Joyful Creations Exhibit

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Dec 12-Jan 5

An open, all media, juried exhibit

Juror: Mark Feingold

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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




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.

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.

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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.

Off The Wall

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11/7/17 – 12/8/17

Opening Reception Thursday, 11/9/17, 5:00-7:00pm

Juror: Kathy Gibson
Pick up Date 12/9/17, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Juror Bio: Katherine (Kathy) Gibson was born in Miami, grew up in Lake Wales, and currently lives in St. Petersburg. After working in government, corporate, and formal office environments, she took a professional hiatus and backed into showing regional artwork in her Tampa home. This evolved into Gibson’s art consulting business, Arthouse3. From 2011 through spring of 2014, she served as Gallery Director for the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and rebranded it Gallery221@HCC, where she doubled the exhibition space, established a permanent art collection, and organized 30+ exhibits. Since 2014, Gibson has created and curated pop-up galleries in Polk and Hillsborough counties, and has guest curated exhibits at the Lake Wales Art Center, HCC Ybor Art Gallery, Morean Art Center and Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Petersburg.

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

Port Side with Laura Waller

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Oct 3 – Nov 3
Kellogg Gallery

Opening Reception Oct 5, 5:00-7:00

Free & Open to the Public

As a full-time artist, Laura Waller works out of her two studios in Maine and Florida. Her Working Waterfront: Port Tampa Bay paintings were featured in a winter 2015 solo exhibition at the Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL. Her Working Waterfront: New Work paintings were featured in a summer 2016 solo exhibition at Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME. New paintings from the Port Side series were featured in a solo exhibition open from January 27, 2017 to March 11, 2017 at Clayton Galleries in Tampa, FL

Waller was awarded the Arts Council of Hillsborough County 2016 Individual Artist Grant in 2016. Her paintings are collected by individuals and corporations nationwide

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Waller received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Concurrent with studies in sociology, psychology and social work, she developed a passion for art and art history.

Live Artfully

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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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Instructor Showcase

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Searle Gallery

Opening Reception Postponed until Sep 14 due to weather – stay safe and dry, then join us on
Thursday, Sep 14, 5:00-7:00pm
Free – All Welcome

Pick up Sep 30, 9am – 1pm

The Instructor Showcase features the all media work of our talented instructors. The reception will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with our instructors as well as to view their work.

Color Your World

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Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Postponed until Sep 14 due to weather – stay safe and dry, then join us on
Thursday, Sep 14, 5:00-7:00pm
Free – All Welcome

Pick up Sep 30, 9am – 1pm

Color Your World is an open, all media, juried exhibit. The all media work will be displayed in the Kellogg and Reid Hodges  galleries. The Instructor’s exhibit will be in the Searle  Gallery.

Juror: Patricia Turner
Mixing powdered dyes to paint on papers and silks, Patricia Anderson Turner creates unique art that addresses issues of social, cultural, and political gravity. Turner’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally; her awards include a First Place for Contemporary Silk Art at the Verona Museum of Modern Art in Italy. Major museums and universities have purchased her work for their permanent collections. Her art has been featured in numerous publications to include a reference book on art and human rights introduced by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This year, Turner’s work is in prestigious national social and political commentary art exhibits in Washington, D.C., Tennessee, St Louis, St Charles, MO, and Denver. Her installation, “Flight”, will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Tallahassee the spring and summer of 2018.

Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

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Exhibit: Jun 27- Jul 28
All Galleries

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.

Celebrating 80 Years

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Reid Hodges Gallery

May 23-June 23

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

We invite you to take a journey with us as we review our rich history in celebration of our 80th Anniversary.


Color Outside the Lines, Village of the Arts

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The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. The Guild is primarily made up of Village residents and business owners, along with community members who share our vision. Over the past sixteen years the Guild, together with Village residents, have worked hard to make the Village of the Arts a thriving place while enhancing the quality of neighborhood life and nurturing the creative spirit.

The Village is an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and later additions. The neighborhood features a legal commercial overlay, which enables a rare live/work/play mix. Village boundaries stretch from 9th Ave West to 17th Ave West between 9th St West and 14th St West. Over 275 individual properties are within the Village.

Artist’s Choice Open Exhibit

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Artist’s Choice
An open, all media juried exhibition

Exhibit: May 23- Jun 23
Kellogg Gallery

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.

Juror: Gary Morgan



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4th Annual School District of Manatee County Exhibit

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes the Work of Students from the School District of Manatee County, Grades K-12, All Media, Juried

Opening Reception
Wednesday April 26, 5-7pm

April 25 – May 19
All Galleries

What do you get when you challenge young artists in grades K-12 to express themselves creatively using paper, paint, markers, crayons, clay, copper and all sorts of other materials, and then bring it all together in the galleries of ArtCenter Manatee? You not only get an incredible art exhibit, you get a glimpse into our future, one where nothing is impossible and all our senses are engaged. Color, shape, dimension, mass, problem-solving, creative thinking, insightfulness and joy. These are some of the elements present. We are honored to host this fourth annual exhibit.

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 expertise to help these budding artists get their due. The ArtCenter will also award scholarships to art classes to students whose work is judged (by an independent juror) 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 be the first time they have ever been to an art gallery. The experience will show students the process of creating and preparing artwork for exhibit. The lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 26, from 5:00-7:00pm. Light, kid-appropriate snacks and beverages will be served. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Lakewood Ranch Art Club

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Feb 28 – Mar 24
Opening Reception, Friday Mar 3, 5-7pm

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.

International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) – FL

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International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) – FL
Kellogg Gallery

Feb 28 – Mar 24
Opening Reception, Friday Mar 3, 5-7pm

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

Annual Student Show

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All media, juried show
Juror: Kris Parins

Reid Hodges Gallery
Feb 28-Mar 24

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


American Watercolor Society 149th Traveling Exhibition


January 24  – February 24

AWS American Watercolor Society
149th Traveling Exhibition, Kellogg Gallery

$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.



Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

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Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Annual Aqueous Show

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries

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.


Wonders of the World Exhibit


Show runs Dec 6, 2016 through Jan 20, 2017 in the Kellogg and Reid Hodges Galleries.

Opening Reception is Dec 8, 5:00-7:00pm and is free and open to the public. The reception features the Annual ArtFul Holidays Party & Sale