Archives for October 2019

Sheryl Unwin

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I am originally from Massachusetts and grew up in a beautiful town 30 miles north of Boston, now living in North Port, Florida. My interest in the arts started at a very young age, and by the time I was 13 and a freshman at Billerica Memorial High School I decided that being an artist was going to be my career of choice. I have been Illustrating portraits of various subjects for well over 20 years.

I attended the Art Institute of Boston in 1984 and studied Illustration with a minor in Graphic Design, hoping to become a successful Magazine Illustrator. Back then, my artistic path took me down the road of printing and mechanical drawing. I worked at various printing companies from 1984 to 1997. Even though my path as an artist seemed to change to graphic design it has never stopped my passion to draw and illustrate the subjects that I love which are people, wildlife and pets.

I lived in Great Britain for eight fantastic years and loved the vast amount of culture, arts, nature, and the fabulous countryside. Then in 2005 we moved to the US and have been enjoying the beauty of Florida living, culture, wildlife and fabulous scenery that only the Gulf Coast of Florida can give to you each and every day.

Today my passion for animals and nature has taken me to create color and graphite pencil drawings of some of my most favorite subjects. I will draw from the largest of wildlife creatures to the smallest of domestic pets. This has become my passion and interest of choice but I still love to do Portraits of people as well.

Classes with Sheryl Unwin

Artful Holidays 2019

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Nov 14, 5:00-7:00
Music by Ring Sarasota

Giveaways / Cookies & Refreshments / An Ornament Extravaganza and a special sale in the Artisan market – save 15%.

The sale does not include any items on exhibit in the galleries including the Ornament Extravaganza. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Director’s Circle membership discount will apply.

Market sale will continue on Nov 15 & 106, 9:00-5:00.

A Tapestry of Movement with James Griffin

tapestryKellogg Gallery Nov 12-Dec 13
Opening Reception Thursday, Nov 14, 5:00-7:00

The figure in motion has long been an inspiration for me. People walking on the street are fleeting, momentary visions. One moment the sidewalk can be crowded with pedestrians, the next, empty. The memory of the passers-by is haunting.

I began to study people in sketches when I first arrived in New York City in 1968. I carried a sketch book on the subway, in coffee shops, wherever there were people. Observed from a safe distance, my pen and ink drawings filled volumes of sketchbooks.

When I started using a camera to capture motion, my drawings became paintings. I loved how the shutter could stop action. A leg, outstretched to take a step, the body, shifting to transfer weight to the other leg. This was exciting!

I remembered seeing the photographic motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge, who broke the stride into a sequence of parts, using multiple cameras timed to trigger one after another.  I began standing with my camera on the street, shooting dozens of photos in quick succession as people moved through my viewfinder.

These photos became the basis of long freize-like paintings I called “Passacaglia”, that refers to a renaissance musical form, believed to have originated with street musicians. The name means “Passing along the Street”.

For over four decades I have been developing this series. It has taken many turns and grown wider in scope.  My Passacaglia series includes ballet dancers and marchers in a parade. This year I photographed people crossing a bridge in Florence and near the Coliseum in Rome.  It all began  with the humble sketchbook.

I have realized that my observations are always from a distance, choosing to remain anonymous to the people as I study them. I now understand that this is my true nature, to be an observer.

James Griffin

Giving Thanks

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An Open, All Media, Juried Show

On Display Nov 12-Dec 13
Reid Hodges and Searle Galleries
Opening Reception Nov 14, 5:00-7:00
along with the Annual Artful Holidays Party & Sale

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Juror: William Corr
Will Corr has been a teaching intern at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an adjunct instructor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. Having resided in the Bradenton, Fla. area for the past 15 years, Will came to IMG Academy after teaching Fine Art at the State College of Florida in Bradenton, in addition to serving as an exhibitions preparatory at the Ringling College of Art & Design.

His works have been included in numerous national venues including: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Portsmouth Visual Arts Center, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, SOFA Chicago, Spectrum Miami, Art San Diego and Art Palm Beach. He is also part of many corporate and private collections including: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Virginia Wesleyan College, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Water Oak Advisors and many more.

Will received a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va., in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Md., in 2002.

Entry Fees: Entry fees 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

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