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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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    31st Annual All Florida Juried Art Show

    12 Oct 2021 – 20 Nov 2021

    A 31-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 61 artists from Tallahassee to Miami. Exhibit Dates | October 12 – November 20, 2021 Opening Reception & Awards Announcement | Friday, October 15th, 5:30-7pm Juror’s Talk* | Saturday, October 16th, 11am Artist Panel Discussion (virtual)* | Thursday, November 4th, 6pm *Events subject to change due to current COVID-19 safety guidelines and may have limited in person availability. Visit our website to register for events. Kirk Ke Wang, Juror Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts of Eckerd College and a Board Director of the Ringling Museum of Art, is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, as well as an educational software developer. He was born in Shanghai, China, and received MFA degrees from the Nanjing Normal University in China and University of South Florida. Mr. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa and NYC, and he often travels back to his hometown, Shanghai. To learn more about the juror visit: http://www.kirkkewang.com/ Featured Artists: Laird Robert Arbogast Kenneth Arguinzoni* Bruce Bain Jane Baldridge Steven Beverage Barbara Bose Thomas Boudreau Marc Bridger* Amy Broderick - Honorable Mention Sea Carlson Megan Castellon Carl Clark Gina Coccaro Kimberly Engel Julie Feldman - 1st Place Christian Feneck Janet Folsom Dale Forbes Bonney Goldstein - 2nd Place Carla Golembe NC Hagood Donna Haynes Marc Hilton Cohen - Honorable Mention Jennifer Hoffman Judy Horowitz Ates Isildak Etheard Joseph Carson Kapp Jenny Keyser Mark Kirby Michael Knapp Linda Knowles Joe Korte Luis La Rosa - Honorable Mention Christopher Light* Mia Lindberg Ellen Lindner George Lupo Eileen Lyons Annette Margulies Erin McCullough* Lynn Morgan Ania Moussawel Gerald Obregon Andy Owen Chad Periman Diane Powers-Harris Amber Quimby Galal Ramadan* Dan Remmel Linda Reymore Paula Rucket Nadine Saitlin Alma Shoaf Harold Silvers Rebecca Stack Anne Stagg Lisa Tishman Suzanne Williamson - 3rd Place Marcelle Zanetti (*Only exhibiting in Virtual Gallery) Court House Cultural Center 80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994 Gallery Hours: Tuesday 10AM-6PM and Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM

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    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

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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

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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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    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

    • Steven Beverage

      The Queen's Gambit, 2020
      32 x 20 x 12 inch (h x w x d)
      Knives, 2 Queen Chess pieces, Resin
      USD 3500
    • Gina Coccaro

      Woman In Gold Coat, 2018
      32.5 x 5.8 x 5 inch (h x w x d)
      metal
      USD 950
    • kenneth arguinzoni

      It's Tradition, 2020
      36 x 36 x 24 inch (h x w x d)
      fiber glass, leather speed bags
      USD 3000
    • Marcelle Zanetti

      We are being Manipulated, 2019
      55 x 34 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      USD 4000
    • Suzanne Williamson

      Sunshift Yellow Blue Yellow, 2020
      36 x 36 inch (h x w)
      Photographic Print
      USD 800
    • Lisa Tishman

      Life... In Space, 2021
      24 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      acrylic and pen
      USD 550
    • Anne Stagg

      Edits & Omissions #171116, 2019
      24 x 24 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 2800
    • Rebecca Stack

      After The Fire, 2019
      22.5 x 18 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
      Fabric and various fibers
      USD 325
    • Harold Silvers

      Blue Elegant Wave, 2020
      16 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Digital print
      USD 750
    • Alma Shoaf

      Beside the Railroad, 2018
      30 x 44 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic, Ink, Pencil, watercolor
      USD 895
    • Nadine Saitlin

      Of the Land and the Mind, 2021
      30 x 40 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 1200
    • Nadine Saitlin

      Magic Night, 2019
      24 x 30 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      USD 950
    • Paula Rucket

      Ungido, 2021
      21 x 21 inch (h x w)
      Photography
      USD 250
    • Linda Reymore

      Out of Lockdown, 2020
      24 x 24 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
    • Linda Reymore

      Series 2 - Composition 1, 2020
      48 x 36 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic Wall Paint, molding paste on canvas
    • Dan Remmel

      Limelight, 2021
      30 x 40 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic
      USD 1500
    • Galal Ramadan

      Talavera Extravaganza, 2021
      18 x 26 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      colored pencil
      USD 2650
    • Amber Quimby

      Appreciation / Reconstruction, 2020
      28 x 14 x 5 inch (h x w x d)
      Lithography and Painting on Rice Paper with Porcelain
      USD 1200
    • Diane Powers-Harris

      Recharging the Floridan Aquifer, 2020
      34.3 x 35.5 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
      fiber collage
    • Chad Periman

      Bermuda Triangle, 2020
      20 x 16 x 8 inch (h x w x d)
      aluminum
      USD 3400
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