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Karen Maugans Awarded First Place at the 2017 Windermere Art Affair

Karen Maugans Awarded First Place at the 2017 Windermere Art Affair

On March 4 and 5, 2017, the second annual Windermere Art Affair was held at Town Hall in downtown Windermere, FL. Sponsored by Isleworth, the event drew artists from around Florida and the US. The juried show benefited local artists, including a generous $5,000 donation to City Arts Factory for young artists.

I was thrilled to participate in this wonderful community event. It was a lovely Central Florida weekend, and all the amazing art, artists, enthusiastic attendees, wine, food, music, and live entertainment made it such a fun and rewarding way to spend the weekend.

On top of that, I was so honored to be awarded First Place by a panel of three anonymous judges! Prizes were given not for individual pieces, but for artists’ entire body of work represented at Windermere Art Affair.

At this show, I displayed botanicals from my Living Color: Botanicals & Shells series. The full list of exhibited artworks for which I was awarded First Place include:

  • Red Hibiscus
  • Pomegranate Portrait
  • Two White Tulips
  • Succulents 1
  • Succulents 2
  • Magnolias
  • Red Rose
  • Blue Ginger
  • Pink Dahlias
  • Protea Bouquet
  • Pincushion Bouquet
  • Peonies in Magenta
  • Cabbage Portrait
  • Stargazer Lilies
  • Floral Kaleidoscope
  • Magnolia Dressed Up

The honor of the award was only compounded by all the exceptional work at the show from so many amazing fellow artists. Thanks to everyone who participated and who came out to make it such a beautiful event. And congratulations to Alana O’Hern for winning Best in Show, Helen Avalon for her Second Place prize, and Dr. Terry Mamounas, who won Third Place.

I can’t wait to see you all again at the next show!

Karen Maugans Gallery

See works from Karen's three primary fine art photography series and read a bit about the inspiration behind them.


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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