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November 16, 2013

North Carolina Azalea Festival Unveils 2014 Official Print by William Mangum

Saturday, November 16, 2013 — Friday evening, November 15th at 6pm at the Cape Fear Country Club the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival’s official print was unveiled.   Each year the festival President chooses an artist who creates the official artwork for the festival that year.  “The 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival is honored to announce that the world renowned artist William Mangum was commissioned to create the official print to be shared with the hundreds of thousands of festival participants.  We feel it was a perfect partnership between our festival and his tremendous talent”  said Steve Coble, the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival President. 


WILLIAM MANGUM – NORTH CAROLINA ARTIST – “Celebrating Life through Art”

We are constantly encouraged to “find what we love and make it a career.”  That is exactly what William Mangum has done.  Along the way, he utilized a multitude of personal talents and community relationships to craft a career in one of the most challenging of occupations – being an artist.

Using a controlled style to produce a realism that is rare among watercolorists, Mangum achieves remarkable detail and precision, and his saturated washes of color add depth to his soulful landscapes.  Like the artist himself, his paintings radiate a refreshing directness and clarity. 

Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist Magazine, said:

“William Mangum is part of a great tradition of American watercolor artists.  Each time he enters his studio with paints, brushes, paper and inspiration, he creates a lasting record of the world around us.”

Bill is a prolific artist, gallery owner, publisher, author, keynote speaker and designer.  He has traveled the world gathering inspiration for more than 3,000 of his original works of art.  The resulting creations have garnered him countless fans across the globe and allowed him to forge relationships with dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

His upcoming furniture collection in collaboration with Klaussner Home Furnishings, Carolina Preserves, is designed around the artist’s aesthetic lifestyle and international travels, and will soon bring Mangum’s artistry into America’s homes through a whole new medium.

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