December 8, 2009 through January 8, 2010Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 11; 5 - 7 p.m.The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday Dec. 11, 5 - 7 pm where they will have the opportunity to meet the artists, discuss techniques and purchase artwork. Opening Reception is FREE to ArtCenter Manatee Members. General Admission is $5 ArtCenter Manatee is located at 209 Ninth Street West, Bradenton. Open during gallery hours free of charge! Hours are: Monday, Friday and Saturday 9 am -5 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-6pm Exhibition in the Kellogg Gallery: "3 dimensions, 3 ways" Artist: Carol Ferony - Pastels "Art is personal in the sense that it is a concept with a voice. This is true for both the artist and the viewer, however diverse the interpretation. The association of structural elements, rhythm, balance and the energy they create are what I consider to be the most important aspects of my work. Many of my interpretations of everyday life scenarios have been experienced while others are imagined…. but within the creative process all are self portraits."Artist: Bill Kidd - Clay Sculpture"The works on display are from a recent series of works titled “Fertile Ground”. This work began about two years ago when I began to alter thrown forms and close them with stem like additions. These early pieces in this series were simple gourd-like forms. Using nature as inspiration, the forms have developed into more complex sculptures with the additions of many hand built and thrown parts. "Artist: Pat Underwood - Clay FiguresPat’s body of work includes decorative tiles, mosaic murals, garden art, art dolls, and sculpture as well as functional pieces. As well as being an exhibiting artist, her work can be found in private collections throughout the country.Exhibition in the Reid-Hodges Gallery: Marge Bennett & Carolyn Ritter "Wild About Color"The two local artists were first drawn to each other’s work by their use of vibrant colors. Their work often shares a whimsical attitude, and the quality of the painted surface shows a love for the painting process.Exhibition in the Searle Gallery: ArtCenter Manatee Student ShowAn exhibit showcasing the talent and creativity of ArtCenter Manatee students.