Dancing Brush Sumi-e

Dancing BrushCurated by the Sarasota Sumi-e Society

On display Nov 7-Dec 8
Opening Reception Nov 9, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up Dec 9, 9:00-1:00pm

New Bamboo by Nell MahaThe spare black and white style of Sumi-e ( ink painting ) was developed in China during the Sung Dynasty, 969-1274, and brought to Japan by Buddhist monks from 1338-1573. They had the cultural background for mature philosophical thought, and an appreciation for beauty and harmony. Through art, both poetry and painting, they strove to express their understanding of nature. Sumi-e, also known as Suiboku-ga ( water ink picture ) was initially practiced as a form of meditation. When the Sumi-e artist begins a painting, there is no correction, only responding to the mediums flow. The art of Sumi-e is a dynamic balance, creating paintings made of black ink, but often giving the impression of having color through skillful manipulation of values. In later years, color was introduced and used by many artists. The use of white or blank space for balance is known as Wu-Wei, the fullness of the empty, achieved through the principle of balance. See all the space, not just painted space as being worthy of our attention. When you think of empty space as being full of potential, that may be the secret to success in painting, as it is in life.

The Sarasota Chapter is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. Our membership includes painters and non-painters, professional artists, calligraphers, teachers and students. In Sarasota, our emphasis is on education and sharing through monthly meetings, newsletters, workshops and exhibitions.

Banner image: Winter’s Peace by Linda Beaudoin
Below: New Bamboo by Nell Maha

Off the Wall Online Entry

off the Wall call bannerAn open, all media, juried exhibit
11/7/17 – 12/8/17

Online Entry Ends 10/30/17 at 4:00pm

Receiving 11/4/17, 9:00-1:00pm

Opening Reception Thursday, 11/9/17, 5:00-7:00pm

For online entries, artists will be notified end of day 11/1/17
Pick up Date 12/9/17, 9:00am – 1:00pm
All artists may enter up to 3 pieces. Please see exhibition requirements. Prizes awarded.

ACM Exhibition Schedule 2017-18 

Entry Fees: Entry fees are nonrefundable and support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30

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Off The Wall

off the wall banner 2Off the Wall is an open, all media, juried exhibit

11/7/17 – 12/8/17

Opening Reception Thursday, 11/9/17, 5:00-7:00pm

Juror: Kathy Gibson
Pick up Date 12/9/17, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Juror Bio: Katherine (Kathy) Gibson was born in Miami, grew up in Lake Wales, and currently lives in St. Petersburg. After working in government, corporate, and formal office environments, she took a professional hiatus and backed into showing regional artwork in her Tampa home. This evolved into Gibson’s art consulting business, Arthouse3. From 2011 through spring of 2014, she served as Gallery Director for the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and rebranded it Gallery221@HCC, where she doubled the exhibition space, established a permanent art collection, and organized 30+ exhibits. Since 2014, Gibson has created and curated pop-up galleries in Polk and Hillsborough counties, and has guest curated exhibits at the Lake Wales Art Center, HCC Ybor Art Gallery, Morean Art Center and Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Petersburg.

ACM Exhibition Schedule 2017-18 

Entry Fees: Entry fees are nonrefundable and support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30