Gallery Y

The YMCA Anthony Bowen’s COMMUNITY EXHIBITION SPACE in partnership with THE ART ISLAND  



Friday, June 7, from 6-8pm

The event is free and open to the public.


Tracy Monsanto

Caribbean Artist-in-Residence: June 7 - August 2

In celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month

About Artist-in-Residence: Tracy Monsanto

Tracy has been working as a professional artist for over 15 years. Her work is heavily textured and multi-layered with vibrant colors. There is warmth and energy to her work which draws you in. She completed her formal education in Bristol, England where she graduated with a Bachelors of Education with a specialization in Fine Art. She has done solo shows in Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.  She often visits with family in St Thomas and Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands. These areas offer much inspiration for her work. Tracy's work, which is intuitive, vibrant, richly textured and full of bold exotic colors, can be found in collections in several countries in Europe, the Caribbean and United States. She currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida. When Tracy is not in her art studio, she works as an art educator at a local elementary school.

Artist Statement: My exploration of mixed media continues in this exhibition.  I am fascinated by the connection between shapes, colors, and textures within a strong composition. Many times when working on a canvas I begin by texturing the surface with various mediums. From there the journey begins using the strong elements of color, shape, and composition. In this exhibition, I incorporated collaged pieces that include hand-made painted papers, Tyvek, Plaster of Paris painted embellishments along with other found objects. My Caribbean background provides continuous inspiration and is forever present in my intuitive method of working.

ABOUT GALLERY Y: The arts have a long history of bringing people together across boundaries; increasing understandings across historically unequal groups, and supporting the agency of underrepresented communities to create, maintain, and share their own stories. Artists and arts organizations are an important resource for the YMCA in building stronger connections. Gallery Y is a space to continue to foster these important conversations. Admission is free and open to the public. Art Collectors and buyers: If you would like to purchase a piece of art work, please email with the piece you are interested and your phone number.

Gallery Y open hours: Monday-Friday 5:30am-11pm, Saturday from 7am-7pm, Sunday from 7am-8pm