Maria Maneos, Schuylkill River Trail Norristown
Maria Maneos writes of this series: "Fairy Doors made from materials found in nature, my garden, and re-purposed objects. Each title references the place where the materials like sticks and berries and wild flowers were collected. This project started during the Covid 19 epidemic and quarantine year of 2020 now into the year 2021. As I found myself more and more in need of truth and connection to something real my relationship to the earth and nature became a place of serenity and hope. I learned about the terms anthropocene and symbiocene after trying to understand how our world became so unpredictable. I started to think about living in the woods and wondered about the microcosm world that grows and lives under the surface. As a child my grandmother read the stories of fairies to me from the classic book of "All the Silver Pennies". There is a belief that if you build them (the doors) they (the fairies) will come."
Maria Maneos received her BFA from Arcadia University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is the founder and director of the nonprofit 501c3 organization, Brush With the Law (Community Service Arts/ReEntry Arts). Maneos engages in short-term and long-term collaborations, particularly with other nonprofit organizations and their constituents, as well as other professional artists, college students/interns, non-artists, municipalities, and socially marginalized populations to create public art in varying forms.
Maneos’s venture to bring people together from diverse, and oftentimes adversarial communities helps her generate new conceptual, theoretical, methodological thoughts and innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address larger social issues. She uses art as research to experiment with new ideas and aid in the development of meaningful projects that challenge stereotypes and help bring awareness to and social change for people and their environment. In 2018, Maneos was awarded First Place in the sculpture category and received the Purchase Prize Award for the highly competitive PA Art of the State Exhibit for her sculpture 5535-2017, which represents the 5,535 people who died in PA during the year of 2017 from heroin/opiate overdose.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the PA State Museum in Harrisburg, and collected by numerous private art enthusiasts