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.

Art: Sarasota Season Style by Pamela Beck

Join Pamela Beck in the first 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 first installment of, SeeSaw, to her current column, ARTdart, as she observes and explores various visual art exhibitions and happenings in the Gulf Coast area.

No, it’s not your imagination. It really does take an extra twenty minutes to get wherever you’re going these days.For art fans, there’s a flip side to not being able to find a parking spot this time of year: More crowds=More exhibitions.

Here, below, are some eyecatchers I’ve seen while gallery hopping on a recent, sunny afternoon. They’re just a small taste of visual treats currently on exhibit in Sarasota.

For a larger picture of shows in town, click “Exhibition” found on the Sarasota Visual Art masthead.

1. Abstract, adj.: Expressing a quality apart from an object, Group Exhibition curated by Kevin Dean, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art, till April 3rd

Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”
Peter Plagens, Get In There Fast, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 54” x 52”

The resurgence of Abstract Painting in contemporary art provides this opportunity to explore current trends in relation to the historic movement through the exhibition of eight working painters ranging in age from their thirties’ to their eighties’ who are inspired by nature, music, mathematics, the spiritual and new media.

Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design,
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
941.359.7563

2. Child’s Play, Group Exhibition curated by Mindy Solomon of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, till April 26th

Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children's chairs in a circle
Second-Hand Childhood, by Don Florence Photo, partial view of children’s chairs in a circle

Mindy Solomon Gallery
124 2nd Ave NE  St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502.0852

3. iConcept Retrospective, group exhibition curated by Lisa Berger and Eric Cross, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, till April 26th

Observer, by Eric Cross, (made from recycled Longboat Key Observer Newspapers). Artists from around Sarasota produce pieces of fashion from avant-garde materials that walk the runway.
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross
Paper Dress, by Eric Cross

Art Center Sarasota
707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.365.2032

4. Following Ovid’s Metamorphoses: From Cosmogony to Chaos and back to the Rhizome, curated by Anne-Marie Melster, Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, till April 14th

Installation View
Installation View

Two Columns Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Desing
1947 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236

4. If the Sun was Square, curated by David and Tre Steiner, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL, till May 1

Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 "x 33" .
Jim Keaton, Machine 4, 26 “x 33”

State of the Arts Gallery
1525 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.955-2787

5. Ongoing, Nikitas Kavoukles, Stakenborg Fine Art, Sarasota, FL

Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26" x 30"
Sitting by Nikitas Kavoukles, oil on canvas, 26″ x 30″

Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.487.8001

6. Let it Float, Matt Combs, till March 30th, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Matt Coombs, SRSc12 Collage on Paper, 11" x 9.25", 2013
Matt Coombs, SRSc12
Collage on Paper, 11″ x 9.25″, 2013

Clothesline Gallery
529 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
941.366.5222

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; Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance, Advisory Board Committee

The Goods: Weekend News (12.02.11)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of exhibitions and events for Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.


Week in Review

  • Featured Artist: Kasey Lou Lindley http://bit.ly/slqeJ2
  • Featured Gallery: Stakenborg Fine Art http://wp.me/p1DJvQ-gg
    Interview with Chris Stakenborg / November 2011 featured gallery
  • Featured Article: Art and Flight http://bit.ly/uNetu0
    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.

Exhibitions

Paperwork – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

http://bit.ly/sRiffP
December 1-31, 2011 – Presenting an exhibit featuring photo etchings by Stefan Batista, mixed-media works by Leslie Fry, hand-colored engravings from Ke Francis, and drawings by Tanja Softic.
"Lists Loose," plant stains and residue, collage on paper by Leslie Fry

The Talent Show

http://bit.ly/tecjaO
Ends December 10, 2011 – This exhibit explores the competing desires of notoriety and privacy, and the evolving relationship between artists and audiences in our culture of reality television and Web-based social media.

Contemporary Art Museum, USF Tampa Campus

Joyce Ely-Walker Exhibit

http://bit.ly/vb0q5H
Ends Dec. 7, 2011 – Selected by internationally know artist Craig Rubadoux, the exhibition, “Departures,” features Ely-Walker’s drawings and paintings that empathize the fleeting nature of life including works from her series Wind Shift, Mangrove, Silent Mountain, Nest, Rain forest, and Train.

Joyce Ely-Walker
Mountain Spring,oil on canvas, 42”x54”,2010

Story and Symbol: Dutch and Flemish Paintings

http://bit.ly/rziai8
Ends Dec. 4, 2011 – The more than 30 paintings in this exhibition are striking, but they are also rich in the history of sixteenth and seventeenth-century northern Europe. The works encompass biblical stories, mythological subjects, stunning portraits, scenes from everyday life, seascapes and landscapes, and still lifes.

Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, Dutch (1567-1641) Double Portrait of a Husband and Wife with Tulip, Bulb, and Shells (1609) Oil on panel Collection of Dr. Gordon and Adele Gilbert


FOR ALL OF THE ONGOING VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS VISIT: http://sarasotavisualart.com/art/exhibitions/current/

Going to an art opening this weekend? Email us your pics of art openings at info@sarasotavisualart.com

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Featured Gallery: Stakenborg Fine Art

Interview with Chris Stakenborg – Sarasota Visual Art presents November 2011 featured gallery.

Stakenborg Fine Art is a unique art resource located in the heart of Sarasota and home to a dynamic collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and ceramics created by artists of great renown.

Photography by Scott Braun

What was your first encounter with the world of selling art?

I started my career in the art field by studying fine and commercial art in my Native Netherlands, a long time ago. I also enjoyed gathering and collecting objects, art works and books at that time; this led to selling before I even opened a gallery.

Is there some kind of philosophy behind your curatorial process? What kind of artists do you find yourself drawn to?

I like to look at the artistic and historic background of artists whose work I buy or represent. But, I always keep an open mind and often buy things by their sheer inspiration regardless of the fame of the artist.

Photography by Scott Braun

What role does history play in what hangs on the walls of your gallery?

I have art work spanning 4 centuries in my collection. History is a very important aspect in my decision what to handle. Not just “Old and long past” history.I hope that in deciding which new artists to represent I will experience “history in the making”.

What does it mean to be a gallerist in Sarasota? Why did you open a gallery in Sarasota?

After 25 years in the Washington area I found similarities between the two areas. Sarasota is also a vibrant art scene and this aspect help me made my decision to settle here.

Do you have a particular medium you enjoy more than others?

I handle oils, but the majority of my collection is “art on paper”. I am fascinated by all aspects of art but really enjoy original prints.

Photography by Scott Braun

Do you find yourself being drawn to a particular work in the current collection?

I actually fall in love with art works regularly and often take things from my inventory home.

If you could own any work ever created which one would that be and why?

An important master etching by Rembrandt, like “The Three Crosses” would be something I would covet very much.

Do you think that growing up in Europe contributed to your perspective on art and culture?

I think the exposure and proximity to European art and architecture was an important part of what I am.

Photography by Scott Braun

Do you find inspiration from the work in your gallery for your personal art making?

I don’t create any art myself at this point but I have plans to do so in the near future. And, yes, often I find inspiration here.

What is an ideal situation for your gallery on Main Street? What would help you be more successful?

I would like to have more galleries closely around me. And I feel what you are doing now will help me immensely.

In general, there seems to be a split between the need to show museum quality work and the need to show work that you can sell in order to keep the doors open. Can you comment on this?

Ah yes. I know the dilemma. But I will never succumb to selling work I don’t consider true art.


Stakenborg Fine Art
1545 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
www.stakenborgfineart.com
(941) 487-8001

Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Photography by Scott Braun