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The Arts Council of Martin County

The Arts Council of Martin County

The Arts Council of Martin County

Our mission is to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community.


The Arts Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 status through the IRS. The Arts Council is supported in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners and private contributions.


www.MartinArts.org


80 SE Ocean Blvd,
Stuart, FL 34994

3D exhibitions

  • The Arts Council of Martin County

    HORIZONS

    06 Aug 2021 – 17 Sep 2021

    HORIZONS, a retrospective exhibition, will feature the works and careers of artists Jim Houser and Dan Mackin – both long time Hobe Sound residents. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, August 6th from 5:30-7pm and will continue through September 17, 2021, at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery in downtown Stuart, FL. Dan Mackin is a world-renowned artist who has captured his memories of travels to the Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, Asia and the Amazon River - where he spent time working as a tour guide. Dan’s work takes us all on a journey to paradise every time his brush touches a canvas, surfboard, guitar, Harley tank or piano. Dan has collaborated on projects with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Wyland Galleries, created posters and graphics for Quicksilver and various vineyards and breweries, and is one of only 29 artists worldwide to have a Disney license. His work is displayed both locally and across the globe, carried by galleries across Florida, and is collected by many. “Everyone, at some time in their life, yearns to find their own peaceful paradise and escape from the demands of today’s hectic world,” Mackin says describing his artistic credo. “I offer viewers their own tropical paradise, embody my desire to preserve Earth’s fragile beauty, and encourage the harmony that exists between people and nature.” Jim Houser’s career began over 50 years ago as both an artist and art educator. His works focus on the essentials to capture a scene or mood; all rendered in flat, sharply defined shapes and straight lines, with little or no scenic detail, and a minimal color palette. His award-winning works have been in numerous exhibitions since the early 1950s and can be found in many gallery and museum collections from Florida to California. “I want the elements of my painting to be direct and simple so the viewers become immediately engaged in completing the painting from their experiences. I choose the flat clear colors of sea, sky, earth and create linear challenges in the perspective. The paintings can be appreciated as traditional landscapes, or as abstract design, or, preferably, as both. Viewers can experience the spirituality of often overlooked portions of their visual life like the quiet beauty of a lone mailbox against a pure, blue sky; the drama of a busy intersection in familiar territory; or the lonely vista of a small house set against a line of open beach.” – Jim Houser

  • The Arts Council of Martin County

    Marvin S. Cone 35th Annual High School Juried Art Show

    01 May 2021 – 27 May 2021

    On behalf of the board, volunteers and staff of the Arts Council, we are pleased to invite you to the Marvin S. Cone 34th Annual High School Juried Art Show. Due to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, the Court House Cultural Center and its galleries are closed to the public. As such, we are not able to present this annual exhibit in its traditional format, but will instead showcase the talented students of our community via this virtual gallery. Featuring artwork from students of: Clark Advanced Learning Center Jensen Beach High School Martin County High School South Fork High School The Pine School Exhibition Dates: May 4 - 27, 2021 Awards Announcement: April 30, 2021 | 6pm Awards will be announced on https://www.facebook.com/martinartsfl A full list of the awards can be found on our website: https://www.martinarts.org/programs/high_school_juried_art.html Thank you to our Exhibit Sponsors: Palm City Art & Frame Publix Supermarket Charities Fox McCluskey MGM Originals David Golden PA Florida State of the Arts License Plates Division of Cultural Affairs Vianne Nichols Karen L. Barnes Clark Advanced Learning Center Kangen Water Stuart Downtown Auctions Zweben Law Group Thank you Visual Arts Teachers: Tracy Canada, Mark Conrad, Tami Conrad, Laura Dervin, Emily Faehnle, Dan Gorostiaga, Alexandra Gribble, Shelby Hart, Bryan Johnson, Amanda Jones, Maria Miele, Steve Naumann ABOUT MARVIN S. CONE: Marvin S. Cone, a local writer, poet, art collector, entrepreneur, and educator was inspired by the creativity of art students in Martin County. He sought to encourage young people to pursue even greater achievements by transforming the annual high school art exhibit into an event that truly recognized student's artistic accomplishments. Established in 1987, the Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show honors its founder and his unrelenting enthusiasm for young people, for the arts, and for his timeless efforts in making this event what it is today. Please note: To navigate the virtual gallery, 1. Hold down the arrow keys on your keyboard to zoom out, zoom in, or go left and right 2. Click on the floor in front of an image to go directly in front of it 3. Press and hold on your mouse (left side) to navigate around the gallery 4. Double click on an image and click on the "i" in the upper right corner to bring up it's description 5. You can go at your own pace or choose to take the tour

  • The Arts Council of Martin County

    Clyde Butcher: America's Everglades

    12 Jan 2021 – 13 Mar 2021

    The rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades is captured in these works which span over three decades of foraging into dense swampland. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens, and sweeping landscapes bring the wonder of this mysterious part of our country to light. The beauty of the Everglades is celebrated in the monumental photographs of Clyde Butcher. The scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set his photographs apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today. These powerful black and white images are portraits of the eternal bond between man and nature that is the soul of the Everglades. From the deepest cypress strands of the sawgrass prairies, coastal waters, and languid estuaries, to pinpoint still-lives of rare species, Clyde reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. He makes an unquestionable case for why we should care about its future. This expansive wilderness collection represents the many years Clyde spent exploring the remote regions of the Everglades, experiencing its changes. It is a diverse and complex territory which reveals its beauty in many ways. His photographs reveal wild and natural places where few humans have ventured, and the images capture remarkable solitude and wonder. The Everglades is one of the largest wetlands in the world and the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Shaped and sustained by seasonally flowing shallow water, the Everglades is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, massive flocks of wading birds, recovering populations of alligators, crocodiles, and millions of insects. Exceptional for its diverse combination of rich plant and wildlife communities, varied habitats, and remote wilderness, the Everglades has perhaps most importantly become a beacon for conservation. “Clyde Butcher’s remarkable photographs give us access to nature we rarely see or experience. They not only reveal the intimate and majestic beauty of the Everglades–and the need to save this fragile environment–they also remind us of the abiding kinship we mortals share when we work together to preserve these magnificent places. Butcher’s art is a national treasure.” –Ken Burns, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker VIRTUAL MEET & GREET WITH CLYDE BUTCHER Hosted by Friends of the Everglades, executive director, Eve Samples, virtually meet the renowned photographer and Florida Artist Hall of Fame Artist winner, Clyde Butcher. The artist will join us from his home in southwest Florida for a lively discussion about his America's Everglades series. The audience will have a chance to ask questions via the chat feature. Butcher’s “America’s Everglades” photographs are currently on exhibition at the Arts Council’s Court House Cultural Center, 80 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL. Meet & Greet Tickets: $25 Proceeds benefit Friends of the Everglades and the Arts Council of Martin County Visit our exhibition in person too! Court House Cultural Center 80 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994 Gallery Hours: Tuesday 10am-6pm | Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Learn more at www.martinarts.org

  • The Arts Council of Martin County

    Mark Cook: When Flows Return to the River of Grass

    The vast Everglades “River of Grass” is a subtropical wetland wilderness comprising a mosaic of watery sloughs, sawgrass prairies and tree islands in the freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps, coastal lakes, and open-water bays along the estuarine coast. Historically sculpted and sustained by seasonally pulsed flows emerging from Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades once supported a treasure trove of biodiversity, and was characterized by its enormous colonies of water birds, and healthy populations of large predators such as alligators and crocodiles. Yet, human engineering and drainage of the wetlands for water supply, flood protection and development significantly altered the distribution of water and curtailed flows to the southern Everglades and Florida Bay, with severe consequences for its ecology. Today’s Everglades retains aquatic habitats that support important plant and animal communities, but the range of conditions is limited, and with this the abundance and diversity of life has dramatically declined. In a marriage of art and science, this collection of photographs by wildlife ecologist and photographer Dr. Mark Cook is witness to the rapid transformations that occurred after record-breaking seasonal rainfall flooded the River of Grass and sent freshwater once again flowing south into Florida Bay. Photographed during his scientific surveys, Mark’s images capture the remarkable ecological responses to the flows: the return of massive flocks of foraging water birds, huge nesting colonies of storks and ibises, and an abundance of healthy predators set within expansive watery landscapes. His unique vantage points, both from the air and the ground, shine a light on the profusion of life in this wild, wonderful, and inaccessible landscape that few people get to experience firsthand. Most crucially, the images reflect the resiliency of the Everglades; if we give nature a chance it comes bouncing back again! This gives us hope that if we replenish the flows and send more water south we can restore this magnificent ecosystem.

  • The Arts Council of Martin County

    30th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show | All Florida Artists in All Media

    13 Oct 2020 – 12 Dec 2020

    A 30-year legacy exhibition showcasing recent art by all Florida artists in all media. Exhibited works span the mediums of watercolor, ceramics, acrylic, oil, photography, clay, encaustic, wood, metal, glass, and serigraph from 54 artists from Tallahassee to Miami. FEATURED ARTISTS Laird * Miles Batt 2 * Michaelann Bellerjeau * Simon Berson * Rosario Bond * Megan Castellon * Anda Chance * Shelly Cox-Vandermeulen * Liliana Crespi * Stephanie Cunningham * Molly Curry * Carolyn Davis * Diana Rell Dean * Gianna Dibartolomeo * Michelle Drummond * Christian Feneck * Daniel Fiorda * Torenzo Gann * Bonney Goldstein * Daniel Gorostiaga * Jada Grantlin * John Guiseppi * Jay Hatfield * Gail Higginbotham * Robert Hoekstra * Rick Hurst * Luke Jenkins * Colleen Kastner * Vyd Keryx * Alice Laputka * Marilee Lee * Ellen Lindner * Barbara Lyons * Susan Maas * Patricia Maguire * Gail Mccarthy * Beatrice Mcclelland * Rick Myers Anne Orvieto * Cleveland Page * Chad Periman * Perlie Petrillo * Rhianna Pohlhammer * Diane Powers-Harris * Suzanne Redmond * Linda Reymore * Marcella Rutledge * Claudia Scalise * Rita Shapiro * Norman Silva * Suzanne Spahn * Yelena Sugralinova * Harris Wiltsher * Fredric Witkin AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT Saturday, October 17th at 5pm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martinarts/ JUROR'S TALK* Saturday, October 17th | 3PM Juror Lisa Rockford will present a lecture on the a recent trend in Contemporary art-the symbolic use of “camouflage.” As Camouflage has been used for self-protection by manipulating and disguising materials, patterns, and coloration for concealment, these artists have similarly created complex compositions with contradictory combinations and plays of figure and ground. Figures or text may at first be overlooked amongst visually overwhelming environments yet assert their survival amongst adverse environments or oppressive influences. Through photography, fiber art, collage, and assemblage, their unique voices personify those who have been marginalized, or have faced being “othered,” whether by race, gender, or societal non-conformity. Meet the Juror: Lisa Rockford, founder of Rockford Projects, is an independent curator, artist, and educator. As a passionate avid arts advocate, she has organized multi-disciplinary exhibitions, public lectures, artist workshops, and interactive experiences, all designed to be accessible to a broad audience, spark dialogue, and act as a catalyst for cultural exchange. Click here to learn more about the juror. ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION* Tuesday, November 17th | 6pm CLOSING RECEPTION* Thursday, December 3rd | 5:30-7pm *Events subject to change due to current COVID-19 safety guidelines and may have limited in person availability. Visit our website to register for above events: https://bit.ly/3jRfioA

    latest works

    • Dan Mackin

      Waimea Contest, 1993
      30 x 19 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 550
    • Dan Mackin

      That Lucky Old Sun, 2004
      20 x 30 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 480
    • Dan Mackin

      Rosita, 2002
      20 x 40 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 2950
    • Dan Mackin

      Moonlit Nesting, 2020
      16 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 950
    • Dan Mackin

      Lifeguard on Duty, 2002
      38 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on chart
      USD 1700
    • Dan Mackin

      Artful Living, 2018
      30 x 40 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 2500
    • Jim Houser

      Traffic Barrier
      30 x 30 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas with pencil
      USD 4000
    • Jim Houser

      Surfboards, 2009
      36 x 36 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 5000
    • Jim Houser

      Porch, 1999
      54 x 48 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 8000
    • Jim Houser

      Our Chairs by the Window, 2010
      36 x 24 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 8000
    • Jim Houser

      Four Row Boats, 2015
      36 x 36 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 5000
    • Jim Houser

      Beach Stairs, 2014
      48 x 54 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 8000
    • Dan Mackin

      Life on the Island, 2017
      14 x 50 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 950
    • Dan Mackin

      In My Room, 2002
      20 x 30 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 480
    • Dan Mackin

      Heaven, 2013
      15 x 32 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 389
    • Dan Mackin

      Goofy Gone Fishin', 2015
      20 x 16 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 1800
    • Dan Mackin

      Forever Young, 2012
      22 x 26 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 800
    • Dan Mackin

      Don't Worry Baby, 2002
      20 x 30 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 480
    • Dan Mackin

      Goofy Foot
      20 x 24 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD
    • Dan Mackin

      Deco Beach, 2007
      18 x 48 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      USD 690
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