Palm-Aire's 30th Annual Art Show showcases Palm-Aire artists

rdymond@bradenton.comApril 1, 2013 

EAST MANATEE -- There are a lot of golf course communities in Manatee County, but few embrace fine art like Palm-Aire Country Club two miles west of Interstate 75 on the north side of University Parkway.

Palm-Aire's prolific artists will open the community's 30th Annual Art Show at 9 a.m. today . The free show inside the community's clubhouse at 5601 Country Club Way will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday.

"I can say some of our member artists said that when they were looking at golf courses the art was the deciding factor," said Barbara Saabye, co-president of the Art Association of Palm-Aire Country Club, which was formed in 1989.

A total of 100 pieces created by roughly 80 artists will be on display. Many pieces, not all, will be available for purchase, Saabye said.

Mediums include watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink and zentangle, a form of pen and ink using structured patterns, fabric art, ceramic, wood carving and oil, Saabye said.

"We feel it's pretty rare to have a country club with 600 people and have such

a large interest in art," said Saabye of the roughly 150 members in the Art Association.

One of the most prolific Palm-Aire creators is Anne Centofanti, a self-described "multi-media artist" who makes Raku pottery, which is a Japanese pottery used in tea ceremonies. She also is a photographer, paints with acrylic and oils and performs gypsy-style and flamenco belly dance and tribal fusion steps.

Centofanti will probably not be dancing in the clubhouse during the week but she does perform with local dance troupes.

"I think people should come to our show to see the variety of artists we have in this community," Centofanti said. "There is not only watercolor, but mixed media, including clay and sometimes wood carvers. It will open people's eyes to what is out there."

Centofanti believes people moving to Florida tend to believe every artist is a watercolorist.

"It is very diverse and I am seeing that with Palm-Aire," Centofanti said.

Centofanti's photograph, "Lipstick," will be at the show as well as a piece of her Raku pottery, which is not for sale.

Centofanti, who began drawing and painting as a child, has a studio in Palm-Aire and one at St. Petersburg Clay Co., where she works on bigger pieces.

"Our Art Association is a great group, mostly ladies, but some men," Centofanti said. " I am especially excited about how many of them have grown as artists over the years from working together and taking classes."

The association schedules many events for members such as the two fairs this year for artist demonstrations, Saabye said.

"We teamed up with Keeton's Office and Art Supply in Bradenton and they brought five great local artists to Palm-Aire to help people take their first steps," Saabye said.

The 30th show will contain a looping audiovisual of art pieces over the past 30 years on a computer in the clubhouse, Saaybe said.

Saaybe has been busy creating for the event. She will show a zentangle called "At the Beach" and a watercolor called "Hibiscus."

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