Artful Holidays

Save the Dates! Nov 9, 5:00-7:00 and Nov 10 & 11, 9:00-5:00

Save 10% in the Artists’ Market!
Complimentary Beer, wine and lite appetizers. Live music!

ArtCenter Manatee Artful Holidays

Mollie Doctrow: Carving A Path

Dec 12-Jan 5, Searle Gallery
Opening Reception Dec 14, 5:00-7:00pm

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Slogging through swamps, wading through weeds and getting off the beaten path, Doctrow sketches native habitats and makes environmental woodcuts. These printed woodcuts are portraits of plants and plant communities, some endemic, rare and endangered.

About the Art

This art reflects Doctrow’s captivation with swampy jungles, exotic plants and diverse habitats. A dominant theme is the drama of the moment, a personal interaction with a particular place.

Through this artwork I connect to the natural world and hope to bring attention to these fragile environments.

Her recent work has focused on Central and South Florida, Big Cypress and the Everglades. The work is influenced by the Western landscape art tradition, representing natural forms accurately and expressively, as well as Oriental art. Working mostly in black and white, Doctrow explores complex forms and aims to simplify composition. Her artistic goal is to achieve a balance between black and white areas, carved and uncarved areas of the woodcut block, positive and negative.

She begins with field sketches of natural places, transfers them to woodblocks and then completes the final image with carving. “The carving demands spontaneity, letting go, and following the movement or feeling for the form.” The carved marks become visual shorthand – a way of simplifying complex images, expressing rhythm, texture, form and space.

The carved blocks are printed with water-based ink on Japanese kozo paper, each print hand-pulled in the artist’s studio using an etching press.

MollieDoctrow-photo by Dustin AngellAbout the Artist

Doctrow is Curator Emerita at South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art & Culture in Avon Park, Florida. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and she has lectured widely and conducts workshops on woodcut art. Doctrow has held art residencies at Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and Archbold Biological Station. These residencies provided access to remote and pristine areas in Florida, inspiring much of her recent work.

Florida Watercolor Society 47th Annual Exhibit

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Opening Reception Friday, Sep 28,  5:30-7:30

Free & Open to the Public

We open the 2018-19 season with the annual Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) juried exhibit. This premier exhibit of paintings by Florida watercolorists will feature 102 pieces selected from a field of 600 entries by award-winning artist and juror, Thomas Schaller. The Exhibit will be on display September 7 through October 26. The opening reception will be Friday, September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30.  Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Live Artfully

live Artfully new web bannerAn open, all media, juried exhibit
October 3 – November 3, 2017

Opening Reception Thursday, October 5, 5:00-7:00pm

Pictured: Radio Days  by John Bayalis

Pick up Date 11/4, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Live Artfully is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Prizes awarded.

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Southern Watercolor Society 41st Annual Exhibit

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41st Annual Exhibit 2018

All Galleries

May 15- Jun 22

Free demo by world renown watercolorist John Salminen, Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00. Free Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 5:00-7:00


Mitchell Dean - Rowena & Pretty BabyThe diverse styles representing each artists unique vision, along with the high technical quality of each piece, makes the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society a must see show. From a field of over 200 watercolor paintings representing artists from 19 southern states, the juror, John Salminen, an internationally recognized urban landscape painter, selected 94 paintings for inclusion in the exhibit.

The artists and their work present a compelling story of life, from portraits to street scenes and landscapes to abstracts. The body of work is impressive.

Founded in 1975, the Southern Watercolor Society, a nonprofit corporation, formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative and permanent painting medium. They are dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards.
Left: Rowena & Pretty Baby by Dean Mitchell, Best Of Show Winner.


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Chef’s Challenge

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Tickets: $100 each

Join us for great food, fine wine and spirits, live art, live music and fun! And support the education programs of ArtCenter Manatee. As a non-profit, all proceeds go back into our programs keeping costs down and making art accessible to all!

Competing for your vote…
3 appetizers from each chef and 1 dessert from each dessert chef.
Appetizers: enRich, Chef Rich Knowles, Harry’s Continental Kitchen, Chef Ian, and Melange, Chef Lan
Desserts: Sugar Cubed, Chef Dana Johnson and CopaMoca, Chef Sal

Live Art: Art created as you watch. Raffled off at the end of the evening!
Helen Solomon-Painting, Joanna Karpay-Pastel, Norman Neidert-Wood Working, Ellen Bieschke-Jewelry, and Liana Martin-Glass

Live Music: Dr. Erol Ozsever, Isabella Bank, Delaney Couch, Vince Arabena-Rodrigues, & Marrius Toress

Reserve your tickets now!

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Bright & Bold Online Entry

Bright & Bold Open Juried Exhibition

Exhibit: April 17 – May 11, Kellogg Gallery

Online Entry: Closes April 10, @ 4:00pm EDST
Notify: by April 12, 5:00pm EDST

In-Person Receiving: April 14, 18, 9:00-1:00

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 18, 5:00-7:00pm
Free – All Welcome

Pick-up: May 12

Bright & Bold is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to 3 pieces. The all media work will be displayed in the Kellogg Gallery. All artists welcome. Please see the exhibition requirements

Entry Fees: 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

1 piece – non-members $30
2 pieces – non-members $50
3 pieces – non-members $65

Diptych – members add $5, non-members add $10,
Triptych –  members add $15, non-members add $30

Exhibition Schedule and Requirements

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Online Entry: Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna Open Exhibition

Exhibit: Jun 27- Jul 28
All Galleries

Online Entry: Until Jun 19, 5:00pm EDST
Notify: by Jun 22
Receiving: Jun 24, 9:00-1:00pm

Opening Reception:
Thursday, Jun 29, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up Jul 29, 9am – 1pm

Our annual favorite! Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna is an open, all media, juried exhibit. The all media work will be displayed in all three galleries. Theme is a suggestion only. All artists

Entry Fees: 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

1 piece – non-members $30
2 pieces – non-members $50
3 pieces – non-members $65

Diptych – members add $5, non-members add $10,
Triptych –  members add $15, non-members add $30

Exhibition Schedule and Requirements

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Celebrating 80 Years

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Used But Useful

ArtCenter Manatee accepts items for donation for use in our children’s summer camp programs and for resale in our Used But Useful annual sale. All proceeds from the sale of  items will benefit the Education Programs of ArtCenter Manatee. Items must be paid for and picked up at the ArtCenter – no deliveries or shipping. Sales tax will be added to each order. Used But Useful items are sold as is and all sales are final with a NO RETURN policy. Please call Christina to make an appointment for donation drop off at 941-746-2862.




Online Entry: Artist’s Choice Exhibition

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Exhibit: May 23-Jun 23
Searle Gallery

Online Entry: Until May 15, 5:00pm EDST
Notify: by May 18
Receiving: May 20, 9:00-1:00pm

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 25, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up Jun 24, 9am – 1pm

Artist’s Choice is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Also showing will be Color Outside the Lines by Artists from the Village of the Arts and our 80th Anniversary Exhibit

Entry Fees: 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

1 piece – non-members $30
2 pieces – non-members $50
3 pieces – non-members $65

Diptych – members add $5, non-members add $10,
Triptych –  members add $15, non-members add $30

Exhibition Schedule and Requirements

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2018-19 Exhibition Requirements

2018-19 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2018-2019 ACM Exhibition Schedule 


  • Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 years. (Sculptures completed in the last 5 years.) Class projects, of the artist’s own design, are acceptable.
  • Copies of someone else’s design are not acceptable. Source material must be original and not derived from any published or copyrighted images.
  • Only original work will be accepted; no reproductions (prints, giclees) except digital productions.
  • Work may be shown only once in an ACM open or member show.
  • Work may not be removed from the Artists’ Market to be shown in an exhibit.
  • Student Show – 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.


  • Maximum size for paintings is 7’ x 7’.
  • Any entry weighing over 50 lbs will be accepted at the discretion of the receiving committee and the artist must be available to assist with placement of the piece the day the show is hung.


  • You may use glass in framed pieces under 22 x 28
  • We require Plexiglas on all framed work over 22 x 28
  • Unframed canvas need to be museum wrapped with painted edges.
  • All photographs are to be framed under glass or Plexiglas or printed on museum wrapped canvas.
  • All framed pieces should be wired, with wire ends wrapped with tape.
    Wire should be securely attached to the back of the frame with screw eyes, one third down from the top of the frame.
  • Saw tooth hangers, fishing line or chains will not be accepted.
  • Name, address and phone number must be written on the back of all art.
  • Yellow copy of entry form should be taped to the wire on the back-right side of the artwork.
  • Mats, glass and Plexiglas need to be clean and free of scratches.
  • Any entry not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.


  • The entry fees are non-refundable.

Fee Schedule:

  • One Piece: $20 members, $30 non-members.
  • Two Pieces: $30 members, $50 non-members.
  • Three Pieces: $35 members, $65 non-members
  • Diptych: $25 ArtCenter Manatee members, $40 non-members
  • Triptych: $35 ArtCenter Manatee members, $60 non-members
  • Diptych and Triptych must be in matching frames


  • No work accepted for an exhibition may be substituted or withdrawn during the exhibit.


  • Artwork sold will remain in the galleries until the published pick up date. The artist will receive 65% of the sale price.

Pick Up Deadline:

  • All work must be picked up on the designated pick up date.
  • Any artist who leaves work at the ArtCenter longer than 7 days after the pick up date will be charged $5 per day per piece.

Statement of Responsibility:

  • The ArtCenter will do everything possible to protect the work of the artists. The artist needs to understand that the ArtCenter cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
  • All work will be hung at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee. ArtCenter Manatee reserves the right of final presentation.
  • The judge will be responsible for choosing art for the exhibit and the award winners. Artists will be notified by phone or email if their work is not accepted.

Open and Member Shows:

  • Maximum of three entries per person.


  • There must be a minimum of five (5) pieces in any award category to receive a cash award.

Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County

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Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County

ArtCenter Manatee presents our second annual fine arts festival held at Wares Creek in downtown Bradenton. This is a two-day juried outdoor festival.


February 25, 2017, 10-5pm and February 26, 2017, 10-4pm

Featuring regional and national award winning artists, artist demos, music, food vendors with seating, and much more. The Festival attracts art lovers of all kinds. No Admission and parking is free – all are welcome. The proceeds of the Festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s education and out reach programs.


Take a 3D Tour of ArtCenter Manatee


Take a 3D tour of ArtCenter Manatee

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Art of the Heart – Online Entry



Art of the Heart is an open, all media, juried exhibit to be displayed in all three galleries of ArtCenter Manatee.

The name of the exhibit is a guideline not a hard and fast theme and all work is welcome that meets the exhibition requirements in terms of originality, size, weight and finishing. See requirements here.

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Pottery Studio Rules

Pottery Studio Rules

  • There is a designated area for clay for students who are in a class. Name, date and instructor must be written in marker on clay package. This is mandatory.
  • While in wheel classes, long hair must be tied back & dangling jewelry removed. No open toe shoes are permitted in Raku class.
  • Door leading to deck must be closed at all times.
  • Please know you leave your clay at your own risk. This is a public studio and ACM is not responsible for missing clay.
  • Shelves are exclusively provided for “work in progress” only. No personal storage on shelves please.
  • After the class session, any clay left over is to be taken home by the student or it will be removed for recycling. Open Studio participants must take clay home with them.
  • All tools, sponges, brushes, containers, etc. are to be washed and put back in designated places. This also applies for the plastic, newspapers, glazes and boards.  Keep countertops free from clutter.
  • If you intend to take work in progress home you will need to bring in your own board for transport. Boards are not to leave the premises.
  • Bisque and glazed pieces have to be picked up within 30 days of firing. After that, work will become the property of ACM.
  • The tables on the deck are not for pottery drying or as a studio workspace.
  • Please no sanding on deck & in studio. Sanding is done in raku area.
  • Please check with the instructor before adding water to glazes.
  • Be considerate of others sharing the studio and clean up after yourself. This includes tables, glazing area, lids on glaze buckets and wheels.
  • You must sign in for open studio. You have one week of open studio time after a class ends to complete your project without a fee.
  • As of January 1, 2017 only Phoenix clay provided by ACM will be permitted.
  • Please be considerate of your fellow students. This is a creative space.

Thank You and Have Fun!

Something to Talk About Online Entry

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Something to Talk About Online Entry

Online Entry Aug 1-Aug 18, 5 pm EDST
In-person Aug 27, 9am – 1pm
Pick up Oct 1, 9am – 1pm

Juror: TBA
Prizes Awarded

Something To Talk About is an open, all media, juried exhibit

Entry Fees: 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, 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

Click Here for Exhibition Schedule & Requirements

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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


2 person minimum registered one day prior to the scheduled date for there to be open studio.
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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.

Please call before coming to ensure schedule has not changed.

  • 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

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Become An Instructor

ArtCenter Manatee is the premier visual arts center in Manatee County. We serve a diverse community of artists from ages 4 to over 90. Our classes, over 400 a year, offer instruction for beginning to advanced students, both adult and youth. We offer classes and workshops year round in the morning, afternoon and evening, Monday through Friday. Classes and Workshops are often available on weekends.

Class proposals from high-caliber instructors are always welcome. We provide instruction in drawing, painting, watercolor, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and kids art. We’ve recently added classes in mosaics and basket-weaving and are open to exploring other areas, including fashion design, stone carving, film-making/videography and glass.

If you would like to submit a proposal to ArtCenter Manatee, please complete the following form.

Thank you for your interest in ArtCenter Manatee!

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