Watercolor Works: Kathy Simon McDonald Online Exhibit

View the watercolor works of Kathy Simon-McDonald online until we are able to reopen our galleries. We will post five images from the exhibit every week day. Most of Kathy’s work is for sale and we would be glad to take a deposit of $100 to hold any piece until we reopen. If you would be interested in purchasing a piece, please call us at 941.746.2862.

“What inspires me to paint is the challenge of translating a visual image I have seen through the lens of my camera to paper while trying to capture the intensity of what attracted me to that image in the first place. The ‘I want to capture that image on paper’ challenge is what always starts the painting. Then, the bigger challenge is whether I can convey in my painting the emotional intensity that attracted me to that image in the first place.”

Kathy Simon-McDonald


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An Open, All Media, Juried Exhibit
On display while our galleries are closed.

To purchase a piece of art from this exhibit, please call 941.746.2862 We will add images to this exhibit every week day, so come back often!

ArtCenter Manatee closes Mar 18-Apr 1

Dear Friends of ArtCenter Manatee,

With an abundance of caution and concern for our students, customers, visitors and staff, ArtCenter Manatee will close for two weeks, beginning March 18, reopening April 1. As new developments occur, we will keep you informed. It is our hope that these two weeks will help to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) in our community. 

All classes, exhibits and events are cancelled as of March 18 through April 1, based on what we know now. If you have purchased a class that is being cancelled, please consider donating the balance to the ArtCenter to help offset the cost of staff and upkeep during this time. If you prefer a credit, please call the office to let us know. We will continue to work during this time.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope that everyone stays safe and that we are able to resume our regular schedule very soon. 
 

Warm Regards,
Carla Nierman
Executive Director
Carla@artcentermanatee.org

FSWS Open Aqueous Show

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) was formed in 1983 and has more than 200 members, many of whom have achieved statewide and national recognition for their work; it serves members who live along the Florida Gulf Coast. FSWS was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Their intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.

Receiving: Saturday, February 8th, 9:30 – 5:00 pm

Juror: Kim Minichiello

Feb Open Pottery Studio

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1973.

In 2007 Sterling was honored to be awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and in 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA).

Sterling was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine’s Ones to Watch” and has been featured in numerous other magazine and newspaper articles. In 2009 he was a featured artist in the book, Best of America Watermedia Artists”. He is the author of the best selling North Light book Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process” and is a featured artist in numerous  other books by various national and international publishers including, “Masters of Watercolor”, published in 2015 by Russian artist and author, Konstantin Sterkhov. Sterling is also the designer of a signature line of multi-media paint brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally.

In 2013 Sterling was proudly accepted by invitation into the International Watercolor Society (IWS) and in 2015 was awarded a lifetime signature membership into the internationally renowned Whiskey Painters of America (WPA), the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world.  In 2017 he was awarded signature membership status in the National Watercolor Society (NWS).

Highly respected among his peers, Sterling is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions. His award-winning paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Sterling works from his home studio in Lewisville, North Carolina.

AGAMI Boundaries Erased

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Pick up is 3:00-6:00 on Friday Feb 7

 

Artists’ Guild Of Anna Maria Island (AGAMI), 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Boundaries Erased. An open, all media, juried exhibit curated by AGAMI, whose mission is to promote and support creative processes by bringing together all Artists – visual and performing and writers – to share experiences, expertise and work together to develop and promote the artistic community.

Juror: Dean Mitchell, a national and internationally acclaimed artist whose work can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country. He is celebrated for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes and has received more than 400 awards.

Awards

Best of Show $500
Susanna Spann “Friday on Frenchmen Street”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

First Place $400
Cheryl Jorgensen “Busy Day in Thailand”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Second Place $300
Doreen Renner “Cardinal Rule”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Third Place $200
Lu Ann Widergren “Morning View from Rod-n-Reel”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Excellence in Photography $100
Cathy Tobias “Great Migration!”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cathy Tobias “Flamingo Delight”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Merit Awards $50
Patricia Kness “In the Breeze”
Sponsor: Jo Anne Curtan, A Paradise Realty

Sandy Staley “Market Baskets”
Sponsor: Jo Anne Curtan, A Paradise Realty

Roger Rockefeller “Autumn Market”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Karen de Leon Stuart “Mark Had Always Wanted to Travel”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable Mentions $25
Rick Dziak “Anna Maria Beach”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Kathy Simon-McDonald “Chalk Artist VI”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

George Fischer “Kim”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Donna Grossman “Midsummer’s Night Dream”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Pickup Saturday, Feb 8th, 9:00-Noon

For more information, contact AGAMI

Agami sponsors

Three Modern Masters

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Kellogg Gallery

February 11, 2020- March 13, 2020

Opening Reception February 13, 5:00-7:00

A curated exhibit featuring three world-class watercolor masters: Dean Mitchell AWS, NWS, TWSA; John Salminen, AWS, NWS, TWSA; and Thomas Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA.

Also on display will be the Annual Aqueous Show by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

The artists will be at the Opening Reception.

Images from top left: Urban America or Broken Wealth by Dean Mitchell, Bridge – China by Thomas Schaller, Setting Up by John Salminen

Dean Mitchell:

Florida artist Dean Mitchell is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other media, including egg tempera, oil and pastel.

Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York TimesChristian Science MonitorAmerican ArtistArtist MagazineFine Art International and Art News.

His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio and the Library of Congress.

He has received the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Thomas Moran Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York, Remington Professional League, and for three years in a row the Best in Show Award from the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Competition. In 2004 and 2007, he received the Autry National Center Award for Watercolor at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and sale. Mitchell is a member of several professional societies, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

“I am always searching for a sense of place—a sense of intimacy in my work,” he says.

John Salminen:

Salminen had won more than 195 awards in national and international watercolor art exhibitions and competitions. These include the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, the First Place Silver Star Award in the National Watercolor Society Exhibition, the 2009 Silver Medal With Honor from Allied Artistand the Biennial Award in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Biennial Exhibition. He was invited to China in 2010 to receive this Biennial Award in person and was invited back to China a second time to represent the United States in the Lushan International Watercolor Festival. Salminen has also gained recognition for his mixed-medium abstract paintings. One of his experimental paintings won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2000 art competition.

Salminen’s paintings have been featured in national and international magazines such as the American Artist’s Watercolor MagazineThe Artist’s MagazineWatercolor MagicInternational ArtistL’Art de L’Aquarelle and Chinese Watercolor Quarterly. His work has also been featured in many books, including L’Art de L’Aquarelle Le Libre, Splash and the North Light publication Art Journey America: Landscapes.

Salminen is included in Who’s Who In American Art and Who’s Who in America. “John Salminen is one of America’s most highly recognized watercolorists.” – quote from the Artist’s Magazine.

Thomas Schaller:

Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons)and  Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master – a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media and now Penguin / Random House, NYC  in 2018.

His work is collected world-wide and is part of a number of permanent collections including The Johhan Museum: Shanghai: The Watermark Museum; Fabriano: The Tchoban Foundation; Berlin: The Pacific Arts Foundation; Newport Beach, The Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City. His artwork has been featured in prestigious International Watercolor Masters exhibitions in over twenty countries including:  Universal Watercolor Maestro Biennale 2019 -Shanghai: “Cities in Motion” Exhibition, Moscow;  First International World of High Watercolor Exposition : Moscow; “Geniuses of Watercolor” Exhibition , New Delhi, India; Fabriano in Aquarello ,Italy 2016,17,18; The Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club NYC: Master Exhibition of Watercolor; Johhan Museum of Art; Shanghai, Lake-Blue Heaven – Qingdao, China:  Silk Road International Exposition, Xi’an; Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial, National Watercolor Society/China Exchange Exhibition, Masters of Watercolor; St Petersburg. and in the USA in exhibitions of The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Architecture in Perspective, among many others. He has been a featured presenter at the Plein-Air  Conference PACE in San Diego, the Roman Watercolor Society, Rome, The National Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow.

Admission $5.00

Gallery Hours: M/F/S 9-5, T/W/Th 9-6. Closed Sunday.

Canceled: Big Art Blowout

Due to our concern for our customers and staff, the Big Art Blowout will be rescheduled. It will NOT be held March 14 as planned.

  • You must be a member of ArtCenter Manatee
    Each artist will have 4 ft of space on a table we provide and the wall behind it.
  • Space is limited – please contact us if you’d like to participate.
  • No charge to participate – 30% commission to ArtCenter Manatee (a 501c3 non-profit), 70% to you!
  • Work must be original and the artist must be present. Set up 8:00-10:00, sale 10:00-3:00.
  • All work must be priced $10 to $100, in $10 increments.
  • Each artist must provide a log sheet, attached.

Log Sheet

Rules

ACM Members Show 2020

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Pick up is 3:00-6:00 on Friday Feb 7

A member only all media, juried exhibit.
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
Jan 14-Feb 7

Opening Reception Thursday, Jan 16, 5-7pm

They come from as far away as Quebec and as close as next door. Some are painters, some are sculptors, some are potters, some are jewelers, and some are wood workers. Though their tools vary, they share a talent and passion for creating something from nothing, for seeing the world from a different perspective. Every year, we celebrate them and their work in our Members Exhibit.

1st Place: Mom Loved to Sew by Larry Felder.

Juror: Cassia Kite is an interdisciplinary artist who created Soundstitching, a multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by a musician and/or performance artist. Kite has collaboratively produced large-scale work for chamber ensemble and dancers using color-coded graphic scores derived from her hand-stitched tapestries. Kite’s work was premiered at the KANEKO in Omaha, Nebraska in July of 2017. She has been featured as an experimental composer and visual artist in music festivals, museums and universities. Kite has been awarded artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2018 and The Hambidge Creative Residency Program in 2019. She is the recipient of the Paul J. Smith Excellence in Fibers Award from the Fiber Art Network 2018.

Kite was born in Auburn, Nebraska. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, and a B.S. in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. She completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2010. Currently, Kite is a Visual Art Instructor in the fine arts program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and resides in Sarasota, FL.

Kite is represented by Anderson O’Brien Fine Art in Omaha, Nebraska and State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, FL.

Member 2020 awards

 

A Walk in the Woods

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December 17, 2019 – January 10, 2020
Opening Reception, December 19, 2019, 5 pm – 7 pm

A four person exhibit with whimsical horse sculptures surrounded by three talented landscape artists who each interpret the forest in their own style.

Participating Artists:
Mindy Colton – 3D
Approximately 15 – 20 sculptures
Cheryl Moody – 2D
Evelyn McCorristin Peters – 2D
Cecile Moran – 2D

Sponsor:
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Small But Mighty

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An Open, All Media, Juried Show

On Display Dec 17 -Jan 10
Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Dec 19, 5:00-7:00

Small But Mighty is an all media, juried show. Featuring art that is no more than 12″x 12″x 12″. The dimensions are of the final piece of art, including a frame if framed.

Pick up: January 11, 2020, 9-Noon

Images from left:
1st place Stop Stone Stacking by Jean Cormier
2nd place Golden Coconuts by Terry Denson
3rd place Ships Ahoy! by Marg Williamson

Small But Mighty Awards

Juror: Diane Mannion
“I hope my paintings reflect the energy, the light, the people, of the place and time that I live. I paint for joy!” Diane Mannion, contemporary realist, landscape, still life, figurative. Sketches on location in watercolor, pastel, or oil. Studio work oil on canvas. Born in New York, Floridian for over twenty years. Diane studied at Pratt Institute, and State University of New York with graduate studies. As an illustrator Diane published over sixty children’s books and textbooks and was author/illustrator of twelve children’s books. Diane had the honor of a solo show at the Bay Preserve in Osprey for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Diane is a member of Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters, American Society of Marine Artists, Portrait Society of America.

 

Sponsor:
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Pottery Open Studio

The Pottery Studio is available for use during regular business hours by ArtCenter Manatee members who have completed one ceramics class at ArtCenter Manatee in the past two years. Open studio is available only when classes are not in session. There is a fee for use of Open Studio if you are not in a ceramics class. Each session is up to 3 hours. A full day is up to 6 hours. If you are currently enrolled in a ceramics class you have a one week grace period after your last class date. You must sign in and out at the front desk at all times. If you do not sign in/out, it will be considered an all day open studio. You must provide your own materials. Clay may be purchased for $35 per 25 lbs. Price includes glazes and firing.

Please call before coming to ensure schedule has not changed.

          • Single Open Studio: $9 for one, 3-hour session
          • 6-pack Open Studio: $42 for six, 3-hour sessions
          • 12-pack Open Studio: $72 for twelve, 3-hour sessions

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

Ornament Extravaganza

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November 12-December 13, Searle Gallery

Opening Reception November 14, 5:0-7:00

Thousands of handcrafted ornaments in clay, wood, glass, metal, basket weaving, glass, wire wrap, egg, fabric, mosaic and more!

The ornaments are not included in the ArtFul Holidays Party & Sale in the Artisan Market.

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

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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

Sorry, but this form is no longer accepting submissions.

Snatch It! Art & More for Grabs! 2020

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March 28, 6-10pm

Get Ready, Get Set, Go! That’s the cry as another group gets ready to go for their prize at Snatch It! Art & more for grabs. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, quilts, trips, wine baskets, boat rides and weekend getaways are just some of the prizes ready to grab at this hilarious biennial event. Every prize is valued at a minimum of $250 and some are valued at over $1,000. Add delectable hors d’oeuvres, top shelf drinks and an emcee with a lot of personality and it’s not hard to see why this is such a popular event! At $125 per “Snatcher” ticket, it’s a steal! Bring a buddy and have them “Cheer” you on! Cheerer tickets are $45.

The event attracts art and fun lovers of all ages!

Live Music, Hors d’oeuvres, Top Shelf Drinks, Desserts

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Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Feb 22 & 23


ArtCenter Manatee proudly presents the 19th Annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County, a juried two-day outdoor festival that takes place in Downtown Bradenton at the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River. The show features local, regional and national award-winning artists, artist demos, shopping, music, food vendors with seating and more. The festival attracts art lovers of all kinds. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. The proceeds of the festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education programs

The splash pad is located at 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205.

General Information
Feb 22, 2020, 9-5pm & Feb 23, 2020, 9-4pm

Artists still wishing to apply to the show, please contact Christina Sutor at 941-746-2862. Applications taken after December 31, 2019 will be on a case by case basis.