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Art Gallery 21 will kick off its 2017-2018 season with the Sixth Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition. All Broward County artists are invited to participate. Entry fee is $20 per entry, with a maximum of two entries per artist. (Please note: we accept cash or checks payable to Art Gallery 21, Inc. All proceeds go to support the gallery’s programs.)

CRITERIA: All fine art media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic painting, mixed media, pen & ink, photography, and collage will be accepted. Maximum size of two-dimensional art is 30-inches in either direction (not including frame). Maximum weight 20 pounds. Work must be clean and wired for hanging (No Saw-tooth Hangers). All protected artwork must use Plexiglas, NOT glass. Unframed works on canvas must be finished on all sides with no staples showing. Sculptures will be accepted if the artist provides their own exhibit base and acrylic cover.

ART INTAKE will take place from 12 Noon to 3 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Exhibit opening and presentation of ribbons and cash awards to the winners will take place at 7 PM on Saturday, September 30th.

Click here for the 2017 Juried Exhibit Rules & Entry Form.  Questions and comments may be directed by email to artgallery21wcwm@gmail.com.

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Celebrate the season with art!

Art Gallery 21 is super excited about the show scheduled to open Friday, December 9th! Come celebrate the season with us and meet the exciting lineup of artists!

We have an exciting new artist whose work is very impressive: R. R. Robinson. We’ve seen the art and we can hardly wait to meet the artist! Her work is reminiscent of watercolor illustrations in a storybook and we think you’ll be as charmed as we are!

jose_time_imaginary_time_1We’re thrilled at the return of an artist that has been in our gallery family since we opened our doors in 2012: José Herazo-Osorio! His work has evolved since the last time we had the privilege of showing his art and we’re truly moved by the passion and love of the human form he shows in his new paintings.

20161202_193632-webA past juried show winner, Pat Wahl, is included in the exhibit along with her daughter-in-law, Jean Wahl. We love it when art runs in the family! We are extremely fond of Pat’s beautiful Cypress Forest painting that she’s submitted. It’s a dreamy work of art!

And, last, but, certainly not least, is Luz Valencia, a woman filled with laughter who creates art filled with color and light.

As is our tradition, we will celebrate the spirit of the season on Friday evening, December 9th beginning at 7 PM! We would love to have our friends and followers join us! If your busy holiday schedule prohibits you joining us, have no fear! The gallery will be open Friday evenings from 7 to 9 PM throughout the month of December.

Do pay us a visit! We’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

What we did on our summer vacation…

kitchen-remodel-2Art Gallery 21 has been closed since early June for capital improvements to the Woman’s Club building, the home of Art Gallery 21. The City has remodeled the kitchen and now it is truly the perfect catering kitchen! A new fridge and microwave, food warmers and our own ice machine make it a great small space for cultural events. And, it’s beautiful, with new cabinetry and granite counters. With the reconfiguration of the kitchen, we now have more storage space, too, something every good cultural center needs!

kitchen-remodel-1With these interior improvements comes a new addition which you may have heard about. In the front corner of the building, we are establishing the “official” Wilton Manors Welcome Center. And, we’re very excited about it!

Earlier this year, we reached out to local business leader, Nick Berry. We were wrestling with how to sustain the art gallery and help the Woman’s Club evolve into the cultural center we envisioned. Nick’s answer was simple. “Open a visitor’s center.”

We thought about it. For about 20 minutes. Then, a phone call to City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson revealed that she thought it was a good idea, too.

We made a plan. We met with the Board of Directors of the Wilton Manors Business Association and, after explaining our idea, we asked for their support. They enthusiastically responded with “Yes!”

proposed-coverOur graphic design team created a mock up of the Visitor & Newcomer Guide that will be published in October. The volunteer staff of Good Neighbor Ambassadors will hand the guide out to visitors and newcomers to help them find the fabulous things about Wilton Manors that makes life better here. (“Beach Day,” a watercolor painting by Angie Riserbato, resident artist of Art Gallery 21, graces the first cover.)

By now, you’re probably asking how a Welcome Center can sustain the art gallery, and, it’s a good question to ask.

The answer is accessibility. Since we opened in 2012, our hours of operation have been limited to Friday nights and occasional Saturdays. The Welcome Center’s hours of operation will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12 Noon to 8 PM and Thursday from 12 Noon to 6 PM, a total of 30 hours per week.

Since the Welcome Center occupies space with the gallery, it creates an inviting space for newcomers and visitors, a charming place where they can find out about our island city and all that is offered here. It’s a win for the businesses in the City and a win for Art Gallery 21.

Oh. And, original art is the second most purchased souvenir of travelers after tee shirts.

NOTE: Interested in serving as a Good Neighbor Ambassador? Email us at artgallery21wcwm@gmail.com or complete the Volunteer Application on the City’s web site here. Interested in advertising your business in the Visitor & Newcomer Guide? Email us at artgallery21wcwm@gmail.com. We usually respond within the hour. Thanks!

 

 

 

Eyes on the Sunshine State

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Image by Andy Royston for FtLauderdaleSun on Facebook

Last Friday evening, the three winning artists from our annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition delivered their art to the gallery and our curator, Robert Gross,  his assistant, Celia Diaz, and volunteers Carol Finlayson and Dirk Eberle created a show that is all about the Sunshine State, the people and places that make Florida unique.

Dwight Hoffman, the first place winner, is showing some “old Florida” scenes that leave us longing for another time while his character studies leave us convinced that we know the person he has rendered so skillfully.

Louise Meredith‘s watercolors are lovingly painted with an impressionistic quality that draws the viewer in. And, Joan Glassman‘s art is exquisite in its details.

Truly a local art show of local artists painting what they see … Florida faces and places!

Please join us for an art social on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 PM and meet the artists! We’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

The gallery is open Fridays from 7 to 9 PM and by appointment through May 6th.

NOTE: It was brought to our attention that the image used to promote The Winner’s Show is actually a photograph belonging to Andy Royston for FtLauderdaleSun on Facebook. The selection of this image was based on the three palm trees to represent the three winners and we were not aware of the image’s ownership. It was discovered via a Google search which we consider a public domain. We apologize for this error as we are fans of Mr. Royston’s work. We did make a concerted effort to identify the artist, but failed in that effort. We believe it is very important to credit each and every artist for their creative endeavors. Had we known whose image it was, we would have asked in advance for permission to use it. We did not do that and we regret the error. Lesson learned. 

In the spirit of art …

 

On Good Friday evening, Art Gallery 21 was blessed to have a lovely young woman serve as our gallery hostess, and, we are sincerely astonished and immensely grateful for the fabulous job she did!

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Veggies & Fruit | oil | Pamela Maldonado Velasco

Pamela Maldonado Velasco has three works hanging in the current show, and when she volunteered to greet visitors to the gallery on Good Friday, we had no idea how her presence would draw people … much like a moth to a light! She was a busy gal and she entertained a surprising number of guests! How lucky we are she was there!

Born in Colombia, Pamela moved to the U.S. when she was two-years-old. Lucky for us, right?! She has been studying with our curator and art guru, Robert Gross, and, upon further investigation, we’ve discovered she is a creative talent in other mediums, too! Her oil paintings are charming, but, her digital photography shows she is inspired by the outdoors … the sun, the water and wildlife are prevalent in her photographs.

Pamela is well traveled and it’s reflected in her maturity for one so young. A graduate of the University of Florida, she hold a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Some combination, that!

We are thrilled she chose Art Gallery 21 to show her oil paintings and we’ve got our fingers crossed that she will be around for a while! Please check out Pamela’s web site here and you’ll see why we’re so excited to know her!

Thank YOU, Pamela!

The Art of Tyce Marshall, et al

Art Gallery 21 is pleased to present The Art of Tyce Marshall with Mark Baker, Patti Maceri, Pamela Maldonado, Carl Phillips and Pat Wahl. These artists have brought a breath of springtime air to the gallery and we welcome them!

NOTE: In the header above, we have used “et al” and some folks might wonder what that means. It is an abbreviation for et alii (masculine), et aliae (feminine) or et alia (neuter), in all cases meaning “and others.”

Our curator, Robert Gross, with assistance from Celia Diaz and Dirk Eberle, have created a show laced with charm and a lovely sense of promise. We invite everyone to join us on Friday, March 18th at 7 PM for an Art Social and you can see for yourselves how magical this exhibit really is.

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Seascape by Tyce Marshall

Our featured artist, Tyce Marshall, has been an artist as long as he can remember and his mediums include oils on canvas and gesso panels, watercolors, pastels and pencil drawings. A graduate of the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, it is clear that his work is influenced by living on the coast as he specializes in seascapes. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New Bedford and Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Lewes, Delaware; and here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are absolutely charmed with Tyce’s art and with his lovely wife, Gail!

The “and others” are students of Mr. Gross and it has been our pleasure to watch as they each continue to grow as artists, all of which is reflected in their newest works being exhibited in this show. Art Gallery 21 has taken on the mission of showcasing the work of local artists and it is exciting to watch as an artist’s work takes on depth as he or she refines their technique and finds their individual artistic voice. Every show is unique and provides an opportunity to enrich the public’s appreciation of fine art at its finest! Thanks to everyone who makes this possible!

 

Coming soon …

BRUSHESThe Island City Juried Art Competition exhibit closes tonight and we are grateful to all of the artists who participated! 23 individual artists submitted 38 works of art and over the past four weeks more than 200 folks visited Art Gallery 21 and browsed the talent of our local artists!

We have changed the schedule for the remainder of this season. The next exhibit opens with an art social on Friday, March 18 when we unveil The Art of Tyce Marshall with Mark Baker, Patti Maceri, Pamela Maldonado, Carl Phillips and Pat Wahl. Tyce spends winters here in Florida and summers in the mountains of North Carolina, and we are thrilled that he is showing his work in our little gallery! The accompanying artists are local folks with a penchant for beauty and we are equally excited to be showcasing their work!

The final show of the season will be The Winner’s Show which will open with an art social on Friday, April 15th, also known in these parts as “Tax Day!” The winners of the juried show are Dwight Hoffman, Louise Meredith and Joan Glassman with honorable mentions going to Mark Baker and Dirk Eberle and we anticipate they will make for an exciting art show to close out our season!

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The City of Wilton Manors will be doing additional capital improvements to the Woman’s Club in the next few months. Each year since 2012, the City’s Leisure Services Department has managed to secure small amounts of funding for the building including improvements to the kitchen, additional electric supply sources, the installation of track lighting, and our wonderful sign out front! And, let us not forget the planting of native trees on the grounds surrounding the building!  The funding from the 2015-2016 budget year will be used to reconfigure the kitchen so there is more storage space, (something we desperately need!) and to update the kitchen itself with improved cabinets, counter tops and appliances.

The most exciting part of this renovation is the development of a small space that will serve as the “official” Wilton Manors Visitor’s Center! We are currently in the midst of the planning process for the visitor’s center and we anticipate a “grand opening” in early October! Not only will this added amenity provide exposure for the art gallery, but, it will serve as a way for visitors to discover all that Wilton Manors has to offer!

Creating a cultural center in a small urban village like Wilton Manors comes with its challenges, but, thanks to a wonderful community of artists and art lovers, we continue to grow! We have been studying what other small towns around the country are doing to lure visitors away from the big metropolitan areas and we’ve made some interesting discoveries. The top small towns boast heartwarming settings with a gentler pace, much like our little island city. Generally, they are devoted to preserving the local history, encouraging talent and supporting careful economic growth, all things that the City has been doing over the past decade.

Most important, though, are the people. The residents and small business owners of Wilton Manors are unpretentious people with small-town values and high cultural expectations—not a bad recipe for society at large. And, it is their support that has made Art Gallery 21 possible.

As we look to the future, we see cultural opportunities for everyone! Come join the fun! We would love to see you again or meet you for the first time!