Art at The Ranch show draws local and national artists

March 28, 2009 

The ninth annual Art at The Ranch juried show was held on Main Street last weekend, sponsored by ArtCenter Manatee and Lakewood Ranch Communities LLC.

This annual event continues to attract ever-growing crowds.

The 67 artists in the show, many from our area, tempted attendees with original works in oil and watercolor, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, glass and more.

Outdoor seating at Main Street restaurants was filled with shoppers and spectators.

Diane Shelly, executive director of ArtCenter Manatee, joined staff and volunteers at a centrally located booth to provide information about the show as well as class offerings at the center.

Kathleen Masur gathered a crowd while demonstrating her craft of painting on silk.

Shirley Bennett, community liaison for LWR Communities, provided maps and information about Lakewood Ranch from her booth.

An eye-catching crowd pleaser was the display of stainless steel sculptures by Lakewood Ranch artist Jorge Gutarra, who creates intricate birds, fish and ceremonial masks from everyday flatware. Joe and Nilda Mercado brought their two children to the booth to see the impressive works.

Show visitors and shoppers included Rose LaSalvia, Tommy Klauber, Don Bough, Phil Brown and Bill and Linda Riggs.

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