Inspired by Nature: Visions of Five Artists

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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.

 

Annual Student Show

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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

 

Bright & Bold

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Exhibit: April 17 – May 11
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries

Juror: Neil Bender
Associate Professor, Painting/Drawing
School of Art and Art History
College of The Arts
University of South Florida

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 5:00-7:00pm
Free – All Welcome

Pick-up: May 12

2018 Manatee County School District 5th Annual K-12 Exhibit

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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.

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Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Aqueous Exhibit

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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.

American Watercolor Society 150th Traveling Exhibit

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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.

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

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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

 

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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.

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

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Pick up Date 11/4, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Live Artfully is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Prizes awarded.

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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.

Natural Elements Exhibit

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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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Endangered by Lloyd Roberts

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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

Art By Kids With Cancer

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September 1- October 2
Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm

We invite you to view (and purchase!) this very special collection of art work by a very special group of young artists.

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

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.

 

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

Click Here for Exhibition Requirements

 

 

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