New exhibitions on view in May for the Panama City Center for the Arts

PANAMA CITY — The Panama City Center for the Arts will unveil three new galleries in May featuring exhibits of works from the annual bay competition and two other exhibits.

The annual bay competition will return for its 59th year, featuring the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month exhibit and works by local photographer Angel Cervantes. Bay Arts Alliance officials invite the community to attend an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. May 6 at the Center for the Arts, 19 E. Fourth St., with prizes for the annual Bay Competition announced at 6 p.m.

The 59th edition of the annual bay competition and exhibition will be presented in the main gallery of the Center for the Arts in Panama City from May 6 to 28.  This photo shows artwork from the 2019 competition.

“We are thrilled to once again host the Bay Annual,” said Jayson Kretzer, Executive Director of the Bay Arts Alliance. “This fair is always the perfect opportunity for our local creatives to reconnect. We hope the community will come out to see and support the work of some of the most talented artists in our region.

In the 1960s, the Panama City Artist Association launched the Bay’s annual competition and exhibition. The competition is open to artists of all ages residing in 16 counties in Northwest Florida. Each year, artists from all fine art mediums except photography submit work on any subject.

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All artists submitted their works on April 22 or April 23, with the works displayed in the main gallery of the arts center. A Best of Show award of $500 and five merit awards of $100 will be presented to the winning performers at the opening reception.

This year’s judge is Tallahassee artist Brinda Pamulapati, owner and director of Venvi Art Gallery in Tallahassee. Pamulapati has served as a judge for numerous arts organizations in the Tallahassee area, including the Artist League Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA), the Artopia Roundtable at the Gadsden Museum of Art, and the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) Cultural Grant Program. Sign.

Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Exhibit

The Miller Gallery will showcase a variety of Asian artwork by local writer and engineer Jeannie Millaway, ranging from textiles and art scrolls to common household items. Millaway curated the heritage exhibit in conjunction with other Panama City families, bringing together heirlooms and other staples of Asian art to educate and fascinate visitors.

The Bay Arts Alliance will host two new exhibits in May, including an Asian and Pacific Islander exhibit by local artist Jeannie Millaway on display in the Miller Gallery.

“My research started with Asian immigrants like me, but I soon discovered that the connections to Asian culture go beyond skin color,” Millaway said of preparing for the exhibit. “Asian art and artifacts were cherished by military families, through friendships across borders, or sometimes just a simple appreciation of their uniqueness. I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the people who contributed to this exhibit and honored by their willingness to let me tell their stories. »

The photography of Angel Cervantes

The Cafe Gallery will feature works by local photographer Angel Cervantes. Cervantes’ passion for art and nature led him to develop a style that involved various mediums, experimenting with oils, watercolors, charcoal, photography, clay and acrylic paints.

Bay Arts Alliance will host two new exhibitions in May, including works by local photographer Angel Cervantes on display in the Cafe Gallery.

In this exhibition, visitors can expect a series of photographs that celebrate the incredible biodiversity of Panama City and the effect of experiences on perspectives as individual and collective consciousness.

The exhibitions will be presented in the three galleries from May 6 to May 28. The Arts Center is open and free to the public Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Julia P. Cluff