KidsArt Camp Closing Reception & Party

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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
Darlene Johnson
Susanna Spann

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.

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Arches by Susan Covert

 

 

First Place Winner, Arches by Susan Covert, oil on canvas

 

 Hot! Hot! Hot! Open Exhibition
June 28 – July 22

Opening Reception June 30, 5-7

Kellogg & Searle Galleries

Hot! Hot! Hot! is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Juror is Karen Hitt.

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Darwin Leon

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“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”

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2016 Manatee County Schools Exhibit


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“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.

Annual Student Show

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ACM Student Show

Reid Hodges Gallery April 26 – May 27

Opening Reception Thursday, April 28, 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 – May 28,  9:00 – 1:00pm

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Click Here for Exhibition Schedule

Our Faces: Portraits by Dirce Kennedy

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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.

 

Creative Arts Association & Friends

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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
5:00-7:00pm

Pick up is May 28, 9:00 – 1:00

Florida Life Open Show

 

Florida web headerFlorida Life is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Like living in Florida, the work is quite diverse. From flora and fauna to city life to all our wonderful natural spaces.

The show runs from March 29 through April 22. The opening reception will be March 31, 5:00 to 7:00pm. Pick up will be April 23, 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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ArtCenter Manatee Member Show

 

Member HeaderThe annual member show gives our members a chance to showcase their work and it gives the ArtCenter a chance to show the community the incredible and diverse talent of our members. The show is all media

The show runs from March 29 through April 22. The opening reception will be March 31, 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Pick up will be April 23, 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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12X12 Open Exhibition

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12X12 Open Exhibition
Feb 23 – March 25

Reid Hodges Gallery
Juror: Elaine Charney
12X12 is an open, all media, juried exhibit featuring work where two of the outside dimensions are  12X12: inches, centimeters, millimeters, picas or points. Two outside dimensions must be 12 something each: centimeters, millimeters picas or points. The third dimension is flexible (For example, a painting might be 12″ x 12″ x 3″, a sculpture might be 12″ x 12″ x 8″, a piece of jewelry might be 12 mm x 12mm x 6mm, etc.) All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces. No feet or yards, please!

Pick-up: March 26, 9-1pm

Pictured: The Journey by Ken Snyder

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Fine Craft & Photography Open Exhibition

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Fine Craft & Photography
Feb 23 – March 25
Kellogg & Searle Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday Feb 25, 5-7pm

 

Photography Juror: Scott Hime
Fine Craft Juror: Michele Tuegel

Fine Craft & Photography is an open, juried exhibit featuring fine craft & photography. All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces.

Pick-up: March 26, 9-1pm

Pictured: Cypress #1, Hillsborough River by Michael Brousseau

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Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us

Kellogg Gallery
January 12-February 19, 2016

Exhibition: Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us – January 12-February 19, 2016.

See an interview with Mary Whyte by METV Click Here

 

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“Everything an artist creates is done in a solitary way except when painting another human being. Then there are two people involved. One who changes the model forever, and one who forever changes the artist.” – Whyte

Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative watercolor paintings have earned international recognition.  A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.

Whyte was one of ten watercolor artists of the world invited to the China and Foreign Countries International Watercolour Summit at the Nanning Art Gallery in Nanning China, October 2013.  Simultaneously, The Butler Institute of American Art showcased twenty of Whyte’s major works in a solo exhibition named after her recently released biography titled, More Than A Likeness, The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by Martha R. Severens and published by University of South Carolina Press.

Whyte continues to travel the world, to paint, to teach and to touch, and be touched by, the lives of the people and places she encounters.

In January 2016, she will travel to Bradenton, Florida, an area sometimes referred to as the “Watercolor Coast”, to exhibit a selection of her work at ArtCenter Manatee, the premier visual arts center in Manatee County Florida. While there, Whyte will teach an intensive two-day workshop for students of all levels: Portrait and Still Life in Watercolor with Mary Whyte.

It will be a rare opportunity to explore the artistic wisdom of a watercolor master who has made it her work to share her unique and ever-so-human perspective and experience with others.

Reception: An Intimate Evening with Mary Whyte – Join us as we welcome internationally known watercolor artist, Mary Whyte, to our galleries for an intimate evening. Great art, great conversation, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. A unique opportunity to view the exhibit and talk with Mary. January 13, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Workshop Attendees $55, ACM members $75, Non-members $100.

Workshop: FULL, please call to be put on a waiting list, 941-746-2862.

All events are at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205. 941-746-2862

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

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Annual Aqueous Show 2016

Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries
January 12-February 19

Opening Reception January 14, 5-7pm
Pick up February 20, 9-1pm

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, FSWS, was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Our 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.

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Natural Elements Exhibit

Natural Elements Exhibit

This curated exhibit features the work of 5 accomplished local artists whose work in wood and graphite will be displayed in the Kellogg Gallery December 8 – January 8.

Pick up January 9, 9-1

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Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

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December 8 – January 8

 

Pick-up: Jan 9, 2016

Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna is an open, all media, juried exhibit.

Wind Dancer by Judy Saltzman, 1st Place

 

 

Over 80 & Still Creating

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Searle Gallery
Nov 10-Dec 4

Opening Reception, Nov 12, 5-7pm

There is a saying that if you do what you love, it is not work. For the artists whose work is on display November 10th to December 4th in Over 80 & Still Creating, you will see how true that saying is. Motivated by a love for the visual arts and their chosen media, they continue to pursue their passion long after many would have retired. They continue because it is their life blood, and while they work very hard, it is not like work as we normally think of it. We all benefit.

In this invitational show, you’ll see the work of Mary Ducharme, Chauncey Nelson, Betty Isermann, Lloyd Roberts, Janet Williams, Barbara Saunders, Margaret Downs, Barbara Gulley, Maxine Masterfield, and Clare Smith as well as others, all artists over 80 and still creating.

All Things Considered

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Kellogg and Reid Hodges Galleries

Nov 10 – Dec 4

Opening Reception Thurs, Nov 12, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public

All Things Considered is an all media juried exhibit.

Juror: Bruce Marsh, painter and professor emeritus at the University of South Florida.

Photos From Near & Far by Nell Rude

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Photos From Near & Far by Nell Rude
Oct 6- Nov 6
Reid Hodges Gallery

Opening Reception Thurs, Oct 8, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public

Nell Rude is an award-winning artist who discovered her love of photography while visiting Sarasota in the 1970s. Rude’s love for photography has taken her all over the world. Starting with nature scenes and expanding into abstracts and reflections, Rude shares her unique view with us in this diverse collection of photographs, Photos from Near & Far on display until Nov 6.

Endangered by Lloyd Roberts

Leopard Spotlight by Lloyd Robers

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Oct 6- Nov 6
Kellogg Gallery

Opening Reception Thurs, Oct 8, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public

Lloyd Roberts’ photographs bring you close to some of the world’s most beautiful creatures in some of earth’s most remote places. A leopard peers out from his resting place, a pair of polar bears frolic in the snow, a line of wild horses stampedes towards him as he prepares his shot. The work of Lloyd Roberts is showcased in Endangered, in the Kellogg Gallery. Roberts’ work will hook you at first glance, drawing you closer as you wonder at the beauty of nature and her creatures and his ability to capture and convey the emotion of the moment. While photography is Roberts’ passion, he is also an accomplished watercolor artist and bronze sculptor. All three will be on display until Nov 6.

 

Go With The Flow

flow-FINALGo with the Flow is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Art will be displayed October 6-November 6.

Pick-up is Sat Nov 7, 9-1

 

Juror: Susan Foster

Awards

1st Place: John Bayalis Morning with Monet, Watercolor

2nd Place: Margaret Bayalis Rhapsody, Oil

3rd Place: Linda Lee Foster-Paul Moonlight On Water X, Watercolor

Merit: Lisa Swift North Jetty Light, Oil

Honorable Mentions:
Bernice Gaines In Motion, Watercolor

Roseann Haslett Snow Bear and Friends, Pastel

Jill Krasner Revisit, Watercolor & Gouache

Jean Cormier Red Tide Event, Acrylic Sea Salt Washes

Best In Jewelry: Margaret Hoyt, Art Flows Through Time, Roman Ancient Glass, Citrine, Silver

Best In 3D: Robert Doyon Totem Portal, Wood