Black & White Exhibit

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Reid Hodges Gallery

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

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Over 80 & Still Creating

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Kellogg Gallery September 3-26, 2014

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

The Art of Being Floridian: Flamingos On Tour – Tampa Bay Estuary


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


Paint The Town 2014

10th Annual Paint The Town

Paint The Town ArtCenter Manatee Plein Air Painting competition in downtown Bradenton

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.

Participating Artists:

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

CityScapes – Open Exhibition

CityScapes all media open exhibit

Searle Gallery September 30-October 31, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd, 5-7pm

Receiving – 9/27
Pick Up – 11/1

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Art by Kids With Cancer 2014

Art by kids with cancer at artcenter manatee

Reid Hodges Gallery September 30-October 31, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, October 2nd, 5-7pm

A project of the Young Artists Awards

Artwork from the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano
 Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local
students in the arts now in its eleventh year, works with the staff at the 
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of
 Southwest Florida.

The organization donates and delivers art supplies to the hospital for the
children to use in a therapeutic setting throughout the year, and then mats, 
frames and exhibits selected pieces at various venues throughout the community.

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.

Receiving – 9/27
Pick Up – 11/1

Matters of the heART – Open Exhibition


Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries November 4-December 5, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, November 6th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 11/1
Pick Up – 12/6
Online Entry Open 10/6-10/24. Artists will be notified 10/28

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Jurors Statement

I am honored to serve as juror for this exhibit, “Matters of the Heart.” I was impressed by the many ways the theme was interpreted, and how each artist’s “heart” was communicated in their artwork. Some pieces delivered an immediate punch with strong design and vivid contrast; others quietly told their story after a second or third look. There were many pieces that displayed a high level of technical mastery. Visitors to the exhibit will be delighted by several new approaches to subject matter, especially figurative work.

I carefully considered each piece and compared it with the others with respect to initial impact, composition, originality, technical skill, content, and finally presentation. Naturally there were difficult choices to be made, given the many worthy pieces entered. If your piece was not included or did not receive an award, please know that I was limited by the space and there are many more pieces that deserve recognition.

Congratulations to every brave and talented artist who entered. Keep on expressing yourself through your art and sharing it with the world!

Best Wishes,
Kris​ Parins

Sumi-e Society


Kellogg Gallery December 9, 2014-January 2, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, December 11th, 5-7pm

Works by members of the Sarasota Sumi-e Society.
The art of Sumi-e is a dynamic balance, creating paintings made of black ink, but often giving the impression of having color through skillful manipulation of values. In later years, color was introduced and used by many artists. The use of white or blank space for balance is known as Wu-Wei, the fullness of the empty, achieved through the principle of balance. See all the space, not just painted space as being worthy of our attention. When you think of empty space as being full of potential, that may be the secret to success in painting, as it is in life.

The Sarasota Chapter is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. Membership includes painters and non painters, professional artists, calligraphers, teachers and students. In Sarasota, emphasis is on education and sharing through monthly meetings, newsletters, workshops and exhibitions.
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Receiving – 12/6
Pick Up -1/3

World Travel Through Watercolor and Photography By Jody & Jim MacNeil


Searle Gallery December 9, 2014-January 2, 2015

Artist Statement: James MacNeil

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the camera, its ability to stop time, remember details and make me see the world through a different “lens”.  The camera gave me the feeling of creativity, even when it was film and you had to wait to see your picture.  Learning how to develop and print my own negatives opened another door. Our travels open my lenses to the sights of other cultures and other times and I hope to convey those images to others through my work.

Every artist has a muse or inspiration whether they know it or not and my wife is that for me.  As an artist, herself, she looks at my work with a different eye, a deep appreciation and that drives me to try new filters, new techniques and new cameras.  Any artist is ever evolving, but when you have captured the light, vitality, expression and brought out an emotion in the viewer through a photo, you have achieved true art.

Opening Reception Thursday, December 11th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 12/6
Pick Up -1/3

Florida Artists Group

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Kellogg Gallery January 6-30, 2015

Florida Artists Group is a non-profit group of practicing artists who have gained national or statewide recognition. Their purpose is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the state of Florida. This exhibit includes work from artists in Area III, including Glades, Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Opening Reception Thursday, January 8th, 5-7pm

Receiving – 1/3
Pick Up – 1/31

The National Watercolor Society 94th International Traveling Exhibition

National Watercolor International Traveling Exhibition

Kellogg Hodges Gallery February 3-March 20, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, February 5th, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee is honored to host the pre-eminent traveling exhibition from the National WaterColor Society. Chosen from the field of 79 water media masterpieces selected into the International Exhibition, the traveling show features the work of 32 artists that has never before been shown nationally or internationally. Previous exhibits have included work by such American masters as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. This year’s show is sure to inspire artists and art lovers.

As one of only two venues in the country to host this show, ArtCenter Manatee will display the amazingly diverse water media work in the Kellogg Gallery from February 3 through March 20, 2015, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 5th from 5-7pm.

To help offset the cost of bringing an exhibit of this caliber to ArtCenter Manatee, there will be a $5.00 per person admission charge. This fee will be waived the night of the opening reception. Docent tours will be available for groups of 15 or more. Please call Annette to arrange a tour: 941-746-2862.

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society – Aqueous Show 2015

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Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries February 3-March 20, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, February 5th, 5-7pm

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.

Aqueous Watercolor is defined as a painting executed with any water-soluble medium, including gouache, acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collage, on such surfaces as paper, silk or Yupo, matted, and framed under Plexiglas.

Receiving 1/31
Pick Up 3/21

Transformations – Open Exhibition 2015

Kellogg & Searle Galleries March 24-April 24, 2015

Robin MacKay

Opening Reception Thursday, March 26th, 5-7pm

Transformations is an open, juried, all media exhibit. A transformation is a change. It can be in form or appearance or structure. It can also signify a remake or renewal, a morphing of one thing into another or a shift in process or life cycles. You decide.

Lloyd Roberts




Splash of Color Exhibit



Kellogg Gallery
April 28 to May 29

Opening Reception Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm

An open all media juried exhibition of work that is all color or has a splash of color.

Pick Up May 30th

Speedy by Susan Elliott

1st Place: Jacqueline Clark, The Cat’s Meow
2nd Place: Lillian Sands, Reflections
3rd Place: Cesar Medeiros, Field of Dreams


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Reflections in Color: Art Dillard & Friends

Rainy Days by Arthur Dillard

Searle Gallery
April 28-May 29, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm

Arthur Dillard is a local Bradenton artist whose unique watercolor paintings have been shown nationally as well as having won multiple awards. This exhibit features Art and a few of his friends.



“Rainy Days” by Arthur Dillard

Curator’s Statement

I would like to thank these artists for submitting their work. These artists are family. I met some of them as many as 20 years ago when African American Artists had few venues to showcase their work. Because of this, we would travel all over the country together from New York to California. We would stay in some cities up to a month. Some of us would share hotels, travel and food. Because of these bonds, not only was our work elevated, our business plans improved. We became a large family of Artists. It has been my honor to pull this show together and unite a group of friends.

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The Artists:

Arthur Dillard, Bradenton, FL

Major Gladden,  Sarasota, FL

Kareem Jones, Atlanta, GA

Ben Love, Bradenton, FL

Junior Moore, Kingston, Jamaica

Eluster Richardson, Tallahassee, FL

Everett Spruill, Orlando, FL



Manatee County School Exhibition 2015

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries June 2-June 19, 2015

Home by Payton

Home by Payton

Owl by Jadeyn

Owl by Jadeyn

Estela by Naomi

Estela by Naomi


Opening Reception Thursday, June 4th, 5-7pm

Watch art come alive through the eyes of local school children in this exhibit of over 200 works by K-12 students from Manatee County Schools in our three galleries. Awards for work from grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-12. Pictured are the Best of Show Winners in each grade range.


No Boundaries – Open Exhibition

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Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
June 23-July 24, 2015

An open, all media, juried exhibition

Opening Reception Thursday, June 25th, 5-7pm

Pick Up 7/25

Diana in Wonderland by Susanna Spann

Fractal Art By Joseph Presley

Kellogg Gallery June 23-July 31, 2015


Held for one week! Closes July 31st at 5:00pm

Joseph Presley is a local artist who combines mathematics with modern technology to render multilayered fractals into beautiful and deeply emotional artistic expressions. He has practiced fractal art since the late 90’s and is a true pioneer of this stimulating new art form which is recognized by its multifaceted patterns and infinite detail. As a pianist of 35 years, Joseph’s love for music is interwoven throughout his artwork and creates a confluence between his two greatest passions. With a third of the collection being musically themed, and live piano solos played by the artist throughout the opening reception, this will be a very unique and personal showing. Come experience the magnificent world of fractals as translated by Joseph and learn more about this beautifully complex realm of art.

KidsArt Camp Exhibition 2015

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Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries July 28 – August 14, 2015

Closing Reception and Party August 14, 5-7pm

Starting July 28th the ArtCenter gallery walls will be filled with fun art from our summer camp programs! We end our 2014/15 exhibition year with a closing reception and party! You’ll enjoy paintings, jewelry, pottery, paper mache, and more!


Oil painting by Katie C, 12 years old

Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sports

Kellogg Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm

Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sports

National Art Museum of Sport, NCAA, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball and ArtCenter Manatee present the 3rd Annual International Fine Art Competition, Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport.

The exhibit features over 30 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by artists depicting sport. The works were chosen by a three-panel jury following an international call for submissions. The competition attracted artists from 29 states and 10 countries. Fifty-eight sports were represented in the more than 247 works of art that were entered by 127 artists.

Awards from NAMOS and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be announced at the exhibition opening. The Germain G. Glidden Best in Show Award and both National Collegiate Athletic Association awards, NCAA Honoring Academic and Athletic Excellence in Painting Award and NCAA Honoring Academic and Athletic Excellence in Sculpture Award, each feature a $2,500 prize.