What is a Florida Painter?

We’re so glad you asked!

Dirk Eberle is a Florida Painter. He’s also one of our devoted volunteers, assisting our gallery curator, Robert Gross, with hanging the shows. You might think it’s easy to just hang art on the walls, but, there’s some thought that goes into it. Each artist has a story to tell, and, Bob knows how to allow the art to reveal what that story is. With Dirk’s assistance, they create a beautiful art exhibit every single time. Visit the gallery and you’ll see what we mean.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7 PM, Art Gallery 21 will unveil its first summer exhibit, THE FLORIDA PAINTERS. Please join us for a refreshing beverage, a little conversation and some jaw-dropping local fine art. You will be surprised to discover oils and watercolors and pastels rendering Florida landscapes and studies of local flora and fauna. You’ll see character studies of everyday items that evoke a connection between the art, the artist and the viewer. It’s a lovely experience and we hope you’ll come spend a little time with us and share in the art at your neighborhood art gallery, Art Gallery 21. We’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time.

THE FLORIDA PAINTERS
Dirk Eberle
Doris Greenberg
Heidi Reiter
Luz Velencia
Jean Wahl
Pat Wahl

 

Featured image: “Japanese Koi” | Watercolor | Heidi Reiter

 

Welcome to the Winning Artists

On Saturday, December 9th at 7 o’clock in the evening, Art Gallery 21 will unveil the exhibition of our 2017 Island City Juried Art Show Winners.

This year’s group of five Winners is a delightful mix of personalities and artistic styles. Our blue ribbon winner, Abel Marquez, delivers extraordinary (and large) images created with pastels while third place winner, Susan Marie David, presents amazing sculptures, large AND small, some charming enough (and cheap enough) to take home!

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“Muleheaded” by Tammy Seymour

We’re excited about the work of Ray Arce, a newcomer to our gallery and the art world. We’re sure you’ll be mesmerized by the amazing watercolor images of Tammy Seymour because they reveal a splendid creative spirit and our second place winner, Roslyn Roth, shows amazing attention to detail in her beautiful watercolor portraits of local flora and fauna.

We are always especially enthusiastic when we discover new talent and we are so grateful to be a part of each artist’s journey! Art Gallery 21 is the perfect place for artists to get started showing their work and building their reputation as a creative spirit in south Florida. And, we throw a great opening night party, too!

Featured image: “Girl with Scarf” by Abel Marquez | Pastel

 

Diversity, Equity & A Paycheck

There are 26 photos, framed and hanging on the walls of the gallery.

Chairs are gathered ’round a microphone, awaiting the stories that will be told. A pith helmet stands ready to gather the names of the storytellers, written on little slips of paper. A straw hat awaits the names of the judges. A few refreshments, a prize for the winner and wonderful weather, all upon a Saturday night.

Will they come? And, if they do, how many will they be? Will they like what they see? And, will they stay and share their stories?

So many questions, but, alas, the answers must wait. Until Saturday night. The doors open at 7 PM and we look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time! Meanwhile, enjoy this music video of “Workin’ For A Livin'” from 1982. It’s just so apropo!

Featured photo: August 9, 2016 | Wilton Manors City Hall Selfie Day | From Wilton Manors Works, on exhibit at Art Gallery 21 through May 6, 2017 | This project is sponsored by The Florida Humanities Council and The Smithsonian Institution through Museums On Main Street.

 

“The Way We Worked”

Art Gallery 21 is thrilled to announce that we have been selected by the Florida Humanities Council as a 2017 host site for “The Way We Worked,” a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition that uses historical photographs, archival accounts and interactive components to trace the nation’s changing workforce and work environments over the last 150 years. The exhibit, which explores how work has become a central element in American culture, will include local cultural events focusing on the LGBT work experience. Follow us on Facebook and here for details and dates!

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2 girls delivering ice, circa 1918 | photo from the National Archives