Art Matters Exhibition

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Kellogg & Searle Galleries
September 1 – October 2

Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm

Juror: Barbara Anderson Hill, Consultant, City of Fort Myers Public Art Program

Art Matters is an open, all media, juried exhibit that celebrates the importance of art in our lives and in the life of our community.

Pick Up: October 3

Black & White Exhibit

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Reid Hodges Gallery

April 28 to May 29

Opening Reception Thursday April 30th, 5:00-7:00pm

An open all media juried exhibition of work that is black and white and all shades of gray.


“Veiled Impression” by Mary Jo Johnson

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Lucy Barber

Artist’s Statement, Exhibition Record and Teaching Experience

Lucy Barber has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work has been reviewed in notable press such as The New York Times, The New York Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Art New England, among others. For her studio painting and drawing Lucy has received numerous awards, including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2008 Barber was invited to teach as full-time Visiting Artist Instructor at The Ringling College of Art and Design in the degree program, and also has taught there as part-time instructor. In addition, Barber has taught at Pratt Institute in the Foundation Program, Bowdoin College, The College of William & Mary among other esteemed colleges. Barber received her MFA in painting and drawing from Brooklyn College City University of New York, and her BFA in photography from the The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Lucy teaches and paints in Sarasota, Florida, conducting workshops, teaching privately and in classes.  

Classes with Lucy Barber

ArtCenter Manatee Press Releases

2017-2018 Season

Apr 24, 2018 Southern Watercolor Exhibit

Apr 2018 KidsArt Camp Begins June 4

Feb 6, 2018   Fine Arts Festival At Riverwalk

Feb 1, 2018   AWS: World Class Talent comes to Bradenton

Oct 9, 2017   Off the Wall and Dancing Brush Sumi-e

Sep 20, 2017  Live Artfully and Port Side with Laura Waller

2016-2017 Season

Jun 20, 2017  Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna Exhibit

May 9, 2016   Color Outside the Lines, Artist’s Choice, 80th Anniversary Exhibits

Apr 17, 2017   ACM Welcomes the 4th Annual Manatee Schools K-12 Exhibit

Feb 23, 2017  Three Shows Open at ArtCenter Manatee: ISAP-FL, LWR Art Club, Student Show

Feb 9, 2017    Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Returns to Downtown Bradenton

Jan 30, 2017  ArtCenter Manatee Receives Grant From The Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation

Jan 9, 2017     149th Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society & FSWS

Dec 06, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Receives a Grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary

Nov 11, 2016   Dylan Pierce & Wonders of the World

Oct 10 2016     Art of the Heart Open Exhibit

Sep 30, 2016   Pen Women, TESA & 12X12 Exhibits

Sep 11, 2016   Our 80th Season

Aug 17, 2016   Candace Knapp and Something To Talk About Exhibits

Aug 17, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Brings a Premier Season of Art to Our Community

2015-2016 Season

May 18, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes Manatee County Schools Exhibit

Apr 13, 2016    ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes Three New Exhibits this Spring

Feb 18, 2016    ArtCenter Manatee Presents the Best Event of the Year – Snatch It!

Feb 4, 2016      Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Comes to Downtown Bradenton

Dec 28, 2015    Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us

Dec 1, 2015      Natural Elements and Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

Oct 12, 2015     Over 80 and Still Creating & All Things Considered

Sep 16, 2015    ACM Exhibits: Lloyd Roberts, Nell Rude and Go with the Flow

2014-2015 Season

Aug 14, 2015    Art Matters at ArtCenter Manatee 2015 Giving Challenge

Aug 4, 20415    KidsArt Reception & Party at ArtCenter Manatee

Jun 5, 2015      Fractal Art and No Boundaries Exhibits at ArtCenter Manatee

Jun 1, 2015      ACM Partners with Home Depot to Paint Building

May 8, 2015     Every Child is an Artist: Manatee County Schools 2nd Annual Exhibit

May 4, 2015     Three Remarkable Exhibits at ArtCenter Manatee: Splash of Color, Black & White, Reflections in Color: Art Dillard & Friends

Apr 22, 2015    Positioned for Continued Growth: ArtCenter Manatee Continues to Move Forward with Board Elections

Mar 12, 2015   Two New Exhibits Coming to ArtCenter Manatee: Transformations and Our Annual Student Show

Jan 9, 2015     International Water Media Exhibit To Visit Bradenton: World-class Talent Will Be On Display At ArtCenter Manatee

Sep 26, 2014  Get fired up with a new gas kiln at ArtCenter Manatee

Sep 18, 2014  ArtCenter Manatee presents three distinct exhibitions “10th Annual Paint The Town,” ”CityScapes” & “Art By Kids With Cancer”

Sep 9, 2015    What do you get when you take ….

Aug 27, 2014  ArtCenter Manatee opens exhibition season with 3 shows “Over 80 and Still Creating,” ”It’s A New Day” & “The Art of Being Floridian”

Aug 1, 2014   Young at Heart. Big at Heart or  “Miss Carla?”

2016 Giving Challenge – Be the One



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.

There are three ways to make a donation

  • Visit The Giving Challenge on Tuesday, September 20 at noon through Wednesday, September 21 at noon to donate online
  • Call us and we will take your information and enter it for you on the Giving Chalenge site Sep 20 or 21: 941-746-2862.
  • Enter your information on our secure form and we will enter it for you on Sep 20 or 21. Click here for the form

You may also stop by and submit a check or cash, they won’t be matched but we will be very grateful for any donation.

If you donated last year …

your $25 donation = $50, or your $100 donation = $200


If you did not donate last year …

your $25 donation = $75, or your $100 donation = $300

To complete a secure form online, click here

Your support makes it possible to:

  • keep art accessible by allowing us to hold exhibits that are free and open to the public
  • make a difference in the lives of young artists through our KidsArt programming, which extends to community groups like Just for Girls and the Boys & Girls Club
  • offer quality instruction in many mediums in quality studios
  • expand our programming
  • bring art into the community with events such as the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County, supporting both the artists and the local economy
  • hold monthly receptions for our exhibits with complimentary appetizers
  • bring national exhibits like Mary Whyte and the American Watercolor Society to our community
  • offer a market to over 2,500 local, regional and national artists in our galleries
  • offer a market to over 100 artists in the Artists’ Market, sales from which offset the cost of classes and support the local economy
  • support over 45 visual arts instructors
  • return 1.7 million dollars to the community
  • be the premier visual arts center in Manatee County, keeping true to our mission since 1937

Your support makes a BIG difference!

A few notes:

  • The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour online campaign, Noon Sept 20, 2016 to Noon Sept 21, 2016
  • The minimum donation is $25 – all online donations are by credit card
  • ALL donations will be matched by The Patterson Foundation up to $100
  • They are offering a match on donations from donors who contributed in 2015 (returning donors): $25=$50, $50=$100, $75=$150, $100=$200
  • They are offering a match on donations from donors who DID NOT (new donors) contribute in 2015: $25=$75, $50=$150, $75=$225, $100=$300
  • you can give in any amount from $25 upwards and the first $100 will be matched. If you are a returning donor (donated in 2015) and you give $250, they will match the first $100, so $250=$350. If you are a new donor, your donation of $250=$450
  • The program is administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Your donation is 100% tax deductible, and you will receive an immediate email receipt from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
  • If you would prefer we enter your information for you, you may fill out a form (online or by calling us). We will keep secure, and will enter for you on Sep 20. We will then shred the form. We do not ever keep credit card information on file and understand how important security is.
  • If you do not want to donate using a credit card but want to support the ArtCenter, we will gladly accept your donation at any time. Your donation will not qualify for a match but every dollar supports our programming.
  • To view our profile on The Giving Partner, click here. We are listed as The Art League of Manatee County or as ArtCenter Manatee.

Thank You!

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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Over 80 & Still Creating

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Kellogg Gallery September 3-26, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm

A curated show on art produced by artists 80 years of age and older.

Think art retires? Think again!
The ArtCenter celebrates the talents of artists still creating well into their golden age!

Mary DuCharme – painter
Ed Brickman – jeweler
Eleanor Merritt – painter
Maxine Masterfield – painter (abstract)
Betty Isermann – painter (abstract)
Jack Nolan – painter
Peggy Potter – pastel artist
Barbara Singer – painter
Robert Freeman – woodworker & sculpture

Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27

The Art of Being Floridian: Flamingos On Tour – Tampa Bay Estuary


Reid Hodges Gallery September 3-26, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm

24 plastic yard flamingos painted by 20 artists who donated their time and creativity. The participating artists reside throughout greater Tampa Bay region from New Port Richey to Avon Park. Artists represent multiple media and specialties, from painting to glasswork to ceramics.

The flamingos are displayed in “planter habitats,” with most habitats supporting two flamingos and are part of  a traveling exhibit to support the “Be Floridian” campaign of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its local government partners. Be Floridian raises awareness of local ordinances restricting use of lawn and landscape fertilizers to protect our bays, lakes and Gulf.

The pink yard flamingo was chosen as the mascot for Be Floridian because it has long been a familiar and fun fixture of Florida yards, and complements our “Garden like a Floridian” message.

The birds are currently not for sale, although they may be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program once their tour ends.

Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27


Paint The Town 2014

10th Annual Paint The Town

Paint The Town ArtCenter Manatee Plein Air Painting competition in downtown Bradenton

ArtCenter Manatee presents the 10th Annual “Paint the Town” exhibition. The kick off for the show was “Quick Draw”, open to all artists, at Bradenton’s Riverwalk on Saturday, Sept  27th from 9am – 2 pm. The main event, Paint The Town, takes place Sept 27 – Oct 2, during which time chosen professional artists painted on location ‘en plein air’ from actual Bradenton scenes. The finished paintings have been judged for prizes and are on display at ArtCenter Manatee October 2 – 30.

The annual Paint The Town event continues to involve artists of regional and national renown. Our juror for 2014 was nationally acclaimed Plein Air Painter, Bill Farnsworth of Venice, Fl.

Participating Artists:

Kirsten Andreason, Safety Harbor, Fl
John Bayalis, St. Peterburgs, Fl
Margaret Bayalis, St. Petersburg, Fl
Annette Boarini, Bradenton, Fl
Kelli Mason Bowles, Sarasota, Fl
Peter Christ, Sarasota, Fl
Susan Covert, Bradenton, Florida
Katie Dobson Cundiff, Bradenton, Fl
Kathy Durdin, Tampa, Fl
Marie Garafino, Bradenton, Fl
Graciela Giles, Bradenton, Fl
Charles Gray, Seminole, Fl
Sharon Guy, Sarasota, Fl
Michelle Held, Sarasota, Fl
Missy Heldebrandt, Bradenton, Fl
Karen Hitt, Venice, Fl
Maryanne Jacobsen, Venice, Fl
Joe Kanoza, Palmetto, Fl
Joanna Karpay, Tampa, Fl
Jane Delight Keeling, Bradenton, Fl
Vivek Lakhotia, East Largo, Fl
Greg McMullough, Orlando, Fl
Diane Mannion, Englewood, Fl
Joseph Melancon, Sarasota, Fl
Jerry Palmer South, Pasedena, Fl
Joan Peters, Sarasota, Fl
Sandra Robinson, Sarasota, Fl
Hodges Soileau, Venice, Fl
Patricia Sorg, Walkers Island, Fl
Lynn Wilson, Appalachicola, Fl
Cory Wright, Ruskin, Fl

CityScapes – Open Exhibition

CityScapes all media open exhibit

Searle Gallery September 30-October 31, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd, 5-7pm

Receiving – 9/27
Pick Up – 11/1

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Art by Kids With Cancer 2014

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Reid Hodges Gallery September 30-October 31, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd, 5-7pm

A project of the Young Artists Awards

Artwork from the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano
 Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local
students in the arts now in its eleventh year, works with the staff at the 
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of
 Southwest Florida.

The organization donates and delivers art supplies to the hospital for the
children to use in a therapeutic setting throughout the year, and then mats, 
frames and exhibits selected pieces at various venues throughout the community.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork goes to provide 
direct assistance to Southwest Florida families in crisis facing the financial challenges of childhood cancer through the “Family Emergency Fund”, created and
 funded by the Young Artists Awards.  This fund, administered by a social worker
at the hospital, helps families of kids with cancer with prescription costs, 
groceries, transportation and other items otherwise not covered.

Receiving – 9/27
Pick Up – 11/1

Matters of the heART – Open Exhibition


Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries November 4-December 5, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, November 6th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 11/1
Pick Up – 12/6
Online Entry Open 10/6-10/24. Artists will be notified 10/28

Click Here for Exhibition Requirements

Jurors Statement

I am honored to serve as juror for this exhibit, “Matters of the Heart.” I was impressed by the many ways the theme was interpreted, and how each artist’s “heart” was communicated in their artwork. Some pieces delivered an immediate punch with strong design and vivid contrast; others quietly told their story after a second or third look. There were many pieces that displayed a high level of technical mastery. Visitors to the exhibit will be delighted by several new approaches to subject matter, especially figurative work.

I carefully considered each piece and compared it with the others with respect to initial impact, composition, originality, technical skill, content, and finally presentation. Naturally there were difficult choices to be made, given the many worthy pieces entered. If your piece was not included or did not receive an award, please know that I was limited by the space and there are many more pieces that deserve recognition.

Congratulations to every brave and talented artist who entered. Keep on expressing yourself through your art and sharing it with the world!

Best Wishes,
Kris​ Parins

Sumi-e Society


Kellogg Gallery December 9, 2014-January 2, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, December 11th, 5-7pm

Works by members of the Sarasota Sumi-e Society.
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. Membership includes painters and non painters, professional artists, calligraphers, teachers and students. In Sarasota, emphasis is on education and sharing through monthly meetings, newsletters, workshops and exhibitions.
Additional information may be found at and

Receiving – 12/6
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World Travel Through Watercolor and Photography By Jody & Jim MacNeil


Searle Gallery December 9, 2014-January 2, 2015

Artist Statement: James MacNeil

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the camera, its ability to stop time, remember details and make me see the world through a different “lens”.  The camera gave me the feeling of creativity, even when it was film and you had to wait to see your picture.  Learning how to develop and print my own negatives opened another door. Our travels open my lenses to the sights of other cultures and other times and I hope to convey those images to others through my work.

Every artist has a muse or inspiration whether they know it or not and my wife is that for me.  As an artist, herself, she looks at my work with a different eye, a deep appreciation and that drives me to try new filters, new techniques and new cameras.  Any artist is ever evolving, but when you have captured the light, vitality, expression and brought out an emotion in the viewer through a photo, you have achieved true art.

Opening Reception Thursday, December 11th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 12/6
Pick Up -1/3

Florida Artists Group

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Kellogg Gallery January 6-30, 2015

Florida Artists Group is a non-profit group of practicing artists who have gained national or statewide recognition. Their purpose is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the state of Florida. This exhibit includes work from artists in Area III, including Glades, Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Opening Reception Thursday, January 8th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 1/3
Pick Up – 1/31

Member Show

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Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries January 6-30, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, January 8th, 5-7pm

They come from as far away as Quebec and as close as next door. Some are painters, some are sculptors, some are potters, some are jewelers, and some are wood workers. Though their tools vary, they share a talent and passion for creating something from nothing, for seeing the world from a different perspective. Every year, we celebrate them and their work in our Members Exhibit. On display until 30th.

Juror Statement
I applaud the enthusiasm of all the artists in approaching their chosen materials. The work chosen for the exhibition represents a clarity of process in achieving the final outcome. Each work focuses on  some aspect of the condition of being human and so each contributes to a multi-faceted showcase of talent of the members of ArtCenter Manatee.

Mark Ormond

The National Watercolor Society 94th International Traveling Exhibition

National Watercolor International Traveling Exhibition

Kellogg Hodges Gallery February 3-March 20, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, February 5th, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee is honored to host the pre-eminent traveling exhibition from the National WaterColor Society. Chosen from the field of 79 water media masterpieces selected into the International Exhibition, the traveling show features the work of 32 artists that has never before been shown nationally or internationally. Previous exhibits have included work by such American masters as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. This year’s show is sure to inspire artists and art lovers.

As one of only two venues in the country to host this show, ArtCenter Manatee will display the amazingly diverse water media work in the Kellogg Gallery from February 3 through March 20, 2015, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 5th from 5-7pm.

To help offset the cost of bringing an exhibit of this caliber to ArtCenter Manatee, there will be a $5.00 per person admission charge. This fee will be waived the night of the opening reception. Docent tours will be available for groups of 15 or more. Please call Annette to arrange a tour: 941-746-2862.

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society – Aqueous Show 2015

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Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries February 3-March 20, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, February 5th, 5-7pm

FSWS was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Their intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.

Aqueous Watercolor is defined as a painting executed with any water-soluble medium, including gouache, acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collage, on such surfaces as paper, silk or Yupo, matted, and framed under Plexiglas.

Receiving 1/31
Pick Up 3/21

Transformations – Open Exhibition 2015

Kellogg & Searle Galleries March 24-April 24, 2015

Robin MacKay

Opening Reception Thursday, March 26th, 5-7pm

Transformations is an open, juried, all media exhibit. A transformation is a change. It can be in form or appearance or structure. It can also signify a remake or renewal, a morphing of one thing into another or a shift in process or life cycles. You decide.

Lloyd Roberts




Splash of Color Exhibit



Kellogg Gallery
April 28 to May 29

Opening Reception Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm

An open all media juried exhibition of work that is all color or has a splash of color.

Pick Up May 30th

Speedy by Susan Elliott

1st Place: Jacqueline Clark, The Cat’s Meow
2nd Place: Lillian Sands, Reflections
3rd Place: Cesar Medeiros, Field of Dreams


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Reflections in Color: Art Dillard & Friends

Rainy Days by Arthur Dillard

Searle Gallery
April 28-May 29, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm

Arthur Dillard is a local Bradenton artist whose unique watercolor paintings have been shown nationally as well as having won multiple awards. This exhibit features Art and a few of his friends.



“Rainy Days” by Arthur Dillard

Curator’s Statement

I would like to thank these artists for submitting their work. These artists are family. I met some of them as many as 20 years ago when African American Artists had few venues to showcase their work. Because of this, we would travel all over the country together from New York to California. We would stay in some cities up to a month. Some of us would share hotels, travel and food. Because of these bonds, not only was our work elevated, our business plans improved. We became a large family of Artists. It has been my honor to pull this show together and unite a group of friends.

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The Artists:

Arthur Dillard, Bradenton, FL

Major Gladden,  Sarasota, FL

Kareem Jones, Atlanta, GA

Ben Love, Bradenton, FL

Junior Moore, Kingston, Jamaica

Eluster Richardson, Tallahassee, FL

Everett Spruill, Orlando, FL