Elena De La Ville

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Elena De La Ville’s work is on the cutting edge of visual art. Using Collage, Encaustic painting and Digital Imaging she utilizes the latest technology, media and techniques to repeatedly explore and expand the limits of Mixed Media.

De La Ville’s work has been exhibited in Museums and Galleries around the world

Selected Experience in the Arts
Painter, Visual Artist, Photographer for the Secretary of State, Michael Connelly, Boston MA
Faculty; Photography and Digital Imaging, Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, FL
Instructor, Mixed media Courses: Ringling College of Art and Design, Art Center St Pete, Longboat Center for the Arts, Castle Hill Art Center, Truro, MA, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Exhibitions & Galleries
Solo Exhibitions:
Marks and Textures, Solo Show, Paradigm Art Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, ‘Encounters’ One person Show, Sarasota, FL
Harmony Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Group Shows:
Shopliftable, GAZE Modern, Sarasora, FL
Instructors/Faculty Show, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
Florida’s Finest, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
[blank] Slate Gallery Contemporary and Fine Arts Small Works Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
SARTQ Print Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
Long Boat Key SARTQ residency, http://www.edelaville.com/it-can-all-go-up-in-smoke
Here and Now, State St Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Swept Away, Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
VOICES, An Artists Perspective, N.A.W.A. Gallery, National Association of Woman Artists. NYC, NY
Big Bad Wax, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, FL
Swept Away, Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA
The Call of Wildacres, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL
The Inspiring Image, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Long Boat, FL
The Future of the Past, Encaustic art in the 21st Century, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Creators and Collectors Suncoast Art Tour, Sarasota, FL
Beeline Exhibition, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Pulsion, The Body as an object of Desire in Photography, Museo Acarigua, Venezuela
Encaustic to the Sixth Power, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA
Nudes, Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Art to Wear, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Best Foot Forward, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Beauty and Its Opposites, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Hot Stuff, Juried exhibition, 1st National Encaustic Conference, Beverly, MA
Nudes, Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Museo Contemporaneo de Caracas, ‘5X5 Exhibit , Venezuela
Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia- Colombia
Embracing our Differences, Sarasota Bay front, FL
4 x 4: Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, FL
Small and Lovely, White Dog Design Gallery.
Art League of Manatee, FL
The Arts Center, Juried Exhibition, FL
Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
Cambridge Artists Cooperative, MA
Featherstone MeetingHouse for the Arts. Martha’s Vineyard, MA
New England Photographers, Danforth Museum of Art, MA
Lieberman Gallery, Flower Power, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Visual Art Center, ‘Power of the Pixel 4′, FL
Shaw Cramer Gallery, ‘Metal-Earthworks-Paint’ Vineyard Haven, MA
Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA
Paper Tiger, Vineyard Haven, MA
Boston Athenaeum, A Commonwealth to Keep, MA
Basement Gallery, One person Show, MA

Education & Professional Training
Art Institute of Boston, Major in Photography and Graphic Design. Boston
Atelier d’art Decoratifs, Internship. Paris.
Chelsea School of Art and Design; Textile Design. London
Rochester Institute of Technology, Management and Care of Photo Collections.
Escuela de Bellas Artes Fine Arts. Venezuela.

Curatorial Projects
EX-PATRIA, 3 Contemporary Venezuelan Artists; Opening March 19, 2015,Sarasota FL
WOW! Women and Wax, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL,

Grant and Residencies
Selected to the Vermont Studio Center Residency, April, 2018
Honorable mention, 58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Directors Award, 3rd national Encaustic Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Honorable mention, EPHEMERA Show, The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
Ann Culvert Award for Creativity, All Island Art Show, Martha’s Vineyard, MA,
Ruth Bogan Award All Island Art Show, MA.,
Flower Power, Lieberman gallery, Best of Digital. Sarasota, Fl
Honorable mention, Power of the Pixel, Art Center of Sarasota, Fl,


James Griffin


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.

My aim is to communicate that joy with the viewer, in whatever way is possible. That feeling of a shared experience with those looking at my work.Being passionate about painting has served me well over the years, both in my career as an illustrator and as a gallery artist. Working every day with color, form, composition and line has loaded my brush with a lot of experience. The things I like about creating an illustration carry over to things I like in doing my gallery work, telling a story, communicating with the viewer, catching and holding their interest.

My inspiration comes from the sunlit world in Southern Florida, as well as the crowded sidewalks of New York City and the endless variety of Maine. It also comes from dreams. I am not content to simply paint the view, but instead want to bring out mysteries and emotions lurking beneath its realistic surface.I grew up in South America and the UK, as well as the US and Canada, and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute. Being a realistic painter at a time when that was very much out of style, I found my way into doing paintings for paperback book covers, one of the last genres that appreciated realistic oil painting. As the number of my illustrations accumulated and moved up towards several thousand, I kept up my own work, experimenting with style and technique, showing here and there. Somewhere along the line, I noticed a blurring of the line between Illustration and gallery art. I was applying all the heart and soul of my personal work to “jobs” and using the possibilities I was seeing in illustration in my “fine art” work.And that’s where I stand now, continuing to produce illustrations as well as paintings for galleries, with the excitement of each giving something to the other.

Ted Camp

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.

Donna Carrion



Although Donna knew from a young age that she was an artist, it was difficult to decide what medium would provide her with the satisfaction she desired. Once she enrolled in her first jewelry class at the University of the Arts, Donna realized that it was important to her to pursue a career as a metal smith and jeweler. Donna, a native New Yorker, currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. She has a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing 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, and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidad de Lisboa in Portugal, Spain. Donna has been a featured artist for Florida Craftsmen: Celebrating the Art of Craft in 2013.

Donna exhibits and sells her work in galleries and gift shops. She received Best in Jewelry for her creation “Protection IV” from ArtCenter Manatee. Longboat Key Center for the Arts awarded her 3rd Place for 3d Art in their Community Art Show for her sterling silver bangle titled “Line + Circle”. The Florida Society of Goldsmiths awarded Donna with the Mark Pheiffer Memorial Award for Best Works in Silver.
Classes with Donna Carrion

Joanna Coke


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.

Classes with Joanna Coke

Kerry Didday

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).

Classes with Kerry Didday

Libit Jones

libitLibit 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.


Deb Gallery

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.

Classes with Deb Gallery

Graciela Giles

Graciela Giles Watercolor lasses at ArtCenter ManateeGraciela’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.

Classes with Graciela Giles

Lisa Wojciechowski

Wojciechowski-Advanced-CeramicsLisa 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.

Classes with Lisa Wojciechowski

Sandra Symens

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.

Classes with Sandra Symens 

Wendy Thurlow

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.

Classes with Wendy Thurlow

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Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sports

Kellogg Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm

Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sports

National Art Museum of Sport, NCAA, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball and ArtCenter Manatee present the 3rd Annual International Fine Art Competition, Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport.

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.

Arthur Dillard

Searle Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm

Art Dillard at ArtCenter Manatee

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.

Art by Kids with Cancer

Reid Hodges Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm
Art by Kids with Cancer at ArtCenter Manatee

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
Southwest Florida.

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.

Nell Rude Photography

Searle Gallery September 23 – October 25, 2013

Nell Rude Photography Exhibition

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.

Pen Women

Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries September 23 – October 25, 2013

Pen Women Exhibition

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.