Visit Karen's gallery in The River Arts District of Asheville, NC ~ Riverview Station Building, 191 Lyman Street #104

Best of Show Award goes to Karen Maugans

Best of Show Award goes to Karen Maugans

Karen Maugans won Best of Show for her fine art photography at the 10th annual fall Downtown Clermont Art Festival held November 5-6.

This annual festival is one Clermont FL’s premiere cultural events featuring fine art, fine crafts, music and more from artists all over Florida and beyond.

The festival itself is put on largely in part by the Clermont Downtown Partnership. A conglomerate of locally owned businesses of Historic Downtown Clermont.

For more information about the art festival you can visit their Facebook page @DowtownClermontArtFestival


Four Blue Swans

Learn more about the award winning art piece, the artist's inspiration behind it, and how you can acquire a limited edition print.


Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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