Arthur Dillard

Searle Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

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

Art Dillard at ArtCenter Manatee

A special viewing of approximately fifty original paintings with subjects consisting of Jazz, Sports, Landscapes and Portraits, over ninety percent of these paintings are first time viewing.

Paintings from Dillard’s personal collection will be on display will not be shown at any other exhibitions.

Arthur Dillard is a local Bradenton artist whose unique watercolor painting have been shown nationally as well as winning multiple awards.

Art by Kids with Cancer

Reid Hodges Gallery August 26 – September 20, 2013

Opening Reception Thursday, September 5th, 5-7pm
Art by Kids with Cancer at ArtCenter Manatee

Art by Kids with Cancer, 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.

Nell Rude Photography

Searle Gallery September 23 – October 25, 2013

Nell Rude Photography Exhibition

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

A one woman show by Glenview, Ill. and Sarasota, FL Photographer Nell Rude. Her love of photography started as a hobby and bloomed into an art career. Through the eye of the lens she has created special moments on film to the delight of her admirers. She has attended many seminars, including some sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Pen Women

Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries September 23 – October 25, 2013

Pen Women Exhibition

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

Sarasota Pen Women are wildly creative women dedicated to the arts. They are made up of professional artists, writers, and musical composers with a passion for encouraging others along the creative path. Each year, the Sarasota Branch awards scholarships to Sarasota and Manatee County area high school seniors in art, letters and music.

The Pen Women archives chronicle the legacy of illustrious members, such as Vinnie Ream, Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Amy Beach, Georgia O’Keefe, and Eudora Welty.

Fine Craft 3D – Open Exhibition

Fine Craft 3D and Photography Exhibitions

Kellogg Gallery December 3 – January 3, 2013-14

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

Susanna Spann, Juror, Fine Craft 3D Entries

Judge’s Statement, Fine Craft 3D Awards

 It was my privilege to jury an outstanding collection of craft art. The professionalism of the jewelry and ceramic departments is evident in the work entered into the show and the addition of the weavings, stained glass and sculpture made it a very well-rounded exhibition.
Congratulations to all of the artists.

Diane L. Shelly


1st Place
Wolfe Zucker Committee Meeting: Woman’s Resource Center Petrified Wood $400

2nd Place
Wendy Thurlow Sparkle Cuff Jewelry $200

3rd Place
Jean Snyder Turned to Stone Clay $150

Donna Carrion Empowerment Jewelry

April Godfrey Gold and Ice Jewelry

Dan Murray Untitled Raku

John Henry Checkers on the Side Turned Wood

Sue Kerr Sister Sister Sister Clay

November 30 – Receiving 9am- 1pm
January 4 – Pick Up 9am- 1pm

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Instructor’s Showcase

Searle Gallery December 3 – January 3, 2013-14

A curated exhibit of ArtCenter Manatee Instructors’ works.

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

November 30 – Receiving 9am- 1pm
January 4 – Pick Up 9am- 1pm

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Member Show

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries January 7 – January 31, 2014


Opening Reception Thursday, January 9th, 5-7pm

The number and quality of the entries in this exhibit is a positive reflection of the arts evolution in our area. Retaining the diversity in the exhibit which represented that of the submitted works became a primary goal in my selection process.  Artworks which indicate a willingness to take risks may trump those displaying highly refined technical skill. Ideally there is both. My greatest difficulty was being limited by the number of awards available and in having to eliminate many strong, worthy pieces due to the great flood of entries. I applaud all who entered the Members Exhibition and encourage you to keep making art.

Jean Blackburn

January 4 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
February 1 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

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Student Show

Kellogg Gallery January 7 – January 31, 2014


Opening Reception Thursday, January 9th, 5-7pm

It was a pleasure to be asked to jury this exhibition of student’s work. I looked for originality, liveliness, color harmony, textural interest and technical craftmanship. I studied each entry and I am happy with the results. I encourage you to keep up the effort and enjoy the process.

Jacqui Clark

January 4 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
February 1 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

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Florida Living – Open Exhibition

Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries February 4 – February 28, 2014


Opening Reception Thursday, February 6th, 5-7pm

Judging Florida Living Open Exhibition was a delightful and pleasurable task. I was impressed by the diversity of media and the obvious strengths in multiple areas – jewelry, photography and watercolor. The First Place winner, Ginny Taylor, created a marvelously inventive mixed media piece that could not be ignored.

I congratulate all who braved the process of submitting work to be subjectively judged. Special recognition is due to all eleven awardees. The work is original and evidences a superior command of the particular medium.

Juror, Andrew Maas

February 1 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
March 1 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

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Susanna Spann – Spanning The Globe

Searle Gallery February 4 – February 28, 2014

Susanna Spann-Spanning the Globe

ArtCenter Manatee presents “Spanning the Globe” a 40 year retrospective of artist Susanna Spann.

Spann has earned membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society. Her work has been published in numerous watercolor books and art magazines including her own book, Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor. For many years Ms. Spann taught illustration and watercolor at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. On exhibit will be several series of work including her latest “Spanning the Globe” which shows paintings from various travels.

Opening Reception Thursday, February 6th, 5-7pm

American Watercolor Society 146th Traveling Exhibition

Kellogg Gallery March 4 – March 28, 2014


Opening Reception Friday, March 7th, 5-7pm

With only 5 viewings nationally, ArtCenter Manatee is honored to be the only South Eastern US destination for the 146th Annual Traveling Exhibition. Featuring some of the preeminent water media artists from around the world, the juried traveling exhibit has been inexistence for over 100 years. ArtCenter Manatee hosts a prestigious show of watercolor paintings annually with our community and beyond. Take in the beauty of art, experience world class talent and enjoy a local gem in downtown Bradenton.

The suggested donation of $10 allows us to bring these important cultural events to our community.

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society – Aqueous Show 2014

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries March 4 – March 28, 2014


Opening Reception Friday, March 7th, 5-7pm

March 1 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
March 29 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Herbie Rose

Kellogg Gallery April 1 – May 2, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm


Jamaican born, Herbie Rose is a graduate of the Phoenix School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Herbie has a keen eye for capturing a variety of hues that represent light in his landscapes and still lifes. His work is instantly recognizable. The vibrant tropical colors evoke the painter’s heritage and the precise rendering of architectural elements attest to his training and experience in commercial art.

“When I’m creating I try to tell a story, the season, the weather, putting the viewer in my shoes, surprising the eyes with color. Most of all, I want to show the love that I am experiencing.”

March 29 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
May 3 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Bill Gotwald, Ph.D. African Masks

Searle Gallery April 1 – May 2, 2014


An intimate look into the personal collection of Dr. Bill Gotwald. Providing a glimpse into the personality of the collector, this exhibit explores the universality of masking traditions. Whether decorative, ceremonial or strictly utilitarian, masks play an important part of historical and modern culture. Discover what is behind the mask, attend a lecture and discussion with Dr. Gotwald, and immerse yourself in the beauty of a longstanding artform.

 Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Bill Gotwald April 12th, Click for more info.

Opening Reception Thursday, April 3rd, 5-7pm

March 29 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
May 3 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Manatee County School Exhibition

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries May 6 – June 6, 2014


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

Watch art come alive through the eyes of local school children this May when ArtCenter Manatee displays the work of over 200 students from 16 Manatee County elementary schools in three galleries.

Think art is just for fun? Art is fun but it’s also important in development: it enhances our lives and teaches our children valuable skills in interaction, self-expression, communication and problem solving. Have you ever seen a child create an alien monster from clay and paint, figuring out where the different, and alien, parts go, how they connect, what colors they will be? Or the joy they express when their work is not only completed but displayed for others to see? The process of creation, planning, sharing ideas, and then putting it all together are processes they will use throughout their lives.

Art matters the same way math and science matter. With many art programs being reduced or eliminated in our schools, ArtCenter Manatee has made a commitment to art and children by filling the gap and adding enrichment through kids art programs.

Thanks to the dedication of school art teachers and a grant from the Mary E. Parker Foundation, ArtCenter Manatee is taking the art education program a step further by providing a new and meaningful experience in exhibiting, and offering for sale, the work of local students, many of whom have never stepped into a gallery before, let alone exhibited art work for public viewing.

Juror’s Statement

The works of art presented in this exhibit are truly outstanding. Choosing only one 1st place,only one 2nd place, only one 3rd place with only 3 honorable mentions in each category was a real challenge.

The winners were selected based on the use of design, composition and the application of color. Originality was a major factor as well as control of the medium.

Congratulations to all of the students whose art work is on display. Special congratulations to the wonderfully creative teachers who inspire and guide them.

Thank you Art Center Manatee for hosting this exhibit and thank you for introducing these young artists to the real world of exhibitions.

Juror, Maggie Nevena


May 3 – Receiving 9am – 1pm
June 7 – Pick Up 9am – 1pm

Express Yourself – Open Exhibition

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries June 10 – July 18, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, June 12th, 5-7pm


A wide variety of exceptional work by local and regional artists has been juried for prizes and is on exhibit in all galleries of the ArtCenter!

50/50 raffle, light hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments!

Winners will be announced Thursday evening. Come meet the artists, socialize and enjoy the ambiance!

Juror’s Statement

Express Yourself certainly fits this show-quite expressive. Being a juror for the first electronic show was indeed an honor-many of the pieces came in and the quality of work was good. The walk in entries were wide with imagination and high quality by the artist. Many mediums to choose from executed with that lasting touch of excellence.

Jon Greeley

All artwork needs to be picked up on July 19 from 9-1.

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Inspired Visions, All Media Open Exhibit

June 5-July 6

Opening Reception Thurs. June 7, 5-7pm
Inspired Visions, All Media Open Exhibit, All Galleries

Patsy Hall, The Approach

Patsy Hall, The Approach

Juror: Susanna Spann

Juror Statement

Jurying is “One person’s opinion on one day” and this day I found a strong presence in the jewelry category. As a juror, I certainly enjoyed the variety of work on exhibit and was pleased with the following of the theme, Inspired Visions.

Receiving 6/2  10:00am-1:00pm
Pickup 7/7

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KidsArt Summer Camp Exhibit

KidsArt Exhibition
July 12-August 10

KidsArt Party August 10, 5 – 7pm
All Galleries

A delightful exhibit presenting the spontaneous and joyful work created by our KidsArt summer camp students. Artists from four to fifteen years of age will have their work displayed in all of ArtCenter Manatee’s galleries. Celebrate in true kid fashion with ice cream from Bradentown Scoop, Pizza from Domino’s, a balloon twister, the Pirates Baseball speed pitch, Marty the Marauder himself and more! Tampa Bay Rowdies tickets for the August 25 game against the Puerto Rico Islanders will be on sale – 4 tickets for $15 or $5 each (discounted from $14 ea)… proceeds benefit ArtCenter Manatee KidsArt Camp and the kids have a chance to go on the field prior to the game!

Sponsored by :

Bradentown Scoop
Domino’s Pizza
Florida Central Credit Union
Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball
Tampa Bay Rowdies


Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

September 5 – 28


Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna, All Media Open Exhibition, All Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday September 6, 5-7pm

Receiving – September 1
Pick Up – September 29

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Expressions Of Hope

October 2 – 26

Expressions of Hope, Curated Exhibition, Reid-Hodges Gallery

Also on display:

Gerry Zeck, “The Journey” A photo montage documenting his wife’s journey surviving cancer.

“Art by kids with cancer” Artwork from the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, a project of Young Artists Awards

Opening Reception Thursday October 4, 5-7pm

Receiving – September 29
Pick Up – October 27