MUSIC
24"X36" for sale
Time to let my mind travel into a wonderous place,
time for my heart to win a magnificent race,
for me to DREAM, and let lullaby do it's thing,
to let my wild imagination have a fling.

December 3, 2012 - This Christmas, be Original, Buy Original ART from a local ARTist, like me.

My Last ART show of the year will be at the Orpheum. They have been kind enough to let me display my paintings, and SELL them as well. The Display begins tomorrow, Tuesday Dec 4 - Sunday Dec 16, during the HIT Broadway Musical; "Jersey Boys."

Featured ARTwork from the show and recent additions to the virtual gallery are now in the gallery...

November 5, 2012 - Thanks for coming out to Mike's recent show!

September 1, 2012 - Mike Maness being honored as the official ARTist of 2012 at the SRVS Gala on August 25.


August 28, 2012 - A couple more paintings for the August tally.  Next ART display will be at the Orpheum during the Musical run of Billy Elliott.


BALLET SWIRL

30"X30" FOR SALE


M BRIDGE WITH PURPLE CLOUDS

30"X30" FOR SALE 

August 21, 2012 - It's HOT, and ya'll need a painting to cool down.  Enclosed what I've been doing the month of August. Hope you like them.


CHICKEN

11"X14" FOR SALE
a painting to get you thinking about what's for lunch ?
do you want just a leg, or a whole bunch ?
will you have a Coke with that, in the South it's Sweet Iced Tea,
I'm thinking 8 or 10, and a few buttered biscuits if you please


PUPPY ON THE RIVER

30"X30" FOR SALE
waiting on a friend to play fetch, or just to throw a ball,
too excited to be still, the PUPPY wants to play-
though in the tall grass he appears small,
the PUPPY has skills and talents he must display.


LEFTOVERS

30"X30" FOR SALE
the Sun rose, and she forgot about what happened to her new; 
RED High Heels-
BUT;,..She did remember having lots of fruit,
before, after, and during the meal.


HORSING AROUND

30"X30" SOLD
something about a young girl and horse, 
makes a romantic story evolve-
I see farm hand, with a flower in hand,
and a mystery to solve.


TIKI PORTRAIT

24"X36" SOLD


ROUGH RIVER

24"X36" FOR SALE
Time to visit the river, time to release the stress on my soul,
time to ponder, to wait, and to watch the river roll.
time to breath deep, to inhale the Cherry tree's sweet scent-
and to relish in the unknown, and celebrate my bewilderment. 


POOLS OF SAND

30"X30" donated to the Blues Ball

July 18, 2012 - New Art for July ...


TANGO BLUES

30"X30" FOR SALE


GOLDEN GATE TWILIGHT

30"X30" FOR SALE


RIVER BLUES DOG

24"X36" for the Humane Society


WAITING

12"X30" FOR SALE
WAITING for the first yawn of the night,
WAITING for a 20/20 subconscience sight
WAITING for my many pills to take effect,
and HOPING the Sandman will be my dreamland architect.

July 6, 2012 - Please join us for a benefit performance of Playhouse on the Squareís Xanadu, a musical phenomenon about following your dreams and finding love. All proceeds from this performance will support SRVS and people with disabilities.

The pre-party begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes dancing, a wine tasting, light appetizers and the presentation of the Spirit of SRVS commemorative artwork by artist Michael Maness. Showtime for Xanadu is 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $33 in person, $35 by phone.

To purchase tickets, call the Playhouse box office at 901-726-4656 or visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

July 5, 2012 - Mike's artwork is featured on the cover of the July 2012 Downtowner magazine!

 

June 22, 2012 - 

June 16, 2012 - 


PRACTICE
By Michael P. Maness
24"x30"
a Rose is a Rose, except when it's a Daisy,
Practice, makes Practice, but it keeps a heart from getting lazy-
she's the fantasy, the dream, she's nice, she's mean,
and the guy is a clown and he is crazy.


CHESS MATE
By Michael P. Maness
24"x30"
I have a strategy that I must consider, To do A, B, or C ?
A would be fun, B involves a Girl, and C, lets me be me.
A would take me out of country, B, could be some sex,
I think I choose C, I've had a shrink or two tell me I'm complex.


CARPIE CORS
By Michael P. Maness
24"x36"
Seize the day is fine, but seize the heart is the plan-
get close, give a hug, take a stand-
give a smile, share some love, I'm not busy tonight,
I'm a lover, not a fighter, give me a Kiss, I don't bite.
I nibble a little bit.


TASTE OF CARIB
24"X30
BUTTERFLY WITH YELLOW FLOWER
24"X36


PUPPY LOVE
24"X36"
BIRD BATH
24"X36"
KITE FLYING
24"X36"


YEAR OF MY BIRTH
24"X36"
MR. LINCOLN
24"X30"

May 27, 2012 - NEW STUFF!


MARGARITA'S BY THE BEACH
by Michael P. Maness $1000
24"x30"
A Sunset of colors that Emotions need,
the warm whitecaps, rushing up to the knees,
a cool drink under the palms, just out of reach,
few things compare to MARGARITA'S ON THE BEACH.


SOAR
By Michael P. Maness
12"X30" $400
When confused, take flight and soar,
When upset, think before you write,
When in public, be entertaining not a bore,
When in the dark, head toward the light. 


2 PALMS
By Michael P. Maness
12"X30" $400
The Caribbean is a romantic, seducing tease-
the Palm Trees and the sugar white sand doth please,
tranquil teal seas, and a warm balmy breeze,
are more than enough to appease. 


BLUE BUTTERFLY
By Michael P. Maness
24"X30" $800
Pollinating a flower, 
Spreading Momma Natures love,
Ascending the heavens, 
to the soaring heights above,
Glowing in the midst of forever,
Though forever is a short span of life,
Shining at the height of itís glory,
As sharp as the edge of a knife.

May 4, 2012 - Come see Mike for some great beverages, music and ART! Next Friday at GPAC!

April 20, 2012 - First off news. I have gout again, but to make it worse I also have a stress fracture on the same toe. I'm back in a boot.  My next ART show is MAY 11, at the Germantown Performing ARTS Center. Then I have another one the following month at Playhouse on the Square. In between the ART is on display at Danny's Midtown Framers, 1523 Union Avenue.


RAINBOW TREE of LOVE
30"X36" Donated
SOLO RED TROLLEY
24"X30" FOR SALE


SCOTT SNELLGROVE
24"X36" SOLD
WAITING FOR THE FOOT
24"X30" SOLD

April 2, 2012 - it was suggested I paint a couple more Landscapes. So I did.


ACROSS THE BRIDGE 24"X36" For Sale
in Memphis, cross the bridge go DOWNTOWN,
to eat, a meeting or three, hopefully a smile, not a frown,
there be deals to be made, and cards to be played,
and concepts not known to be found.


PATH FOR THOUGHT 24"X36" For Sale
its a beautiful sunny afternoon, no rain in sight,
it is a FOOLS day in April, and pranks are for naught-
today is a day of wrongs, and very few rights,
a time to take a walk down a PATH of THOUGHT.

March 30, 2012 - This is my latest venture for the BLUES FOUNDATION.


March 28, 2012 - 'Tis been a month when the creative bug has bitten me, 7 times.  I noticed last year I was lax in paintings of people, and especially Music People, and in that category, the Blues. I decided that a good beginning into 2012 would be a few paintings that might cause ya'll to hum.  I've also been wanting to paint a Church, that literally could inspire a style of preaching.  (Drum roll) I present              

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
30"x36" Gallery Wrapped FOR SALE
The preacher of this little RED Church had a reputation for causing chills, and describing terrifying thrills. He would make you shiver in the his command of the English language, his tone, and his fiery rhetoric about GOD, and readings from the Bible. His speech had such Hell and Damnation in it when you left you could imagine the FIRE in the sky.

COME TO JESUS
24"X36" FOR SALE
He'd been on point all night long. His pitch, perfect, and he seemed to have the ability to hold a note for what seemed like 10-20 minutes, It was his show,.he couldn't miss tonight, everything was right on target. It was then, near the end of his solo, that he felt it,.it was a feeling like none he ever felt before,..it wasn't a Kodak moment, more like a "Come to Jesus" event.

IN THE MOMENT
LAST CALL. All he could think about was that night he was accused of being an "Energizer Bunny", he had such energy, it couldn't be just the music, it couldn't be his "High" over his mastery of the 88 Keys, what was the reason the night was so right. He just finished his shot and beer, it was the end of the night, the crowd has left,..it was him "IN THE MOMENT".

WILD STEVIE RAY VAUGHN
24"x36" FOR SALE
It was such a crowd, the heat caused by the conductivity of the music could have caused a fire. It already had it's spark, the unbelievable Stevie Ray Vaughn. He worked his way through the throng, bobbing and weaving, getting skinny and small till he was at the front of stage, just under the Man himself. He was wondering what could extinguish the flames, when he rain of sweat pouring down from the Stars on the stage. He didn't mind, this was a part of history, and he was right in the front.

ARIA
12"X30" Gallery Wrapped FOR SALE
As they left the theater, the ARIA hung in their minds. They could help but HUM the tune as they walked down the street. Without even noticing, they broke into a Waltz, they were humming the tune and dancing down the street. They didn't notice they were drawing an audience themselves, they didn't care. They were on their way to celebrate the music, by visiting their favorite Wine Bar, and by partaking in their much anticipated drink, they couldn't wait to savor a glass of "ARIA."

LADY AND THE DRAGON
24"X24" GALLERY WRAPPED SOLD
to be a t-shirt in honor of Theresa Yancy

 

 

 

10 to 3
12"x30" GALLERY WRAPPED
Donated to The Humane Society of Palm Beach Florida
Been sitting in the stands all day watching race after race. Loosing, you have spent a few hundred dollars on 6 loosing races,.you've been close, but not once were you on or for that matter in the money. This was your last chance, the race had begun, searching through the binoculars you chuckle, your first laugh of the day, as you are watching the tight race between the horses 10 to 3,..you notice the time is 10 to 4.

February 20, 2012 -


LOVE THE BAT and DYNASTY
24"X36'
to be displayed during the 150th Bacardi Family Gathering

2012 Bacardi

TURMOIL
24"X36"
painted for Sophia's House

INSPIRATION
12"X30"
to be auctioned at the International Blues Challenge

BANDANNA'S AND BEADS
24"x24" Gallery Wrapped Commissioned so SOLD.

CANOPY OF BLUES
24"x36" For Sale
You've taken a wrong turn, your heart is pounding in the anticipation of a road that you may recognize. Then on your right you witness a road that calms you, your pounding heart is no longer, in fact it is in the past, it is forgotten. All you can see, or feel is the nirvana, the beauty that is guarding an Autumn Canopy, filled with the colors of fall, and to strengthen the shadows there dwells the deep shade of blue. You leave your car, and begin walking all around the path, then you take steps into the beauty, an adventure in color, a path to Utopia. Instantly you forget that you are almost out of gas. 

MEETING OF TROLLEYS
24"X36" For sale
Walking down South Main in Memphis, Tennessee. You have just passed the new home of the "Blues Foundation", and your about to look in the window at "See the Difference Interiors", when you see Two Trolleys stopped right in front of you. I thought about as a children's book where the Trolleys were having a conversation about the day, the weather, and what they were going do when the work day is over. I could hear their voices along with the ding, ding of the bell. In this view you can feel the mystery hidden in the cobalt shadows as they drift along a brightly lit lavender road. You want to know what they know, you are waiting for their story.

January 20, 2012 - The first two paintings of 2012 are here! SAM GIANCANA (24"X24")... BROTHERS KENNEDY (24"X24").

January 3, 2012 - Thought ya'll might like the last ART of mine of 2011. Next some ART for 2012. Some ICONs from the 1960's, and some Blues 
ART. ABSTRACT HEARTS A, B, C, D (12"X12" - A is SOLD)... THIS WAY (18"X24 - SOLD)... FOLLOW ME (18"X24" - SOLD ).


January 2, 2012 - The Tennessee State Museum, in Nashville, Tennessee has added to it's permanent collection the painting "Rhinestone Cowboy". It's Michael P. Maness's extremely colorful painting of the Blockbuster Hit by Country Legend Glen Campbell, and penned by the Renowned Songwriter Larry Wiess.


The painting, Lois, the Director of the TN State Museum, me, and Larry Weiss, the songwriter who wrote "Rhinestone Cowboy."


Michael Patrick Maness


Giving the Story of the painting, Rhinestone Cowboy


Larry Wiess the Writer of the Glen Campbell hit Rhinestone Cowboy


Me with Larry Weiss, and Manuel, the clothing designer for the Nashville Stars.

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