Sarasota Visual Artists Open Studios – January 2017

Sarasota Visual Artists Studio 1Sarasota Visual Artists Studios is a FREE Open Studio Series on the 1st Saturday of the Month January – April 11am-4pm.

Open Studio Series is the collaboration of a diverse group of local visual artists sharing their studios with the community. Visitors are encouraged to openly discuss the varied processes with each artist in the environment where it all begins.

The 2017 SVAS artists include: Duncan Chamberlain, Joseph H Melancon, Bill Buchman, Andrea Dasha Reich, Jack Dowd, Elena De La Ville, Jorge Blanco, Vicky Randall, Tim Jaeger, and Tom Stephens.

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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

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.

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
Art Center Sarasota | 707 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota 34236 | 941-365-2032 |

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The Goods: Weekend News (01.13.12)

Sarasota Visual Art’s round up of information, upcoming exhibitions, and events.

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Jack Dowd – 27: When the Music Died
Acclaimed Sarasota artist and sculptor, Jack Dowd, known for his innocently hilarious full size figures, has shifted focus to an introspective examination of large scale drawings.

Jack Dowd, Amy Winehouse in the Studio

Building Blocks: Interview with Architect Barron Schimberg
Architect Barron Schimberg, of The Schimberg Group in Sarasota interviews with Sarasota Visual Art.


USF Contemporary Art Museum– Mark Dion creates drawings, prints, cabinets of curiosity, and installations about the discrepancy between perceived knowledge and scientific inquiry.

Mark Dion: Troubleshooting

S/ART/Q: Avant Garden – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Opening Reception: January 13, 2012– S/ART/q will curate an exhibition of their artwork entitled Avant Garden in the Museum of Botany and the Arts at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Photo by Daniel Perales

Henk Pander: Sees All, Paints All
Selby Gallery– The large-scale oil paintings and watercolors of Dutch born Henk Pander capture the raw essence of present-day reality by depicting ominous scenes.

Ort by Henk Pander

Robert Farber & Michael Wyshock Exhibit
Englewood Art Center – Exhibition featuring new work inspired by the artists while in China with the Sister City Cultural Exchange last summer.

Jack Dowd – 27: When the Music Died

Acclaimed Sarasota artist and sculptor, Jack Dowd, a contemporary social realist known for his affection, humor, and satiric wit of eccentric innocently hilarious full size figures, has shifted focus from the lighter lesser known individuals to a introspective examination in a new series of large scale drawings of The 27 Club.

Jack Dowd in the studio, 2011

Neil Young once said, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away,” a sentence that would later be found in a suicide note written by Kurt Cobain. Cobain was the 9th member of the The 27 Club — also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club, Club 27, or The Curse of 27. The 27 Club is a phenomena regarding popular cultural figures who all died at the age of 27.

Acclaimed Sarasota artist and sculptor, Jack Dowd, a contemporary social realist known for his affection, humor, and satiric wit of eccentric innocently hilarious full size figures, has shifted focus from the lighter lesser known individuals to a introspective examination in a new series of large scale drawings of The 27 Club.

This colorful well rendered series titled 27: When the Music Died, consists of 10 iconic names synonymous with the “rock and roll lifestyle”, focusing on the inner lives, wishes and fears, impulses and inhibitions that provided the musicians studied personalities. It is through each of these immortal personalities that a psychological landscape is reveled- producing a rich, individual picture of the style and substance of the inner life of each. This installation exhibition is accompanied with continuous segments of their songs, stories, chronicles, wild tales, incites, and epilogues of their brief, and tumultuous lives. ”27” is a hypnotic and penetrating exhibit of visual, musical, and literal dimensions.

Sarasota Visual Art was fortunate to have the first one-on-one interview with Dowd about the newest works.

Jack Dowd, Amy & Jim in the studio

sVA: These drawings seem to convey an emotional charge -a process of working out personal thoughts and feelings towards this phenomena. How did you come to the 27 Club over some other subject?

JD: This project is very personal, their songs were the music of my generation. I woke in the morning, went through the day (good or bad) and slept at night with their sounds filling my head. We danced to their music when we wed, I sang their songs to my children when they couldn’t sleep, and they kept us company on those long car trips. They were my idols, my hero’s, my friends. They gave all that to me, and now they are gone! But their music remains in my head and heart, “forever 27”.

sVA: On one hand, each drawing seems to be a fixed physical record of each “member” of this club, but then the drawings as a series seem to create a new set of associations that say something about the entirety and relationships of the “club”. How do you prefer this series to be viewed or experienced?

JD: “27” exhibition is not a memorial, but a celebration of 10 great musicians who knowingly paid the ultimate price because that is how they had to do it. They just had to live their potential 70 years in a fast forward 27 years, their gift was our gift, so please take it! View this exhibition as you would any other that is entertaining, tells a story, and makes you a little smarter. A little more understanding and a better person, than before you walked in.

Jack Dowd, Jean Michael Basquiat

sVA: Did you form emotional or psychological relationships and/or did any of your personal feelings on the subject matter seep into the art?

JD: In the mid 1960’s, I was a musician in a successful rock band in and around NYC. I rode that bubble associated with the rock star image. Early on I chose another path and escaped before the bubble burst.

sVA: Regarding the process of the actual drawing, do you employ any specific technique to achieve the smoothness and photographic quality of your images?

JD: Each painting presented a different challenge. I intentionally created very different skin tones and painting strokes so that each would look as if they were done by a different artist. I wanted each 27 club member to have his or her own face and not mine. The only similarities will be the mat and frames and their hidden halos in each portrait.

Jack Dowd, Kurt Cobain

sVA: With the nature of graphite/pastels and observing the sharp and crisp lines, the subtlety of tones between light skin and dark solid shadow, do you use special pencils and/or have you developed a special method to achieve this fine look?

JD: I use Rembrandt pastels only, and work on 30″ x 44″ BFK Rives heavy lithograph stock, which I purchase at Pearl Art in the city. Each painting takes about 40 to 50 hours, and when I think I’m done I will hang it on the wall in front of me while I begin painting the next one so that I can make changes and adjustments. I’m never really done, even when I have it framed.

sVA: What are the future plans for the 27 Club?

JD: I have a contract for a six week solo exhibition at VTICA, Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art, June 25 thru August 5, 2012. Half way thru this exhibition, I have organized a special weekend called, “27 – when the music began”, of 2 evening concerts and 1 matinee, featuring a live band and singers to perform some of the best songs of the immortal 27 club. I am also putting together a DVD about “27 – when the music died”, for show and submission to other venues in the future. Throughout my 45 year career as an artist, I feel that “27” exhibition will be one of the most important works I have ever done, and equal to the importance of my “Last Call”, installation which debuted at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, in 2001.

Jack Dowd, Robert Johnson

sVA: Do you have a particular favorite, if so who and why?

JD: My favorite “27 club” member would be Alan (blind owl) Wilson, was little known and appreciated, who founded the band “Canned Heat”. He was their song writer, lead singer, lead guitar, and harmonica player. His song “Up the Country”, was the unofficial theme song of the 1969 Woodstock festival, and background music, for the movie “Woodstock”. Both Son House, and John Lee Hooker, agreed that Wilson was the greatest harmonica player, ever. He was a dedicated conservationist, and slept outdoors as often as he could, to be closer to nature. I will forever regret not attending the Woodstock festival. Who knew there would be 400,000 people showing up! But I cannot end this interview without mentioning Robert Johnson, the very first member of the “27” who died in 1938 the very year I was born. He was a delta blues guitar player and singer who influenced and inspired the likes of Clapton, Jagger, Richards, Hendrix, Cobain, Mayall, Brian Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, BB King and more. Without his influence there would not be the great rock music we know today

Jack Dowd, Amy Winehouse in the Studio