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!

tammy seymour muleheaded
“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

 

Presenting Five Florida Artists

Art Gallery 21 is pleased to present the extraordinary work of five local artists: Rosemary Lisa Boyd, Monika Hurter, Barbara Pardon, Angie Riserbato and Aviva Sasson are local painters, each with a distinctively different style. The range of mediums includes oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and we feel confident in saying everyone will see something they like!

We hope you will join us at 7 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to meet the artists and experience the charm of Art Gallery 21, located in the former Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors. The exhibit will be open to the public until December 2, 2017.

If you aren’t able to join us for the opening, don’t worry. The gallery will be open on Saturday, November 18 for the ART EXPO (art walk) on Wilton Drive.

Art Gallery 21, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Wilton Manors Leisure Services Department to bring more art experiences to the Island City. We are located at 600 NE 21 Court, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, next to the volleyball court at the northeast corner of Hagen Park, just east of Wilton Drive.

“Peacock” by Rosemary Lisa Boyd

#ARTworks

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.

#ARTworks

 

Nature in Art. Or, is it Art in Nature?

Let’s be honest. We live in Paradise.

Yes. The traffic is awful. And, yes, the buildings seem to be increasing in height and number. Oh. And, yes. We each harbor a secret desire to keep all this beauty to ourselves. But. We are compelled to share it! We cannot help ourselves!

Here at Art Gallery 21, we are always watching and listening to discover who the next “big” designer is and what the next “hot trend” will be. But, as Alexander McQueen says, “There is no better designer than Nature.” Boy! Did he get that right!

Please join us this Friday evening at 7 PM when Art Gallery 21 will unveil the first annual Art in Nature Photo Contest and announce the winners of the competition! Sponsored by the Environmental & Sustainability Volunteer Group of Wilton Manors, visitors to the gallery will discover a beautiful collection of images from all over and around the island city. Given our abundant waterways and plethora of parks, we are truly surrounded by Nature on all sides and we are eager to celebrate it!

As we do for all of our gallery openings, there will be refreshments and good company throughout the evening and we’ll look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time!

Photos on exhibit from July 28 to August 26. Gallery open Saturday from 7 to 9 PM and by appointment. Featured photo by Meghan Pearson of the fox kits in Richardson Park in spring of 2017. 

Hot town, summer in the city …

Today is the First Day of Summer and we’d love it if you would join us THIS Saturday evening, June 24th, at 7 PM when we will unveil our latest exhibition of art, showcasing the works of  five very talented local artists: Darlene Fenster, Carol Finlayson, Barbara Pardon, Heidi Reiter and Henry Rhommerdahl.

Our art socials are legendary for the friendships and refreshments we offer and these neighborhood gatherings provide an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and talk about art. We are especially excited because one of our artists is über talented and has promised to perform just for us!!! You don’t want to miss this!

If you are unable to join us this week, we hope you will visit any Saturday through July 15th to see this lovely art exhibition. We would love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last weekend’s 18th Annual Gay Pride Festival in Wilton Manors was a huge success! Well over 10,000 people came out to see the parade and share in the celebration of #peace, #love and #equalrightsforall! Thank you to our fans and followers for understanding why we couldn’t hold our art opening as originally scheduled.

Art: “Tree Tops Hammock” watercolor painting by Heidi Reiter
Gallery Summer Hours: Saturdays, 7 to 9 PM

Summertime and the living is easy …

UPDATE: Wilton Drive will be closed as will all City buildings for the annual Gay Pride Festival. We are postponing the gallery opening to Saturday, June 24 at 7 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

It sounds trite, but, where did the time go? It seems as though it is slipping away, into the future. All the more reason to welcome summertime. The snow birds are gone, school is out and the pace is laid back and easy. Let’s enjoy it, shall we?

This Saturday evening at 7 PM we will open our newest exhibition of art, showcasing the works of Darlene Fenster, Carol Finlayson, Barbara Pardon, Heidi Reiter and Henry Rhommerdahl. As is our practice, there will be an art social, an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists, to talk about art, and, to make new friends or meet up with old ones. There is art worthy of our attention and, once again, there are surprises in this show. But, you have to come see for yourself!

Please join us on Saturday, June 17th, or, visit any Saturday through July 15th. We would love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Art: “Beauty of Spring” by Henry Rhommerdahl
Gallery Summer Hours: Saturdays, 7 to 9 PM

The Smithsonian is here!

It is with great pleasure that we write those words! “The Smithsonian is here!”

If you remember from our earlier blog entries, we’ve been “under construction” as the City installed a new ceiling in the former Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors, our home. As is the rule in this life, it took longer than everyone thought it would, so, we were biting our nails and praying it would be done before the opening of our photo exhibit, “WILTON MANORS WORKS” and the Story Slam on March 18th. While it wasn’t completely finished, it was close enough that we were able to host a lovely evening at Art Gallery 21 with the unveiling of 26 charming photographs of people working in Wilton Manors, and our neighboring cities, Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale.

Story Slam
A storyteller and her attentive audience.

And, the Story Slam … what an incredibly interesting experience for all of us! What courage it takes to stand in front of a group of people and talk about yourself. Yet, the idea of “working for a living” is something each of us can relate to, and, it was in that shared experience that we found common ground. The entire Story Slam was recorded by The Humanity Project, one of our grant partners, and as soon as we have access to the podcast (coming soon!), we will post it here and share it on our Facebook page.

On Wednesday, March 22nd an 18-wheel tractor trailer pulled up at Art Gallery 21 and unloaded 12 very large crates marked “SMITHSONIAN.” Imagine our excitement that it was finally here! We inventoried everything and used “the sticks” to determine where the exhibit would be placed. “The sticks” are, in fact, officially known as Exhibit Patterns. They’re similar to one of those folding rulers, but these sticks we could lay on the floor to determine the footprint of the physical exhibit which helped us to figure out the placement of each of the five sections. It may not sound very exciting, but, what a very clever tool! Indeed!

Smithsonian crates containing the exhibit.

Art Gallery 21 officially opened the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit to the public at noon on Friday, March 24th and the response from visitors has been delightfully enthusiastic! We saw a busy weekend for our docents and we are all looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we explore “The Way We Worked” together throughout the month of April! The exhibit is free to the public thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution. And, thanks to all our partners, especially the City of Wilton Manors! This is the kind of thing that makes life better here!

twww-logo

EXHIBIT HOURS: Friday & Saturday 12 Noon to 8 PM | Sunday 12 Noon to 4 PM