The Island City Art Market: Robert Gross, Artist

Art Gallery 21 is pleased to present a buyer’s market of fine art at affordable prices. Because we are a neighborhood gallery, we are able to offer a variety of original art at a fraction of the cost associated with private for profit galleries.

The Island City Art Market is a showcase of 40 original works of art, including oils, watercolors and acrylics, all produced by 21 local fine artists, many of whom have shown their work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles.  All the art offered is framed and ready to be hung in your home or office.

Over the next six weeks we will introduce you to the artists and show you their work. We’ll begin with the work of Robert Gross!

"Morning" by Robert Gross
“Morning” by Robert Gross | 7.5″x3.5″ framed $600

Bob, as he is known to his friends and family, has been making art all of his life. He has taught adult classes for many years. His work has been exhibited in New York galleries and is in the homes of many art collectors.

Bob first came to the attention of local art aficionados in 2002 with his show “The Disappearing Pastures of Broward.” With rampant development in southeast Florida, Bob was compelled to capture the last remaining cow pastures in western Broward County before they were replaced with residential development and shopping malls. Western Broward was once home to orange groves and dairy farms, but, in the past twenty years, they have disappeared, one by one. Lucky for us, Bob has saved those images in his delicate watercolors.

"Big Cypress" by Robert Gross
“Big Cypress” by Robert Gross | 8″x4.5″ framed $650

Bob is a founding member and curator of Art Gallery 21 and his work reflects his impeccable attention to detail. His landscapes are rendered with a delicate hand and a reverence for the light and are remarkable to behold. His paintings simply must be seen in person to fully appreciate their beauty. If you are charmed by art that reflects a bygone era of south Florida, please call or text 954-661-4740 for an appointment to visit the gallery. It would be our pleasure to show you the amazing art of Robert Gross!

Introducing Art Gallery 21, Inc.

WMHS photo
Photo of Woman’s Club groundbreaking courtesy of Wilton Manors Historical Society

In 2011, the Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors retired their chapter and deeded their clubhouse to the City of Wilton Manors. Built in 1955 on property donated by Algar Hagen, it is a charming, mid-century building that feels a lot like “old Florida.”

Soon after the City took possession of the property, the local neighborhood association inquired about using the building for an art gallery. Located on the north side of Hagen Park, it IS part of the Arts & Entertainment District. To the surprise of the neighborhood association and the artists, the Mayor and City Commissioners said, “Sure. Why not?”

first show - Carl Phillips artVolunteers and artists joined forces on a couple of Saturdays and cleaned and painted the interior of the building. Robert Gross, a local art teacher and nationally known artist, served as our Art Guru and Curator and in July 2012, Art Gallery 21 opened its doors with 26 paintings from six local artists. The art social, held on a midsummer Friday evening, was truly a celebration of the creative spirit and inspired us all.

On April 1, 2015, Art Gallery 21, Inc. was incorporated by the State of Florida as a nonprofit organization. In coming days and weeks, we will share more about the origins of the gallery and the people who make it tick. Please come along! We’d love to have you!