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Airscape Moon Reflection No. 2 by Robert Gross

It’s the month of love and we’re loving the art in our newest exhibit which opens Saturday, February 4th at 7 PM when you can meet the artists  … Robert Gross, Celia Diaz, Dirk Eberle, Errol Gross, Natalee Jones and Louise Meredith! They will all be on hand to meet you and talk about their work or anything else you’d like to discuss. Our artists are among the most sociable folks you’ll ever meet!

This exhibit is a showcase of some of the finest local artists there are here in Broward County and their work will be on display through March 4, 2017.

Art Gallery 21 is located in the former Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors, 600 NE 21 Court, in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District. Gallery open Saturdays through February.

 

What’s next?

AG21_0091_WEBThis first month of the new year is flying by at warp speed! The 6 Hands Collaborative exhibit, “The Art of Collaborative Art,” has been a huge success! They will be hosting their Affirmative Banner Workshop tomorrow (1/23) and the three women who are the six hands are planning a closing party next Friday (1/29) beginning at 7 PM. If you haven’t yet seen this quirky and charming mixed media show, shame on you! You’ll love it! Especially the 25 little boxes! They tell some wonderful stories!

February is going to be fun filled for all of us! On Saturday, February 6 we will do the art intake for the fourth annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition! Rules & Entry Form can be found here and we’re looking forward to seeing some of our long-time artist friends and meeting some new ones! We are pleased as punch that this year’s jurist is the award-winning artist, Tyce Marshall, whose work will be featured in our spring exhibit. The awards ceremony will take place during our exhibit unveiling and art social on Friday, February  12 and prizes include cash, ribbons and a “Winner’s Show” in March! There is an added energy to the evening as everyone waits to find out who the winners are!

Color WheelOn the weekend of February 20-21 (Saturday & Sunday) we have planned a Color Theory Workshop with local plein air artist and teacher, Janet Onofrey. A detailed description of the workshop along with the list of supplies needed for the workshop can be found here. You can register online, too! This is a terrific workshop for new artists who are developing their technique, and it’s equally good for experienced artists. The methods for  mixing paints are many and Janet’s teaching style allows for individual development for folks at all different levels in their art career.

Many thanks to all the people who support this community service project to bring more art to the Arts & Entertainment District of Wilton Manors! We couldn’t do it without YOU!

Island City Art Market: Nia Nakis

The Island City Art Market is a showcase of 40 original works of art, all produced by 21 local fine artists.  All art offered is framed and ready to hang.

NIA NAKIS

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“Sunset for Two” by Nia Nakis | acrylic on canvas | 16″ x 20″ framed | $750

Born in Athens, Greece, Eugenia “Nia” Nakis is an alumnus of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She worked as a fashion illustrator until 2001 when she had the opportunity to travel to Europe where she fell in love with the rugged Mediterranean landscape.

As a visual artist, Nia’s paintings reflect her love of nature. She finds beauty in the weathered rocks along the coast of her homeland and in the humble villages of her childhood in Greece. She says she fell in love with the lush tropics of Florida because there is so much nature around.

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“Social Gathering” by Nia Nakis | acrylic on canvas | 12″ x 16″ framed | $475

Nia calls her painting style “impressionistic” … she takes photos and makes sketches, but she also works from her memories and impressions. She loves the vibrant colors found in nature and the myriad combinations of those colors, and she takes delight in the antics of the birds like herons and seagulls.

We especially admire Nia’s philosophy about life and art … she says we have to keep growing and expressing ourselves in all areas of life and that sharing the journey with others is what makes it all worthwhile.

Call or text 954-661-4740 if you’re interested in visiting the gallery or purchasing Nia’s artwork. Shipping is available for an added fee..

Introducing Art Gallery 21, Inc.

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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!