American Watercolor Society 146th Traveling Exhibition

Kellogg Gallery March 4 – March 28, 2014


Opening Reception Friday, March 7th, 5-7pm

With only 5 viewings nationally, ArtCenter Manatee is honored to be the only South Eastern US destination for the 146th Annual Traveling Exhibition. Featuring some of the preeminent water media artists from around the world, the juried traveling exhibit has been inexistence for over 100 years. ArtCenter Manatee hosts a prestigious show of watercolor paintings annually with our community and beyond. Take in the beauty of art, experience world class talent and enjoy a local gem in downtown Bradenton.

The suggested donation of $10 allows us to bring these important cultural events to our community.

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society – Aqueous Show 2014

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries March 4 – March 28, 2014


Opening Reception Friday, March 7th, 5-7pm

March 1 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
March 29 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Herbie Rose

Kellogg Gallery April 1 – May 2, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm


Jamaican born, Herbie Rose is a graduate of the Phoenix School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Herbie has a keen eye for capturing a variety of hues that represent light in his landscapes and still lifes. His work is instantly recognizable. The vibrant tropical colors evoke the painter’s heritage and the precise rendering of architectural elements attest to his training and experience in commercial art.

“When I’m creating I try to tell a story, the season, the weather, putting the viewer in my shoes, surprising the eyes with color. Most of all, I want to show the love that I am experiencing.”

March 29 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
May 3 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Bill Gotwald, Ph.D. African Masks

Searle Gallery April 1 – May 2, 2014


An intimate look into the personal collection of Dr. Bill Gotwald. Providing a glimpse into the personality of the collector, this exhibit explores the universality of masking traditions. Whether decorative, ceremonial or strictly utilitarian, masks play an important part of historical and modern culture. Discover what is behind the mask, attend a lecture and discussion with Dr. Gotwald, and immerse yourself in the beauty of a longstanding artform.

 Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Bill Gotwald April 12th, Click for more info.

Opening Reception Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm

March 29 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
May 3 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Florida Society of Botanical Artists

Reid Hodges Gallery April 1 – May 2, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm

Love Botanicals” Florida Society of Botanical Artists, Reid Hodges Gallery

Botanical art and illustration have been a part of human culture since the dawning of time. While it informs and inspires many art forms, the role of botanical art is to blend the scientific study of plants with their artistic presentation. It is an art that fuses precision with poetry.

The Florida Society of Botanical Artists was formed to provide support and professional development to their members as well as sharing their passion for botanical art with the community of artists, art lovers and others inspired by the beauty of the natural world. The society promotes the public awareness of historical and contemporary botanical art and educates its members through exhibits, lectures and educational programs.

March 29 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
May 3 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Manatee County School Exhibition

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries May 6 – June 6, 2014


Opening Reception Thursday, May 8th, 5-7pm

Watch art come alive through the eyes of local school children this May when ArtCenter Manatee displays the work of over 200 students from 16 Manatee County elementary schools in three galleries.

Think art is just for fun? Art is fun but it’s also important in development: it enhances our lives and teaches our children valuable skills in interaction, self-expression, communication and problem solving. Have you ever seen a child create an alien monster from clay and paint, figuring out where the different, and alien, parts go, how they connect, what colors they will be? Or the joy they express when their work is not only completed but displayed for others to see? The process of creation, planning, sharing ideas, and then putting it all together are processes they will use throughout their lives.

Art matters the same way math and science matter. With many art programs being reduced or eliminated in our schools, ArtCenter Manatee has made a commitment to art and children by filling the gap and adding enrichment through kids art programs.

Thanks to the dedication of school art teachers and a grant from the Mary E. Parker Foundation, ArtCenter Manatee is taking the art education program a step further by providing a new and meaningful experience in exhibiting, and offering for sale, the work of local students, many of whom have never stepped into a gallery before, let alone exhibited art work for public viewing.

Juror’s Statement

The works of art presented in this exhibit are truly outstanding. Choosing only one 1st place,only one 2nd place, only one 3rd place with only 3 honorable mentions in each category was a real challenge.

The winners were selected based on the use of design, composition and the application of color. Originality was a major factor as well as control of the medium.

Congratulations to all of the students whose art work is on display. Special congratulations to the wonderfully creative teachers who inspire and guide them.

Thank you Art Center Manatee for hosting this exhibit and thank you for introducing these young artists to the real world of exhibitions.

Juror, Maggie Nevena


May 3 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
June 7 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Express Yourself – Open Exhibition

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries June 10 – July 18, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, June 12th, 5-7pm


A wide variety of exceptional work by local and regional artists has been juried for prizes and is on exhibit in all galleries of the ArtCenter!

50/50 raffle, light hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments!

Winners will be announced Thursday evening. Come meet the artists, socialize and enjoy the ambiance!

Juror’s Statement

Express Yourself certainly fits this show-quite expressive. Being a juror for the first electronic show was indeed an honor-many of the pieces came in and the quality of work was good. The walk in entries were wide with imagination and high quality by the artist. Many mediums to choose from executed with that lasting touch of excellence.

Jon Greeley

All artwork needs to be picked up on July 19 from 9-1.

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Inspired Visions, All Media Open Exhibit

June 5-July 6

Opening Reception Thurs. June 7, 5-7pm
Inspired Visions, All Media Open Exhibit, All Galleries

Patsy Hall, The Approach

Patsy Hall, The Approach

Juror: Susanna Spann

Juror Statement

Jurying is “One person’s opinion on one day” and this day I found a strong presence in the jewelry category. As a juror, I certainly enjoyed the variety of work on exhibit and was pleased with the following of the theme, Inspired Visions.

Receiving 6/2  10:00am-1:00pm
Pickup 7/7

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KidsArt Summer Camp Exhibit

KidsArt Exhibition
July 12-August 10

KidsArt Party August 10, 5 – 7pm
All Galleries

A delightful exhibit presenting the spontaneous and joyful work created by our KidsArt summer camp students. Artists from four to fifteen years of age will have their work displayed in all of ArtCenter Manatee’s galleries. Celebrate in true kid fashion with ice cream from Bradentown Scoop, Pizza from Domino’s, a balloon twister, the Pirates Baseball speed pitch, Marty the Marauder himself and more! Tampa Bay Rowdies tickets for the August 25 game against the Puerto Rico Islanders will be on sale – 4 tickets for $15 or $5 each (discounted from $14 ea)… proceeds benefit ArtCenter Manatee KidsArt Camp and the kids have a chance to go on the field prior to the game!

Sponsored by :

Bradentown Scoop
Domino’s Pizza
Florida Central Credit Union
Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball
Tampa Bay Rowdies


Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

September 5 – 28


Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna, All Media Open Exhibition, All Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday September 6, 5-7pm

Receiving – September 1
Pick Up – September 29

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Expressions Of Hope

October 2 – 26

Expressions of Hope, Curated Exhibition, Reid-Hodges Gallery

Also on display:

Gerry Zeck, “The Journey” A photo montage documenting his wife’s journey surviving cancer.

“Art by kids with cancer” Artwork from the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, a project of Young Artists Awards

Opening Reception Thursday October 4, 5-7pm

Receiving – September 29
Pick Up – October 27

Think Pink

October 2 – 26


Think Pink, All Media Open Exhibition, Kellogg and Searle Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday October 4, 5-7pm

Juror: John Greeley

Receiving – September 29
Pick Up – October 27

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Foundation For Dreams

October 30 – November 30

Foundation For Dreams, Searle Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday November 1, 5-7pm

The Foundation for Dreams and ArtCenter Manatee are showcasing art created by the children of Dream Oaks Camp the entire month of November.

The Dream Oaks Camp program provides a special place for children with special needs and chronic illnesses the opportunity to bond with others, build steps toward a greater self-confidence, strengthen activities of daily living and life skills, and provide respite services to the parents and/or caregivers.

Visit for more information.

Receiving – October 27
Pick Up – December 1

Up, Up and Away

October 30 – November 30

Up, Up And Away, All Media Open Exhibition, Kellogg and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday November 1, 5-7pm

Juror’s Statement

I viewed the art as a complete range of subjects, mediums and techniques. Whether it is painting, photography, jewelry or sculpture, in abstract, realism and every technique in between; they were all done professionally.
Juror, Frank Saso

Receiving – October 27
Pick Up – December 1

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Student & Member Exhibition

December 4 – January 4

Student Exhibit, Kellogg Gallery
Member Exhibit, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday December 6, 5-7pm

Receiving – December 1
Pick Up – January 5

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Art In A Minor Key

January 8 – February 1

Art In A Minor Key, All Media Open Exhibition, Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Saturday January 12, 4pm

Receiving – January 5
Pick Up – February 2

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Maxine Masterfield

January 7 – February 1

Maxine Masterfield, Searle Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday January 12, 4pm

Artists Statement

Over 63 years ago I decided I would dedicate my life to becoming a fine artist. I was 16 at the time and never realized the hard work it would involve. I struggled through art school but never gave up, and by studying the various styles of other artists they helped me find my own voice.

I couldn’t afford paints or canvas, so I had to use whatever I could find – hardware brushes, rags and sponges. I found it difficult to paint details which let me on the path of experimental painting.

My inspirations for my work comes from many different places and experiences – from visiting a machine museum where I became obsessed with transmission parts to discovering the images in sliced agates, lace, pressed flowers, or cracks in a sidewalk. Experiences or objects can start me down a path of experimenting with different materials – sprayed, splattered or poured.

In the early 80’s Gracie Hegeman (from Bradenton) and I started an International Society for Experimental Artists. We soon discovered we were not alone. ISEA is still going strong with members from around the world.

Maxine Masterfield

Exquisite Miniatures

January 10 – March 8


Exquisite Miniatures, Kellogg Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday January 17, 5-7pm

A national traveling museum exhibition of fifty exquisite miniature paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist curated by David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Join us for a tour and lecture of Miniature Art on January 17th prior to the reception.


Art In Motion

February 5 – 28

Art In Motion

Art In Motion, All Media Open Exhibition, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday February 7, 5-7pm

Receiving – February 2
Pick Up – March 2

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Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

March 4 – March 30

FSWS Aqueous Show

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Aqueous Show

Searle and Reid-Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday March 14, 5-7pm

FSWS NEW color logo

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society was formed in 1983 and has more than 200 members, many of whom have achieved statewide and national recognition for their works; it serves members who live along the Florida Gulf coast.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2013

Juror’s Statement:

It was indeed both a pleasure and an honor to judge this exhibition. Many outstanding images did not get the nod, only because there was a limitation on the number of awards offered.

I was looking for diversity, not only in size, but in the treatment of the subject …along with an extra bounce of creativity… making the image memorable.

It was important to offer surprises, not only in treatment but also in the choice of presentation…the direct look and almost eye contact of the subject staring out at you, the startling white snow surrounding the folks on skis and the melting ice chilling the yet to be opened bottles for libation. And then the mysterious and suggested eyes of the turban wrapped woman. These images stay with you long after leaving the Art Center Manatee.

I feel the strong use of color and clarity of design makes this a show that reflects well on the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

You have an impressive exhibition and I thank you for asking me to be a part of award process.

All the best!

Taylor Ikin


Receiving – March 2
Pick Up – March 30

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