Creators & Collectors – Suncoast Art Tour

March 9 and 10, 2012
The Fine Art Society of Sarasota (website)

EXPLORE art studios, MEET the artists, SEE the process, Visit the gallery exhibit, And ENJOY the experience

This 2-day Tour is an ambitious show featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by 17 artists working in Sarasota today. The self-guided Tour will be held on March 9 and 10, 2012, and will sprawl across Sarasota from University Parkway to Clark Road/SR 72. Highlights will include 5 well-known artists in their studios plus a Gallery Exhibit of 12 more artists in the Ringling College of Art + Design Student Center exhibition space.

Andrea-Dasha-Reich - GrayTess (detail)

This unique Tour allows the public into artists’ studios, places you don’t typically see. You actually get to meet and speak with the artists and see firsthand where and how they create their art. It demystifies the artistic process and will provide you with an energized understanding and appreciation of the art on exhibit. Art will be available for sale.

The artists and their studios on the Tour are: International Photographer Giovanni Lunardi, Sarasota Legacy Painter Joseph Melancon, International Multi-Media Painter Andrea Dasha Reich, Ceramic and Metal Sculptor Adam Todd, and Artist Printmaker Nancy Turner.

Nancy Turner - Bird Cage

The companion Gallery Exhibit will feature these artists: Painters Bob Brown, Elena De La Ville, Kris Parins; Collage Artist Sally Sloan; Construction Artist and Painter Jo Prioetti; Fiber Artist Gloria Hall Cropper; Jewelry Designer Renee J. Davis; Plique-à-jour Artist Phil Karp; Glass Artist Liana Martin; Assemblage Artist Barbara F. Page; and Fabric Artist and Designer Linda Tilson.

AND, this year student and alumni artists from Ringling College, through a partnership with RCAD’s madeby Gallery, will also be on display at the Gallery Exhibit. Ringling College is one of four colleges in the country that has an exclusive gallery for its students and alumni. Artists will be doing demonstrations on both days at the Gallery Exhibit.

Joseph-Melancon - A-Walk in the Creekbed

Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased on the Society’s website or at the Van Wezel Box Office, Manatee, Venice & Sarasota Art Centers, Dabbert Gallery, Davidson Drugstores, Galleria Silecchia, State of the Arts Gallery and Artists on the Court.

Each year the Society plans and promotes events to support its community outreach grants, scholarship, and education programs. The Society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its members and organizes projects which benefit the entire community and its many visitors. The Society’s art collection is on public display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota is a 501c3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Susan Schober is the Tour Chair and Reva van der Heym is President of the Society.

Adam Todd - Untitled