And, the winner is …

Saturday, September 30 is more than the last day of the month. It’s also the day we will announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition and present them with ribbons and cash awards!

the-mask-by-ray-arcePlease join us at 7 PM Saturday evening at Art Gallery 21 as we unveil this year’s spectacular showcase of work created by 30 of our finest local artists. Local African American artist and teacher George Gadson served as our jurist, selecting 45 wonderful examples among the entries we received to grace the walls of our little art gallery. The mediums are diverse; from oils, watercolors, acrylic and pastels to photography and mixed media. Large and small, we have it all. And, the majority of them are for sale!

We will celebrate with music by Cindy Curtis & Company, and refreshments provided by Nick & Shawn’s Courtyard Cafe. Come meet the artists. You’ll make new friends and you may run into old ones. After all, we’re your neighborhood art gallery. We mean it when we say we’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

THE MASK by Ray Arce | Mixed Media | $800

Won’t you join us?

Artist's Materials-smallWe are super excited! This Friday, February 12th we will present the awards to the winners of the Fourth Annual Island City Juried Art Competition. Now, this is not done in a vacuum. Presenting cash prizes and ribbons is serious business, so it’s done during the whirlwind we call an “Art Social!”

The great thing about our art socials is that we offer refreshments, there’s always someone to talk to, and we showcase the work of some of south Florida’s best fine artists, so there’s lots of eye candy! We’re thrilled that this year’s juried competition brought in a diverse selection of art, including watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media and photographs. There’s absolutely something for everyone and we sincerely hope you’ll have a few minutes to come by and see for yourself how wonderful this show is!

A huge shout out to our jurist, Tyce Marshall! He is an award-winning artist who graciously agreed to work with our gallery curator, Robert Gross, to select the winners. He spent a lot of time looking at the individual entries, studying color, technique and subject matter to choose the best of the best, ’cause there’s not a bad piece in the bunch!

The festivities will begin at 7 PM Friday evening and we anticipate the winners will be announced between 7:30 and 8 PM. Come join the fun! You always have the option of walking one block west to Wilton Drive and grabbing dinner at one of the many fantastic eateries located in the City’s Arts & Entertainment District, so make a night of it! We’ll be so happy to see you again or to meet you for the first time!

The Art of Collaborative Art

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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!

 

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!

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!