The Art of Collaborative Art

box of trees
One of the “box project” boxes, shot with a cell phone camera.

Art Gallery 21 is quite pleased to bring this exhibit to the community. It’s not quite like other art exhibitions. Oh, it’s very artsy fartsy. There’s lots of whimsy in the shared memorabilia, but, there is also a shared energy in the work that was curated by three talented women who call themselves “6 Hands Collaborative.” Deborah Gregg, Janet Gold and Andrea Huffman provide the six hands and these hands come with lots of teaching experience in the field of fine art. They seem to thrive on the coming together of different folks … their energy, their vision, their point of view … and like cosmic velcro, they inspire each other again and again.

Friday evening at 7 PM we will be unveiling the exhibit with an art social where you can meet the artists. There is a “box project” that’s alluring. There is a carefully curated collection of 25 small boxes, each created by a different artist, and the boxes tell different stories, expressing varied points of view. It will be fun to scrutinize each one and see what mystery lies within!

Art Gallery 21 is located at 600 NE 21 Court, just east of Wilton Drive. We’ll look forward to seeing you! Or, maybe, meeting you for the first time!

 

2015 in review

http://www.artgallery21.org is our “website,” started in 2015 via a learn as you go process! LOL! It began with the blog and, as our web skills grew, so did http://www.artgallery21.org. It now functions more like a website with the blog, where we can share what’s happening at Art Gallery 21, and the addition of menu items that includes a place for folks to sign up for a workshop and artists can download the rules and entry form for our juried show in February.

In today’s world, having an online presence appears to be essential to overall success of any enterprise. We are still learning, and, we hope you’ll follow along with us. Who knows? You might learn something, too! The WordPress report is interesting to us, and we thought it might be of interest to some of our readers! We’re looking forward to an exciting New Year at Art Gallery 21 and it will be fun to compare the data at the end of next year to see how much we have grown! 2016 is bringing much needed improvements to the Woman’s Club building and we’ve made some new friends that we hope will be sharing their talent with us! We wish you, reader, a Happy New Year! May it be filled with art!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog at artgallery21.org.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Looking ahead …

Our fall exhibit closed last Friday night and the gallery is dark until January. We anticipate some painting and sprucing up will be going on during December so we’ll look really spiffy when 6 Hands Collaborative opens their exhibit on Friday, January 8, 2016.

IMG_0398The three artists who make up the “6 Hands” are Janet Gold, Deborah Gregg and Andrea Huffman. These amazing artists will host an Affirmative Banner Workshop for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers on Saturday, January 23 from 11 AM to 1 PM, courtesy of the Broward County Creative Investment Program Grant. The workshop is being presented in partnership with Gilda’s Club of Fort Lauderdale and is open and free to the public. (Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.)

The new year of 2016 includes our fourth annual juried art show! Art intake will be held from 10:30 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, February 6. There are cash prizes for the top three winners along with an exhibition of the winners’ work in Art Gallery 21 from March 18 to April 8. We will host an art social to celebrate the Island City Juried Art Exhibition on Friday, February 12 beginning at 7 PM and the winners will be announced and presented with ribbons! Complete rules and entry form are available here in a downloadable PDF.

Color WheelArt Gallery 21 is very pleased to present a Color Theory Workshop with Janet Onofrey, Broward College Professor and the 2015 winner of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Award for Visual & Media Artists. The 2-day workshop will take place on Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the gallery. A complete description, art supply list and registration information can be found here.

All of us at Art Gallery 21 extend wishes for much peace and joy during the holidays and we look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time in the Happy New Year of 2016!

Wilton Manors Art Expo

Art Gallery 21 is thrilled beyond measure to be a part of the Wilton Manors Art Expo as a Silver Sponsor! The first “art walk” of the season is this Saturday coming, November 21st, from 7 to 10 PM and we’ll be represented at the gallery in the Woman’s Club AND at City Hall! As we learn more about this recharged and rebranded event, we’ll make sure to share with our fans!

Here’s the first poster of the season and we encourage everyone to visit Tom Rossetti’s gallery on the Drive!

art expoArt Gallery 21’s current exhibit showcases some of the best art around with paintings created by local talents Robert Gross, Celia Diaz, Aviva Sasson, Monika Hurter, Dirk Eberle, Angie Riserbato and Lisa Boyd. And, at City Hall, you will find a wonderful showcase of Tyce Marshall’s seascapes!

Remember: Art Gallery 21 is located on NE 21 Court, one block west of Wilton Drive, right next to the volleyball court! We’re the hidden gem everyone is talking about!

boat shows & art

The traffic was awful around Broward this week! It wasn’t until yesterday that we realized it stemmed from the arrival of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the kazillion visitors it brings with it! Oh! My!

"Miravet" by Dirk Eberle | Watercolor | 12"x9" Framed | $300
“Miravet” by Dirk Eberle | Watercolor

In fact, big events like the boat show are good for all of us! They bring visitors to our businesses, including the local art galleries in Wilton Manors! Because we’re “off the beaten path,” we’re inviting folks visiting Wilton Drive tonight to make that little turn onto NE 21 Court and walk one block east to find us. We offer a beautiful selection of original art by local artists at amazing (affordable) prices! While you’re there, you’ll meet Dirk Eberle, a local artist who has created delicate watercolor images that will just blow your mind! He’s a gentle soul with a remarkable gift!

If you’re in the market for art or an art experience or to simply check out the local art scene, we hope you will stop by and visit Art Gallery 21!  We’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Season!

2015-2016 Art Gallery 21 Schedule

Art Gallery 21 | 600 NE 21 Court | Wilton Manors, Florida 33305

If you’d like to visit the gallery, call or text 954-661-4740 and we’ll do our best to set you up for a wonderful art experience!

Cause for celebration!

Airscape #19 by Robert Gross
Airscape #19 by Robert Gross

We’re going to reveal the first new art exhibition of the season tomorrow night and we’re all pretty excited. The artists are bringing some munchies and some wine and Shawn of Shawn & Nick’s Courtyard Cafe is bringing trays of hot foods for us as well! Our “art socials” are always a lot of fun and you never know who you might run into! The artists are in a celebratory mood because they’re showing their art, and, honestly … nothing makes an artist happier than sharing their work!

Once the new show is open, we’re going to resume our efforts to SELL ART! The artists in this show are all über talented and worthy of any patron’s hard earned dollars. Should you visit the gallery, you would see oils, watercolors and gouache renderings of landscapes and still lifes alongside delicate studies that will mesmerize your brain. Robert Gross and Dirk Eberle are two of the best (if not THE best) watercolor artists in these parts. Their work is at once realistic and otherworldly. Their exquisite mastery of their medium is truly a vision to behold. I’ve watched folks stand in front of one of their paintings for as much as twenty minutes, studying the hidden beauty that is captured there. Now, to find those blessed souls who will purchase one (or two) of their paintings! That would really give us all cause for celebration!