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MartinArts

MartinArts

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture are woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.


MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are house in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county's first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center (CHCC). Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.


We serve two primary audiences: creators and spectators. Creators include artists, teachers, arts organizations, and venues who work in the visual arts, fine crafts, performing arts, literary arts, and digital media arts. Spectators include leaders in government/politics and the general public which includes visitors, seniors, students, youth, parents and the business community.


Programs & Services Summary: Programs at the Court House Cultural Center: Fine Art Exhibits, Sunset Concerts at the Gallery, Arts Education and Professional Development Workshops and Lectures

Celebrations of Why the Arts Matter: ArtsFest, MartinArts Awards, Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Art Show, Plein Air Arts Day, Cultural Conversations, Eco-Art Initiatives

Promoting the Arts: Scholarships & Awards for Students, Grants & Fellowships for Artists & Cultural Organizations, Online Community Cultural Calendar & Artist Registry, and Collaborations with Local Businesses, Venues & Artists to bring new opportunities to life

MartinArts values and celebrates the unique qualities of persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures. It is believed that inclusiveness adds to the organizational excellence when tapping the skills, talents, and resources of people of diversity. MartinArts will actively promote respect for persons of different race, creed, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, education, economic position, and ancestry. MartinArts will uphold the fundamental directives of equality and access to the arts for all.


MartinArts Council is a private, non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 status through the IRS. MartinArts 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.


80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994
772-287-6676 | www.MartinArts.org

3D exhibitions

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    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

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    Floridian Flavors: Characters, Culture, & Cuisine

    11 Jan 2022 – 26 Feb 2022

    Exhibit theme: We are proud our state is one of diversity and inclusion. People in Florida come from all over the globe and all walks of life. We have astronauts, mermaids, cowboys, pirates, princesses, and pioneers. (And Parrotheads!) This collection of juried art quilts made by Florida SAQA members celebrates the rich and varied cultures, clothing, food, holidays, languages, history, and customs of our inhabitants, visitors, and even the rare individuals who are Florida-born and lifelong residents. SAQA Mission Statement: Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of nearly 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world. Our vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. With our exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, we seek to increase the public's appreciation for the art quilt and to support our members in their artistic and professional growth.

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    Be Squared - A Members Exhibition

    10 Jun 2022 – 23 Jul 2022

    MartinArts is proud to present a unique collection of original works, created by its Member Artists, in Be Squared – A Members Exhibition. The exhibition opens June 10th at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Downtown Stuart. A $5 Donation is requested at the door. This exhibit, on display through July 23rd, will showcase the diverse talents of 52 artists who are all members of MartinArts. Unique to the collection, is that each piece is created and presented in a square shape. In addition to works presented, a special selection of 8”x8” works, created and donated by participating artists in a variety of mediums, will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs in Martin County. The public is invited to preview this exciting show and meet the artists, at Be Squared – A Member’s Exhibition’s Opening Reception, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Friday, June 10th. “We invite the community to experience these extraordinary works by this exemplary group of artists at our beautiful, historic gallery,” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts. “Whatever your favorite medium or genre, it’s bound to be showcased in in this exquisitely-presented “square” exhibit.” Be Squared – A Members Exhibition, will feature works by these celebrated MartinArts’ Member Artists: Jeanine Baum, Michaelann Bellerjeau, Kimberly Beltrame, Dinija Berkien, Mallo Bisset, Deborah Bottorff, Sally Browning Pearson, Tracy Canada, Holly Cannon, Marc Cohen, Suzanne Connors, Kendra Deltano, Evangelia Deslis, MJ Dowling, Sharon Ferina, Tom Forster, Torenzo Gann, Katie Gianni, Lindsay Hager, Jill Heveron, Heather Ivins, Etheard Joseph, Julia Kelly, Justin Klahne, Sue Klahne, Scott Klimek, Chris Kling, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Mia Lindberg, Barbara Z. Lyons, Dan Mackin, Lorrie McKenna, Dana Meyer, Maria G Miele, Mary Mirabito, Lynn Morgan, Margarita Nielsen Palacios, Janis Clary Oehlschlager, Tom Prestopnik, Mary Lou Pults, Lisa Rapp, Diane Raymond, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Danuta Rothschild, Bobby Savage, Jordan Silvia, Mark Stall, Marian Vitale, Jesse Walker, Sunny Walker, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

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    Humanity through the Artist Eye - A Three Woman Perspective

    04 Mar 2022 – 15 Apr 2022

    Featuring artists Cheryl Cote, Danuta Rothschild, Kirsten Stingle Opening Reception | Friday, March 4th, 5:30-7PM Exhibit dates: March 4 - April 15, 2022 Artist Talk | Tuesday, March 29th at 6PM Join moderator Maria Miele as she talks with artists Cheryl Cote and Danuta Rothschild about their artworks featured in the exhibit. Registration required. Cheryl Cote′ (koh-tay), a visually impaired artist, vividly conveys life experiences in a desire to inspire people to overcome their own personal challenges. Cheryl Cote′s work has evolved from a very fine detail artist to a broader spectrum of color and light. Many of her works are very colorful and bold on a large scale. She often starts with a black and white to grayish background and uses spot color to give meaning or punch to certain aspects of the story that she paints. Due to Cheryl’s limited sight it’s a challenge to paint, she has developed a unique style to relay her image on the canvas, bold, great light and shadow and color. Through her eyes we see the soul in each figure she paints. Kirsten Stingle’s work is both bold and expressive. Her amazing images in mix media combine unique textures, fabric, clay, and construction to give emotion to her figures. She places her figures on or in unique situations that tell a story. The detail to her facial expressions and clothing dictates a time and place. Her color palette, often dominated by sepia tones, show a somber but very emotional character. The expressions she gives her figures are often wondrous and so detailed you feel as if they will spring to life. According to the artist, “My work strives to cut through this isolation by highlighting common threads of the human experience through storytelling. My goal is to create a dialogue with the viewer, encouraging self-revelation and promoting a greater understanding of one another. I wish to transport the viewer into a fantastical world of the imagination in which ideas, fears, desires, and other points of view can be explored and better understood.” An internationally respected and award-winning artist, Danuta Rothschild, can capture the scope of human experience from the ominous to the magically affirming. Her artwork has been shown in France, Poland Bosnia and the United States. In her earlier she shows the humanity and poverty in the world and in America. Bold color and texture show the story and struggles of her characters as they move through life. When she moved to California, her work shifts visually with a lighter look at space and time a reflection perhaps on her new environment. Placing figures into a greater space and nature she gives a sense of dreamlike or vast perspective of the human experience. Nature, vast and endless and we are but a small part of the story she tells.

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    Marvin S. Cone 36th Annual High School Juried Art Show

    26 Apr 2022 – 26 May 2022

    Exhibit Dates: April 26 - May 26, 2022 Featuring artwork from students of: Clark Advanced Learning Center Jensen Beach High School Martin County High School South Fork High School The Pine School Thank you to our Exhibit Sponsors: Palm City Art & Frame Publix Supermarket Charities Anthony D. George, Jr, PA Vianne Nichols Karen L. Barnes Paul & Helen Kleinfeld Florida State of the Arts License Plates Division of Cultural Affairs Thank you Visual Arts Teachers: Tami Conrad, Laura Dervin, Emily Faehnle, Dan Gorostiaga, Alexandra Gribble, Shelby Hart, Amanda Jones, Steve Naumann, Jordan Silvia 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 Cover Image: Best of Show 2021 “Marine Imitation” by Cassidy Bean, Jensen Beach High School

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    Dog Days of Summer (and other pets too!)

    09 Aug 2022 – 01 Oct 2022

    Join us to celebrate pets of all types and sizes! Local & Regional artists will be displaying original works from drawings to sculptures. Proceeds to benefit local non-profit animal rescues and pet adoptions. Featuring Artists: Holly Cannon, Katie Gianni, Eduardo Gomez, Margaret Gray, Skip Hartzell, Heather Ivins, Deborah LaFogg Docherty, Mia Lindberg, Maria G. Miele, Caryl Pomales, Roni Rottner, Jordan Silvia, Molly Potter Thayer Opening Reception Friday, August 12 | 5:30–7PM Family Day Learn about local wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities, a story time, and more with community partners. Saturday, September 17 | 12–3PM Adoption Days Meet furry friends available for adoption and support local rescues. Caring Fields Felines – August 13 | 10AM–1PM Humane Society of Treasure Coast – September 22 | 10AM–3PM

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    32nd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show

    11 Oct 2022 – 18 Nov 2022

    A 32-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 intaglio from artists living in Tallahassee to Miami. Exhibit Dates | October 11 – November 18, 2022 Opening Reception & Awards Announcement | Friday, October 14, 5:30-7pm Juror’s Talk* | Saturday, October 15, 11am Artist Panel Discussion (virtual)* | Tuesday, October 25, 6PM *Register on MartinArts.org Juror: Dolores Coe (Studio Art) is an artist, educator, and former Professor of Art and Program Director at Ringling College of Art and Design. Her paintings and mixed media works re exhibited regionally and nationally in museums and galleries and included in a number of public, private and corporate collections. She was awarded a resident fellowship at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and is a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting. She earned the MFA in Painting and an MA in Counseling. Featured Artists: Lisbeth Ascanio, Bob Bechtol, Steven Beverage, Sarah Black-Sadler, BIll Brody, Jonathan Brooks, Judith Copeland, Cheryl Cote, Martin Dunn, Janas Durkee, Miriam Esteve, Janet Folsom, Marine Fonteyne, Ron Garrett, Bonney Goldstein, Jay Hatfield, Latonya Hicks, Etheard Joseph, Claudia Jane Klein, Michael Knapp, Catherine Kramer, Stacey Mandell. Suzanna Mars, John Marshall, Jane McIntyre, Robert Michelmann, Sharon Mroz Hopek, Leslie Neumann, Nina Offutt, Deborah Perlman, Amber Quimby, Galal Ramadan, Linda Reymore, Christopher Rivera, Jamie Rodriguez, Danuta Rothschild, Alexandria Salmieri, Rita Shapiro, Joel Shapses, Norman Silva, Rachel Stewart Jeff Whipple, Terry White, Addison Wolff, Kate Wood Court House Cultural Center 80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994 Gallery Hours: Tuesday 10AM-6PM and Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM Cover Image:1st Place 2021 “Backward Glance" by Julie Feldman

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    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.

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    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

    latest works

    • Judith Copeland

      Little Moon Shell, 2020
      9.5 x 8 inch (h x w)
      USD 1500
    • Kate Wood

      Morning, Ground Floor Farm, 2019
      16 x 24 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on Canvas
      USD 1200
    • Addison Wolff

      purple/magenta/teal, 2021
      13.5 x 16 inch (h x w)
      Oil Pastel, Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Synthetic Polymer, on Ceramic
      USD 1200
    • Terry White

      Her First Love, 2019
      25 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Colored Pencil
      USD 850
    • Jeff Whipple

      Within, 2021
      36 x 24 inch (h x w)
      Digital Drawing
      USD 850
    • Rachel Stewart

      Ebb and Flow, 2020
      36 x 36 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Carved Wood, Bees wax, Paint and Colored Tree Branches
      USD 3500
    • Norman Silva

      St. Sebastian, 2020
      25 x 5 inch (h x w)
      Concrete and Steel
      USD 1500
    • Joel Shapses

      All Lives Matter, 2022
      80 x 14 inch (h x w)
      Alabaster
      USD 50000
    • Rita Shapiro

      Joyride, 2022
      22 x 22 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on Paper
      USD 550
    • Alexandria Salmieri

      Heart of the Sea
      30 x 24 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic, Wax, Pastel, and Oil Pastel on Canvas
      USD 2250
    • Nadine Saitlin

      Dynamic Game Time, 2021
      30 x 40 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic Paint on Stretched Canvas
      USD 1200
    • Danuta Rothschild

      Can't You See I'm Busy, 2022
      48 x 48 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      USD 8200
    • Jamie Rodriguez

      Solace (Part 1), 2022
      48 x 36 inch (h x w)
      Mixed Media
      USD 8700
    • Christopher Rivera

      Iconographia Popular, 2020
      48 x 48 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on Panel
    • Linda Reymore

      Girl With Feather In Her Hat, 2022
      28 x 22 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic Paint, Acrylic Paint Pen on Raw Canvas
    • Galal Ramadan

      Retrospection, 2019
      18 x 32 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Colored Pencil
      USD 3950
    • Amber Quimby

      The Wish, 2019
      36 x 22 x 4 inch (h x w x d)
      Cyanotype on Rice Paper Sculpture, Found Steel Hanger
      USD 1600
    • Deborah Perlman

      Somewhere Between #2, 2020
      20.5 x 20.5 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Mixed Media
      USD 650
    • Nina Offutt

      Indian River County's BioEnergy Plant, 2022
      15 x 15 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Charcoal and Graphite on Watercolor Paper
      USD 650
    • Leslie Neumann

      Phoenix, 2021
      24 x 52 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil and Encaustic
      USD 4900