Exhibitions

Welcome to Our 80th Season!

ArtCenter Manatee is Manatee County's premier visual arts center featuring the artwork of many talented local, state and national artists. Exhibitions change monthly in the three large galleries and the public is always welcome to the opening receptions to preview the artwork and meet the artists.

Art Opening Receptions
Each month, ArtCenter Manatee invites you to come to the opening reception for the exhibitions in the main galleries. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres, music and meet the artists.

Dancing Brush Sumi-e

Dancing BrushCurated by the Sarasota Sumi-e Society

On display Nov 7-Dec 8
Receiving Nov 4, 9:00-1:00pm

Opening Reception Nov 9, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up Dec 9, 9:00-1:00pm

New Bamboo by Nell MahaThe spare black and white style of Sumi-e ( ink painting ) was developed in China during the Sung Dynasty, 969-1274, and brought to Japan by Buddhist monks from 1338-1573. They had the cultural background for mature philosophical thought, and an appreciation for beauty and harmony. Through art, both poetry and painting, they strove to express their understanding of nature. Sumi-e, also known as Suiboku-ga ( water ink picture ) was initially practiced as a form of meditation. When the Sumi-e artist begins a painting, there is no correction, only responding to the mediums flow. The art of Sumi-e is a dynamic balance, creating paintings made of black ink, but often giving the impression of having color through skillful manipulation of values. In later years, color was introduced and used by many artists. The use of white or blank space for balance is known as Wu-Wei, the fullness of the empty, achieved through the principle of balance. See all the space, not just painted space as being worthy of our attention. When you think of empty space as being full of potential, that may be the secret to success in painting, as it is in life.

The Sarasota Chapter is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. Our membership includes painters and non-painters, professional artists, calligraphers, teachers and students. In Sarasota, our emphasis is on education and sharing through monthly meetings, newsletters, workshops and exhibitions.

Banner image: Winter’s Peace by Linda Beaudoin
Below: New Bamboo by Nell Maha

Off the Wall Call For Artists

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Off the Wall is an open, all media, juried exhibit

11/7/17 – 12/8/17

Online Entry Ends 10/30/17 at 4:00pm

Receiving 11/4/17, 9:00-1:00pm

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

For online entries, artists will be notified end of day 11/1/17
Juror: Kathy Gibson
Pick up Date 12/9/17, 9:00am – 1:00pm
All artists may enter up to 3 pieces. Please see exhibition requirements. Prizes awarded.

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

To Enter Online

Port Side with Laura Waller

Laura Waller Web BannerPort Side
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

live Artfully new web bannerAn open, all media, juried exhibit
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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2017-18 Exhibition Requirements

2017-18 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2017-2018 ACM Exhibition Schedule 

Originality:

  • Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 years. (Sculptures completed in the last 5 years.) Class projects, of the artist’s own design, are acceptable.
  • Copies of someone else’s design are not acceptable. Source material must be original and not derived from any published or copyrighted images.
  • Only original work will be accepted; no reproductions (prints, giclees) except digital productions.
  • Work may be shown only once in an ACM open or member show.
  • Work may not be removed from the Artists’ Market to be shown in an exhibit.
  • Student Show – 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.

Size:

  • Maximum size for paintings is 7’ x 7’.
  • Any entry weighing over 50 lbs will be accepted at the discretion of the receiving committee and the artist must be available to assist with placement of the piece the day the show is hung.

Framing:

  • You may use glass in framed pieces under 22 x 28
  • We require Plexiglas on all framed work over 22 x 28
  • Unframed canvas need to be museum wrapped with painted edges.
  • All photographs are to be framed under glass or Plexiglas or printed on museum wrapped canvas.
  • All framed pieces should be wired, with wire ends wrapped with tape.
    Wire should be securely attached to the back of the frame with screw eyes, one third down from the top of the frame.
  • Saw tooth hangers, fishing line or chains will not be accepted.
  • Name, address and phone number must be written on the back of all art.
  • Yellow copy of entry form should be taped to the wire on the back-right side of the artwork.
  • Mats, glass and Plexiglas need to be clean and free of scratches.
  • Any entry not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.

Fees:

  • The entry fees are non-refundable.

Fee Schedule:

  • One Piece: $20 members, $30 non-members.
  • Two Pieces: $30 members, $50 non-members.
  • Three Pieces: $35 members, $65 non-members
  • Diptych: $25 ArtCenter Manatee members, $40 non-members
  • Triptych: $35 ArtCenter Manatee members, $60 non-members
  • Diptych and Triptych must be in matching frames

Withdrawal:

  • No work accepted for an exhibition may be substituted or withdrawn during the exhibit.

Sales:

  • Artwork sold will remain in the galleries until the published pick up date. The artist will receive 65% of the sale price.

Pick Up Deadline:

  • All work must be picked up on the designated pick up date.
  • Any artist who leaves work at the ArtCenter longer than 7 days after the pick up date will be charged $5 per day per piece.

Statement of Responsibility:

  • The ArtCenter will do everything possible to protect the work of the artists. The artist needs to understand that the ArtCenter cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
  • All work will be hung at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee. ArtCenter Manatee reserves the right of final presentation.
  • The judge will be responsible for choosing art for the exhibit and the award winners. Artists will be notified by phone or email if their work is not accepted.

Open and Member Shows:

  • Maximum of three entries per person.

Awards:

  • There must be a minimum of five (5) pieces in any award category to receive a cash award.