Shirley Rush Deans works, above, Gone
Swimming and Dogs Days of Summer
are among those on display in the new Artful Waters
gallery in the sales center
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
A new art gallery opened Feb. 15 in an unlikely place
the sales center for SevenShores, St. Joes
high rise development on Perico Island.
"St. Joe partnered with ArtCenter Manatee to bring
the first art gallery to the west Bradenton area,"
Scott Carpenter, of Carpenter Public Relations, said.
"Local artists will be showcased in the gallery,
which will be called Artful Waters.
"There was a lot of open space in the sales center
and St. Joe wanted to do something for the community and
with the community. It was a perfect fit."
Laurie Hagberg, development director for ArtCenter Manatee,
said that St. Joe is a corporate partner with the center.
"We try to tailor our business partnership to a mutual
business focus," she said. "The only art galleries
on this side of town are on the Island and Longboat Key.
We wanted to bring the arts to the people who live here
and the people who will be living at SevenShores."
The gallery will feature a new artist every eight weeks.
The first featured artist is Shirley Rush Dean from now
until the end of April. Watercolorist Joanna Coke will
be the next featured artist from May 1 to July 1.
Dean, an award-winning artist who works in watercolor
and acrylic, captures the colors and shapes of the surrounding
"Whats nice about Shirley being the first artist
is that she paints the scenes that people will see from
SevenShores," Hagberg noted.
Artful Waters is located at 12320 Manatee Avenue and is
adjacent to the Perico Harbor Marina. It is open Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.