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

Think Pink

October 2 – 26


Think Pink, All Media Open Exhibition, Kellogg and Searle Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday October 4, 5-7pm

Juror: John Greeley

Receiving – September 29
Pick Up – October 27

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Foundation For Dreams

October 30 – November 30

Foundation For Dreams, Searle Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday November 1, 5-7pm

The Foundation for Dreams and ArtCenter Manatee are showcasing art created by the children of Dream Oaks Camp the entire month of November.

The Dream Oaks Camp program provides a special place for children with special needs and chronic illnesses the opportunity to bond with others, build steps toward a greater self-confidence, strengthen activities of daily living and life skills, and provide respite services to the parents and/or caregivers.

Visit for more information.

Receiving – October 27
Pick Up – December 1

Up, Up and Away

October 30 – November 30

Up, Up And Away, All Media Open Exhibition, Kellogg and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday November 1, 5-7pm

Juror’s Statement

I viewed the art as a complete range of subjects, mediums and techniques. Whether it is painting, photography, jewelry or sculpture, in abstract, realism and every technique in between; they were all done professionally.
Juror, Frank Saso

Receiving – October 27
Pick Up – December 1

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Student & Member Exhibition

December 4 – January 4

Student Exhibit, Kellogg Gallery
Member Exhibit, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday December 6, 5-7pm

Receiving – December 1
Pick Up – January 5

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Art In A Minor Key

January 8 – February 1

Art In A Minor Key, All Media Open Exhibition, Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Saturday January 12, 4pm

Receiving – January 5
Pick Up – February 2

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Maxine Masterfield

January 7 – February 1

Maxine Masterfield, Searle Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday January 12, 4pm

Artists Statement

Over 63 years ago I decided I would dedicate my life to becoming a fine artist. I was 16 at the time and never realized the hard work it would involve. I struggled through art school but never gave up, and by studying the various styles of other artists they helped me find my own voice.

I couldn’t afford paints or canvas, so I had to use whatever I could find – hardware brushes, rags and sponges. I found it difficult to paint details which let me on the path of experimental painting.

My inspirations for my work comes from many different places and experiences – from visiting a machine museum where I became obsessed with transmission parts to discovering the images in sliced agates, lace, pressed flowers, or cracks in a sidewalk. Experiences or objects can start me down a path of experimenting with different materials – sprayed, splattered or poured.

In the early 80’s Gracie Hegeman (from Bradenton) and I started an International Society for Experimental Artists. We soon discovered we were not alone. ISEA is still going strong with members from around the world.

Maxine Masterfield

Exquisite Miniatures

January 10 – March 8


Exquisite Miniatures, Kellogg Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday January 17, 5-7pm

A national traveling museum exhibition of fifty exquisite miniature paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist curated by David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Join us for a tour and lecture of Miniature Art on January 17th prior to the reception.


Art In Motion

February 5 – 28

Art In Motion

Art In Motion, All Media Open Exhibition, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday February 7, 5-7pm

Receiving – February 2
Pick Up – March 2

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Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

March 4 – March 30

FSWS Aqueous Show

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Aqueous Show

Searle and Reid-Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday March 14, 5-7pm

FSWS NEW color logo

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society was formed in 1983 and has more than 200 members, many of whom have achieved statewide and national recognition for their works; it serves members who live along the Florida Gulf coast.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2013

Juror’s Statement:

It was indeed both a pleasure and an honor to judge this exhibition. Many outstanding images did not get the nod, only because there was a limitation on the number of awards offered.

I was looking for diversity, not only in size, but in the treatment of the subject …along with an extra bounce of creativity… making the image memorable.

It was important to offer surprises, not only in treatment but also in the choice of presentation…the direct look and almost eye contact of the subject staring out at you, the startling white snow surrounding the folks on skis and the melting ice chilling the yet to be opened bottles for libation. And then the mysterious and suggested eyes of the turban wrapped woman. These images stay with you long after leaving the Art Center Manatee.

I feel the strong use of color and clarity of design makes this a show that reflects well on the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

You have an impressive exhibition and I thank you for asking me to be a part of award process.

All the best!

Taylor Ikin


Receiving – March 2
Pick Up – March 30

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East Meets West

 April 2 – May 3


East Meets West

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island represents the West while the Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch represent the East. “Sandy Toes Make Art” is the theme chosen, and Peggy Potter’s Beach Scene in Pastels is a stunning example of coastal art. Ms. Potter is a long time member of the Guild.

The AGAMI exhibit is open to all artists and juried for prizes. Entry fees are $15/piece for AGAMI members, $20/piece for non members. Cash or Check only please.

Receiving – March 30, 10 am – 1pm

Peggy Potter

Anna Maria Island Artists,  Kellogg Gallery
Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch, Searle Gallery
Paint The Town Plein Air Group, Reid-Hodges Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday April 4, 5-7pm

Bil Farnsworth, Chainsaw Charlie

Receiving – March 30 Pick Up – May 4
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Paint the Town Plein Aire Group, Reid-Hodges Gallery

ArtCenter Manatee presents the 9th Annual “Paint the Town” exhibition in the Reid-Hodges Gallery. The kick off for the show is “Quick Draw” , open to all artists, at the Farmer’s Market on Main Street Saturday, March 30th from 10AM – 2 PM. The main event, Paint The Town, takes place March 30 – April 4, during which time chosen professional artists will be painting on location ‘en plein air’ from actual Downtown Bradenton scenes. The finished paintings will be judged for prizes and displayed at ArtCenter Manatee April 4-May 3.

Easter Seals

May 7 – June 15

Easter Seals,  Searle Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday May 9, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee presents an exhibition of work from the Easter Seals Art Initiative Program in the Searle Gallery. The Art Initiative Program was developed in 2002 at Easter Seals Southwest Florida for our Adult Day Training participants and for the students in our alternative high school program, the VIP Academy. Since that time, several artists with disabilities have developed their innate skills and talents with guidance from our Art Instructor and Ringling College graduate, Karen Davenport.

Arnetta is in her late forties and was born with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which prevents her from walking and limits the movement of her feet and hands. Despite her disability, Arnetta demonstrates amazing control and dexterity with tools that she chooses to create her art: sticks for her dot work, paintbrushes, pastels, colored pencils etc. She loves colorful paintings and personally selects her own unique subject matter and medium. Arnetta is a prolific painter and her art sales help to supplement her limited income. She is most often wearing a big smile while sporting her favorite attire: anything leopard print!  During her time in the Art Initiative, she has truly blossomed, not only as an artist and but as a more confident, self-assured woman.


Receiving – May 4
Pick Up – June 15

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Art Endures – All Media Open Exhibit

 May 7 – June 14


Art Endures – All Media Open Exhibition,  Kellogg and Reid-Hodges Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday May 9, 5-7pm

Receiving – May 4
Pick Up – June 15

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KidsArt Camp Exhibition

 June 18 – August 9

KidsArt Party and Reception

Closing reception and KidsArt Party August 9

A fun, festive celebration of our KidsArt Camp Artists from the the Summer KidsArt Camp Programs at ArtCenter Manatee

Student & Member Show

March 6th – April 6th, 2012

Juror’s Statement

Thank you for the opportunity and pleasure of judging the Art Center Manatee current member and student exhibitions. In both the student and member shows I was impressed by those who took risks and experimented with media as well as those who chose a conventional approach and manifest that they had mastered the process of working with their chosen medium. It was great to see humor in some of the work. Deciding what to include in a scene and what to crop out provides a focus of attention for the viewer. Some of the prize winners addressed these issues very well. Winners demonstrated that they had established a particular challenge for themselves and had achieved their goal in the completed work. It might be a photo-realist view of Paris or the atmospheric light of the Coast of Cornwall. There were many strong works in watercolor. Some were loosely painted and spontaneous. Others were tighter and more detailed. Artists gave themselves compositional challenges such drawing a sitter and her reflection or the effect of rust on the hull of a boat. The art world values the contribution that is unique and that advances the possibilties in a particular medium and so do I.
-Mark Ormond

ComCenter Exhibit

Six degrees of Inspiration

January 30 – April 26, 2012  Opening Reception Thursday Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

  • Susan Covert
  • Virginia Pennell
  • Betty Isermann
  • Jerome Chesley
  • Elaine Charney
  • Brenda Hadjian

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