ArtDart: On the Waterfront by Pamela Beck

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the second installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in the second installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

“My most successful relationship has been with water,” a newly single artist recently told me.
I laughed.
“I know that sounds funny, “ he continued, “but we’ve been together forever and it’s the only influence I’ll let dominate me; or at least the only one I’ll admit to,” he added with a devilish smile.
That’s what makes horse races; but seriously, nobody with a beating heart can live in Sarasota and not be affected by the pervasive presence of water.
In the conversations I have with local artists, water is often mentioned as a favorite muse. Whether referenced for its beauty, power, mystery or ever-changing properties, water leaves an indelible mark.
Here’s a sampler of what I SeeSaw around town:

 

Susan Zukowsky
Missing Girl, 2OO3
Mixed media collage: appropriated paper images, rubber ball, wire, glass beads, thread
2O 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Jack Dowd’s 27 & Susan Zukowsky
Selby Gallery, Sarasota FL, 34234

Bruce Marsh
Bay Light
Oil on canvas
60 x 65 inches

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
1288 N. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

 

 
Irene Gorman
Sarasota Journal
Collage

Florida Flavor
Art Center Sarasota
707 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

 

Arnold Desamarais
The Quiet Calm
oil on panel, 2011
18 x 24 inches

Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street
Sarasota, Fl. 34239
 
Maro Lorimer Old Florida acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 36 x 24 inches
Maro Lorimer
Old Florida
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches

Art Uptown
1367 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34236
 
 
 

Beatrice del Perugia
Siesta Gold
acrylic on canvas
18″ x 18″, framed 22″ x 22″

Dabbert Gallery
76 S. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

 

 
 
Sigrid Olsen
Marina Magic
mixed media
14 x 17 inches framed

Sigrid Olsen Art
4O7 S. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL, 34236

 

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. Perhaps it’s not surprising that she is also a psychotherapist. She has a keen interest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

Hot Summer Show 1 Exhibition

June 5 – July 7, 2012
A variety of media will be showcased in each of the exhibitions including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as, mixed media works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

June 5 – July 7, 2012
Clayton Gallery

Clayton Galleries opens its annual summer series with “Hot Summer Show 1”, a group exhibition featuring teh gallery artists. The show will open on June 5th and run through July 7th, 2012. There will not be an opening reception.

A variety of media will be showcased in each of the exhibitions including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as, mixed media works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

Clayton Gallery
Craig Rubadoux, "Pine Song", 44in x 58in, oil on canvas

The participating artists are: David Adix, Donne Bitner, Peter Brown, Jeanne Cameron, Robin Cody, Dolores Coe, Lynn Davison, Virginia Derrybery, Benjamin Dimmitt, Billie Hightower, Cassandra James, Lennie Kesl, Carl Knickerbocker, Jeffrey Kronsnoble, Peter Kuentzel, Karen Tucker Kuykendall, Lynn Manos, Bruce Marsh, Kate Norris, Yoko Nogami, George Pappas, Stacy Rosende, Claudia Ryan, Craig Rubadoux, Roberta Schofield, Joyce Ely-Walker, Linda Wesner, Kathy Wright.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 5pm, and Saturday 11am – 4pm. For more information, please call 813-831-3753


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“LAND, SEA & 3D” at Allyn Gallup Contemporary

April 10 – June 16, 2012
The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack

April 10 – June 16, 2012
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Land, Sea and 3D,” featuring paintings and sculpture, April 10-June 16, 2012. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. The exhibit features landscapes and seascapes by Jean Blackburn, James Couper, Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, John Hardy and A. D. Peters, and sculpture by John Henry, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer, Don Porcaro, Leslie Fry, Joe Segal and John Mack. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

“We’re thrilled that several of these artists, including John Hardy, John Van Alstine, Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Mack, are showing their work in this gallery for the first time,” says Allyn Gallup, founder of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art.

John Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely around the world. He has completed more than a dozen large-scale, site-specific commissions, including a large outdoor piece for the 2008 Olympic Park in Beijing, China, and a 35-foot-tall sculpture for the newly renovated Indianapolis International Airport. His 28-foot work, “Funambulist,” was installed on the Michigan State University campus in 2010. Current projects include a major outdoor piece for a university in Beijing, and a 30-foot-high outdoor sculpture using World Trade Tower steel remnants. Van Alstine is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Allyn Gallup
Sisyphean Circle, John Van Alstine

Caroline Ramersdorfer has participated in expositions worldwide and, since 1986, has been commissioned to create numerous site-specific sculptures in urban and park environments. Her works are installed in permanent private and public art collections around the world. In 2006, Ramersdorfer won the Golden Award at the Renaissance and Rising International City of Sculpture and Cultural Year in Zhengzhou, China, and the same year she received the merit award for the Beijing Olympic Sculpture, where her sculpture “Seed of a Unified Spirit” has been permanently installed between the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. The artist says that she “strives to reveal internal structures and layers and use them to construct space from the inside out, from top to bottom; spaces which can be physically traversed yet without actual boundaries.”

Inner View, Caroline Ramersdorfer

John Mack received his BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design in 2007. Exploring themes in science, technology, and science fiction, Mack creates abstract sculptures using a combination of wood and metal. The artist says he attempts “to make connections between what is known and what we have yet to discover. The focus is on connections between our current experiences, the infinite possibilities of the future, imagination, mythology, our indelible curiosity and a personal drive to understand the universe and our place in it.” Mack says he draws inspiration from themes in science and technology, science fiction, and contemporary mythologies to “create fantastic organisms and impossible vessels for fictitious voyages, along with objects involving bizarre future technologies in an effort to satisfy my own fascination with what could be.”

Allyn Gallup
Vessel, John Mack

John Hardy is known for his landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and is a prominent portraitist, as well. He attended Ringling School in the late 1940’s, and has been actively making and showing art for over 50 years. His work can be found in many public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, High Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum, and is also part of more than a dozen college and university collections. Hardy lives in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.

A.D. Peters’ imagery is inspired by the land surrounding his studio farm in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country or his travels in the city. Trained in classical painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Peters says he has “honed his skills to a science.” Known for his unique style of “Rust” paintings, Peters uses metal and oil paint in partnership with the natural elements “of water, sun, air and time,” he says. “The works move from the easel in my studio to submersion in my lake to drying on the shore. This oxidation process is continually repeated until the work reaches the desired patina.” Peters’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions and has been collected both nationally and internationally. Peters lives in the Cleveland suburb of Mansfield.

Allyn Gallup
Iron Ridge, A.D. Peters

Allyn Gallup, founder and president of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, says that these artists “invite viewers to explore the world as it is rarely seen or described. Who knows—you may never see the landscape that surrounds us in same way again.”

Now and Then, Clayton Galleries, 25 Years

March 23 – May 29, 2012
The show will include early and current work by gallery artists highlighting their artistic evolution. A variety of media will be showcased including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as, mixed media works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

March 23 – May 29, 2012
Clayton Gallery, Tampa FL

Celebrating its 25th anniversary featuring gallery artists and honors their talent and collaboration with the gallery these many years. Opening reception on Friday, March 23rd, from 7pm-9pm, which is free and open to the public.

The show will include early and current work by gallery artists highlighting their artistic evolution. A variety of media will be showcased including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as, mixed media, works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

Clayton Gallery
Kate Norris, "Untitled, yellow, 2011, 16"x20", oil on panel

The participating artists are: David Adix, Donne Biner, Peter Brown, Jeanne Cameron, Robin Cody, Dolores Coe, Lynn Davison, Virginia Derryberry, Benjamin Dimmitt, Billie Hightower, Cassandra James, Lennie Kesl, Carl Knickerbocker, Jeffrey Kronsnoble, Peter Kuentzel, Karen Tucker Kuykendall, Lynn Manos, Bruce Marsh, Kate Norris, Yoko Nogami, George Pappas, Stacy Rosende, Claudia Ryan, Craig Rubadoux, Roberta Schofield, Joyce Ely-Walker, Linda Wesner, and Kathy Wright.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 5pm, and Satruday 11am – 4pm. For information please call 813.831.3757

Art and Flight

Sarasota Visual Art highlights seven airports where you can catch some art on the way to catching your flight if you are leaving from, or arriving into, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Rushing to catch your flight is standard airport behavior, but if you are flying with the other 2 million holiday travelers, you may find yourself standing in long lines, waiting for your departure, and experiencing lengthy delays. Although airports are not museums in the traditional sense, many airports display art- really good art, and surprising collections of art at U.S. airports offer a moment for reflection — for those who have the time.

Sarasota Visual Art highlights seven airports where you can catch some art on the way to catching your flight if you are leaving from, or arriving into, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport:

Rara Avis Detail, Ralph Helmick & Stuart Schechter, 2001

1. Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ)

Four Large acrylic paintings by local artist Frank Hopper are displayed in the TSA security screening area, and four large pastels by local artist Regan Dunnick are displayed on the concourse by gates B7 and B8, as well as on the first floor; both groups of artwork were created specifically for the terminal rendering a distinct Florida and regional ambiance. Other airport artwork and display showcases can be found strategically throughout the terminal.

2. Tampa International (TPA)

Permanent Exhibit, Art of the 60’s and 70’s, contains examples of work by several outstanding Florida artists and craftspersons, including some recognisable established Sarasota artists. Many of the outstanding professional artists represented in this collection were also teachers in Florida’s art schools, colleges and universities. Originally, the collection was purchased for display in the Airport’s administrative offices when the Landside Terminal Building opened on April 15, 1971.

Featured artists in this collection include Beth Arthur, Jack Brewer, Frank Colson, Harrison Covington, Gladys Kashdin, Daisy Koenig, Bruce Marsh, Robert McFarland, Harold Nosti and David Weidman.

3. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL)

While Hartsfield-Jackson’s Art Program offers numerous permanent and rotating exhibits of art and displays, one long-term exhibit stood out located on International Concourse E. Recycle Runway: Reclaimed Fashions is a collection of 18 couture fashions made from re purposed trash by artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd from Santa Fe, N.M. Judd’s goal is to inspire people in a fun and positive way to consider the possibility that “waste does not exist — only wasted resources.”

Judd’s trashique classic-style clothing is inspired by vintage designs and created from discarded and reclaimed materials. Each garment takes 50 to 400 hours to create and is made to last 100 years.

“The dichotomy of an elegant dress made from garbage is very intriguing,” Judd said. “I love the challenge of transforming trash into glamorous fashions.”

Visit www.RecyleRunway.com/ATL to take the full eco-quiz, perform quick e-activism, find resources, watch a video about this exhibition and share photos with friends.

4. Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s Art Program, Just Plane Art, includes over 20 permanent and rotating exhibits. Some of CLT’s permanent collection includes a 1/2 scale replica of the original Wright Flyer flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903 was installed on Concourse E, the airport’s regional carrier concourse, on December 12, 2003. In addition, a 15-foot-high bronze sculpture of Queen Charlotte can be found in the airport’s Queen’s Courtyard is located in front of the terminal. The sculpture, dedicated in 1990, is the centerpiece of the large plaza featuring a 40-foot reflecting pool not to be missed.

5. New York – John F. Kennedy (JFK)

Of all the artworks exhibited in New York’s JFK airport, one is not to be missed. Known for his incredible ability to recall landscapes from memory after seeing them only once, and transferring that projection onto the page, artist Stephen Wiltshire sketched the almost picture perfect skyline of New York City which is now displayed at the JFK airport on a 250 billboard. .

6. Chicago Midway International (MDW)

Completed in 2003, the Midway International Airport redevelopment project provided Chicago with a state-of-the-art airport terminal, as well as significant additions to its world-class art collection. Midway International Airport houses artworks by eight internationally renowned artists from Chicago and across the United States.

Of the eight artists, Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schecter’s Rara Avis, a suspended sculpture visible from center of Ticketing Hall and Mezzanine Level, is an epic suspended sculpture poetically linking natural and manmade aviation. Comprising thousands of precisely suspended pewter elements, the artwork employs three-dimensional Pointillism. From a distance, the sculpture is a monumental cardinal, Illinois’ state bird. Upon closer examination, a perceptual shift occurs and the large avian form reveals a composition of over 2,500 small renderings of aircraft. Over 50 different aircraft are represented, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci–inspired designs and 19th-century balloons to classic passenger airliners and 21st-century spacecraft.

Rara Avis Detail, Ralph Helmick & Stuart Schechter, 2001

7. Boston Logan International (BOS)

Displayed in Terminal E Baggage Are for Aer Lingus and Southwest Airlines, is the latest unveiling of the Massachusetts Port Authority public art exhibit with a photographic display of iconic images of Boston and the Bay State.

The exhibit is composed of three separate elements: 10 framed photographs of stops on the Freedom Trail, ranging from the golden dome of the State House to the Bunker Hill Memorial; 12 photo murals of cultural, historical and vacation landmarks in Massachusetts; and four display cases featuring the area’s four major professional sports teams, each of which has won a championship in recent years.