Happy New Year!

They say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and it’s true for us at Art Gallery 21, too! In 2016 we presented eight art exhibits, showcasing the work of  57 local artists! We obtained 501(c)(3) tax status with the IRS making us a bonafide nonprofit organization and we secured our first grant from the Florida Humanities Council to serve as a host site for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, “The Way We Worked!” All in all, we think it’s been a very good year!

We are super excited about  what’s coming in 2017! Beginning with our January exhibit featuring the winners of the fifth annual Island City Juried Art Competition, we will be hosting our art openings on Saturdays! We did an informal survey and it turns out that more folks would come to the gallery openings if they were held on Saturdays, so, ask and you shall receive! Add the return of the art walks on the thirds Saturdays of the month in January, February and March and we’ve got a recipe for art mania! LOL! Artists interested in participating in the Wilton Manors Art Expo can sign up here!

We will see the addition of the Wilton Manors Welcome Center come to life in January! It took a while to identify volunteers to serve as our Good Neighbor Ambassadors, but, we finally have enough wonderful folks signed up to greet visitors and newcomers to the island city, and we know we’ll be adding more in the new year! The art gallery is the perfect place for people to come and find out what we’re all about here in Wilton Manors … a diverse community of cultural aficionados eager to share our joy with others!

If you’re in the neighborhood, please come by and meet “The Winners” when their show opens on Saturday, January 7, 2017! Angie Riserbato, Tedd Davis, Rodger Helt, with Susan Marie David and Jyotsnaben Patel will be on hand to talk about their creative process and their work. We will open the doors at 7 PM and you’re welcome to come join in the celebration of art and community! We serve refreshments along with our fellowship and we’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Featured image: watercolor painting of the First Place Winner, Angie Riserbato, titled “Ladies Lunch.”

 

Island City Art Market: Aviva D. Sasson, Artist

Art Gallery 21 is pleased to present a buyer’s market of fine Florida art at affordable prices. Because we are a neighborhood gallery, we can off the work of local artists without the overhead of 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.  All art offered is framed and ready to be hung.

Experiment with Blue | Aviva D. Sasson 16″x20″ oil on canvas, framed $450

Aviva D. Sasson

Israeli born, Aviva studied graphic design, but, what she really longed to do was paint. She started painting with watercolors while still living in Israel. When she arrived in Florida in 2005 and began studying with our gallery guru, Robert Gross, she discovered the world of oil painting on canvas. For Aviva, this medium was a ‘coming home.’ For us, as viewers of her art, we are particularly fond of her use of vibrant colors!

Lemons | Aviva D. Sasson 24″x18″ oil on canvas, framed $500

Living in the subtropical savanna of south Florida, Aviva is able to paint outdoors every week of the year, often with her teacher, Bob Gross, and his plein air group in western Broward County. Aviva’s paintings capture a vibrance that only the light of south Florida offers, and she does it in a bold and distinctive way! This is happy art! #artsaves

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!