Material Matters – Art Center Sarasota

November 3 – December 31, 2011
Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota will present a new exhibition in the galleries titled Material Matters from November 3- December 31, 2011. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on November 3 from 5-7pm. Physically, and/or conceptually, material is integral to the creative process of all visual artists. Material Matters celebrates the use of materials from our modern world in the visual arts.

In the galleries: Improbable Fruit: Unfinished Explorations in Pursuit of a Materially Complex Built Environment (Architect Mark Weston’s laser cut wood sculptures); A National Show of Encaustic Work, curated by Elena De La Ville; Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method, curated by Kim Anderson; and Material World- the all media, juried exhibition.

A National Show of Encaustic work (WOMEN AND WAX) will feature the works of leading artists in the field that are dedicated to the innovation of contemporary art and ideas. The aim of the exhibit is to provide a platform for dialogue and education while increasing the understanding and appreciation for encaustic art in Southwest Florida.

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting where beeswax, resin and pigment are layered and fused to produce a luminous surface that captures and transforms light. These artists melt, layer, scrape, and sculpt, creating their individual visions in wax.

Invited artists: Karen Freeman, Joanne Mattera, Jane Allen Nodine, Nancy Natale, Neverne Covington, Binnie Birstein, Lisa Pressman, Laura Moriarty, Diana González Gondolfi, Catherine Nash, Elena De La Ville

Material Matters: A Look at Medium and Method curated by Kim Anderson
Participating Artists: Lauren Garber-Lake, John Westmark, Malaika Zweig, Erika Mahr, Jason Mitcham

About Art Center Sarasota:
Art Center Sarasota offers creative opportunities that are affordable and accessible to the entire community with approximately 27 exhibitions, 100 classes and educational programs for youth and adults and special events each year. Art Center Sarasota engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions for the novice to accomplished artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts. The Center showcases hundreds of emerging and established artists through curated and juried exhibitions throughout each exhibition season. Through an extensive education department, learners at Art Center Sarasota can take advantage of many art classes, workshops and artist demonstrations with nationally known and popular local instructors that appeal to every age and skill level. The education department also offers various programs such as lectures, panel discussions and films. Youth programs and Creative Kids Summer Art Camp nurture young, developing minds. The youth outreach program, Slice of Art, is an interactive experience for students K-12, is funded by grants and donations at no cost to the schools. It has become a valuable tool for arts educators.

Art Center Sarasota
Gallery Hours:
10am – 4pm Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday

Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941-365-2032
Fax 941-366-0585

2nd Annual Illest Poster Show Fundraiser

September 24, 2011 (7pm)
Word of Mouth Restaurant, Downtown Sarasota, FL

Introducing the 2nd Annual Illest Poster Show Fundraiser hosted at the Word of Mouth Restaurant! We will be showcasing and selling our wonderful illustrated Illest of Ill posters as well as screen printing T-shirts to promote Opening Night. Live screen printing, wonderful posters, amazing bands, this is a night not to miss!!!! Thank you so much to The Closet for helping bring in these talented musicians (Igor / Rebel / The Pauses / Buffalo Wizards).

Poster price TBA ($10 or $15). Live Screen printing by Clothesline! 2 available T-shirt designs. $10 for shirt and print / $5 for BYO-shirt
Come help support your favorite Illustration Art Exhibition and new-found local bands, without your support, none of this would be possible. Save your money for this weekend and bring your cash! Food and Drinks (including ice cold beer) at Word of Mouth.

Thanks to: The Closet, Clothesline, Word of Mouth

Illest of Illustration – Adventures on the Horizon

October 14 (7:30pm) – October 24, 2011
Exhibition Hall, Ringling College of Art and Design

In fall 2006, a group of Illustration students created a gallery show to further display to underclassmen a set of skills, talent, dedication, and the creative drive that goes into a piece of artwork. Known as Illest of Ill’ , this art show has quickly become one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Student-run, the exhibition is also juried by world renowned illustrators such as El Coro, Sam Weber, Jillian Tamaki, Andrew Hem & Josh Cochran.

Illest 2011 is run by Scott Prather, Tarrah Belcher
Illest 2012 will be run by: Audrey Gonzalez, Natalie Andrewson and Angeline Chen!

For general inquiries:

Season of Sculpture: Under Azure Skies

Sarasota Season of Sculpture Announces 2011-2012 Exhibition: “Under Azure Skies”. This free exhibit of large-scale sculpture returns to Bayfront Park this November

(Sarasota, FL) Sarasota’s Bayfront Park will soon be home to 10 new works of large-scale sculpture when the Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SSoS) unveils its sixth season of sculptures on the bayfront in November. The exhibit, entitled “Under Azure Skies,” features works by 10 artists and was curated by the Tennessee-based sculptor, John Henry. The sculptures will be installed in late October; the official unveiling, open to the public, is set for November at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. SSos offers free docent-guided tours during the exhibition, which runs through early May 2012. For more information, visit

John Henry, the exhibit’s curator, says that the artwork reflects a range of styles, but most share the use of natural materials, evocative and iconic subject matter and an organic emphasis. “This exhibition was curated with the idea in mind that there is a power and significance that is unique to the man-made object,” says Henry, adding that the exhibition was first shown at Art St. Urban l in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2007, where it has remained until this exhibition. After the Sarasota exhibition, the show travels to Florida International University in Miami.

“These sculptures come from artists of diverse backgrounds and origins. It is our hope that viewers will see this art as a common language understood all over the world,” says Susan McLeod, SSoS’s board president. “This museum without walls has raised the bar for regional public sculpture and added an important element to Sarasota’s rich cultural tapestry.” McLeod adds that the exhibition series has attracted more than one million visitors during its 12-year history and turned Sarasota’s downtown bayfront into “a major art destination.”

The exhibit’s 10 featured works are: “Big Red Tumkin” by Verina S. Baxter (steel); “Untitled” by Chakaia Booker (rubber tire and stainless steel); “Squirt” by John Clement (painted steel); “Untitled” by Isaac Duncan (stainless steel); “Complexus” by John Henry (steel); “Untitled” by Terry Karpowicz (granite, steel, and wood); “Mercury, Mars, and Venus” by Peter Lundberg (copper, steel, and colored concrete); “Portal” by Albert Paley (natural patina core and steel); “Oh’d” by Bret Price (galvanized steel) and “Crown” by Douglas Schatz. For detailed information about each artist and his or her work, visit

SSoS provides free docent tours for students, teachers and others, as well as educational opportunities uniting artists with donors and the interested public. Throughout the year, SSoS will host various events, including artist talks and symposia. For more information about SSos, please visit

About Sarasota Season of Sculpture
Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SSoS), founded in 1998 by Jill Kaplan and Bruce White, is a 501c3 arts organization, which presents world-class biennial sculpture exhibitions on Sarasota’s bayfront. SSoS focuses its exhibitions on the monumental work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, and periodically includes the work of renowned local artists. This free biennial exhibition on Sarasota’s bayfront is unique among the many stars that make up Sarasota’s cultural crown. A drive down Sarasota’s Gulfstream Avenue during an exhibition season can be the first impression visitors and tourists receive about the dynamic cultural core of our community.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Nov. 10-14, 2011
Siesta Key Public Beach

Siesta Key resident artist Brian Wigelsworth has worked in many mediums but has most recently found his niche in sand.  Through national and international competitions he has become one of only about 75 Master sand sculptors in the U.S.  It didn’t take him long to realize Siesta Key’s fine shell-free sand was ideal for hosting a master sand sculpting competition.  So after three years of planning, last year he created The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition.  The event was so successful it’s first year his company, Sand Lubbers Sandvertising Agency, was able to partner with the World Championships of Sand Sculpting to have the Crystal Classic host the World Championship’s doubles division.

This year’s event will be even more spectacular than the first, drawing master sculptors from all over the world, including the stars of the Travel Channel show SandMasters.Proceeds from the event will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle research, rescue, rehabilitation and conservation programs.Competition takes place Thursday through Sunday and features sculptors from Belgium, Canada, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.  These sculptors are all champions of international qualifying contests for the World Championship

Their work will be showcased on Siesta Beach, recently named America’s No. 1 beach in Dr. Beach’s 21st annual Top 10 Beach List. The list is produced by Dr. Beach, also known as Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. Dr. Beach compiles his top 10 beaches list annually and Siesta Key has consistently placed in the top 10.

This community event is chaired by Bob and Eileen Parkinson, organized and operated by volunteers, and is a partnership between The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc.

Highlights of the 2011 Siesta Key Crystal Classic:

  • Quick Sand Speed Sculpting Competitions: Watch your favorite sculptors competing in these fast-paced contests.
  • Flying Colors with John Gowdy: See the Paint and Sand Fly… Watch as the image appears before your eyes… in a matter of minutes! Paintings will be auctioned after the performance.
  • Sand Sculpting Lessons: Hour-long sand sculpting demonstrations by Sand Lubbers Sandvertising Agency.
  • Veterans Day Sculpture: A special welcome sculpture carved by Brian Wigelsworth of Sand lubbers  Sandvertising Agency to honor our veterans.
  • Mote Marine Laboratory’s Mote Mobile: On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mote Marine Laboratory’s Mobile Exhibit will be on site. The mobile features a reef exhibit with live fish and hands-on touch tanks.
  • Amateur Competition: Fun for the whole family. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Six divisions, including teams and solos.
  • Photo Opportunity Sand Sculptures: Have your picture taken from inside the sand in these Holiday-themed photo opportunity sculptures.
  • Live Music and Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Vendor Village: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If You Go

  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic
  • Dates: Nov. 10-14. Competition begins on Nov. 10 with winners announced on Nov. 13. Sculptures will remain available for viewing on Nov. 14.
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Location: Siesta Key Public Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
  • Cost: $5 per person, per day. Must have an admission bracelet to enter. Purchase entry bracelets at the gate or at the satellite parking lot at Phillippi Estate Park.
  • Advance Ticket Purchase: Advance three-day bracelets (for admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday only) will be available for $10 for a limited time online at (Lost bracelets will not be replaced.)
  • Parking: Parking and round-trip shuttle available Friday through Sunday for $5 at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34231. First bus departs Phillippi Estate Park at 8:30 a.m. (the last departure from Phillippi for the beach will be at 4 p.m.) and last bus leaves Siesta Beach for the return trip to Phillippi at 5:30 p.m. Shuttles will run throughout the day.
  • VIP Parking: VIP Parking is located adjacent to Siesta Key Public Beach. VIP Parking passes must be purchased in advance online at crystalsand.orgCost: $49 for one, three-day parking pass or $59 for one, three day parking pass and two three-day admission bracelets.

To Help
Mote Marine Laboratory is seeking volunteers to help staff the 2nd Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic. To learn more and to register to volunteer, go to