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Martin Arts Presents “Art In The Garage” At Court House Cultural Center Gallery August 8 – September 30, 2023. Public Is Invited To Opening Reception Friday, August 11. Meet The Artists And Be Inspired

Martin Arts and The Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart presents “Art in the Garage”, inspiring us with a variety of media and techniques.  In the early 2000s, a group of artists started meeting on Wednesday afternoons to practice figure drawing.  Over the years, as their camaraderie deepened, so did their daring! Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, and May Wong began experimenting with new media and techniques.  We are the benefactors of their joyous and gutsy endeavors. This exhibit is available on Tuesday, August 8 , with a Public Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023, and runs through September 30, 2023.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peaks.








Opening Reception:

Friday, August 11, 2023

5:30  –  7  PM


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10  – 6   and Wednesday thru Saturday 10– 4

~ A $5. donation is requested ~



Court House Cultural Center

80 E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994





The Garage Artists




Featured members and artists Judi Bettendorf, Jane Kiehart, Gail McCarthy, Molly Potter-Thayer, Cheryl Ritland, Kimberly Roden, Roni Rottner, Kathy Saigh, Patrice Scott, May Wong are bringing a unique and eclectic exhibit – Art in the Garage – to the Court House Cultural Center from August 8-September 30.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, August 11, 2023.  



“Sea Grape Leaves” by Kathy Saigh



While each one has practiced art individually for most of their lives, the group’s synergy has resulted in weekly think tank/workshops since the early 2000s.




“Lusty Fold”  Group Collaboration



Patrice Scott tells The Rickie Report, “We teach each other what we know and then we watch the sparks of creativity fly, as we all step away from our own previous boundaries”. 




Not content to stay stuck in a routine, they started to explore not only each other’s medium, but other materials that have been collected from their own studios, area thrift shops, dumpsters and back yards. Leaving their egos and life’s problems at the door, they enter a negative-free zone, a communal workspace well-outfitted with hand and power tools and stocked with pooled resources for projects!





“Plumber” by Patrice Scott




Then, right before the pandemic, one of the members, Kathy Saigh, bought a piece of property in Martin County that included an open-air garage and the friends/artists were able to continue holding their Wednesday dates in safety.  One wall in the exhibit will be a memorial to esteemed ceramic artist Gail McCarthy, a member of the group who passed away recently.




About MartinArts:

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.


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