Spring Has Sprung!

Join us in celebrating the winners of Wilton Manors’ second annual Nature In Art Photo Contest! Residents were asked to submit photos of nature as observed throughout the city. Selected submissions will be on display, including the winner of Best of Show, and winners in the following categories: Birds, Butterflies, Critters, Landscape.

A new addition to this year’s exhibit will include art created from recycled materials.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14th at 7pm at Art Gallery 21 in Wilton Manors. The exhibit will be on display from April 14th through May 5th.

Art Gallery 21 is located at 600 NE 21st Court in the former Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors, at the northeast corner of Hagen Park.

Environmental and Sustainability Volunteer GroupThis event is coordinated by the Environmental & Sustainability Volunteer Group of Wilton Manors and they are here to help residents and visitors to learn more about ways to conserve, protect, and enjoy our island city and its unique environment.

 

Photo of the rare Bananquit by Mary Beth Mulligan was the 2017 First Place Winner.

Time flies …

It’s unbelievable that there are only 7 days left in January! This first month of 2018 is flying by at warp speed!

This Saturday, January 27th is your last chance to see an exquisite exhibit of fine art. It’s had wonderful attendance and we even sold a piece of artwork, so, for a little neighborhood art gallery, that is considered successful! Thanks to everyone who helped make it so!

And, you might be asking … “What’s next?”

We are extraordinarily excited about our February exhibit! We will be administering our first Creative Investment Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, with a celebration of Black History Month as we present “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend | The Fabric of Their Lives!” These amazing quilts, all from a private collector, reflect a quilting tradition in Gee’s Bend that may go back as far as the early 1800s, when the community was the site of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee. Influenced, perhaps, by the patterned textiles of Africa, the women slaves began piecing strips of cloth together to make bed covers. Throughout the post-bellum years of tenant farming and well into the 20th century, Gee’s Bend women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in unheated shacks that lacked running water, telephones and electricity. Along the way they developed a distinctive style, noted for its lively improvisations and geometric simplicity. Little did they know they would become famous in the 21st Century!

“Discovered” in 1998, the first exhibition of their quilts was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2002 and traveled to other museums around the country, including the National Museum in Washington, D.C. Approximately ten years ago, there was an exhibit of these amazing works of art at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, and, we’ve been told it was well received by the community. Well … of course, it was!!!

There is something unique about these quilts that puts them in a category all their own. These are not canvases hanging on a wall, not at all. Yet, they become canvases hanging on a wall and we look at them, awed by their color and craftsmanship.

Gee’s Bend Quilts are not perfectly symmetrical and they aren’t matchy-matchy like many of the quilts we might be familiar with from childhood. Yet, it may well be this very quality of imperfection that gives them their authenticity; their one-of-a-kind character gives them an appeal that wraps the viewer in the warmth of their cultural message and, perhaps, leads them to value things that are handmade, different from the mass produced Wal-Mart world we live in today. Yes, they are useful. More importantly, they are beautiful in the stories they tell.

There is much information available on the world wide web about the quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Our current favorite story is located here, on the Smithsonian Magazine web site. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Friday and Saturday from February 3 to March 10 and plan a visit to see the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Bring a friend or two or three. It’s free. And, we’ll be so happy to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Happy New Year!

We’re super excited and looking forward to the opening of a new exhibit on Saturday, January 6th at 7 PM at Art Gallery 21! It is with great pleasure that we present the art of Robert Gross and Celia Diaz with Dirk Eberle, Errol Gross, Natalee Jones and Louise Meredith.

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Robert Gross is a gifted art teacher, and, he is also well known for his series of paintings, The Disappearing Pastures of Broward County, in the early 21st century. Many of those pastures are gone and now serve as the sites of shopping plazas and multi-family homes. In the last few years, Bob has taken to creating paintings of the watery landscapes of the Everglades. He claims that the light moves across the water, changing the view from one minute to the next, and in each moment there exists a bit of beauty. His watercolor paintings capture the sky reflected in the water and create a peaceful work of art that is soothing to the spirit. Of course, you have to see them for yourself to fully understand and appreciate the talent of this sweet man, and, you’ll have the opportunity to do that throughout January.

It is an extraordinarily beautiful exhibit. The caliber of work ranks among the finest art available locally and surprises in this exhibit bring a wonderful world of color as it spills from the brushes of all the artists. Recently, an artist commented … “the light is different here in south Florida.” Maybe that’s what draws creative spirits to live and work here! And, how lucky we are that they are willing to share their work with Art Gallery 21!

Please join us on January 6th for the unveiling of this new art exhibit! We’d love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

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!

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“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

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

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.