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.

Small But Mighty

mighty pics

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

Images from left:
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.

 

Sponsor:
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Inspirations

Inspirations call

An Open, All Media, Juried Show
On Display Dec 4, 2018 – Jan 11, 2019
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
Reception Dec 6, 5:00-7:00

Juror: John Bayalis

Inspirations is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to 3 pieces. Please review exhibition requirements before entering.

Pick up 1/12/2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Juror: John Bayalis has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout the United States and has painted abroad in Ireland, England and France. Noted for his distinct, realist style, the artist’s skill at handling contemporary themes and subject matter has earned him acclaim from art critics and collectors throughout the United States. John’s vibrant  watercolors reflect a specific clarity of light and form,  while dealing with unique viewpoints in portraying popular culture and the vernacular landscape. The artist has also embraced still life as a format, and  sought to show a personal vision in both content and  composition. Intricate set ups include man-made and  natural elements as well as printed backdrops,  vintage postcards and periodicals. The carefully selected viewpoints depict compositions meticulously rendered on the watercolor paper, that glow in subtly balanced color palettes. Among his honors are an award of an individual artist’s fellowship grant and the selection for The Watercolor Page in AMERICAN ARTIST  magazine where one of his works graced the cover. The artist’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.