Art Off Palm: Art Exhibition to Benefit Community Organization

March 30, 2013
Rosemary District, 614 Florida Avenue, Sarasota

A collaboration of local fine artist collectively known as Art Off Palm invites the public to attend an art show on March 30, 2013, held at the MillerBrady Fine Art Gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located in the Rosemary District at 614 Florida Avenue in Sarasota. Proceeds from the $10 admission and a portion of art sales will be donated to Volunteer Community Connections, a local 501(c)3 charitable organization which connects volunteers to non-profit, civic, and service organizations.

Local artists whose work will be represented include Jake Brady, Grace Howl, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Joel Garcia-Vela, David Leifer, and Frank Creaturo, whose works include mediums in fine art, sculpture, and photography.

The Art Off Palm art show will feature live music by Meadow Parish, a young female songwriter and guitarist volunteering her haunting vocals on behalf of the cause. Admission includes catered refreshments and one drink ticket, with a cash bar available.

Ice Man, Joel Garcia Vela, Recycled Glass & Metal Sculpture

“We all like each other’s art work, so we got together and decided to help our community,” said artist Grace Howl, who is helping organize the event. “And we wanted to have a fun venue, not your typical black-tie event. This art show has more of a trendy New York industrial chic feel.”

It's What You Don't See
It’s What You Don’t See, Grace Howl, 36 x 48, Acrylic, Mixed Media on Cardboard

Artist Jake Brady’s studio and workshop, the MillerBrady Fine Art Gallery, is a modern industrial space where Brady’s work in glass fiber reinforced concrete has evolved.

Reservations are not necessary, and the public is welcome to an evening of art, music, and the opportunity to purchase fine art for a worthy cause.

Art Off Palm
Rosemary District at 614 Florida Avenue, Sarasota, FL

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Painter Trenton Doyle Hancock Wins 2013 Greenfield Prize

The Hermitage Artist Retreat along with the Greenfield Foundation are pleased to announce that Painter Trenton Doyle Hancock is the winner of the $30,000 Greenfield Prize, awarded this year in visual art. Hancock was selected from a small group of finalists that included Nicole Eisenman, Maureen Gallace and Byron Kim. The jury that selected Hancock included Dan Cameron, chief curator of the Orange County Museum of Art; Valerie Cassel Oliver, head curator of Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and James Rondeau, chair and Dittmer curator of the department of contemporary art at The Art Institute of Chicago. The award will be presented to Hancock at a special celebration dinner on Sunday, April 21, in The Francis Ballroom, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Jerry Saltz, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine, will be the keynote speaker.

Trenton Doyle Hancock SCAD portrait (2011)_small

“We congratulate Trenton Doyle Hancock and look forward to meeting him in April,” commented Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. “The award presentation is the official kick-off for a two-year process in which he will create a new piece of art that eventually will be shared with art lovers across the country and around the world. Bob Greenfield’s vision when he created the Greenfield Prize was to support individual artists in a way that would allow them to work unencumbered by boundaries and create meaningful work that impacts our society. We look forward to doing whatever we can to assist Trenton in fulfilling that goal.“

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American Painter whose work has been featured in exhibitions since even before receiving his undergraduate degree, a B.F.A. from Texas A&M University in 1997. He went on to get an MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000. Hancock’s work has been shown in both group and solo exhibitions since 1995 around the US and the world. In this country, exhibitions have been enjoyed in Texas and New York, Florida, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington state, to name a few. His global reach has included shows in Singapore and Shanghai, Italy, Scotland, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain. He is represented by two galleries, James Cohan in New York City and Talley Dunn in Dallas. In addition to the Greenfield Prize, Hancock has been honored with the Joyce Alexander Wein Award from Studio Museum Harlem, S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Prize from the National Academy Museum, Penny McCall Foundation Award, as well as others. The list of public and corporate collections that display Trenton Doyle Hancock paintings include Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Warhol Museum (Philadelphia), Whitney Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art (NYC). For a complete listing please visit his artist page on the James Cohan website

“I count it as a great honor to be a recipient of the Greenfield Prize and the Hermitage residency,” remarked Hancock. “Lately, I’ve been wanting to explore some new and exciting avenues in my art. The Greenfield Prize will allow me the time, space, and means to see these new ideas to fruition.”

The Greenfield Prize was established in 2009 by longtime Sarasota residents Bob and Louise Greenfield through the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation. The prize is a means by which a groundbreaking, enduring work of art will be created each year at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The Prize consists of a $30,000 commission of an original work of art rotated among three disciplines visual art, drama and music, a six-week residency at the Hermitage, and a partnership with a professional arts organization to develop the work and assistance in moving the work forward into the American arts world. A distinguished seven-person panel consisting of some of the most highly respected authorities in American art select each Greenfield Prize recipient. Three voting members on each jury are joined by a producing partner representative, Joni Greenfield of the Greenfield Foundation, Hermitage Greenfield Prize Director Patricia Caswell and Hermitage Executive Director Bruce Rodgers who facilitates. Since its inception, past prize winners include playwrights Craig Lucas and John Guare, composers Eve Beglarian and Vijay Iyer, and visual artist Sanford Biggers.

For more information on the Greenfield Prize, visit the website at For more information on the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit the website at or contact Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers at 941-475-2098.

About the Hermitage Artist Retreat: The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located on Manasota Key in Englewood, FL. It brings mid-career painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5 acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay. So far, Hermitage artists have touched over 8,000 Sarasota County children and adults with their unique and inspiring programs. For more information about the Hermitage, call Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director at (941) 475-2098.

About the Greenfield Foundation: The Greenfield Foundation is based in Philadelphia, PA, but funds charitable initiatives across the country. Its president and most of its trustees are members of the family of Louise and Bob Greenfield of Sarasota, Florida. Its net income, which exceeds $500,000 a year, is devoted to improving quality of life through contributions to not-for-profit institutions in the arts, education, health care and other services. The foundation originates and participates in innovative projects, which have a ripple effect beyond the immediate impact of the expenditures.

2013 SMOA Inaugural Bash

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 6-10 p.m
Sarasota Museum of Art

The grounds of the historic Sarasota High School will be the scene of this celebration feting renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty and SMOA’s 2013 ARTmuse program.

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 6-10 p.m
Sarasota Museum of Art

Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA is celebrating its 2013 ARTmuse program with the “SMOA Inaugural Bash,” Sunday, January 20, 2013, 6-10 p.m., on the grounds of its future home, the historic Sarasota High School, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty, who will be completing one of his large-scale environmental sculptures as part of SMOA’s 2013 ARTmuse program. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals will provide festive fare and guests can dance to the sounds of Tampa Bay’s premier dance band, Ace Factor. Known for being able to “rock any audience,” this high-energy band has enjoyed an 18-year history that includes performances at Disney World, Busch Gardens and opening for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tickets start at $125. For tickets and more information, call 941-309-0118. For information about sponsorship and benefactor opportunities, contact Mary Lee Richey at 941-309-4732.

Patrick Dougherty with his sculpture “Ruaille Buaille (Highjinx)” in County Offaly, Ireland; photo by James Fraher

Event co-chairs Brooke Callanen and Dottie Baer Garner are excited about celebrating the ARTmuse program with this inaugural event. “This will be a wonderful way to celebrate Patrick Dougherty and his creation, as well acknowledging the ongoing repurposing of this historic building into a dynamic, cutting-edge arts destination,” says Callanen.

SMOA’s ARTmuse program brings renowned artists and museum professionals to our region. According to SMOA president, Wendy Surkis, “The artists share their creative journey and impart a deep understanding of who they are, what they do and how they do it.” Surkis adds that Dougherty’s site-specific piece on the grounds of the high school, “”will be an inspired addition to this site and further identify the site as an art and learning destination. It will also give the community a glimpse of the fascinating art that they can look forward to as SMOA comes alive on Tamiami Trail.”
Patrick Dougherty has been creating his monumental sculptures made of twigs, trees and other natural materials at sites worldwide for over 30 years. During his three-week Sarasota project (January 7-26, 2013), the artist will build a site-specific installation on the grounds of the historic Sarasota High School, which is the future home of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA. Surkis says the public will have many opportunities to view the artist at work—and watch his creation unfold and evolve.

“The SMOA Inaugural Bash will be a wonderful evening of inspired art, fine cuisine and vibrant music,” says Dottie Baer Garner, co-host of SMOA Inaugural Bash. “Even better, it’s in support of the Sarasota Museum of Art, soon to become a vital and exciting component of the economic, cultural and social fabric of Sarasota County.”

For more information about Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA visit or call Wendy G. Surkis at 941-309-7662.

About Sarasota Museum of Art
Sarasota’s first museum of modern and contemporary art will be a dynamic destination for exhibiting innovative and compelling visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. A vital part of Sarasota’s rich cultural legacy, the museum will interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a stimulating hub for creative discovery and discourse. For more information, visit

About Ringling College
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,400 76 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

An Anniversary Celebration, Fashion Photography & Benefit Event

Nuovo Salon and Saks Fifth Avenue celebrate anniversaries featuring the work of Ringling College of Art and Design Fashion Photography. This is a benefit for the Sarasota Museum of Art

Michael’s On East Ballroom

Nuovo Salons (25th Anniversary), and Saks Fifth Avenue (15th Anniversary), Celebration featuring Ringling College of Art and Design’s Fashion Photography

Photography by Shannon Soule

To Benefit the Sarasota Museum of Art

Michael’s On East Ballroom
7:30pm Cocktails & Hors D’ Oeuvres
8:30pm Fashion Show
9pm Dessert and Dancing

To purchase tickets ($88) visit or call Reba Evans at 941.364.5398


October 14
For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Friday, October 14
Sale: 10am–9pm

13th Annual GRAPHICSTUDIO Benefit Sale. Fine Art Prints and Sculpture Multiples
Reception: 6–9pm
Free Drawing at 8pm: Richard Tuttle’s Surface

For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Artwork will be available by Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Iva Gueorguieva, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Alyson Shotz, Janaina Tschäpe, and William Wegman, among many others.

Some prints are rare, with just one impression remaining in inventory. All sales benefit Graphicstudio’s continuing research and educational programming, and must be completed on October 14th.

For more information contact Kristin Soderqvist at (813) 974-5871 or Visit Graphicstudio’s extensive website at

Iva Gueorguieva Stained, 2011

Iva Gueorguieva, Rolling Anvil, 2011 / photos: Will Lytch
USF Graphicstudio, founded in 1968, is a university-based atelier committed to working with leading artists from around the world in a collaborative environment dedicated to research and the application of new and traditional techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculptures.

Graphicstudio editions have been acquired by leading museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Directions to Graphicstudio: From I-75, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed west. From I-275, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed east. Graphicstudio is on Spectrum Boulevard, just north of the Embassy Suites Hotel on Fowler. Look for the Embassy Suites, turn at the light, north on Spectrum Boulevard, Graphicstudio is on the right.

Graphicstudio | Institute for Research in Art
University of South Florida
3702 Spectrum Blvd. Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33612-9498 USA
(813) 974-3503 |