2020 Giving Challenge: Digital Art Quilt


Fast Company recently published an article by Louis Netter that started with this simple truth: “In this time of crisis and isolation, the role of art becomes more central to our lives, whether we realize it or not.”

Art Heals. As artists, art students, art administrators, art lovers, that’s something we’ve known for a long time. Art gives us a voice, an outlet, a creative burst through the walls we build around ourselves. Art allows us to turn inward to our creative center and that can help us through grief, uncertainty and illness. Crazy times like the ones were going through now.

In this time of COVID-19, isolation, whether self-imposed or forced, and social distancing, the desire to connect with others is strong. When was the last time you hugged your best friend, a family member, a loved one? Will our lives ever go back to that time? Was it really just a few months ago?

We have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, redefine our sense of community and our desire to help and connect to others. An opportunity to heal ourselves and our community through the shared experience of art.

We’d like to connect through art, by inviting our community to help us create a digital art quilt. Share with us your experience of these times with your art. There is no limit on the number of panels our quilt can be, no restriction on the medium, color or even the size. The only requirement is that your quilt panel be digital.

You create, and we will share by creating a digital wallpaper and screen saver and for our computers and smart devices. We’ll give it away and credit all the artists who create and donate a panel to it.

Art Heals. Let’s do it together.


Be the One and help our community heal as we prepare for the 2020 Giving Challenge. Show how powerful art can be by contributing to our digital quilt, and then on April 28th & 29th, from Noon to Noon, help support the programming of the ArtCenter by making a contribution. Your dollars will be matched from $25 up to $100. $25 become $50, $100 becomes $200, $200 becomes $300. We will post your quilt panels on FaceBook and Twitter as they are received.

Submit Art Work, Up to 2 pieces


The 2020 Giving Challenge, April 28 & 29, Noon to Noon
hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, is a 24-hour online fundraising initiative that supports over 600 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in a four county area.

Double your impact! During the Challenge, donations to ArtCenter Manatee will be matched dollar-for-dollar from $25 to $100 by the Patterson Foundation: $25=$50, $50=$100, $100=$200, $200=$300, $400=$500

Here’s how you can give:

1. On April 28 & 29, Noon to Noon, go to https://givingpartnerchallenge.org, find ArtCenter Manatee (or the Art League of Manatee County), and make your donation. The minimum donation is $25.

We all know how important art is in our lives, and in the life of our community, and we thank you for your support!

Click here to view our Giving Partner Profile

ArtCenter Manatee is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the State, 1-800-Help FLA, or from the website www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Registration # CH15646

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.