Archives for March 2012

Student & Member Show

March 6th – April 6th, 2012

Juror’s Statement

Thank you for the opportunity and pleasure of judging the Art Center Manatee current member and student exhibitions. In both the student and member shows I was impressed by those who took risks and experimented with media as well as those who chose a conventional approach and manifest that they had mastered the process of working with their chosen medium. It was great to see humor in some of the work. Deciding what to include in a scene and what to crop out provides a focus of attention for the viewer. Some of the prize winners addressed these issues very well. Winners demonstrated that they had established a particular challenge for themselves and had achieved their goal in the completed work. It might be a photo-realist view of Paris or the atmospheric light of the Coast of Cornwall. There were many strong works in watercolor. Some were loosely painted and spontaneous. Others were tighter and more detailed. Artists gave themselves compositional challenges such drawing a sitter and her reflection or the effect of rust on the hull of a boat. The art world values the contribution that is unique and that advances the possibilties in a particular medium and so do I.
-Mark Ormond

ComCenter Exhibit

Six degrees of Inspiration

January 30 – April 26, 2012  Opening Reception Thursday Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

  • Susan Covert
  • Virginia Pennell
  • Betty Isermann
  • Jerome Chesley
  • Elaine Charney
  • Brenda Hadjian

ComCenter 9040 Town Center Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch FL, 34202 941-782-1200

Paint The Town

April 10-April 27

Opening Reception Thurs. April 12, 5-7pm
Paint The Town, Reid Hodges Gallery

ArtCenter Manatee presents the 8th Annual “Paint the Town” exhibition in the Reid-Hodges Gallery. The kick off for the show is “Quick Draw” , open to all artists, at the Farmer’s Market on Main Street Saturday, April 7th from 10AM – 2 PM. The main event, Paint The Town, takes place April 9-11, during which time chosen professional artists will be painting on location ‘en plein air’ from actual Downtown Bradenton scenes. The finished paintings will be judged for prizes and displayed at ArtCenter Manatee April 12-27.

More info on the Quick Draw Event


1st – Bill Farnsworth – Chainsaw Charlie
2nd – Jane Chapin – 2 D River
3rd – Susan Covert – The Truck Stops Here

Honorable Mention:

Christophe Cardot – Behind the Farm
Kelly Medford – Green Shed, King’s Farm

Light & Drama – All Media Open Exhibit

April 10-April 27

Opening Reception Thurs. April 12, 5-7pm
Light and Drama, All Media Open Exhibit, Kellogg & Searle Galleries
Juror: Laura Keats Avery

Juror Statement

I have judged several shows over the years for the ArtCenter and each time the quality of the entries has grown. This was the best yet – which made it tough to select just a few outstanding pieces.
The criteria I use as a standard for selection is mastery of techniques in the chosen medium, composition, rendering, value, color, content or theme and presentation.
The award winners all demonstrated these elements beautifully. Thank you for inviting me to be your juror and congratulations to all the accepted participants.
– Laura Keatts Avery


1ST PLACE Cecilia Jonsson Bisset, Watercolor/Pastel, “Nymphea Antares”

2ND PLACE John Kokajko, Photography, “Marie Selby Botanical Gardens #6144”

3RD PLACE Sue Lynn Cotton, Watercolor, “Bananas in the Afternoon”


Lolly Owens, Mixed Media, “Details of Mystery”

Betsy Jones Wade, Oil on Linen, “Fishers of Men”


1 Mariarosa Rockefeller, Photography, “Incoming Storm”

2 Linda Van Tassell, Watercolor, “Rolls”

3 Carolann Garafola, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper, “Alone on Palma Sola Bay”

4 Jacqueline Clark, Watercolor, “In the Red”

5 Brenda Hadjian, Watercolor, “Highgate Manor II”

6 Karen DeLeon Stuart, Oil, “On the Bay”

7 Gregory A. Jones, Mixed Media, “Can, Matches & Brush”

8 Sharon Woelfling, Watercolor, “Iris III”

9 Dianna Shandorf, Pastel, “Island Still Life: Starfruit”

10 Karen Bushold, Photography, “Painter’s Painting #5”


Excellence in Watercolor Jerome Chesley, Watercolor, “Just Peachy”

Excellence in Ceramics Amy Webber, Ceramics, “A Tribute to Mote”

Excellence in Jewelry Sondra Hirssig, Cloisonne, “Mermaid Necklace”


Receiving Saturday 4/7  10:00am-1:00pm
Pickup 4/28

Download the Exhibition Schedule and Entry Requirements

Retrospective Color – All Media Open Exhibit

May 1-June 1

Opening Reception Thurs. May 3, 5-7pm
Retrospective Color All Media Open Exhibit, All Galleries

Juror Statement

This was an exciting and challenging show to judge because of the level of craftsmanship, presentation and original ideas. The larger pieces demanded to be seen and the smaller ones asked to be heard. All of the work, individually, asks to be quietly absorbed.

– Linda Molto

Receiving 4/28  10:00am-1:00pm
Pickup 6/2

Download the Exhibition Schedule and Entry Requirements