We’re delighted to share the work of our very talented members in this annual, all media juried exhibit.
Juror: Linda Lucas
Announcements & Awards: 6:00pm
Pick-Up, Saturday, March 25, 9:00-1:00
The Lakewood Ranch Art Club was formed in 2000 and is open to residents of Lakewood Ranch who are interested in painting. They paint mostly in watercolor. Today they are still going strong with approximately 40 members and hope to be painting together for many years to come. They are fortunate to be able to use the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall to hold their painting sessions where they meet twice weekly on Monday and Friday afternoons. During the season they have renowned teachers from the area hold occasional classes for our group.
Announcements & Awards: 6:00pm
ISAP-FLORIDA was founded in 2006 by a group of acrylic painters located in the Tampa Bay area. The organization is a regional chapter of the International Society of Acrylic Painters headquartered in California.
It is the goal of the ISAP-FL board to build the organization into a strong group of acrylic painters and to continue to provide yearly juried acrylic shows throughout the state. In addition, plans are underway to provide open online shows as well as signature status online shows to all of its members. Members may gain “Signature Status” by being accepted into two yearly juried shows and maintaining their yearly dues. Plans are being made to provide lectures, demos and workshops as an opportunity for its membership.
Pick-Up, Saturday, March 25, 9:00-1:00
Opening Reception Friday, March 3, 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.
Pick up – Mar 25, 9:00 – 1:00pm
$5 admission, open to the public
Opening Reception Thursday January 26, 5-7pm
Reception is free
ArtCenter Manatee is honored to present the 149th Annual Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition. Experience the world-class talent of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. ArtCenter Manatee is one of only six venues in the country and the only in Florida.
In conjunction with the AWS exhibit the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Show will be on display in the Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries beginning January 24.
Docent tours are available by reservation, $10 per person. Please call 941-746-2862 for availability and times.
An opening reception will be held January 26, 5-7pm in the galleries at ArtCenter Manatee with light hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. Meet the artists, socialize and enjoy the ambiance!
The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Show, selected from the 149th New York Exhibition, consists of forty paintings executed by artists from all around the world.
The American Watercolor Society boasts among its past and present members, Edwin Austin Abbey, Morris Graves, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Ted Dautzkey, John La Farge, Mario Cooper, Sir William Russell Flint, Chen Chi, Dong Kingman and Andrew Wyeth, to name a few.
All welcome, free to the public
Opening Reception Thursday January 26, 5-7pm
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, 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.
Opening Reception is Dec 8, 5:00-7:00. The exhbit and reception are free and open to the public.
Dylan Pierce is a very talented young artist whose watercolors will be on display at ArtCenter Manatee Dec 6, 2016 through Jan 20, 2017.
Dylan’s current work has come out of several trips to Africa which continues to remain the visual inspiration for many of his paintings. Experiencing the extraordinary beauty of Africa and its astonishing variety of wildlife has been something Dylan dreamed of as a boy, yet meeting the people of Africa deeply affected him. Their life situations can be difficult but with their unique sense of humor and communal joy they seem to triumph. Dylan’s watercolors have been published in a variety of prominent magazines including the cover story in The Art of Watercolor Magazine, Wildlife Art Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and Museums and More Magazine.
While he is here, Dylan will conduct a 2-day workshop, Portraits in Watercolor. Space is almost taken so please reserve today!
Pictured: Top, The Long Stretch. Bottom, Token of Honor
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
– Elliot Eisner
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.
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
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