I have several goals when I begin a painting, the first being to dive into the form of consciousness known as the “Flow”. This trance-like state is a form of meditation and a source of joy. I have to enter into the work for it to come alive.
I have been a professor of Ceramics for the last 35 years at the State College of Florida. During that time, I have given numerous workshops within the state and at schools in the north. My work spans many categories including wheel and large scale hand built forms that focus on utility and/or sculpture. My work is in numerous private collections throughout the country. I consider myself student-centered and teach through demonstrations and hands on involvement with the student.
Even at a very young age Donna knew that she was an artist, but it was difficult for her to decide what medium would provide her with the satisfaction she desired. After enrolling in a jewelry-making class at the University of the Arts, Donna realized that her calling was a career as a Metalsmith.
Originally from New York, Donna currently resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She has a B.F.A in metals from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the Rack and Hamper Gallery, at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, the Délann Gallery in Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia at Dizyners Gallery and in Portugal, Spain at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Univasidade de Lisboa.
Joanna received degrees in Art History from Harvard, Education and Fine Arts from the University of South Florida and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Louisiana State University. Her approach to art combines the abilities of the applied and fine arts.
Kerry Didday is an award-winning Florida-based artist. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture. He has been active in the arts for many years, both corporate and fine art and teaches in St. Petersburg, Fl. Kerry is a founding member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA).
Libit Jones is a Texas native who has called St Petersburg home since1995. She is a well known artist in the Tampa Bay area and a popular instructor.Although she works in various media, her passion is watercolor. She is a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). She has been accepted into many prestigious shows and won numerous awards. Her paintings are owned by private collectors across the United States, Canada and England.
Debra Gallery graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with an Art Education degree K – 12. She has taught art in public and private school systems, as well as private lessons for 22 years. She is known for her versatility of skills and media. Debra is presently an art instructor at Stewart Elementary School in Bradenton.
Graciela’s love of art, as well as music, blossomed early and the two have always formed a creative duet in her life. Her love of the natural world is readily apparent in her watercolors and musical expressions of paintings, places and people. Originally from Argentina, she has been an active watercolorist and teacher for two decades, earning awards from art societies for her sensitive portrayals of landscapes and people. Her artwork has been selected for numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and can be found in private collections internationally. Her affinities for art and music came together when she and artist/musician Rena Tatem created Painting Music/Playing Art workshops designed to facilitate connecting with our inner creativity. Graciela leads workshops and teaches watercolors at the Ringling College of Art + Design, Continuing Education, and various locations including The Rose/Giles Studio in the Village of the Arts, Bradenton, Florida. In addition to painting and teaching she gives piano, flute and vocal performances during which she captures the essence of visual art through music.
Julie received her B.F.A. from the Ringling School of Art and Design. Julie’s strong interest in color led her to the Cape Cod School of Art. Her artistic expression has been influenced by the plein air painters’ magnificent use of color.
John’s introduction to photography began 40 + years ago when he received a 35mm birthday gift from his wife Peg. His enthusiasm increased with every shot he captured and before long he was winning awards in imaging and printing techniques. He entered the industry professionally as a photography instructor at Manatee Community College (now State College,) Manatee Technical Institute and also worked as an associate and management with local outlets (Norton Camera & Johnson PhotoImaging.) Along the way he owned & operated a Wedding & Portrait Studio (Affairs of the Heart) and a Photography School (Exposures Photo Workshops,) both based in Sarasota. Over the years he published in several magazines including the Oracle, Farm & Ranch (Readers Digest pub.) His passion has never wained and today he enjoys sharing his knowledge in his self designed workshop series titled “Creative Photography, Pure & Simple.”
Lisa Wojciechowski earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a ceramics concentration from East Carolina Universary in Greenville, North Carolina. She started an Etsy shop in 2012 to market pet drinking fountains, pet urns and birdfeeders. Lisa has been a professional artist for over 15 years specializing in 2D illustration, painting and ceramics.
Lisa now focuses on teaching ceramics, pottery, sculpture, polymer tiles, and wine glass painting to adults. In addition to being an instructor, Lisa has participated in over 130 art and craft fairs.
I’m Sandra Symens and I’m pleased to be teaching ceramics at ArtCenter Manatee. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and secondary teaching credentials from the California College of Arts. My Master of Arts degree is from California State University, Sacramento. In California I studied with Viola Frey, Art Nelson and Vernon Coykendall. Since moving to Florida many years ago I have studied with Ted Camp, Annette Sidner and Ed Ross. Among the influential ceramic artists I’ve taken workshops with are Don Reitz, Malcolm Davies, Tom Coleman, Ron Meyers, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay, McKenzie Smith, Matt Lang, Nan Smith, Kent McLaughlin and Regis Brody. My work can be seen here in the Artists’ Market and in Sarasota at The Museum of Art and Whimsey. Animal imagery is typical of my work with a fondness for frogs, rabbits and birds and a mad love for dogs.
Wendy is an award winning jeweler/metalsmith. She has her BFA in Metals from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was recently chosen as first place winner for publication in the book, Best of Artists and Artisans Books Series. She produces her own, one of a kind and limited edition jewelry.
Anne Walker studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and with several artists in New England and Florida. Anne has painted all her life but took it up seriously after moving to Florida when her sense of color was reawakened. Every day she is inspired to capture and explore the use of color. She believes finding your passion drives creativity and the ability to celebrate your unique self. She loves to help students understand the basics of painting, demystify the mediums and find the joy of experimentation. She presently teaches at Art Center Manatee and Sun City Center and shows her works at Little Swamp Gallery in Village of the Arts, Bradenton.
Kellogg Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm
The exhibit features over 30 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by artists depicting sport. The works were chosen by a three-panel jury following an international call for submissions. The competition attracted artists from 29 states and 10 countries. Fifty-eight sports were represented in the more than 247 works of art that were entered by 127 artists.
Awards from NAMOS and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be announced at the exhibition opening. The Germain G. Glidden Best in Show Award and both National Collegiate Athletic Association awards, NCAA Honoring Academic and Athletic Excellence in Painting Award and NCAA Honoring Academic and Athletic Excellence in Sculpture Award, each feature a $2,500 prize.
Searle Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm
A special viewing of approximately fifty original paintings with subjects consisting of Jazz, Sports, Landscapes and Portraits, over ninety percent of these paintings are first time viewing.
Paintings from Dillard’s personal collection will be on display will not be shown at any other exhibitions.
Arthur Dillard is a local Bradenton artist whose unique watercolor painting have been shown nationally as well as winning multiple awards.
Reid Hodges Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013
Art by Kids with Cancer, a project of the Young Artists Awards
Artwork from the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano
Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local
students in the arts now in its eleventh year, works with the staff at the
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of
The organization donates and delivers art supplies to the hospital for the
children to use in a therapeutic setting throughout the year, and then mats,
frames and exhibits selected pieces at various venues throughout the community.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork goes to provide
direct assistance to Southwest Florida families in crisis facing the financial
challenges of childhood cancer through the “Family Emergency Fund”, created and
funded by the Young Artists Awards. This fund, administered by a social worker
at the hospital, helps families of kids with cancer with prescription costs,
groceries, transportation, and other items otherwise not covered.
Searle Gallery September 23 – October 25, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, September 26th, 5-7pm
A one woman show by Glenview, Ill. and Sarasota, FL Photographer Nell Rude. Her love of photography started as a hobby and bloomed into an art career. Through the eye of the lens she has created special moments on film to the delight of her admirers. She has attended many seminars, including some sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.
Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries September 23 – October 25, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, September 26th, 5-7pm
Sarasota Pen Women are wildly creative women dedicated to the arts. They are made up of professional artists, writers, and musical composers with a passion for encouraging others along the creative path. Each year, the Sarasota Branch awards scholarships to Sarasota and Manatee County area high school seniors in art, letters and music.
The Pen Women archives chronicle the legacy of illustrious members, such as Vinnie Ream, Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Amy Beach, Georgia O’Keefe, and Eudora Welty.