ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes the 5th Annual Manatee County School District 5th annual K-12 Exhibit
March 27 – April 13, Opening Reception April 5th, 5-7pm
ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 250 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.
With the help of our community’s, and the many students who participate, it is sure to be even better that last year’s exhibit.
The opening reception, with Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, will be on Thursday, April 5th from 5:00-7:00pm. Light, kid-appropriate snacks and beverages will be served. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of art by our students. Who knows, the work of the next Picasso may be on display.
Pictured: Atalina’s Gaze by Jenny Medved, First Place Winner
Searle Gallery Feb 13 – Mar 23
Juror: Gene Rizzo
Reception: Thursday, February 15th, 5-7 pm
Pickup: Saturday, March 24th, 10 am-11:30 AM
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) is an IRS tax-exempt 501-C-3, not-for-profit organization for members who reside on the west coast of Florida. FSWS was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Our intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.
ArtCenter Manatee is honored to present the 150th Annual Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition featuring the work of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world. Experience the world-class talent and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. $5 admission per person helps to cover the cost of bringing this prestigious exhibition to ArtCenter Manatee, one of only five venues in the country and the only in Florida.
Also on display will be the Aqueous Show by Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS). The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. M-F-S 9-5, T-W-Th 9-6. Closed Sunday.
The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Indeed, election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. AWS Membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting throughout the Society’s history and includes (to name drop a few) the American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, plus virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.
AWS’s annual Exhibition is one of the most revered watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submit their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions, 150 paintings are selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which tours museums and galleries across the country during the next year.
While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also compete for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and 34 other awards and medals totaling more than $50,000 in prize money.
Exhibit: Suzy Schultz, A Long Solitude: Works from 2006 – 2017
Jan 9-Feb 9
Opening Reception Jan 11, 5:00-7:00
Suzy Schultz is an award-winning artist who works in the mediums of watercolor, oil, intaglio and graphite. Schultz has little formal art training, but was exposed to art at an early age through her mother, who is a painter. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Mathematics Education and taught high school for 4 1/2 years. Taking a leave of absence, she spent a year overseas in Poland. On returning, she did some part-time graphic design work for a local missions agency, and was eventually hired to help with their publications. There she was mentored and nurtured in her artistic talent, and encouraged to paint for illustrations used in the magazine. When her mentor and boss left to go on the mission field six years later, she was told she needed to leave her job and paint full time, which she did.
She has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Drawing, and Watercolor Magic magazines. She has also had work published in art books.
Suzy lives, works and teaches life drawing in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dec 12-Jan 5, Searle Gallery
Opening Reception Dec 14, 5:00-7:00pm
Slogging through swamps, wading through weeds and getting off the beaten path, Doctrow sketches native habitats and makes environmental woodcuts. These printed woodcuts are portraits of plants and plant communities, some endemic, rare and endangered.
About the Art
This art reflects Doctrow’s captivation with swampy jungles, exotic plants and diverse habitats. A dominant theme is the drama of the moment, a personal interaction with a particular place.
Through this artwork I connect to the natural world and hope to bring attention to these fragile environments.
Her recent work has focused on Central and South Florida, Big Cypress and the Everglades. The work is influenced by the Western landscape art tradition, representing natural forms accurately and expressively, as well as Oriental art. Working mostly in black and white, Doctrow explores complex forms and aims to simplify composition. Her artistic goal is to achieve a balance between black and white areas, carved and uncarved areas of the woodcut block, positive and negative.
She begins with field sketches of natural places, transfers them to woodblocks and then completes the final image with carving. “The carving demands spontaneity, letting go, and following the movement or feeling for the form.” The carved marks become visual shorthand – a way of simplifying complex images, expressing rhythm, texture, form and space.
The carved blocks are printed with water-based ink on Japanese kozo paper, each print hand-pulled in the artist’s studio using an etching press.
Doctrow is Curator Emerita at South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art & Culture in Avon Park, Florida. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and she has lectured widely and conducts workshops on woodcut art. Doctrow has held art residencies at Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and Archbold Biological Station. These residencies provided access to remote and pristine areas in Florida, inspiring much of her recent work.
Opening Reception Friday, Sep 28, 5:30-7:30
Free & Open to the Public
We open the 2018-19 season with the annual Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) juried exhibit. This premier exhibit of paintings by Florida watercolorists will feature 102 pieces selected from a field of 600 entries by award-winning artist and juror, Thomas Schaller. The Exhibit will be on display September 7 through October 26. The opening reception will be Friday, September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
To get to the ArtCenter while 3rd Ave is under construction
May 15- Jun 22
Free demo by world renown watercolorist John Salminen, Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00. Free Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 5:00-7:00
The diverse styles representing each artists unique vision, along with the high technical quality of each piece, makes the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society a must see show. From a field of over 200 watercolor paintings representing artists from 19 southern states, the juror, John Salminen, an internationally recognized urban landscape painter, selected 94 paintings for inclusion in the exhibit.
The artists and their work present a compelling story of life, from portraits to street scenes and landscapes to abstracts. The body of work is impressive.
Founded in 1975, the Southern Watercolor Society, a nonprofit corporation, formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative and permanent painting medium. They are dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards.
Left: Rowena & Pretty Baby by Dean Mitchell, Best Of Show Winner.
Endangered by Lloyd Roberts
Oct 6- Nov 6
Opening Reception Thurs, Oct 8, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public
Lloyd Roberts’ photographs bring you close to some of the world’s most beautiful creatures in some of earth’s most remote places. A leopard peers out from his resting place, a pair of polar bears frolic in the snow, a line of wild horses stampedes towards him as he prepares his shot. The work of Lloyd Roberts is showcased in Endangered, in the Kellogg Gallery. Roberts’ work will hook you at first glance, drawing you closer as you wonder at the beauty of nature and her creatures and his ability to capture and convey the emotion of the moment. While photography is Roberts’ passion, he is also an accomplished watercolor artist and bronze sculptor. All three will be on display until Nov 6.
Pick-up is Sat Nov 7, 9-1
Juror: Susan Foster
1st Place: John Bayalis Morning with Monet, Watercolor
2nd Place: Margaret Bayalis Rhapsody, Oil
3rd Place: Linda Lee Foster-Paul Moonlight On Water X, Watercolor
Merit: Lisa Swift North Jetty Light, Oil
Bernice Gaines In Motion, Watercolor
Roseann Haslett Snow Bear and Friends, Pastel
Jill Krasner Revisit, Watercolor & Gouache
Jean Cormier Red Tide Event, Acrylic Sea Salt Washes
Best In Jewelry: Margaret Hoyt, Art Flows Through Time, Roman Ancient Glass, Citrine, Silver
Best In 3D: Robert Doyon Totem Portal, Wood
Reid Hodges Gallery
September 1- October 2
Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm
We invite you to view (and purchase!) this very special collection of art work by a very special group of young artists.
The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local students in the arts now in its twelfth year, works with the staff at the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork goes to provide direct assistance to Southwest Florida families in crisis facing the financial challenges of childhood cancer through the “Family Emergency Fund”, created and funded by the Young Artists Awards. This fund, administered by a social worker at the hospital, helps families of kids with cancer with prescription costs, groceries, transportation, and other items otherwise not covered.
Kellogg & Searle Galleries
September 1 – October 2
Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm
Juror: Barbara Anderson Hill, Consultant, City of Fort Myers Public Art Program
Art Matters is an open, all media, juried exhibit that celebrates the importance of art in our lives and in the life of our community.
Pick Up: October 3
April 28 to May 29
Opening Reception Thursday April 30th, 5:00-7:00pm
An open all media juried exhibition of work that is black and white and all shades of gray.
“Veiled Impression” by Mary Jo Johnson
Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm
A curated show on art produced by artists 80 years of age and older.
Think art retires? Think again!
The ArtCenter celebrates the talents of artists still creating well into their golden age!
Mary DuCharme – painter
Ed Brickman – jeweler
Eleanor Merritt – painter
Maxine Masterfield – painter (abstract)
Betty Isermann – painter (abstract)
Jack Nolan – painter
Peggy Potter – pastel artist
Barbara Singer – painter
Robert Freeman – woodworker & sculpture
Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27
Reid Hodges Gallery September 3-26, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm
24 plastic yard flamingos painted by 20 artists who donated their time and creativity. The participating artists reside throughout greater Tampa Bay region from New Port Richey to Avon Park. Artists represent multiple media and specialties, from painting to glasswork to ceramics.
The flamingos are displayed in “planter habitats,” with most habitats supporting two flamingos and are part of a traveling exhibit to support the “Be Floridian” campaign of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its local government partners. Be Floridian raises awareness of local ordinances restricting use of lawn and landscape fertilizers to protect our bays, lakes and Gulf.
The pink yard flamingo was chosen as the mascot for Be Floridian because it has long been a familiar and fun fixture of Florida yards, and complements our “Garden like a Floridian” message.
The birds are currently not for sale, although they may be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program once their tour ends.
Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27
10th Annual Paint The Town
ArtCenter Manatee presents the 10th Annual “Paint the Town” exhibition. The kick off for the show was “Quick Draw”, open to all artists, at Bradenton’s Riverwalk on Saturday, Sept 27th from 9am – 2 pm. The main event, Paint The Town, takes place Sept 27 – Oct 2, during which time chosen professional artists painted on location ‘en plein air’ from actual Bradenton scenes. The finished paintings have been judged for prizes and are on display at ArtCenter Manatee October 2 – 30.
The annual Paint The Town event continues to involve artists of regional and national renown. Our juror for 2014 was nationally acclaimed Plein Air Painter, Bill Farnsworth of Venice, Fl.
Kirsten Andreason, Safety Harbor, Fl
John Bayalis, St. Peterburgs, Fl
Margaret Bayalis, St. Petersburg, Fl
Annette Boarini, Bradenton, Fl
Kelli Mason Bowles, Sarasota, Fl
Peter Christ, Sarasota, Fl
Susan Covert, Bradenton, Florida
Katie Dobson Cundiff, Bradenton, Fl
Kathy Durdin, Tampa, Fl
Marie Garafino, Bradenton, Fl
Graciela Giles, Bradenton, Fl
Charles Gray, Seminole, Fl
Sharon Guy, Sarasota, Fl
Michelle Held, Sarasota, Fl
Missy Heldebrandt, Bradenton, Fl
Karen Hitt, Venice, Fl
Maryanne Jacobsen, Venice, Fl
Joe Kanoza, Palmetto, Fl
Joanna Karpay, Tampa, Fl
Jane Delight Keeling, Bradenton, Fl
Vivek Lakhotia, East Largo, Fl
Greg McMullough, Orlando, Fl
Diane Mannion, Englewood, Fl
Joseph Melancon, Sarasota, Fl
Jerry Palmer South, Pasedena, Fl
Joan Peters, Sarasota, Fl
Sandra Robinson, Sarasota, Fl
Hodges Soileau, Venice, Fl
Patricia Sorg, Walkers Island, Fl
Lynn Wilson, Appalachicola, Fl
Cory Wright, Ruskin, Fl