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

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

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. http://www.sarasotasumi-e.org/

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 | www.artsarasota.org

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Creators & Collectors – Suncoast Art Tour

March 9 and 10, 2012
The Fine Art Society of Sarasota (website)

EXPLORE art studios, MEET the artists, SEE the process, Visit the gallery exhibit, And ENJOY the experience

This 2-day Tour is an ambitious show featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by 17 artists working in Sarasota today. The self-guided Tour will be held on March 9 and 10, 2012, and will sprawl across Sarasota from University Parkway to Clark Road/SR 72. Highlights will include 5 well-known artists in their studios plus a Gallery Exhibit of 12 more artists in the Ringling College of Art + Design Student Center exhibition space.

Andrea-Dasha-Reich - GrayTess (detail)

This unique Tour allows the public into artists’ studios, places you don’t typically see. You actually get to meet and speak with the artists and see firsthand where and how they create their art. It demystifies the artistic process and will provide you with an energized understanding and appreciation of the art on exhibit. Art will be available for sale.

The artists and their studios on the Tour are: International Photographer Giovanni Lunardi, Sarasota Legacy Painter Joseph Melancon, International Multi-Media Painter Andrea Dasha Reich, Ceramic and Metal Sculptor Adam Todd, and Artist Printmaker Nancy Turner.

Nancy Turner - Bird Cage

The companion Gallery Exhibit will feature these artists: Painters Bob Brown, Elena De La Ville, Kris Parins; Collage Artist Sally Sloan; Construction Artist and Painter Jo Prioetti; Fiber Artist Gloria Hall Cropper; Jewelry Designer Renee J. Davis; Plique-à-jour Artist Phil Karp; Glass Artist Liana Martin; Assemblage Artist Barbara F. Page; and Fabric Artist and Designer Linda Tilson.

AND, this year student and alumni artists from Ringling College, through a partnership with RCAD’s madeby Gallery, will also be on display at the Gallery Exhibit. Ringling College is one of four colleges in the country that has an exclusive gallery for its students and alumni. Artists will be doing demonstrations on both days at the Gallery Exhibit.

Joseph-Melancon - A-Walk in the Creekbed

Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased on the Society’s website www.FineArtsSarasota.com or at the Van Wezel Box Office, Manatee, Venice & Sarasota Art Centers, Dabbert Gallery, Davidson Drugstores, Galleria Silecchia, State of the Arts Gallery and Artists on the Court.

Each year the Society plans and promotes events to support its community outreach grants, scholarship, and education programs. The Society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its members and organizes projects which benefit the entire community and its many visitors. The Society’s art collection is on public display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota is a 501c3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Susan Schober is the Tour Chair and Reva van der Heym is President of the Society.

Adam Todd - Untitled


Towles Court Art Walk

Towles Court, 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL

Every third Friday of each month, local artists open their studios to the public.

The Towles Court Art District is one of Sarasota’s oldest and most respected art districts featuring galleries, shops, studios and restaurants. Located near downtown Sarasota, on Adams Lane between S. Links Ave. & 301- the galleries and shops exhibit work in a wide range of media by local and national artists.

“Coastal Living” magazine named Towles Court a “Top Ten Artist Colony”. It has also received a Mayor’s Citation for “promoting the Arts in Sarasota.”


First Annual Fundraiser at The Children’s Garden

Thursday, November 17, 2011 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
Children’s Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL

Join us to help us build an art gallery for your children!

You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction for the Painted Bird Art Gallery at The Children’s Garden, Thursday November 17th from 5-8pm. All monies generated will benefit the building renovation and children’s art educational programs of the Painted Bird Gallery.

The Painted Bird Gallery and Art Center offers a wide range of unique art and design experiences that explore expression. The mission of PBG is to increase arts and cultural awareness and plant a seed of creativity in children of all ages by providing opportunities to color outside the lines while inspiring, interactive experiences in which art is central to shaping young minds and enriching our community.

Silent Auction Artists include:

Anita Wexler, April Doner, Cassia Kite, Daniel Miller, Daniel Perales, Jen Nugent, Jeremy Alsum, John Dehn, Jorge Blanco, Joseph Arnegger, Joseph Melancon, Ken Tebo, Linda Luppino, Lori Frary, Lori Loveberry George, Sabrina Small, Scott Prather, Steve Strenk, Tim Jaeger, Truman Adams, Virginia Hoffman, and more.

Tickets are $25 and include cocktails and appetizers from wonderful restaurants and catering companies along with music from 4 kids by kids and Michael Miller on guitar from the Heart Machine. Tickets are $25.00 at the door or can purchased by calling the garden at 941-330-1711. To make a donation, please visit: http://sarasotachildrensgarden.com/

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on your contribution to keep our magic doorway open.