Jeanne Manget (born Jeanne Woodbury Carney on May 25, 1913) grew up in Beverly Hills, California with a love of art, music, theater, and dance. After majoring in art at UCLA she moved to Boston to study voice with Robert Weir and to attend Leland Powers School of the Arts. This led to her first position singing with Gilbert and Sullivan in New York City. After her marriage to architect John Victor Manget in 1941 they settled in Atlanta, Georgia following WWII and his service as a Navy instructor pilot. There she pursued her interest in art, painting and selling animal pastel portraits and beginning her career as a watercolor artist. Suddenly widowed in 1949, she returned to Boston with her young daughter and worked as freelance artist. She continued her art studies at Chouinard Art Institute, Boston Art Museum School, and Palm Beach Art Institute. Her watercolor paintings were published frequently in the newspaper daily Christian Science Monitor. She continued to support her family as an illustrator of textbooks and children's books published by Little Brown as well as illustrating for New Yorker magazine. Marriage to longtime family friend Warren H. Smith in 1960 moved her to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked in the oil industry. She expanded her watercolor painting career, studying with several renowned artists including Dong Kingman, John Pike, Tom Hill, and Robert Higgs. In the 1970s and 80s her paintings were reproduced annually on Christmas cards by Regency-Williamhouse Company of New York City. Also, five of her watercolors were printed in full color on national newspaper magazine covers.
Upon Smith's retirement they returned to their native California settling in the far northern fishing village of Trinidad. Exhibitions of her works in Boston, Palm Beach, Dallas, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and Tulsa expanded to California including Laguna Beach, Carmel, Mendocino and Ferndale. Six solo shows were held at Challis Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA; Semion's Art Gallery, Laguna Beach; City National Bank, Tulsa; Caravan Gallery, Tulsa; and Candystick Gallery, Ferndale. Her work is in private collections throughout the U.S. She also traveled extensively to paint in Europe, West Indies,Mexico, Guatemala, South America, the South Pacific and Africa. Ms. Manget died on January 30, 1988 in Trinidad, CA. She was a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and associate member of American Watercolor Society. Awards include Bronze medal-Palm Beach Art Museum; Third prize--National Motorola Art exhibition in a nationwide competition of 10,000 entries; Purchase Award-West Texas Watercolor Association and Honorable Mention--West Texas Watercolor Association Show.
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