Tour by Dieter Lau
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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National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
October 4 – October 28
Opening Reception Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm
The “Pen Women” are members of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). Founded in 1897, it is the oldest multi-discipline arts organization for women in the United States. The Mission of NLAPW is to “support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts”.
Membership includes professional artists, as well as writers, poets, composers, choreographers and arrangers. Members are juried into the organization.
There are over 100 Branches of Pen Women across the country dedicated to serving our communities through the arts. The NLAPW headquarters is located in the Pen Arts Building, built in 1895, in the Dupont Historical District in Washington, DC.
This exhibit features work by our Art members from Manatee and Sarasota counties. The works are in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, ceramics and sculpture.
Pictured: Red Dawn by Madelaine Ginsberg
TESA, The Exhibiting Society of Artists
October 4 – October 28
Opening Reception Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm
The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA) is a professional artists association located in the Tampa Bay area. TESA is a vibrant community of professional artists founded over 15 years ago. We are committed to promoting the arts, to professionalism and to the pursuit of artistic excellence. Many of our artists have been recognized nationally and are part of a varied exhibition agenda. Our first showing at ArtCenter Manatee promises to be fresh, new, and exciting, featuring a diverse collection of works. TESA maintains a web site where information about each artist can be viewed: http://arttesa.org/
Pictured: Dances With Waves by Kris Gregg
The artists who submitted work for this exhibition demonstrated a great diversity of talent in a variety of media. It was good seeing such interesting approaches in pastel and watercolor. Photography entries were also strong. It was a challenge to narrow the field of recognition to only seven artists.
Capturing the complexity of moving water affected by tides, currents and wind is difficult. Realizing the split second nuances of water reflecting light and providing the understanding of it’s color and depth adds another challenge. Managing this successfully with an opaque medium is all the more an achievement. For these reasons the first prize was awarded to this work.
Watercolor is another difficult medium. Balancing the layers of washes and pigment while asserting the role of the paper in the process of creating an interesting composition with line and color identified another winner.
Being successful with night photography that includes land, water and objects necessitates particular talents for understanding light and atmospheric conditions among many other issues. The profound silence and tranquility of this work called for an award.
The works chosen for honorable mention each manifest an effort by each respective artist to push their limits in experimenting with process and their chosen materials.
I appreciate the opportunity to judge this exhibition.
Be The One to make a difference in the life of our community.
Every donation will be matched up to $100 by The Patterson Foundation.
We believe each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community. In September, you can be the one to make a difference by supporting ArtCenter Manatee during the 2016 Giving Challenge.
Visit The Giving Challenge on Tuesday, September 20 at noon through Wednesday, September 21 at noon to donate. You can also call us and we will take your information and enter it for you on Sep 20, or you may fill out the secure form and submit to us.
If you donated last year (2:1 match) …
your $25 donation = $50, or your $100 donation = $200
If you did not donate last year (3:1 match) …
your $25 donation = $75, or your $100 donation = $300
The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.
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Opening Reception Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00pm
An open, all media juried exhibition limited to works where the OUTSIDE dimensions are 12 x 12 (not larger or smaller but 12×12), whether framed or unframed.
What does 12 x 12 mean? 12 inches x 12 inches or 12cm x 12cm or 12mm x 12mm. (Sorry, we can’t accommodate 12 feet or yards!) On 3D pieces, two of the OUTSIDE dimensions are 12 by 12, the third can vary, as in a 12″ round ceramic plate that is 1″ deep.
Juror: Taylor Ikin Prizes Awarded
Taylor Ikin has taught regionally, nationally, and in the Caribbean as well as 15 years at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and recently the Beach Art Center. lkin now teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL. She has served on the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and was the President and a Board Member of the Florida Watercolor Society for a total of 16 years. lkin is currentl:y on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts,and the board of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Shewas awarded Signature Membership in the Florida Watercolor Society as well as the Suncoast Watercolor Society and is an award winning member of the Florida Artist Group. In 2012 her work was juried into the National Watercolor Society Exhibition.
Pictured: Berlin by Dieter Lau
Pick Up -10/29/16
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!
January 21, 2017
Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
Bring all your friends to the fashion show of the season. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. See the latest fashions by J. Jill. Live Jazz. Cash Bar. Support ArtCenter Manatee by shopping locally handcrafted wearable art.
Tickets $48 – Click to Order
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
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
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ArtCenter Manatee is hosting a Closing Reception & Party for the KidsArt Summer Camp Program on Friday, August 5th, 5-7pm. We’ll begin displaying the art on July 27th in all three galleries at the ArtCenter.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to view the multifaceted work created by our young artists, ages four to fifteen. Colorful, imaginative, and sometimes just plain joyful. You’ll see paintings, pottery, Paper Mache, photography, mosaics, jewelry and more, including painted chairs. The exhibit ends on August 5th with the closing reception.
Students from every class are represented. Teachers and students work together to select a piece for the exhibit. There will be kid-friendly snacks donated by our community partners including Culvers, Dominos and Mixon Fruit Farms. We’ll also have activities at the reception.
Join us for this delightful evening and meet our talented young artists! The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
About ArtCenter Manatee’s KidsArt Programs
Our KidsArt Programs are designed to engage students and allow them to explore and express their creativity while they have fun. After School programs give them the chance to continue their visual arts education when the summer programs end. A visual arts education promotes creative thinking and problem-solving skills, improves academic performance, especially in math and reading, encourages students to see the world from multiple perspectives and helps students process difficult emotions.
A Special Thanks to Our Scholarship Donors
We are very grateful to the following groups and individuals. They have given the gift of art and learning to a young person who would not have been able to experience KidsArt Camp otherwise.
Manatee Community Foundation
Service Club of Manatee County
Mary E. Parker Foundation
Creative Arts Association
We also thanks those groups who donated water, iced tea , snacks and art supplies for our campers.
Gold Coast Eagle Distributers – 30 cases of iced tea
Blalock Walters – 20 cases of bottled water
Blick Art Materials – art supplies
Culvers, Dominos Pizza and Mixon Fruit Farms for reception snacks.
August 30 – September 30
Opening Reception, Thursday September 8, 5-7pm
Free & open to the public
Lecture, Saturday September 10, 1pm. $5 admission – please call 941-746-2862 to register
Free to Director’s Circle members
A GATHERING of IMAGINARY FRIENDS
Wood sculptures and paintings by Candace Knapp
Through laminating and carving wood, I make sculptures that populate the ceiling, stand on the floor or hang on a wall and sometimes, rarely, recline on a pedestal. These are inhabitants of my imagination, made real. They are gentle creatures, for the most part, and I think of them as my imaginary friends. I have started painting too, and the paintings seem to be windows on the world where the sculptures originate. Over the last few years I have had several installations in museums. Each time there are some new characters and the way they are arranged enhances their meaning. They bounce off one another like characters in a play.
In this exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee I have added something new, their voices. I have always thought these characters had a message for me and have begun to write poems for many of them. These are available in a small book that accompanies the exhibition.
Candace Knapp studied sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. Her sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum in Tennessee and the Miaoli Wood Sculpture Museum in Taiwan. She has had installations in several museums and created 5 Public Art commissions as well as several commissions in hospitals and libraries. She minored in painting and has recently begun painting as well.
“My art is a reflection or mirror of life. It depicts historically aspects of humanity, social issues and representation of the times. The figure as the main character is used symbolically with a surreal flair. I include classical and traditional subject matter as a constant dominator in my paintings and drawings. My artwork also portrays the hierarchy of dominance over others as the characters display their motives. At the same time, I work to include humor as a foundation for serious commentary, so people can grasp the meaning without feeling too offended by the message”
I Am,. oil on canvas
“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
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.
Half day – $20.00 per person for 3 hours
Full day – $40.00 per person for 6 hours
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
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
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 300 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 be to submit a proposal to ArtCenter Manatee, please complete the following form.
Thank you for your interest in ArtCenter Manatee!
Our Faces: Portraits by Dirce Kennedy includes portraits in a variety of media.
Dirce combines her love of the social sciences, nature, people and their pets in her portraiture. She works to penetrate the many layers of her subjects to capture their inner beauty and spirit. Whether she uses oils, acrylics or watercolor, the blank canvases come alive with her strokes.
Dirce, who is originally from Brazil, was first introduced to art by her artist-father when she was two years old. She has exhibited in over 70 juried shows since 2011 and has received numerous awards.
Her work will be displayed in the Kellogg Gallery April 26 – May 27, 2016.
Showing in the Searle Gallery will be the Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch & Friends. They will present a selection of work in all media, from pottery and jewelry to stained glass. The group is committed to inspiring visual artists by supporting their passion for their art. They provide education, resources and networking opportunities in order to encourage and support artistic success.
On Display April 26 – May 27.
Opening Reception Thursday April 28
Pick up is May 28, 9:00 – 1:00