Bio

Laurie Maves has always been an artist. She spent her childhood with her family in Freeport, Illinois, along with her larger-than-life imagination, always creating her own reality (often to the chagrin of her small town midwestern parents). There was nothing more she wanted to do, than to make something out of nothing. And if she could make something beautiful, she saw herself as a superhero. While living in Denver, Colorado in the late 1990's, Laurie took a leap of faith and gradually transitioned from her profession in the non profit sector as an art therapist to that of a full time fine artist and live performance painter. She opened a painting studio and began painting live at public concerts and music performances. She quickly gained clients and commissions and began developing her small art business, living her dream. Twenty years and 10,000 hours of working her craft later, largely a self taught artist, Laurie has enjoyed all aspects of owning her own business as a creative. After nearly two decades of living and working in the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado, she relocated to the Suncoast of Florida. Currently she lives and works in Sarasota, with her husband, Ralph Guglielmi and their two cats and their award winning Puggle. If she's not painting, you can find her either fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, or beach-combing the shores of Venice Beach and Siesta Key, finding joy and appreciation in her every day experiences.

Statement

Laurie Maves is a Full Time Contemporary Artist, Live Performance and Abstract Energy Intuitive Painter. She firmly believes she is here on this planet to make your painting. Her most recent series of organic abstracts focus on positive energy, light and a sense of healing. She paints with an intuitive hand and brilliant color palette, allowing the paintings, whether they be about life change and transition to physically healing from mental and physical stressors, to paint themselves. Her works are meant to be meditative in nature, organic reminders of perfect wholeness in the universe. The circle form, which is readily seen in Laurie's paintings represent an ancient symbol and can be seen in every culture, in every person, in every life that comes full circle. She most often works motivational words into her imagery, sealing the thoughts into the message of the painting in hopes of inspiring those who view her work. She invites you to view her abstract energy paintings and share how you experience them. She hopes that her audience finds these paintings as promoting positive energy, relationships and peace.

Education

BA in art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison MAAT Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibitions

Solo Showings: 2015 The Aloft Hotel, Denver, CO 2014 Center of Attention, GoodDay Colorado, FOX31, Denver, CO 2014 the Circle Paintings, Laurie Maves ART, Denver, CO 2013 Love for Frida, Laurie Maves ART, Denver, CO 2013 Love for Fraser, Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery, Fraser, CO 2012 Dolce Vita, Hirshfeld Gallery, Merle Catherine Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, University of Denver Women’s College, Denver, CO 2010 Poppies for You, Studio Shakta, Denver, CO 2009 Love for Live Painting, Laurie Maves Art, Denver, CO Group Showings: 2015 The Art of Winter, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO 2015 The Art of Winter, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO 2015 Denver Artists, The Armory Performing Arts Center, Brighton, CO 2014 GuitarTown, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO 2014 The Annual Frida Show, Picture This, Long Beach, CA 2014 Red Handed, TbGallery, Denver, CO 2014 The Frida Show, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Faces, MIIT, Museo Internazionale Italia Arte, Turin, Italy 2013 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI 2013 the Peace Project, The Whole 9, National Traveling Exhibition 2013 ArT Project 2013 No.4, Studio Arte Carapostol, Venice, Italy 2013 Hand of Spirit with Maxwellvision, Jared David Paul and Laurie Maves, Skylight Station, Denver, CO 2013 GuitarTown, Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO 2012 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Show, Studio 12 Gallery, Denver, CO 2012 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI 2010 Heart Beats the Same, Artwork Network, Denver, CO 2010 Open Canvas, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI 2007 BareWalls, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2006 BareWalls, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Shows

Creative Arts and Art Therapy Workshops: 2015 Voz Y Corazon, Suicide Prevention Program, MHCD, Denver, CO 2015 Cancer Survivors Group, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO 2015 Awakened Spirit Intensive Workshop II, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Littleton, CO 2014 Awakened Spirit Intensive Workshop, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Littleton, CO 2014 Art of the Solstice, with Anya McManis, Denver, CO 2012 Ride the Visionboard, Art on the Brix, Golden, CO 2011 Ride the Visionboard, Laurie Maves ART Studio, Denver, CO 2010 Group Mural Project, The Cunningham Foundation, Project Mercy, Yetebon, Ethiopia 2008 Group Mural Project, The Cunningham Foundation, Yirgalem Kb12 school, Ethiopia 2007 Kindergarten Art Program, Red Rocks Elementary, Morrison, CO 2006 City of Lakewood, Arts Outreach Program, Lakewood, CO 2000 Team Art Therapist, MHCD, Denver, CO

Awards and Honors

Collections: City of Loveland, Loveland, CO Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO Copper Mountain Resort, Copper, CO The Colorado Trust, Denver, CO True Value Company, Chicago, IL KPMG, Denver, CO Mountain Vista High School, Highlands Ranch, CO Works held in private collections in Austria, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States