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!


juried competition …

Just out of curiosity, I searched Wikipedia for “juried competition” and learned some very interesting things about their history.

The earliest juried competitions were held in Greece, under Aeschylus and his successors. During the Middle Ages in 1441, a public poetry competition called the Certame Coronario was held in Florence with the intention of proving that the spoken Italian language was not inferior to Latin. (Interesting reason for a juried competition, huh? LOL!)

Before the advent of the Internet, national and international juried competitions were (and still are) widely advertised in trade journals, newspapers and magazines, with jurists selected from among the artistic elite. Competitions of visual works accepted photographic slides from competitors to represent the work entered because of the cost-prohibitive nature of sending and receiving whole artworks. After judging, only the selected works were sent on for public viewing if the competition included such a venue for the selected works. 

Since the advent of the Internet, many competitions for visual works began accepting entries in digital form as well as slide form. The growth of the Internet also saw service firms appear offering organizational tools for juried competitions allowing for such conveniences as online storage and access of digital images. Some juried art competitions exist entirely online.

11-2015 bob & celia showThis Saturday, we will be accepting entries for our fourth annual Island City Juried Art Competition/Exhibit. We’re a little old fashioned in the way we operate. We’ve been advertising it in local publications, in Wilton Manors’ “official” city newsletter, Town Crier, and, of course, on our Facebook page. A couple of local art teachers have shared the information with their students and the Rules & Entry Form are available here on our web site. Now, we wait to see how many people come to Art Gallery 21 on Saturday to bring their art for consideration.

There IS a certain amount of anxiety involved in these final days leading up to the art intake. Will we get at least 25 people? What if we get 50? We have limited space, so that might mean we have to reject (dare I use that word) some artists. We don’t want to reject anyone! And, what about the weather? Sometimes people won’t come out for an event if the weather is crummy, so there’s anxiety about that, too!

The anticipation is the best part of doing the juried art competition! What new artists will we discover? And, oh! The new people we might meet! That’s the best kind of anticipation! Of course, we love seeing our long-time artist friends, too, so, it has that ‘home week’ quality as well!

So much excitement! Only a couple days to go!

Wish us luck!

NOTE: Art intake is Saturday, February 6 from 12 Noon until 3 PM. The winners will be announced at an art social on Friday, February 12 beginning at 7 PM. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded and the three winning artists will have their own show March 18 to April 8.

Island City Art Market: Tyce Marshall

The Island City Art Market is a showcase of 40 original works of art, all produced by 21 local fine artists.  All art offered is framed and ready to hang. This is our final week for the exhibit which will close on Saturday evening, September 12th, with an art social.


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“Vinyard Sound” (Towards Elizabeth Island, Cape Cod) by Tyce Marshall | Oil on Panel | 6″ x 4″ framed | $100

Tyce is new to Art Gallery 21! We discovered his talent when he submitted two of his paintings for our annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition earlier this year! And, yes! He won!

A painter of traditional style, Tyce creates art with oils on canvas and gesso panels, watercolors, pastels and pencil drawings. He is a graduate of the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, It’s clear that his work is influenced by living on the coast as he specializes in seascapes.

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“Water Lilies” by Tyce Marshall | Oil on Panel | 10″ x 8″ framed | $125

Tyce 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! We’re very pleased that Tyce will be the featured artist in an exhibit with us beginning April 15, 2016.