In the Making Exhibit


In the Making
is an open, all media, juried exhibit
On Display: Sep 9 – Oct 9
Pick up Date Oct 10, 9:00-4:00

Shown: A Bird In The Hand by Renee Benson, 1st place

Juror: Ryan Buyssens:
Ryan Buyssens received his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at New College of Florida. As an artist, inventor and maker, he expresses his commentary on logic and progress through the manipulation of various media. Ryan creates with the use of electronic sensors and microcontrollers, computer design, 3D printing, laser-cutting, deft hand skills and good-old-fashioned-patience.

Create Exhibition

On Display: June 16 – August 6 (Thursday) in all galleries

Pick up: Friday, August 7, 9:00-4:00pm

This open, all media, juried exhibit is sponsored by the Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

Juror’s Statement
First of all, what a pleasure and honor it is to be welcomed into ArtCenter Manatee, in the middle of June of 2020, as uncertainty swirls around us. What I came to find in the impressive entries submitted to “Create,” was the very spirit that sustains us when we struggle. Over and over again, the work spoke of universal ideas and shared experience witnessed and reported in a lyrical use of varied media. The themes that emerge after a sustained look: memory, tenderness, frustration, fragility and resilience. My selections reflect the ability of the chosen work, an apparent core desire, to communicate clearly. I can see the labor in my selections and the intention of the artist reaches me in a way that feels surprising, insightful, and memorable. The bravery and innovation I walk away remembering is a welcome gift. Thank you.

Katherine Bzura Gallery Director, Assistant Professor State College of Florida

Juror: Katherine Bzura
Bzura has been a photographer (and the Vice President of a multi-million dollar woman-owned aerial photography company), an art consultant for painters and sculptors in New York, and an award-winning gallery owner in Ybor City.  She is now committed to showcasing art in Bradenton, and bringing examples of creativity and resilience into the lives of students at State College of Florida. In her current roles as Gallery Director of the Gallery @ SCF, the curator of the Art Collection @ SCF and an Assistant Professor teaching art history and art appreciation, Bzura continues to focus on the connections that exist between artists of all types and the communities and audiences they seek to reach. Katherine Bzura is a Florida native, the first National Merit Scholar to ever sign a four-year athletic scholarship at the University of South Florida who went on earn her Master’s Degree in Art History there.

Digital Art Quilt

We thank all the artists who participated in our digital art quilt for the 2020 Giving Challenge to help show the power of art to heal. We received 79 pieces of art. All we can say is WOW! and Thanks!

Watercolor Works: Kathy Simon-McDonald: Kellogg Gallery & Online Exhibit

Kellogg Gallery
May 11-June 12
Pickup: June 13, 9:00-4:00

View the watercolor works of Kathy Simon-McDonald in the Kellogg Gallery and online. Our Galleries will be open M-Sat beginning May 11 from 9:00-4:00. We will be wearing masks and ask that you do as well, and we’ll comply with the CDC guideline of 6 ft social distancing.

“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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Points Of View Exhibit

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
May 11-June 12
Pickup: June 13, 9:00-4:00

An open, all media, juried exhibit
View the all media works online or in our Galleries. Our Galleries will be open M-Sat beginning May 11 from 9:00-4:00. We will be wearing masks and ask that you do as well, and we’ll comply with the CDC guideline of 6 ft social distancing.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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Go Wild

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An Open, All Media, Juried Show

On Display Oct 8-Nov 8
All Galleries

 

Juror Statement: Kim Anderson
Go Wild exemplifies a wealth of talent and creativity showcased in this area. I am truly humbled and inspired by the volume and quality of artwork submitted. As I approached the jurying process I employed my experience and perspective as an artist, reflecting on the overarching tone of the exhibition as well as conversations established between various works submitted. I attempted to evoke balance in thematic directions, formal qualities and creative innovation. My selection of awards highlights what I determined to be the best of these qualities. As always, these decisions are not easy but were ultimately informed by the artist’s ability to successfully synthesize form and content along with a well-crafted presentation. Submitting work to an open call is courageous and a vital contribution towards a dynamic community, embodied here in the ambition and scope of this exhibition. I am honored to have been able to contribute as a creative collaborator in this process as I celebrate all of these artists and their ongoing artistic endeavors.

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Kim Anderson is an artist and educator residing in Bradenton, FL and Berkeley, CA. She holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at New College of Florida where she has taught since 2004. She earned an MFA from the University of Florida and BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Her paintings contrast 19th century cinematic antecedents, vintage home movies, and the carnivalesque magic of stereoscopy against our present screen-based obsessions. Located the afterlife of thrift store novelties and vernacular photography, her paintings reimagine new fictions from found novelties, vintage photographs, and the­ traces of things left behind. Her work has been exhibited nationally in cities including New York, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Ventura, Cincinnati, Seattle, Portland, and Miami and featured in publications including New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, Create! Magazine, and Manifest INPA and MEA.

Instructor’s Showcase

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Sep 5-Oct 4

Reid Hodges Gallery
An invitational exhibit of work by our instructors.

Opening Reception Sep 12, 5:00-7:00
featuring demos by instructors James Griffin, Libit Jones, Victoria Mayol, Lolly Owens, and Sheryl Unwin.

Pictured below: Votive Holder by Seth Barendse, Storm in the Canyon by Graciela Giles, Featured: Red by Elena De La Ville, Banner Image: Building the Wall by Kerry Didday.

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Something Tasty

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Sep 5-Oct 4

Kellogg & Searle Galleries

An open, all media, juried exhibit

Opening Reception Thursday, Sep 12, 5:00-7:00pm

Something Tasty permits a variety of ways to interpret food or drink – from the colorful bounty of the market to the balanced beauty of a still life; from scenes that evoke memories of everyday experiences to unexpected juxtapositions and whimsy.  Image: Donuts by William Perry.

Our Instructor’s Showcase exhibit will be displayed in the Reid Hodges Gallery.

Juror: Christine Renc-Carter
Curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum

Born in 1975 into an artistic family in Florida, Christine Renc-Carter has spent a lifetime deeply rooted in the pursuit of art. As a child, she traveled the country with her artist parents and started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. Christine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 1997 and has studied paper preservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Working for galleries and museums in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area and in Florida for 20 years, Christine has cultivated a unique artistic career as a fine artist and museum professional and has worked with the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Florida International Museum and the St. Petersburg College Foundation. Formerly the Director of Adult Education at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, she oversaw the art center’s expansion of studios and programs. Christine became the Curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in 2016.

As an accomplished artist, Christine shows her work throughout the United States and Japan. Her work is included in collections such as the Marriott Corporation and NBC, as well as private collections worldwide, including the Curator of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University.

Art Works

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Jun 25- Jul 26
All Galleries

Opening Reception Jun 27, 5:00-7:00

Art Works is an open, all media, juried exhibit.

The artwork in this exhibit is a fabulous testament to the breadth of talent in the Tampa Bay region. I was delighted by the diversity of media and subject matter presented here, even if it did make the award selection very difficult. As a juror, there are many things I look for in great artwork, including emotional presence, technical skill and innovation, and content or narrative. The best artworks will have all of those in excessive measure, creating both immediate and lasting impact. I could get lost for hours in the award-winning pieces, for their complex formal relationships, intricate mark-making, and powerful expression. I am very grateful for the opportunity to sit with each and every artwork here and want to congratulate every artist for having the courage to create your work and to share it with our community.

Juror: Nathan Beard

Pick up Date: Jul 27, 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Photography

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Photography Open Exhibition
May 21 – Jun 21

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 23, 5:00-7:00pm

Photography is an open, photography only, juried exhibit.

Pick up Jun 22, 9am – 1pm

Juror: Angel Navarro. Angel owns and operates Angel Navarro Photography, Inc., a photography and digital design company, in Bradenton. The rewarding opportunity to provide photography education began when he joined Johnson Photo Imaging as their director of education. He soon discovered that what he understood needed to find its expression to teaching. As both an instructor and a full-time photographer, Angel discovered the rewards of teaching others photography. With each passing year comes the opportunity to meet new challenges and serve new clients. As one who has benefited from photography, I also feel a responsibility to pass on the skills which have served me so richly.

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Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

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Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna Open Exhibition
May 21 – Jun 21

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 23, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up Jun 22, 9am – 1pm

Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna is an open, all media, juried exhibit.

 

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Juror: Stephanie Chill. Stephanie is Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which is an encyclopedic institution. Her scope of work includes working closely with the Asian art collection—historic to contemporary. Through her work in the museum field, Chill aims to integrate art appreciation with cultural understanding. At the MFA, she curated Dorothy Height’s Hats and We Do Not Work Alone: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. Chill is the in-house curator of the upcoming Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, which will open on June 22, 2019.

6th Annual Manatee County Schools K-12 Exhibit

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An all media, juried exhibit.

Kellogg, Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
April 30-May 17

Opening Reception Thursday, May 2, 5-7pm

 

ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 210 K-12 visual arts students.

According to the National Arts in Education Association, learning to paint, create a website or design an energy-efficient home requires mastering skills which are often invisible to the naked eye, but are developed through a strong visual arts education. In Manatee County, we’re fortunate to have a Board of Education that has made a continued commitment to teaching the visual arts in its elementary, middle and high schools. By partnering with ArtCenter Manatee, that commitment is furthered by giving these young artists a ‘voice’ – three museum-quality galleries – where their work can be professionally displayed and where the artists can receive positive recognition by a wider audience.

ArtCenter Manatee offers the gallery space, marketing and as many frames and mattes that can be found to help these budding artists get their due. The ArtCenter will also award scholarships to art classes to students whose work is judged to be among the best in each of four grade ranges: K-2, 3-6, 5-8 and 9-12.

For many students, it will be their first experience in preparing their work for display. And certainly for pricing their work with an eye to selling it. For most students it will also the first time they have ever been to an art gallery. The experience will give students real world experience in the process of preparing artwork for exhibit, and the lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

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Petticoat Painters Annual Exhibition

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April 2-April 26
Opening Reception, April 4, 5:00-7:00

Kellogg Gallery

The Petticoat Painters, formed in 1953, is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting women’s art groups in the U.S.

While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the twenty first century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics.

The Petticoat Painters are motivated by their individual process of making art. Each artist has a firm commitment to moving beyond the boundaries of materials, of techniques, of standard images and preconceived notions.

All the members of the group are inspired by the camaraderie and vibrant association with each other. Each person is encouraged to continue her journey of exploration and the development of artistic endeavors.

The group of work on display from our members is a tribute to our member Eleanor Merritt who has recently passed away. Her energy and passion for our work will be sorely missed.

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Image: Eleanor Merritt

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It’s Colored Pencil!

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Feb 26-Mar 29
Kellogg Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday Feb 28, 5:00-7:00
The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Florida, will hold their “It’s Colored Pencil 2019” exhibit at ArtCenter Manatee in the Kellogg Gallery, February 26 through March 29. The show will feature the work of 27 colored pencil artists from Florida. Juror for the show, Erin Wilson, is from the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg. CPSA strives to bring awareness to the beauty and richness of colored pencil as a medium for creating fine art.

Image: Splash-with-Dad by Mellissa Miller-Nece