Sumi-e Society of America 55th Annual Exhibit

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Sumi-e Society of America
Oct 30-Nov 30

The reception will be Friday, Nov 2, 4-6pm.

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On October 30th, ArtCenter Manatee welcomes the Sumi-e Society of America to their galleries.

SUMI-E is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. The Chinese speak of “writing a painting” and “painting a poem.” A great painting was judged on three elements: the calligraphy strokes, the words of the poetry (often with double meanings and subtle puns) and the ability of the painting strokes to capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. The artists of Japan, Korea and Malaysia learned from the Chinese and then developed their own versions of East Asian brush painting.

Landscape with Gazebo_RomersteinThe Society was created in New York in 1963 by Professor Motoi Oi to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting. Until 1978, its annual exhibitions were held in New York City. When asked why he had started the Sumi-e Society, Mr. Oi answered, in part, “In the East, paintings reflect the great joy of culture. They are a reflection of an intense personal idiom. My idea was to provide a means through which the fresh, new spirit of American culture could be viewed in Sumi-e.”

Over the years, the Society as grown and there are many chapters in the United States. The Sarasota Chapter is sponsoring this 55th Annual Juried Exhibit, along with the National Chapter. The exhibit includes 112 paintings by artists from 18 states and Germany. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The reception will be Friday, Nov 2, 4-6pm.

The juror for the exhibit will be Professor Yifei Gan. Professor Gan is an internationally recognized artist and curator whose drawings, paintings, digital media and traditional Chinese brush paintings have been exhibited in solo and invitational exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and China. Professor Gan will also be conducting workshops at the ArtCenter. While the first workshop is full, there are a few seats remaining in the one on November 5-6, Monday & Tuesday, 9-4. Call the ArtCenter to reserve your seat: 941-746-2862.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Landscape with Gazebo by Keiko Romerstein
Life Plan by Aiko Anderson

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The exhibit is sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

KidsArt Summer Camps Closing Reception & Party

Join us Frifay Aug. 3, 5:00-7:00. We thank all the sponsors who made it possible!camp last week

Exhibit Here Online Entry

An Open, All Media, Juried Show

Online Entry Ends Jun 18, 4:00pm
Inperson Receiving: Jun 23, 9:00-1:00pm

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Exhibit Here is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to 3 pieces. Please review exhibition requirements before entering.

For online entries, artists will be notified by end of day 6/20/2018
Pick up 7/28/2018, 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. Membership

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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Exhibit Here

An Open, All Media, Juried Show

Jun 26 – Jul 27

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Exhibit Here is an open, all media, juried exhibit.

Juror: Linda Lucas
Linda Lucas graduated with Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and also attended Buffalo State College University of New York@ Elmwood for Fiber Arts & Surface Design. She has taught at ArtCenter Manatee, Ringling School of Art, and Keetons. Linda also taught at Chautauqua Institute in New York. Linda also participates in juried Fine Art outdoor shows in Florida & New York.

1st place: Water Dancing I by Susanna Spann


Jenny Medved: Indigenous People

Portraits of Heritage and Descent

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Jenny Medved, a representational figurative artist & illustrator working in watercolor, immerses herself in the culture of the people she paints, not just history, but family and community. She shares her insights with us in her exhibit of about 30 pieces, Jenny Medved: Indigenous People, Portraits of Heritage and Descent, on display in the Kellogg Gallery at ArtCenter Manatee, June 26 – July 27. We invite you to meet Jenny and see her work at an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 28th 5-7 pm

Medved portraitJenny was featured as one of the ten artists in the ‘Ones to Watch’ feature of Watercolor Artist Magazine, December 2015 edition. She is a member of local artist group SartQ, as well as the American Watercolor Society, the Hawaii Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Jenny moved to Florida in 2000 to attend Ringling College of Art & Design, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration. Jenny holds a MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where she studied under mentor’s Zack Zdrale, William Whitaker and Warren Chang. She has also studied traditional portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy.

2018 Giving Challenge

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Your donation will support Arts & Healing and KidsArt as well as other education programs and exhibits. Art promotes learning, encourages creativity and self-expression and help us heal and connect to the world around us.Each of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community. YOU can Be The One to make a difference through your continued support of ArtCenter Manatee, the premier visual arts center in Manatee County for over 80 years.

The 2018 Giving Challenge, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, is a 24-hour online fundraising initiative that supports 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in a four county area.

Double your impact! During the Challenge, unique donations to ArtCenter Manatee will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100 by the Patterson Foundation: $25 =$50, $50=$100, $100 = $200, $200=$300

There are three ways you can give.

1. On May 1-2, Noon to Noon, go to, find ArtCenter Manatee, and make your donation.

2. In advance, complete a form that we will enter for you on May 1 & 2 – your info will be kept secure and shredded right after it is entered. Call us 941-746-2862

3. Come to the ArtCenter on May 1-2, Noon to Noon and we will have a computer available for your use.

We all know how important art is in our lives, and in the life of our community, and we thank you for your support!

To see some of the things we’re planning in 2018-19 with your support, click here.

To view our Giving Partner Profile, visit:

ArtCenter Manatee is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the State, 1-800-Help FLA, or from the website Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Registration # CH15646

Inspired by Nature: Visions of Five Artists

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Inspired By Nature is a curated show featuring the work of Karen Baker, Kris Gregg, Nancy Lauby, Anthony Lauby, and William Lauby

On display in the Kellogg Gallery, Apr 17- May 11.

Opening Reception Apr 19, 5:00-7:00

“Artful Alliance” is a group of artists who work in several different mediums, but share the same vision and purpose for their art. They strive to celebrate the spirit and beauty of the natural world; each work of art symbolizes their mission to provide opportunities to see the world through different perspectives, with compassion and appreciation.

Karen Baker CPS, PSA, PSTB is a representational artist who paints what inspires her the most – the world of nature and its ever-changing landscape in all seasons. She is represented by galleries in New England and Florida, where she teaches ongoing classes in plein air, landscape painting, and the creative process.

Kris Gregg focuses on the play of light on all life: people, animals and nature. Her subjects are handled with color and insight. Her works have been shown in galleries in New York City, Vermont, Japan and Florida.

Nancy Lauby painted realistic images on traditional canvas for many years but now enjoys the challenge of Sculptural Palm Frond Art, melding fine art with fine craft. Preserving the beauty of nature is her passion as an artist; integrating sustainable material into her work is essential to that objective.

Anthony Lauby is a photographer whose work represents artistic expression, visual storytelling, and cutting edge technology in the rapidly evolving field of digital photography. His objective is to capture an image that shows the viewer a subject/moment that they would not otherwise experience.

William Lauby has had lifelong interest of photographing wildlife. He has visited wildlife sanctuaries and parks across the U.S. and invested untold hours waiting for the perfect shot, thereby accumulating a portfolio of unique photographic images.


Annual Student Show

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Reid Hodges Gallery
Apr 17-May 11

Opening Reception Thurs, Apr 19, 5:00 – 7:00pm

This all media annual shows highlights the work of our students, who are challenged to improve their skills and express their vision in our classes. While many of our students are professional artists, this exhibit speaks to their continued desire to learn and explore. ArtCenter Manatee is committed to providing our students the opportunity to display their work professionally and to a broader audience.

Only work done in a class or workshop at ArtCenter Manatee within the last year will be accepted to this show. One piece per instructor per medium.



Pick up – May 12, 2018


Bright & Bold

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Exhibit: April 17 – May 11
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries

Juror: Neil Bender
Associate Professor, Painting/Drawing
School of Art and Art History
College of The Arts
University of South Florida

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 5:00-7:00pm
Free – All Welcome

Pick-up: May 12

2018 Manatee County School District 5th Annual K-12 Exhibit

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ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes the 5th Annual Manatee County School District 5th annual K-12 Exhibit
March 27 – April 13, Opening Reception April 5th, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 250 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 four grade ranges: K-2, 3-6, 5-8 and 9-12.

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 give students real world experience in the process of preparing artwork for exhibit, and the lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

With the help of our community’s, and the many students who participate, it is sure to be even better that last year’s exhibit.

The opening reception, with Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, will be on Thursday, April 5th 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.

MCSE Awards 2018

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Aqueous Exhibit


Pictured: Atalina’s Gaze by Jenny Medved, First Place Winner
Searle Gallery Feb 13 – Mar 23
Juror: Gene Rizzo

Reception: Thursday, February 15th, 5-7 pm
Pickup: Saturday, March 24th, 10 am-11:30 AM

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) is an IRS tax-exempt 501-C-3, not-for-profit organization for members who reside on the west coast of Florida. FSWS was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Our intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.

American Watercolor Society 150th Traveling Exhibit

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ArtCenter Manatee is honored to present the 150th Annual Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition featuring the work of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world. Experience the world-class talent and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. $5 admission per person helps to cover the cost of bringing this prestigious exhibition to ArtCenter Manatee, one of only five venues in the country and the only in Florida.

Also on display will be the Aqueous Show by Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS). The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. M-F-S 9-5, T-W-Th 9-6. Closed Sunday.

The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.

AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 150 paintings are selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which tours museums and galleries across the country during the next year.

While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also compete for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and 34 other awards and medals totaling more than $50,000 in prize money.

Spring & Summer 2018 Classes and Workshops

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Member Show Online Entry


Annual Members Show
An all media, juried exhibition

We’re delighted to feature the work of our very talented members in this annual, all media juried exhibit. Each member may enter up to 3 pieces. Cash awards.

Juror: Suzy Schultz

Entry Fees: The Non-Refundable Entry fees 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
2 pieces – members $30
3 pieces – members $35
Diptych –members add $5
Triptych –members add $15

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Members Show


Annual Members Show
An all media, juried exhibition

Jan 9-Feb 9

Opening Reception Jan 11, 5:00-7:00

We’re delighted to share the work of our very talented members in this annual, all media juried exhibit.

Juror: Suzy Schultz




Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Value

  • ArtCenter Manatee is a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state (1-800-HELP-FLA) or from the website: Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by ArtCenter Manatee. #CH15646, Tax ID: EIN 59-0967824

Thank you for supporting ArtCenter Manatee through your sponsorship!


We will contact you regarding your sponsorship. We appreciate your support.

Snatch It!

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Pictured: 2016 Committee

Snatch It 


March 24, 6-10pm

Get Ready, Get Set, Go! That’s the cry as another group gets ready to go for their prize at Snatch It! Art & more for grabs. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, quilts, trips, wine baskets, boat rides and weekend getaways are just some of the prizes ready to grab at this hilarious biennial event. Every prize is valued at a minimum of $250 and some are valued at over $1,000. Add delectable hors d’oeuvres, top shelf drinks and an emcee with a lot of personality and it’s not hard to see why this is such a popular event! At $125 per “Snatcher” ticket, it’s a steal! Bring a buddy and have them “Cheer” you on! Cheerer tickets are $40.

The event attracts art and fun lovers of all ages!

Music by Steel Pan Jam

Hors d’oeuvres by Mattison’s

Desserts by Sugar Cubed


Become a sponsor! Sponsorships provide a prime opportunity to reach 150-200 upscale “Snatchers” and “Cheerers” while being recognized for your commitment to celebrating the arts in our community. You’ll also have a lot of fun.

All the prizes are donated by artists, community groups and businesses like yours.

Sponsors enjoy select benefits at different tiers of commitment and the more you give, the more you get! As a non-profit organization, ArtCenter Manatee relies on sponsors to help sustain and grow our programs. Thank you!

Your support helps to fund the education programs at ArtCenter Manatee. In 2018, we celebrate 81 years as the premier visual arts center in Manatee County.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
Snatcher: $3,000
Gold Sponsor: $2,000
Silver Sponsor: $1,000
Friend of the ArtCenter: $500
Prize Sponsor: $250

Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Sponsor $5,000

  • 3 Snatcher tickets and 3 Cheerer tickets
  • Full page ad in event program, 5.5 x 8.5
  • Use of ArtCenter Manatee for one (1) organizational event
  • Logo on event web page, advertising and event banner
  • Social Media posts
  • Logo and link on Sponsor web page
  • Benefits are negotiable

Snatcher $3,000

  • Snatch one benefit from Platinum, Gold & Silver

Gold Sponsor $2,000

  • 2 Snatcher tickets and 2 Cheerer tickets
  • Quarter page ad in event program
  • Use of Library for one meeting
  • Logo on event web page, advertising and banner
  • Social Media posts
  • Logo and link on Sponsor web page
  • Benefits are negotiable

Silver Sponsor  $1,000

  • 1 Snatcher ticket and 1 Cheerer ticket
  • Logo on event web page, advertising and event banner
  • Social Media posts
  • Logo and link on Sponsor web page
  • Benefits are negotiable

Friend of the Arts  $500

  • Recognition on sponsor banner, event web page,
    sponsor webpage
  • Social Media posts

Prize Sponsor  $250 

Name listed in event program and on card attached to the prize.

Online Sponsorship Form

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Joyful Creations Online Entry

Joyful Creations is an open, all media, juried exhibit

On Display: Dec 12, 2017 – Jan 5, 2018
Online entry closes: Dec 4, 2017 at 4:00
In-person receiving: Dec 9, 2017, 9:00-1:00

Opening Reception: Thursday, Dec 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00

Notify date for online entries: Dec 4, by 5:00
Pick up Date Jan6, 2018, 9:00-1:00pm

Juror: TBD

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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Suzy Schultz, A Long Solitude: Works from 2006 – 2017

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Exhibit: Suzy Schultz, A Long Solitude: Works from 2006 – 2017
Jan 9-Feb 9

Opening Reception Jan 11, 5:00-7:00

Suzy Schultz is an award-winning artist who works in the mediums of watercolor, oil, intaglio and graphite. Schultz has little formal art training, but was exposed to art at an early age through her mother, who is a painter. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Mathematics Education and taught high school for 4 1/2 years. Taking a leave of absence, she spent a year overseas in Poland. On returning, she did some part-time graphic design work for a local missions agency, and was eventually hired to help with their publications. There she was mentored and nurtured in her artistic talent, and encouraged to paint for illustrations used in the magazine. When her mentor and boss left to go on the mission field six years later, she was told she needed to leave her job and paint full time, which she did.

She has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Drawing, and Watercolor Magic magazines. She has also had work published in art books.

Suzy lives, works and teaches life drawing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County

February 24 & 25, Downtown Bradenton at Riverwalk




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