Dec 4-Jan 11
Opening Reception Dec 6
In this annual exhibit, we feature the work of Women Contemporary Artists (WCA). WCA is a strong, regional organization of over 100 vibrant, professional women actively engaged in the visual fine arts, based in Sarasota. Their mission is to provide visibility, encouragement and inspiration to women artists. WCA seeks to educate the general public about past and present contributions of women artists and to insure the inclusion of women in the history of art.
An Open, All Media, Juried Show
On Display Dec 4, 2018 – Jan 11, 2019
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
Reception Dec 6, 5:00-7:00
Juror: John Bayalis
Inspirations is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to 3 pieces. Please review exhibition requirements before entering.
Pick up 1/12/2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Juror: John Bayalis has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout the United States and has painted abroad in Ireland, England and France. Noted for his distinct, realist style, the artist’s skill at handling contemporary themes and subject matter has earned him acclaim from art critics and collectors throughout the United States. John’s vibrant watercolors reflect a specific clarity of light and form, while dealing with unique viewpoints in portraying popular culture and the vernacular landscape. The artist has also embraced still life as a format, and sought to show a personal vision in both content and composition. Intricate set ups include man-made and natural elements as well as printed backdrops, vintage postcards and periodicals. The carefully selected viewpoints depict compositions meticulously rendered on the watercolor paper, that glow in subtly balanced color palettes. Among his honors are an award of an individual artist’s fellowship grant and the selection for The Watercolor Page in AMERICAN ARTIST magazine where one of his works graced the cover. The artist’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Sumi-e Society of America
Oct 30-Nov 30
On October 30th, ArtCenter Manatee welcomes the Sumi-e Society of America to their galleries.
SUMI-E is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush. The Chinese speak of “writing a painting” and “painting a poem.” A great painting was judged on three elements: the calligraphy strokes, the words of the poetry (often with double meanings and subtle puns) and the ability of the painting strokes to capture the spirit (Ch’i) of nature rather than a photographic likeness. The artists of Japan, Korea and Malaysia learned from the Chinese and then developed their own versions of East Asian brush painting.
The Society was created in New York in 1963 by Professor Motoi Oi to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting. Until 1978, its annual exhibitions were held in New York City. When asked why he had started the Sumi-e Society, Mr. Oi answered, in part, “In the East, paintings reflect the great joy of culture. They are a reflection of an intense personal idiom. My idea was to provide a means through which the fresh, new spirit of American culture could be viewed in Sumi-e.”
Over the years, the Society as grown and there are many chapters in the United States. The Sarasota Chapter is sponsoring this 55th Annual Juried Exhibit, along with the National Chapter. The exhibit includes 112 paintings by artists from 18 states and Germany. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The reception will be Friday, Nov 2, 4-6pm.
The juror for the exhibit will be Professor Yifei Gan. Professor Gan is an internationally recognized artist and curator whose drawings, paintings, digital media and traditional Chinese brush paintings have been exhibited in solo and invitational exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and China. Professor Gan will also be conducting workshops at the ArtCenter. While the first workshop is full, there are a few seats remaining in the one on November 5-6, Monday & Tuesday, 9-4. Call the ArtCenter to reserve your seat: 941-746-2862.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Landscape with Gazebo by Keiko Romerstein
Life Plan by Aiko Anderson
An Open, All Media, Juried Show
Jun 26 – Jul 27
Exhibit Here is an open, all media, juried exhibit.
Juror: Linda Lucas
Linda Lucas graduated with Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and also attended Buffalo State College University of New York@ Elmwood for Fiber Arts & Surface Design. She has taught at ArtCenter Manatee, Ringling School of Art, and Keetons. Linda also taught at Chautauqua Institute in New York. Linda also participates in juried Fine Art outdoor shows in Florida & New York.
1st place: Water Dancing I by Susanna Spann
Portraits of Heritage and Descent
Jenny Medved, a representational figurative artist & illustrator working in watercolor, immerses herself in the culture of the people she paints, not just history, but family and community. She shares her insights with us in her exhibit of about 30 pieces, Jenny Medved: Indigenous People, Portraits of Heritage and Descent, on display in the Kellogg Gallery at ArtCenter Manatee, June 26 – July 27. We invite you to meet Jenny and see her work at an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 28th 5-7 pm
Jenny was featured as one of the ten artists in the ‘Ones to Watch’ feature of Watercolor Artist Magazine, December 2015 edition. She is a member of local artist group SartQ, as well as the American Watercolor Society, the Hawaii Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Jenny moved to Florida in 2000 to attend Ringling College of Art & Design, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration. Jenny holds a MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where she studied under mentor’s Zack Zdrale, William Whitaker and Warren Chang. She has also studied traditional portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy.
Inspired By Nature is a curated show featuring the work of Karen Baker, Kris Gregg, Nancy Lauby, Anthony Lauby, and William Lauby
On display in the Kellogg Gallery, Apr 17- May 11.
Opening Reception Apr 19, 5:00-7:00
“Artful Alliance” is a group of artists who work in several different mediums, but share the same vision and purpose for their art. They strive to celebrate the spirit and beauty of the natural world; each work of art symbolizes their mission to provide opportunities to see the world through different perspectives, with compassion and appreciation.
Karen Baker CPS, PSA, PSTB is a representational artist who paints what inspires her the most – the world of nature and its ever-changing landscape in all seasons. She is represented by galleries in New England and Florida, where she teaches ongoing classes in plein air, landscape painting, and the creative process.
Kris Gregg focuses on the play of light on all life: people, animals and nature. Her subjects are handled with color and insight. Her works have been shown in galleries in New York City, Vermont, Japan and Florida.
Nancy Lauby painted realistic images on traditional canvas for many years but now enjoys the challenge of Sculptural Palm Frond Art, melding fine art with fine craft. Preserving the beauty of nature is her passion as an artist; integrating sustainable material into her work is essential to that objective.
Anthony Lauby is a photographer whose work represents artistic expression, visual storytelling, and cutting edge technology in the rapidly evolving field of digital photography. His objective is to capture an image that shows the viewer a subject/moment that they would not otherwise experience.
William Lauby has had lifelong interest of photographing wildlife. He has visited wildlife sanctuaries and parks across the U.S. and invested untold hours waiting for the perfect shot, thereby accumulating a portfolio of unique photographic images.
Reid Hodges Gallery
Apr 17-May 11
Opening Reception Thurs, Apr 19, 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.
Only work done in a class or workshop at ArtCenter Manatee within the last year will be accepted to this show. One piece per instructor per medium.
Pick up – May 12, 2018
ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes the 5th Annual Manatee County School District 5th annual K-12 Exhibit
March 27 – April 13, Opening Reception April 5th, 5-7pm
ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 250 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 four grade ranges: K-2, 3-6, 5-8 and 9-12.
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 give students real world experience in the process of preparing artwork for exhibit, and the lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.
With the help of our community’s, and the many students who participate, it is sure to be even better that last year’s exhibit.
The opening reception, with Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, will be on Thursday, April 5th 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.
Pictured: Atalina’s Gaze by Jenny Medved, First Place Winner
Searle Gallery Feb 13 – Mar 23
Juror: Gene Rizzo
Reception: Thursday, February 15th, 5-7 pm
Pickup: Saturday, March 24th, 10 am-11:30 AM
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) is an IRS tax-exempt 501-C-3, not-for-profit organization for members who reside on the west coast of Florida. 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.
ArtCenter Manatee is honored to present the 150th Annual Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition featuring the work of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world. Experience the world-class talent and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. $5 admission per person helps to cover the cost of bringing this prestigious exhibition to ArtCenter Manatee, one of only five venues in the country and the only in Florida.
Also on display will be the Aqueous Show by Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS). The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. M-F-S 9-5, T-W-Th 9-6. Closed Sunday.
The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.
AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 150 paintings are selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which tours museums and galleries across the country during the next year.
While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also compete for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and 34 other awards and medals totaling more than $50,000 in prize money.
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.
Dec 12-Jan 5, Searle Gallery
Opening Reception Dec 14, 5:00-7:00pm
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.
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.
Opening Reception Friday, Sep 28, 5:30-7:30
Free & Open to the Public
We open the 2018-19 season with the annual Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) juried exhibit. This premier exhibit of paintings by Florida watercolorists will feature 102 pieces selected from a field of 600 entries by award-winning artist and juror, Thomas Schaller. The Exhibit will be on display September 7 through October 26. The opening reception will be Friday, September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
To get to the ArtCenter while 3rd Ave is under construction
May 15- Jun 22
Free demo by world renown watercolorist John Salminen, Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00. Free Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 5:00-7:00
The diverse styles representing each artists unique vision, along with the high technical quality of each piece, makes the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society a must see show. From a field of over 200 watercolor paintings representing artists from 19 southern states, the juror, John Salminen, an internationally recognized urban landscape painter, selected 94 paintings for inclusion in the exhibit.
The artists and their work present a compelling story of life, from portraits to street scenes and landscapes to abstracts. The body of work is impressive.
Founded in 1975, the Southern Watercolor Society, a nonprofit corporation, formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative and permanent painting medium. They are dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards.
Left: Rowena & Pretty Baby by Dean Mitchell, Best Of Show Winner.
Endangered by Lloyd Roberts
Oct 6- Nov 6
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.