Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous- Part II at Art Center Sarasota

October 18 –December 7, 2013
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL

On view will be a retrospective of artists in Sarasota who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960’s and continuing on to those who are still actively creating new works today.

October 18 –December 7, 2013
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL

Art Center Sarasota is opening three new exhibitions on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

In Galleries One and Two, “Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous- Part II”, will showcase the second half of an exhibition of Sarasota Artists in the galleries earlier this year. The exhibition is curated by Dave and Patricia Dabbert of the Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota.

“The Rehersal” by William Jerdon, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

On view will be a retrospective of artists in Sarasota who rose to prominence beginning in the 1960’s and continuing on to those who are still actively creating new works today. All of these artists have been part of keeping Sarasota noted as a destination for arts and culture. Their work is found in important collections locally, nationally and internationally. This exhibition is important not only visually but historically as a chronicle of visual arts in the community.

“Encounter and Remy” by Craig Rubadoux, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

Complete list of artists in the exhibition:
Joan Altabe, Jean Blackburn, Jorge Blanco, David Budd, Clyde Butcher, Jack Cartlidge, John Chamberlain, Robert Chase, Frank Colson, Jeff Cornell, Kevin Costello, Kevin Dean, Julee Docking, Jack Dowd, Frank Eliscu, Jerry Farnsworth, Patrick Fiore, Larry Forgard, Gale Fulton Ross, Tim Jaeger, William Jerdon, Steven Katzman, Dennis Kowal, Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Nat Krate, Leslie Lerner, Barbara Mc Cann, Joseph Melancon, Moe Mitchel, Florence Putterman, Vicky Randall, Dasha Reich, Anthony Rice, Craig Rubadoux, Helen Sawyer, Syd Solomon, Ben Stahl, David Steiner, Julie Trigg, Thorton Utz and Susan Zukowsky

“Coast” by Barbara McCann, Acrylic/Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Dabbert Gallery

Featured in the Main Galleries is the open, all media, juried show “It’s Political” which was timed to coincide with this year’s election. This juried exhibition invites artists to challenge themselves and create a special politically themed piece. Artists have always been the ones to hold a mirror up to society in an effort to bring about change and this exhibition is sure to hold true to that tradition. Jurors for this exhibition are Marty Fugate, Arts Writer for the Herald Tribune & Kim Russo Working Artist and Former Head of the Ringling College Fine Arts Department. Art Center Sarasota has invited politicians running in the current election to greet guests at the opening reception on October 18, which is free and open to the public from 5-7pm. Lite bites will be provided by Jimmy Johns and the DeSoto Beach Club. Confirmed politicians who will be attending the opening include: Liz Alpert, John Torraco, Ed Brodsky, Greg Steube, Adam Tebrugge, Doug Holder and a representative for Ray Pilon.

In Gallery 3 is an exhibition by the Sarasota, Florida Chapter of the Sumi-é Society of America. This exhibit runs from October 18 – November 9, 2012.

(A new Exhibition, “The Curated Unknowns” will be in this gallery from November 14 – December 7, 2012)
The Sumi-é (or “ink painting” in Japanese) Society of America’s mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques and serve as a cultural bridge between East and West. This exhibition showcases the talents of Sarasota’s Sumi-é Society. As a part of the exhibition, artists involved in this show will also be hosting a special lecture about Sumi-é painting and its history, as well as a demonstration on November 2 at 2pm.

These exhibitions were paid for in part by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues
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Public art controversy is a good thing! by Joan Altabe

Don’t believe it, Sarasota. Getting called a “tough crowd” this week by your local newspaper over your public art controversies shows ignorance. Sarasota doesn’t have a franchise on this. Public art brouhahas in other cities abound.

Joan Altabe

Don’t believe it, Sarasota. Getting called a “tough crowd” this week by your local newspaper over your public art controversies shows ignorance. Sarasota doesn’t have a franchise on this. Public art brouhahas in other cities abound.

Even in New York, the art capital of the world, controversy has raged. A biggie was Richard Serra’s abstract sculpture Tilted Art that was removed from its perch in Manhattan’s Federal Plaza after a majority vote at a public hearing. One hundred and twenty two people testified and 58 of them voted in favor of removing it, even despite Serra who contended, “I don’t think it is the function of art to be pleasing, Art is not democratic.”

Monument to Joe Louis by Robert Graham 1986, Bronze
Then there was the fracas in Detroit over “Monument to Joe Louis” by Robert Graham. The monument – a cast bronze 24-foot-long forearm with an ungloved clenched fist thrust through a 24-foot-high pyramid of four steel beams, known as “The Fist” – prompted immediate furor. Detroit saw it as a reminder of urban violence in the city – often referred to a as “Murder Capital of America.” (By the way, “The Fist” still stands in Detroit and – get this – it’s now featured on the city’s website as a tourist attraction).

Then there was the wrangle over the Chicago Picasso. An untitled 50-foot-tall Cubist sculpture by Pablo Picasso installed in the ‘60s in Daley Plaza caused instant derisions. A City Council alderman sought an immediate replacement. Yet, it still stands and has become a Chicago landmark, a popular meeting place and a site for public events. It even made the movies, the 80’s movie The Blues Brothers.

The moral of the story? Give public art a chance – a time for second looks, second thoughts and yes, bickering. Far worse than complaining about public art is vandalizing it. I’m thinking of nine plaques of a 40-panel semi-abstract rendition of human faces by sculptor Frank Colson that was ripped from their moorings at the Sarasota Visual Art Center in ’99 – smashed and left in fragments. And a short time before that, half of the spotlights for the sculpture garden at the center were kicked away and stomped on, throwing the art into darkness at night. And a month before that, plastic markers, which told sculpture garden visitors what they were looking at, were cracked off their metal stands.

And in case you think art vandals are those who don’t appreciate art, consider the students from Ecole des Beau-Arts who once felt so repelled by a Man Ray collage that they riddled it with bullets.

So when it comes to public art, whether in Detroit, Chicago, NY or Sarasota, controversy is good way to go – good for cities, good for art.

Here’s to the dustups.

Former visual arts critic for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Bradenton Herald, former New York City art teacher and longtime award-winning art and architecture critic for U.S. and overseas publications, is referenced in “Who’s Who in American Art” and “Who’s Who of American Women” and currently writes as the St. Petersburg art Examiner and National art Examiner. Altabe has written several books including “Art Behind the Scenes” (100 painters in and out of their studio) and “Sculpture off the Pedestal” (25 sculptors in and out of their studio). Both available at

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 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.

The Goods: Sarasota Visual Art Weekend News (9.30.11)

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Sarasota Visual Arts summary report of exhibitions and events for the upcoming weekend. This features the weekend of Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.

Friday – September 30
Annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibitions – Selby Galleries I & II and Basch Gallery: Presenting work by faculty in the departments of Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art and Design, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Photography & Digital Imaging, and the Liberal Arts Program.

Annual Ringling College Staff, Continuing Studies & Special Programs, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Englewood Art Center Instructors Exhibition  – Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries: Features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Ringling College staff and instructors from each of its divisions.

Saturday – October 1
Out-of-Door’s Community Art Gallery and Black Box Theatre Art Show present short films by Frank and Diana Colson and paintings on by Elaine Murphy and Stacey Goes.  Gallery is open at 10am, short films begin at 7:00pm.

Saturday – October 1, 2011 (5:00pm)
GADZOOKS! Starring Alex the Beck – Solo exhibit at Clothesline featuring Alexander Buckley Beck.

Starts Saturday – October 1, 2011
Reflections on Ringling – Art Uptown – Sarasota’s oldest cooperative fine art gallery, is featuring “Reflections on Ringling,” an exhibition of paintings and other works of art showcasing Ringling Museum’s landscape, architecture, art and history, as part of the Festival sARTée.

Looking Back …
Sarasota Visual Art launched our feature of State of the Art Gallery. David Steiner talks to Tim Jaeger about the gallery and Sarasota.

Out-of-Door’s Community Art Gallery and Black Box Theatre Art Show

October 1, 2011
Displaying paintings, sculpture and short films. View video describing the events.

October 1, 2011
Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch

Meet the artists and see a special Black Box Theatre event! Doors open 15 minutes prior to screening. The first short film starts at 7:00 p.m. with the second to follow at 8:00 p.m.

Frank Colson presents sculptures and a short video presentation.

Elaine Murphy introduces her new line of jewelry and paintings on display.

Stacey Goes shows her installation presentation and paintings on display.

Diana Colson presents two “can’t miss” short films.

The Gallery will be open to visitors from October 1 – 27, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, Florida 34240 | 941-554 -5950

Guests must check into The Out-of-Door Academy Administrative Office to gain a name tag that needs to be displayed in a clearly visible manner to enter the Arts Center.

Thanks to gallery sponsors: Collectors Wall Fine Art Gallery, State of the Arts Gallery, Swain Film and Video, MAC Galleries, and The Out-of-Door Academy Arts Guild.