2016 Manatee County Schools Exhibit

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“Art is the literacy of the heart.”

– Elliot Eisner

ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes 3rd Annual Manatee County Schools Exhibit
May 31-June 24, Opening Reception June 7th, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 200 K-12 visual arts students.

According to the National Arts in Education Association, learning to paint, create a website or design an energy-efficient home requires mastering skills which are often invisible to the naked eye, but are developed through a strong visual arts education. In Manatee County, we’re fortunate to have a Board of Education that has made a continued commitment to teaching the visual arts in its elementary, middle and high schools. By partnering with ArtCenter Manatee, that commitment is furthered by giving these young artists a ‘voice’ – three museum-quality galleries – where their work can be professionally displayed and where the artists can receive positive recognition by a wider audience.

ArtCenter Manatee offers the gallery space, marketing and as many frames and mattes that can be found to help these budding artists get their due. The ArtCenter will also award scholarships to art classes to students whose work is judged to be among the best in each of three grade ranges.

For many students, it will be their first experience in preparing their work for display. And certainly for pricing their work with an eye to selling it. For most students it will also the first time they have ever been to an art gallery. The experience will show students the process of preparing artwork for exhibit, and the lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

With the help of Curator Sawyer Ramsey and her colleagues, and the many students who participate, it is sure to be even better that last year’s exhibit. We thank Bradenton Kiwanis for their donation in support of this exhibit.

The opening reception, with Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, will be on Tuesday, June 7th from 5:00-7:00pm. Light, kid-appropriate snacks and beverages will be served. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of art by our students. Who knows, the work of the next Picasso may be on display.

Jewelry Open Studio

Jewelry open studio

The jewelry studio is available for use by members of ArtCenter Manatee and FSG who have successfully completed a beginning jewelry class at ArtCenter Manatee. The open studio fee is $20 per half day (3 hours) for ArtCenter Members and $10 per half day (3 hours) for FSG members. Jewelry open studio is scheduled monthly with a studio monitor. Open studio requires pre-registration and payment – Space will not be held without payment.

Times are subject to change. Studio space is limited – Please register at least 24 hours prior to your desired Open Studio time by calling 941-746-2862 or stopping by the front desk at the ArtCenter.


ACM members:
Half day – $20.00 per person for 3 hours
Full day – $40.00 per person for 6 hours

FSG members:
Half day – $10.00 per person for 3 hours
Full day – $20.00 per person for 6 hours


Jan 26 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Feb 10 1:00-4:00

Feb 12 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Feb 16 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Feb 19 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Feb 23 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Mar 9 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Mar 17 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Mar 19 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Mar 30 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Mar 31 10:00-1:00 & 1:00-4:00

Pottery Open Studio

The Pottery Studio is available for use during regular business hours by ArtCenter Manatee members who have completed one ceramics class at ArtCenter Manatee in the past two years. Open studio is available only when classes are not in session. There is a fee for use of Open Studio if you are not in a ceramics class. Each session is up to 3 hours. A full day is up to 6 hours. If you are currently enrolled in a ceramics class you have a one week grace period after your last class date. You must sign in and out at the front desk at all times. If you do not sign in/out, it will be considered an all day open studio. You must provide your own materials. Clay may be purchased for $35 per 25 lbs. Price includes glazes and firing.

  • Single Open Studio: $9 for one, 3-hour session
  • 6-pack Open Studio: $42 for six, 3-hour sessions
  • 12-pack Open Studio: $72 for twelve, 3-hour sessions

Open Pottery Studio January 2018

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