FAS 46th Annual Creators & Collectors Tour

The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota presents the 46th Annual Creators & Collectors Tour
March 10 –11, Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota This self-guided art studio tour provides experienced and novice art lovers with an insider’s look at the 6 private workspaces of Sarasota’s finest artists and our Galleria of 14 artists at Ringling College of Art and Design. Our selected artists join us in fulfilling the Society’s mission to stimulate the Arts in Sarasota County through this event that benefits the Society’s scholarship and educational programs.

Tour-goers have the opportunity to meet with artists in their studios and in our Galleria at Ringling College of Art and Design. The entire scope of the artistic expression is on view – classic, traditional, contemporary, modern and avant-garde – in many disciplines such as printmaking, photography, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting and multi-media.

Six artists can be visited in their studios:

Lucy Barber uses oil paint to explore the perception of light in her still-life and landscape paintings. Her simple yet elegant work and her studio both offer a calming oasis.

Marianne Chapel has embraced freedom of imagination in her colorful abstract oil paintings. Her working studio is set with multiple canvases side by side across which Marianne explores different themes of still-life abstraction.

Joan Lyons creates unique and intimate paintings and prints, mixed-media monotypes of torn papers that are often enhanced with ink and pastel. Her works form calm and serene compositions seem to celebrate life.

• Another studio belongs to Chuck Reich, a noted photographer in New York City and Sarasota, whose work has been shown in many group and solo exhibits. Beginning with his original photographs, Chuck uses cutting edge technology to manipulate and transform photos into intense images that often suggest surrealism.

• Sculpture is featured in two of this year’s studios. Duncan Chamberlain is noted for large metal architectural constructions. One can’t miss his barn studio with its monumental eye-catching sculptures in front. Duncan says, “Everybody wants to leave a mark in this world, one way or another.” He has found a way.

• While recognized primarily as a painter working in resin, Andrea Dasha Reich has begun exploring the use of resins as a sculptural medium. Her bright and spacious studio is full of 2- and 3-dimensional treasures, large and small, that amaze and allure the viewer.

Galleria artists on Ringling College of Art and Design Campus:

Our Galleria, located in the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall, showcases exciting exhibits of 14 artists. Ringling College of Art and Design student and alumni work is featured in the adjacent madeby Gallery.

Galleria exhibitors are: Penelope Breen, black and white photography; Donna Carrion, jewelry; Jamie Friedli, landscape paintings; Lawrence Hasiak, woodworking; Linda Hugues, representational oil paintings, William Kidd, ceramic sculpture; Cynthia Mason, multi-media abstracts; Raven Skye McConough, collages; Jana Millstone, figurative paintings; Dione Outlaw, jewelry; Vicky Randall, stainless-steel sculpture; Linda Tilson, wearable art; Elizabeth Trostli, digital paintings; and David Wilson, enviro-art sculpture. All the artists will be on hand throughout the tour to discuss their work and inspiration with visitors.

Art at the studios and Galleria is for sale, with the proceeds adding to the funding of the Fine Arts Society Scholarship and Education Programs.

Tickets $20 in advance; $25 day of tour

Creators & Collectors – Suncoast Art Tour

March 9 and 10, 2012
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.

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